If you are asking us to take in a herding breed/mix dog, we have very limited space and may likely not accept your dog 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.
Pilot is a very mellow, easy going guy in all situations, with all people and animals. We estimate that he is around 3 years old, and weighs 43-45 lbs. He appears to be a cattle dog, border collie mix, with some bull terrier thrown in. Pilot seems very careful and hesitant in new situations, and while he is quiet and gentle, he is also happy and social (once he has had time to know everyone is ok). We have only had Pilot for a few days. So far, he seems to be a moderate energy dog, who is very content to just sit beside or go for a walk with his person.
He is an extremely observant and highly intelligent dog, who quietly watches and evaluates everything around him. Although Pilot seems initially more comfortable when meeting women, than strange men, with a quiet, slow introduction, and some time to observe new people, he will warm up. Within an hour or so, he took to his foster dad, and having the velcro nature of a cattle dog, now follows him around whenever possible. Pilot is fine when left alone. When his foster dad returns home, although Pilot has the company of other dogs, he is excited and happy, coming up to lick his foster dad’s hand, and running around in glee.
Pilot demonstrates excellent body language around other dogs. While curious about other dogs, if he is unsure of new dogs who look at or approach him quickly, he will turn his head away to avoid their gaze, letting them know he is not a threat. He may hide behind the legs of his person if strange dogs quickly approach him to meet. It may take him several minutes to feel comfortable enough to return a sniff and slowly begin to interact with new dogs or people. Once he feels secure in a situation and with other dogs or people, he is happy, curious and interactive.
He met and shown no interest in his foster’s cat, and is doing fine living with several other dogs. His foster home has several dogs, Pilot especially likes an older, male, border collie. When the two get back together, after being away from each other, Pilot will run up to his border collie buddy, lick his face, follow him around, and make a gentle nuisance of himself.
As Pilot becomes more comfortable, we should see more of his personality emerge. We have seen flashes of his true nature. He does enjoy playing ball, and seems to have a sense of humor! When being introduced to other dogs at his foster home, Pilot and I sat side by side in a room with exercise equipment. We both saw a tall mirror against the wall. I saw him looking into the mirror. I did a double-take, when I realized that he wasn’t staring at himself, but was instead looking at me. As we sat facing the mirror, looking straight into each other’s eyes, he had an amused smile on his face, as if he thought watching each other in the mirror was the coolest thing ever.
Pilot is a very easy going and compliant guy. When his foster dad calls him, Pilot wags his stumpy tail. He also likes being brushed or petted. Pilot was still and sat quietly in the tub for his bath. When walking on leash he will follow your lead and never pulls. Even if he is reluctant to go where you are leading him, if he knows you, he will follow. Pilot also rides extremely well in a car, and sits very quietly in the back seat. He enjoys facing the window and watching the world go by. He seems to be housebroken and knows how to use a dog door. At bedtime, if you let him, he would love to sleep with you.
Our boy also does something that may be a request for attention or support. When sitting with you, he will slowly lift up and offer you a front paw, while looking away from you. When he first came off of transport to us, Pilot seemed very apprehensive. To allow him to de-stress, I spent nearly 45 minutes sitting in the shade with him in a quiet area. He was so still and quiet, yet when he heard voices of passing families, he would perk up and strain to see them, and watch them intently until they disappeared.
We are seeking people who can give Pilot the companionship, security, confidence, and loving happy, active life that he deserves. He is a brilliantly intelligent dog, who needs TLC, and people who will be his partners in life.
*COURTESY LISTING FOR BULL TERRIER RESCUE!*
Bull Terrier Rescue has several wonderful 8-9 week old (week of July 17, 2016) puppies available for adoption!
If interested in any of these pups, please go to http://www.bullterrierrescue.org and fill out an application. Be prepared for a phone interview & home visit. His adoption cost is $250.00, all proceeds go to Bull Terrier Rescue.
