Angus (ADOPTED!) is between 1-2 years old, and weighs 40 lbs. For a young dog, he is a moderate energy, very easy going and compliant guy. He will need a decent walk in the morning and the evening. If he doesn’t get this, he will need some “turbo” time each day, to run around, play in the yard or with another dog. His foster mom calls him a love bug, who adores cuddling with his people. He is a typical velcro cattle dog, who wants to be your partner and follow you where ever he can.  Angus is super smart, and very much like a human child in many ways. He will tell you when he needs or wants something. He will pat your leg (or arm, if in the car) twice to let you know if he has to go out, wants water, or if he needs anything else. He is also super responsive and very much wants to please. If you tell him to stop or leave something alone, he will obey you. In the 3 weeks with his foster mom, Angus has learned the commands: sit, lay down, go to bed, get your toy, enough or no, and go potty. He is learning wait and stay, and will walk at your side.

Angus is a very balanced dog, and tends to be a follower in all senses of the word. He will follow his canine foster brother around and decide how to behave based on his foster brother’s behavior. In the park with other dogs, he sometimes follows other dogs around, too. This is NOT herding, but just following behind. When resting together, he sometimes likes to groom his foster brother.

Angus is great and respectful when meeting other dogs, both male and female. He is curious about, but afraid of cats, and will tend to avoid them. Angus has been fine when meeting children, but we suspect that if children are running, he may want to herd them.

His foster mom feels that personality wise, Angus is still very much a pup. He seems insecure and afraid that her flow of attention and love to him may stop. She calls him a “love child.” He loves his human(s) so much that he tries to always get between his foster mom and another dog or human who may be close to her. If she tells him to move or stop his needy behavior, he will stop and lay quietly. Although Angus can be needy when his person is around, he has not shown any separation anxiety. He has been fine when left alone with his canine foster brother. It is possible, that he could show some anxiety if left alone for several hours, with no other animal or person.

Angus loves toys, he likes to rearrange them in piles or circles (herding his toys?). He enjoys quietly gnawing on his chew toys (Nyla-flexibones, bully sticks, etc.). He likes playing with other toys, and doesn’t destroy them. His favorite game is playing tug-o-war. Angus will play fetch, but tires of it after returning the ball four times.

He walks nicely on leash, and is good trotting alongside a bicycle. He did once bark at and wanted to chase a skateboarder, who whizzed closely past. Angus rides very nicely and quietly in a car. He is completely housebroken, and if needed, he will sit quietly in a crate. He has NOT shown any resource or food guarding with the other dog (or humans) in his foster home.

We believe Angus would  enjoy being in a home with another dog, and in a situation where he can be with his human(s) as much as possible. If you are interested in meeting Angus, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy). At our website (, click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down for the online Adoption Form. You can also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have specific questions.


Our mission: To rescue, care for, and rehabilitate unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs of herding breeds, concentrating on Australian Cattle Dogs and Border Collies.

Our focus is on their permanent placement into appropriate, loving homes, and informing the public about the special nature and needs of herding breeds.

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