HITTGV WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE ANY NEW DOGS UNTIL MID-JANUARY AT THE EARLIEST.
One of our principals must take a medical leave of absence, and several of our foster homes are taking an extended or permanent break for various reasons. This cripples our ability to save new dogs and we wish the situation were different.* If you need to find rescue for a herding breed dog, please see our "Useful Links" page for a list of other rescue groups that take in herding breeds and mixes.
* We are a small, all-volunteer, foster based, rescue. It is only through the ability and dedication of our fosters and other volunteers that we are able to save the dogs we rescue. We always welcome new fosters and volunteers to join our rescue efforts.
HITTGV posts all of its' adoptable dogs on the front page. 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! But adoption is not the only way to help rescues. You can also foster a dog until the perfect forever home is found and we are in dire need of people who can support us as fosters.
GEMMA is a very playful, bouncy, milk chocolate and tan, "mini-kelpie." She is about 1-2 years old, and weighs 32 lbs. Gemma has a lot of potential to be a great family dog, sport dog, and member of a multi-dog household! Although initially timid when first meeting people, especially men, Gemma warms up quickly when she knows you will not mistreat her, and is learning to trust. She is very affectionate, gives lots of kisses, and wants to please. If allowed on the sofa with you, she would love to cuddle and probably like to try being a lap dog. Gemma also rides very nicely in the car.
To see a video of our darling Gemma, click here!
Gemma is exuberant, fun loving, playful and social when around other dogs. She would be great with another active dog. We have not yet seen her with cats. She is a super sweet little girl, who loves being with people. Gemma loves older children, 10 and older, but because she is cautious at first and cowers at sudden moves, she would not do well in a home with very young children.
This little girl will need confidence building and do best with people who can give her the mental and physical activity she craves, and enable her to feel secure and become more trusting around new people and circumstances. She would also love to have another active dog to play with.
Sparky is a playful, 16 month old, spayed female, cattle dog, who weighs 45 lbs. She loves meeting and being with people. Sparky has the typical cattle dog desire to bond with her own person/people and to be their constant companion. More than anything she wants to have her own family. She is very attentive to and responsive with people. Combined with the fact that Sparky is extremely smart and very much wants to please people, she would quickly adapt to the routine in a new home, and rapidly learn new commands.
Sparky has young, playful energy, and is very much a “ball” dog, who loves to play fetch. She is a moderate energy dog. However, her playfulness will get the better of her and she will chase cats. For this reason, Sparky would do best in a cat free home. Although Sparky is a confident girl, who may enjoy being an only dog, she originally lived with a young, playful male, and would probably do fine in a household with an easy going dog. Sparky has not been seen in the company of children, so we cannot say how she would be around them. However, she adores being with people.
As a young herding breed dog, she is a highly intelligent, “thinking” dog, who will need both physical and mental exercise on a regular basis. “A tired dog is a good dog.” For Sparky this means both mentally and physically. A few ways to keep her mind occupied and to prevent boredom could be ongoing training, learning games or dog sports, or simply helping her person/people to do chores each day.
Currently, Sparky is living alone in a room at the Sonoma Humane Society (SHS), sometimes being taken out only once a day for just a few minutes of exercise. Due to the lack of social interaction and mental or physical activity she gets most of the day, coupled with her strong desire to be with people, she tends to be anxious when people leave her. Sparky also has some frustration when on leash and initially meeting other dogs. Living in a stable home, with a regular routine, daily exercise, and having things to do or learn each day, would go a long way in helping her to feel secure and extinguish the anxieties she currently shows. Sparky’s trainer at the SHS highly recommends the small book "I'll Be Home Soon" for adopters. Apartment living would not be optimal for her, unless someone is home all day and could work with her and take her out throughout the day. Signing up with Sparky for a class at the SHS is a requirement of her adoption.
Buddy (ADOPTED!) is a compact little 38 lbs. Based on his personality, build -and those big pointy ears - we believe he is a cattle dog and bull terrier mix, between 1 to 2 years old. He is very social guy, who loves to play with everyone - adults, children, and other dogs. He is also good with cats. Buddy had passed all his behavioral evaluations by the shelter, and they considered him very adoptable. We agreed to take in this little guy, who has a big heart and great personality, because he was scheduled to be put down early the next afternoon - along with 8 other 'adoptable' dogs - simply because the shelter was overcrowded and needed to make room.
To see a video of our playful Buddy, click here.
Our boy is a very happy little guy, with a great joy for life, who greets all by wiggling his tail and entire butt. Buddy is also a very kind and gentle soul, who has very good manners and plays very well with his canine foster sister. He very much wants to please and will try to do what you want. He is also an extremely smart and observant boy. Buddy is quickly learning the routines at his foster home, and following his foster sister on what to do. His foster mom is a trainer and is working with him on basic commands. Buddy shows some herding tendencies. As you can see from his video, he is definitely a ball dog and LOVES toys! Our boy also seems to like to gather his toys in one place. You can see a bit of this in the video, too.
Buddy showed us his excellent disposition and balanced personality from the moment we received him from the shelter. The day a dog is 'processed' to leave a shelter and is transported to a new place, is very stressful and confusing. Buddy was delivered to his foster mom at a very busy horse event, full of people, children, horses and other dogs. He did fabulously, greeting everyone with kisses and a wiggling his tail and his whole body. He wanted to play with and give kisses to anyone who showed him some attention. Buddy also rides very well in a car or inside the cab of a truck. His size makes him perfect for most home settings. He will make someone a truly wonderful companion.