Max is an adorable 8 week old Red Heeler/Bull Terrier mix. His looks are very true to his cattle dog papa, only most of his spots are grey like his BT mom. He has floppy cinnamon ears and soulful grey-brown eyes. In temperament, he is such a sweet & easy puppy with a gentle mouth & great bite inhibition, wanting to love & be loved. He is not a hard-driven alpha type, more mellow in temperament, yet not a scared pup at all either--a perfect gentleman really! He has been highly socialized with children, little dogs, big dogs, cats, men & women. He is housetrained (goes out every 30 mins.), comes to his name, sleeps in crate at night & is learning "sit", has been dewormed & received 2 sets of shots. Although fostering in Willits, Ca, volunteers will help coordinate his delivery to you!
Mary is full of spunk. Her ears are really starting to stand up, and her spots are all colors, she has tan, brown, blue and some red too. Her one eye is circles with dark color and makes me think of how she may have played in Momma's make up. She plays hard and sleeps hard. Her little herding instincts are definitely kicking in, she will lay in waiting until our Aussie comes by and the she will pounce.
We believe Mary to be deaf, but that is not stopping her from learning. We give her a thumbs up for good behavior including eye contact. We also have her 'check' in. If we put our hand down, fingers towards the ground palm facing her, she will look at our face make eye contact and then run and touch her nose to our palm. She is also responding well to wagging your finger NO. She can get rambunctious, but will calm when hold her close. Current on vaccines and worming.
Prince (aka TANK) - has the biggest heart, and such a love bug. Look at the frog lay out. He plays hard and when he is tired, he just PLOPS on the ground. He is curious and loves to clean up food bowls, ALL OF THEM, Sissy's, Uncle's, and Momma's.
He has great bladder control, no night messes, we rush right out in the morning, and he is ready for play. He LEAPS off the shelf on the table to attack as you pass by, feet are definitely a favorite. It has been determined that Tank is deaf, but that is not stopping him form learning, he is sharp. He is learning a finger wag for NO, and come with a hand signal, fingers down, palm facing him and curl your fingers. He is smart and we think he is a fast learner. He loves a good cuddle. Current on vaccines and worming.
Amelia (ADOPTED!) is named after Amelia Earhart because she is a spunky, adventurous explorer. This gal is the perfect adventure dog, brave in new situations, spunky & bold, she is up for any fun you can dish out! She is a lovely white & red heeler who has been socialized with cats, little dogs, big dogs, kids, men & women. She can be heeler-nippy, but is learning her bite inhibition with the use of chew toys & pull ropes. Amelia would be an excellent candidate for agility training--she wants to work! She is a gal who likes to be in charge, & needs the security of an owner who knows THEY are the one in charge! She kennels at night, goes out doggy door to potty, gives sweet cuddles & is up to date on shots/wormer. A great busy addition for any adventurous home.
If interested in any of these pups, please go to http://www.bullterrierrescue.org and fill out an application. Be prepared for a phone interview & home visit. Adoption cost is $250.00, all proceeds go to Bull Terrier Rescue for further rescue work. All pups are located in Northern California.
Ben (ADOPTION PENDING!) is an extremely sweet, calm, and gentle cattle dog mix, who weighs 47 lbs. Our best estimate is that he is 8 or 9 years old. He is a low energy guy, who enjoys relaxing out in the fresh air or resting on the cool wood or tile floor of his home, while hanging out with you.
In the short time that we have had Ben, he has done very well in a variety of situations, and around different people and animals. He is great with everyone he meets. Ben is very friendly with all people. He will greet you easily, with a friendly posture and gladly accept petting. Ben also meets other dogs very nicely, with good manners. If another dog is playful, Ben will join in the fun. He likes to poke the other dog with his front paw to start another round of play. Ben’s foster took him on a family outing to the river. He enjoyed going into the water up to his belly, and just laying in the shade, watching others play and enjoying the outdoors.
