If you are asking us to take in a herding breed/mix dog, we are temporarily not accepting new dogs into our rescue. If you need to find rescue for a herding breed dog, please go to the "Useful Links" (tab) page on our website: http://hittgv.org for a list of other rescue groups that take in herding breeds and their mixes.
If you are contacting us to inquire about a specific dog available for adoption, please email or call us with any questions (see left column), or go to our "Adopt" (tab) page and complete our online adoption form. One of us will try our best to respond to your inquiry within 24 to 48 hours.
Please take a look at our newest adoptable dogs and whether you are looking for the perfect face, the perfect demeanor, or it's love at first sight, hopefully you will find the perfect companion at HITTGV!
We are also in need of people who can support us as fosters! You can also foster a dog until the perfect forever home is found or as a trial period with the option to adopt.
October 10, 2015 UPDATE:
Our most loving and happy girl is now down to 72 lbs.! Dee is over halfway to her ideal weight (38-40 lbs. for her size). Her foster says she is now becoming more actively playful and "acting more like a regular dog." Hooray for Dee Dee!
This girl has the very sweetest, most charming, gentle personality you are likely to find! She is an absolute gem, with the best qualities of a cattle dog. We are looking for an adopter willing to continue her weight loss and conditioning regime, to achieve that healthy, playful cattle dog that we can see is in there.
She may be heavy, but Dee is still a cattle dog! At six years old, she is very alert, observant and bright, and wants to be with her people as much as possible. She does her best to follow her foster person around the house, and very much wants to please. Dee is a very happy girl, who adores human attention and will roll over for petting whenever someone approaches her. She very much wants to get up on the sofa or bed with you, to cuddle, but doesn't have the ability to get her body up there!. She also loves tennis balls and is learning to play with toys.
Dee is good with other dogs and wanted to make friends with her first foster's cat. She is house trained and very obedient. Dee Dee waddles to the door when she needs to go out and comes right back in when her foster calls her. She walks very nicely on leash, and barely needs one to walk at your side. Our girl also rides very nicely and quietly in the back (or front) seat of a car. Dee has been in two foster homes with us, and both have been very impressed with her incredibly sweet and happy personality. Her current foster dad says she is very accepting of any situation, and is a joy to have around the house.
We rescued Dee from a very overcrowded kill shelter. Her people said they were moving and dumped her and another dog, at the shelter. We took in both girls. By the grace of a wonderful pilot, Dee was able to escape the 110 degree temperatures she was living in, and flown up to us in Santa Rosa. In a dehydrated and over heated state, weighing 95 lbs., and with an internal temperature of 105 degrees on arrival, we rushed her to the vet to make sure she didn't have any major health issues. When we first got her, she was too stressed to walk. After cooling down, getting re-hydrated, and feeling more relaxed, we discovered that she could walk on her own, although with difficulty and great strain on her legs, feet, and joints.
Dee's blood work results show that she has a hypothyroid. We have her on thyroid medication, and a low fat diet, which seem to be working. She is otherwise in pretty good health, only needing some work/care that we consider routine for a rescue dog her age. When she loses enough weight to be anesthetized safely, we will have a dental cleaning and exam done, and possibly one tooth extraction. We are also giving her supplements for her joints. Her kidneys and other organ functions are fine, and she does NOT have diabetes.
We believe that as she loses more weight, it will become easier for her to walk, her stamina will improve, and the increased activity will help her to lose weight faster. We haven't reached that point yet, but soon! We estimate that it may take another 3-4 months for Dee to reach her ideal weight. She has been going to physical rehabilitation for her muscles, joints, and stamina. After two months, she was doing so much better, and able to walk continuously (bouyed by water) on the underwater treadmill for 15 minutes. When she first started, she could only walk for 30 seconds, and was 20 lbs. heavier.
Everyone who meets Dee falls in love with her. She has a very special personality, and needs people who will be as loving and devoted to her as she will be to them.
It is clear that our veterinary and other health care expenses for Dee are adding up quickly. We would be very grateful for any donations to help us pay for all our costs to help Dee. As a federally recognized, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, your donations are tax deductible. No contribution is too small. Every $5 and $10 helps! Thank you!
Beatrice is a very quiet, low energy dog, who loves people and human attention. She does NOT chase or nip, and is an easy going girl. As a cattle dog mix, she has her own distinct and very loveable personality. She is 7 years old, and although her ideal weight is around 48-50 lbs., Beatrice currently weighs 60 lbs. She is happy-go-lucky, very affectionate and loves being with her people. While very loving, she is also independent and NOT needy. Beatrice is good at hanging out on her own, or amusing herself with a toy. She loves being outside, and is very content laying in the sun and fresh air. Sometimes if you call her to come in, she will look up and decide to stay where she is.