Ben is a mellow and generally quiet boy, who tends to sit and wait to do whatever you want to do or go wherever you want to go. He enjoys his walks, and does very nicely on leash. When on leash and something gets his attention, he is easily re-directed. Ben also is an excellent passenger in the car and rides very quietly. We have only seen him around a cat once, so far, and he ignored it as it passed by.
The only times that Ben will use his voice is when he hears distant fire engine sirens (not loud close ones). He will give out a very soft, low howl, which is almost as if he is starting to sing. The only times he will bark, are when large, delivery type trucks rumble past, or if a bicycle whizzes by. Ben is fine with other vehicles, including pick-up trucks.
In summary, this boy is an excellent companion for someone with a moderate to slower lifestyle, but who still enjoys getting outside for a few walks a day, and occasional trips to the beach or park. Ben is a happy and accepting guy, who wants to share experiences and everyday explorations with you.
Tanuki (ADOPTED!) is around 4 months old, and currently weighs 19-20 lbs. Because of her perfect mask, her foster named her after the Japanese raccoon-dog.
UPDATE 6/17/16: After a few weeks feeling safe in a stable home environment, and after her sister was adopted, Tanuki is transforming into a regular playful, energetic cattle dog puppy! When the two girls were together, she may have felt the burden of responsibility for her sister. Once Rocket left, Tanuki has become much more playful. She is now a typical happy, busy puppy, who would love the space to run off her energy. This is NOT a pup who should be left alone in the house for several hours during the workday. She is also entering a chewing phase and enjoys gnawing on her rope toys and taking apart her soft, plush toys. Tanuki has recently started stealing shoes and puts them on her bed in her crate. She does not chew them, she only collects.
Tanuki and her sister were found living in a field, and after four days, the landowner realized that they would starve if nothing was done to help them. When the pups first arrived, Tanuki was the more serious and watchful of the two pups. She was the one who assessed new situations and made the decisions for both of them. When first meeting new people, she will initially run away to get distance from them, and observe. Once she decides a situation or person is safe, it didn't take long for her to come forward and give you kisses. Tanuki will soon begin playing and wants to be part of the activities. When she feels comfortable, she is very friendly, enjoys affection, petting, and cuddling. If a situation becomes noisy or chaotic she may run to hide in a protected space. Sudden moves or loud sounds will send her running for cover. For this reason, we do not recommend this pup for a household with young children. Tanuki's foster is socializing her each day, and she is becoming more friendly and outgoing everyday.
This pup is fine with cats. She likes protected spaces and is good relaxing in a crate. Currently, her foster is working to get her to walk on leash. Tanuki is doing well learning to walk on leash, but she will need continued work. While she has the cattle dog trait of being very bright and a thinking dog, she also has the trait of being willful and stubborn. She is an adorable playful puppy now, but will need a home where she can get plenty of mental and physical activity, and people who will continue the work of socializing her throughout the day, and teaching her basic manners and routines. Tanuki is all Australian cattle dog, and needs people who have experience with and understand these dogs. A large yard or acreage would be ideal for her.
Breezy (ADOPTED!) is a very gentle, sweet natured, and quiet Australian cattle dog and possibly Labrador mix, who weighs around 45-50 lbs. She is calm and unassuming, and very friendly with all people. Most herding dogs who are Breezy’s age, are highly energetic, but Breezy seems to be mature beyond her 2-3 years. She is a moderate energy girl, who is happy to go on walks in quiet surroundings, and then hang out with her person/people. Occasionally, she will get a spurt of glee, pick up a toy and race around the house or property with it for a few minutes.
Breezy, adores human attention, and meets other animals calmly and politely. If a passing dog growls at her, she quietly ignores it or may hide behind her person’s legs. As an unassuming dog, she likes to know where her people are, and will just hang out somewhere in the same room or close by. She doesn’t feel the need to be at your feet, but if you move to another location, she will get up to see where you have gone. Because Breezy is unsure of herself, she often sits and observes the activity around her, only approaching if you invite her. When you re-enter a room, she will wag up to you to welcome you back.
Breezy truly wants her own person/people to bond closely with and follow around. Within a few hours at her new foster home, she was following her foster mom everywhere, watching for cues on what she should do. She has been trying to win over her foster dad, who usually doesn’t interact with her much. Whenever he enters the room, Breezy goes to greet him,wagging her whole body and gives him a big smile. Yes, this dog actually smiles. Most people initially think she is snarling, as she lifts her lips and shows her front teeth, while wagging and wiggling happily. Breezy usually does this when she is super happy to see you, and when she sheepishly realizes that she was caught doing something that she probably shouldn’t. Her smile is sort of an “Oops, I’m sorry. I’m really a good girl.”
Breezy is NOT mouthy, and has NOT shown any desire to nip at feet or hands. She is completely housebroken and will go out on her own if a door is left open. She does not know how to use a dog door, and is still a apprehensive about the swinging flap. She has come up to her fosters to let them know when she needs to go out. When walking on leash, Breezy walks right at your side and doesn’t pull. However, she is not familiar with leash walking, and tends to change sides, and sometimes bumps into your legs as she switches sides.
We believe that her original people did not take her off their property very often, as she lacks confidence in new situations. She and her 1 year old pup were found left out in a backyard, when the new owners of a house moved in, and was subsequently taken to a county shelter.
She needs confidence building through more exposure to new experiences, new people and other animals. When walking in town, she was very afraid of the cars that drove past, and when she saw bunnies in a pet store, not sure of what they were, she took a few steps back. Breezy also becomes very concerned when she hears people raise their voices. She likes to find small, protected spaces to relax in, and would enjoy having a crate to retreat to sometimes. Breezy has been excellent with the two dogs in her foster home. She has been better with them, than they have been with her. We have not seen any aggressive behavior at all from her in any situation. She is still learning the concept of eating out of her own bowl, when in a multiple dog household. She is getting better about not visiting the other dogs’ bowls during mealtime. We believe in her former home, the food was put down in a free-for-all.
In summary, Breezy is an incredibly sweet and easy going dog, who would be an ideal companion in a quiet, calm home. As a young dog, she would appreciate exercise and mental stimulation, and to be slowly exposed to new experiences and situations to build her confidence. Breezy would do best in a quiet rural setting.
Rocket (ADOPTED!) is an Australian cattle dog and Australian shepherd mix, between 3.5 and 4 months old. She currently weighs 15 lbs. Her foster chose this name, because she is the more silly, playful pup, who gets the zoomies, running around the house frequently throughout the day. Rocket and her sister were found living in a field, and after seeing them for four days, the landowner realized that they would starve if nothing was done to help them.
Of the two pups, Rocket is the social butterfly. She is spry, energetic, and loves to run and play with other dogs. She has an easy going, happy, very loving personality. She is very free with her kisses. However, if a situation becomes noisy or chaotic Rocket will run to hide in a protected space. Even when she is relaxed and playful, she will frequently hang out under a coffee table or other cave-like space. Sudden moves or loud sounds will send her running for cover. For this reason, she would not be suitable in a household with young children.
This pup is fine with cats. Because she likes protected spaces Rocket is good relaxing in a crate. Currently, her foster is working to get her to used to walking on leash. Although she will walk on leash, if you try to direct her with a tug at the leash, she will panic and struggle.
She is an adorable playful puppy now, but similar to her sister, Rocket will need a home where she can get plenty of mental and physical activity, and people who will continue the work of socializing her throughout the day, and teaching her basic manners and routines. Rocket needs people who have experience with and understand herding breeds. This is NOT a pup who should be left alone in the house for several hours during the workday.