When inside and around her people, Beatrice is a nuzzler, who wants to be close and almost hug her people. She will often place her head on your lap to ask for petting, or try to squeeze herself against your legs and gaze adoringly into your eyes. Sometimes, she can be pushy about getting close to you, and worm her way in between you and whatever or whoever is next to you. Beatrice is happy to spend indoor alone time asleep on the couch or just laying around the house. She is also good at amusing herself and enjoys toys. Beatrice will pick up a toy, shake it and then run off with it.
Beatrice gets along with other dogs, but may enjoy being an only dog. She can sometimes be overbearing with other dogs, especially when first meeting them and not being sure about them. If there is any excitement and other dog(s), Beatrice tries to control the dog traffic and activities, mostly by standing over another dog. Otherwise, in a calm atmosphere, she is fine and appropriately interactive with other dogs. Beatrice is good with cats, but may also try to control their traffic, if there is a lot going on.
Our girl is completely housebroken and fine at home all day. Beatrice definitely has cattle dog smarts. If everyone is in bed, she will let you know if she has to go out to do her business - or if the water bowl is empty. She will first try to wake you by staring at you, and then progress to placing her head on the bed. If you continue to ignore her, she will softly 'woof' at you. Beatrice also rides very nicely and quietly in a car. She knows several commands: sit, stay, go lay down, stop, no. It is clear that she has not had a lot of on-leash experience, and can be stubborn when sniffing something. Beatrice is a good eater, who enjoys her food. When she knows it's dinner time, she will begin dancing around the room. She will sometimes poke her nose in interesting smelling places. She has opened kitchen cabinets and pulled out packages, but will leave them intact and not rip anything open. If a trash can does not have a lid, and the top is open, she has been known to go 'dumpster diving' depending on what smells good in there.
Beatrice is a mature (but not old) easy keeper, and a wonderful companion for anyone wanting the devotion, interactive personality and brains of a cattle dog, without the high energy headaches that usually come with this breed. Her foster has fostered several dogs for us, and Bea may be their favorite.
Meet Allie May, a very well trained, obedient and smart red heeler! She loves to play ball and go for walks. For a heeler/Australian Cattle Dog, her activity level is NOT super high, she can do fine on a couple of 40 minute walks or ball games each day. We think she is about 2.5 years old, weighs a petite 37 pounds, is spayed, up to date on her shots and in great health. She knows sit, shake, heel, wait, and drop (the ball)!
Allie May is also very loving and once you get to know her, she has a a great way of communicating, almost with a sense of humor; and her silly acrobatics and body language will make you laugh.
She gets along well with other dogs. We think she would do best in a living situation with an older male dog, as she can get just a tiny bit "bossy" now and again. Cattle dogs can be a bit intense at times, so we are looking for someone to adopt Allie with breed experience.
Mango (ADOPTED!) is a gorgeous 46 lb. hunk, who at 18 months old, still has a very puppy-like personality. He is very friendly with all people (men and women, alike), great with other dogs, and loves to play with everyone. He is very happy and enthusiastic, always wagging his tail. Mango loves water - in all ways. He loves the beach, a creek, jumping into a pool, water from a hose, etc. He also enjoys playing with stuffed toys, and does NOT destroy them. And, he is an absolute ball playing and fetching dog! Our boy has a very balanced and confident personality, and is neither dominant or submissive. He meets new people politely, and is not all over you. Mango is very attentive, and is definitely a cuddler and a velcro dog, who loves human attention and being close to you.
Depending on the amount of exercise he is given, Mango is a moderate to moderately high energy dog. He is extremely smart and learns very quickly. Mango knows several commands, including sit, stay, twist, twirl, spin, drop it, touch, gentle. As a very young cattle dog, he will need quite a bit of exercise and activity to occupy his busy brain, and is NOT a dog to be left alone for 8 hours each day. He would be a fantastic sport dog. He has done a little flyball. His love of playing in water, plus the fact that he is more motivated by a ball than food, makes him an ideal dog for splash ball! Mango is completely housebroken and is a perfect passenger in the back seat of a car. He walks well on leash, but if he has not had enough exercise, he may pull a bit. When on leash, if he sees other dogs he wants to meet, he will often pull and cry. If other dogs are in view, and you keep him walking at a brisk pace, he will usually be fine.
Mango is very good with children. If children are running, he will begin to run after them, but if they stop or freeze, Mango will stop too. If they continue to run he may try to herd them, by pushing or bumping them. As mentioned, he loves playing with other dogs, and can be vocal when playing. Also, when he is feeling playful, and you are not paying attention, he may give a few barks to let you know it's time to play. Although we have not seen him with cats, we were told he wants to chase. Mango would be fine in a multi-dog household. However, in is desire for the attention of his people, he will sometimes try to hog the attention by squeezing himself between his person and another dog.
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