Shallot (ADOPTED!) is 4 years old and a lot to love! She is a very sweet, loving girl, who likes to have a routine. Our girl needs a gentle, quiet person and home life. While she is very sensitive and worried around new things. Once Shallot is comfortable and feels secure, she can be a silly girl with a sense of humor. She is a perceptive, quick study, who observes and figures out new situations and routines very quickly. Shallot is also very curious and interested about everything. When seeing livestock for the first time, she curiously did a lot of sniffing and wisely just watched them. Shallot was surrendered to the shelter, because she had been in a home with multiple dogs, children, and cats and she was constantly overwhelmed by all the activity.
Our girl is a bit on the plump side, and her foster named her Shallot, because she was sort of shaped like one when we got her from the shelter. We also called her Luvvy, because the shelter staffer who cared for her called her Love Bug, and teared up when she helped us load her into the car. Shallot/Luvvy is a moderately active girl. A couple of walks a day would be good for her. She can walk about a mile per walk.
She walks well on leash, and tends to stay very close to you. When on busy roads, Shallot knows to stop to let cars drive past. She enjoys riding in a car, and seems to feel safe and secure when in a car. Shallot is is also very good and quiet in the house, and is completely house trained. She does want to go out every few hours to pee, and if she really needs to go out, she will pace, restlessly, but otherwise does not let you know.
Shallot is an extremely bright girl, who needs to feel safe in order to slowly build up confidence in new situations. She is a typical Australian cattle dog who wants to be with her person as much as possible. She would do best as an only dog in a quiet, adult home, or with another quiet, easy going dog. She becomes very nervous and worried at the sound of raised voices and around sudden moves. When she recently visited a pet store and another dog growled at her, Shallot cried and hid behind her foster’s legs.
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Hank (ADOPTED!) is an incredibly sweet, happy, 6-8 year old, neutered, male cattle dog, who weighs 33 pounds. He is very friendly and warm, greeting strangers on the street with plenty of wags. In the home, Hank is very much a velcro dog, who loves to be around his people. From day one, Hank has been very trusting and affectionate with his foster mom, constantly wagging his tail to show her how happy he is to be with her. When you are sitting down, he often uses this as an opportunity to ask you for a pet, by placing a paw on your knee. Hank’s other move is to roll onto his back to beg for belly rubs and more hands-on attention. Our boy has a very calm energy and is perfectly happy to snooze at your feet. However, when it’s time for a walk he is very enthusiastic and eager to sniff and explore. When walking on leash, Hank is a dream, walking right at your side, with no pulling or lunging. He will learn quickly and train easily, as he is naturally eager to please and is also quite treat motivated.
When meeting other dogs of all sizes, Hank is very friendly, and would likely do well in a home with another dog. He is NOT a dominant dog, but does show some herding tendency around small dogs. When he meets small dogs, he is calm and polite, but will use his nose to continually nudge them from behind. He doesn’t do this with medium and larger sized dog, and seems to be a bit more submissive around them. Hank has greeted children calmly, and doesn’t even seem to notice the cats that we come across on walks. He has a healthy appetite, and does NOT guard resources or food. He doesn’t appear to have much interest in toys yet. Hank is great in the car and will plop right down and snooze for the ride. He is polite in the house and does not try to get up on any furniture. He is good at pretty much sleeping through the night on his dog bed or on the carpet in his foster mom’s bedroom. Hank has NOT exhibited any destructive behavior or separation anxiety. HIs foster mom has yet to hear Hank bark, and says that he is generally a very content and calm boy.
Since he has only been out of the shelter for a few days, Hank and his fosters are still learning how to communicate and understand each other. He is learning how to let people know when he needs to go outside, but had a couple of accidents in the first two days. Being a slightly older boy, Hank’s teeth show the signs of a past owner who did not provide him with the attention that this sweet boy deserves. Also, as with some dogs as they get older, he has a few fatty lumps under the skin, on his torso. We are in the process of a full veterinary work-up for Hank, and plan to schedule a full dental exam and cleaning for him. Once Hank gets used to a life of good food and care, we believe he will be in good shape for many, many years to come. He is the sweetest of souls, who is great at getting along with everyone. We are seeking someone who will appreciate this charming and very loving boy, who wants his own person to partner with, more than anything.
Bobby Blue (ADOPTED!) is an 18-24 month old, 42 lb., true blue Australian Cattle dog in every sense. Besides his classic good looks, he has all the personality traits that lovers of this breed look for. Bobby is a very good natured, happy boy, who is very accepting of new situations and experiences. He is very friendly, yet polite, when meeting new people, and other dogs. Bobby has a calm demeanor, and has been great in a crowd and around children. In his initial foster home, Bobby got along nicely with the entire pack of several dogs, cats, kittens and guinea pigs! He is a moderate energy guy, who loves to play with and hang out with other dogs. He would also sometimes nudge some of the cats to get them to run, so he could play by chasing. As he learned the different personalities of the other animals, he was respectful of the ones who didn’t want to play, and was not pushy. Bobby is NOT mouthy or nippy, but he does have some herding instinct. He sometimes uses his head to drive and nudge other dogs and/or cats in some direction or towards a spot of his choosing.
Typical of his breed, Bobby’s main focus and desire is to be with his person. He is a fun dog, who is up for whatever you want to do, as long as he can spend time with you. He adores going on walks with his person and getting personal attention/petting. When at home, if his foster is at a desk or just sitting, Bobby is happy to drape himself over her foot and relax. He is very much a velcro dog, who listens very well and wants to please. Bobby will walk at your side, with or without a leash. If he wanders a few feet away, a simple call to him will bring him right back to your side. When on walks, he likes to hold his own leash, or the leash of another dog if walking together. Bobby is incredibly intelligent and figures things out quickly. He should be super easy to train. If he doesn’t understand what you want, he will sit and look at you - waiting for you to make it clearer to him.
One extra consideration for many, about our boy, is that he recently had his left front leg amputated. He has healed up very well and seems to be adjusting nicely to life on three legs. Based on Bobby’s injuries, the veterinarians are fairly certain that he fell from the back of a moving pick-up truck. The main (radial) nerve in his leg was completely severed, causing his leg to be useless. He also literally had the wind knocked out of him, which collapsed one lung, as well as road rash on his face, now healed. Being an Australian cattle dog, he was very stoic about his injuries and never complained. It was touch-and-go in the first week when he could barely breathe, but he also never gave up his will to live.
Bobby loves riding INSIDE a car. He likes to sit quietly in the passenger seat and watch the world go by. He does fine hopping in and out of the car on three legs, as well as chasing around with his foster dog mates. Sometimes if on a tile or shiny floor, if he is going to fast and tries to turn, he may slip, but even dogs on 4-legs will do that. We don’t believe Bobby had ever received much human affection or been in a house before he was fostered. It took him a few weeks to learn to become close to his foster mom, and for him to begin greeting her with wags and giving kisses. He just recently learned to sleep on a dog bed. Before that, he just slept on the hard floor. Bobby likes toys. He does not yet know how to fetch, but does like to run after toys and give them a shake and a toss. Bobby is not currently trained to be in a crate and does not like being in one. He has been fine when left alone in the house, and has never chewed up anything. He is also completely housebroken. Bobby does enjoy being outside on a nice day.
Although Bobby only has 3-legs, it doesn’t seem to slow him down much. You could find not find a more loving or loyal companion than this boy. He is still a young dog, who needs people willing to give him the attention and affection he craves, along with regular mental and physical activity. While Bobby is good with other dogs, he wants the love and attention of his own person more than anything. In his initial foster home, if he was receiving affection and petting, and other dogs came over for mom’s attention, Bobby would push the other dogs away, telling them that it was his personal time with her. The others seemed to understand and did not compete with him and would get their own time with mom later. He is otherwise NOT territorial or protective of his person, and was friends, playing and hanging out with all the dogs. Bobby would take specifically take direction from the alpha female in the household. For this reason, if he is adopted as a second dog, we believe he may do best learning from and following a strong female dog.