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Venus (ADOPTED) Here is Venus with her new person Jenny! She is now going to work at the horse stable with Jenny everyday and will learn how to handle horses and be a ranch dog. Good luck Venus and have a wonderful life!

Venus is approximately 10 months old and weighs 33 lbs. She is a mini cattle dog, but big on personality.  Venus loves attention and seeks out human companionship.  She is responsive, alert and very sociable.  She will come sliding into a sit at your feet when you call her!  Venus is a very happy, friendly, playful, and active.  She is very responsive to people, well mannered and intelligent.  She is very eager to please and knows 'sit' especially for treats.  She loves belly rubs and treats, and will gently take them from your fingers.  She plays well with other dogs, but as a cattle dog, can be a bit bossy and can sometimes try to control a situation.  Venus needs to have her energy and brain directed and have a purpose.  She will be a wonderful and loyal companion.  She would like nothing more than to have her own person to cuddle with and adore.

Kasey (Adopted!) is a quiet and very devoted girl, who wants nothing more than her own person to adore and share experiences with. She loves hiking, playing in the water, and doing anything her person wants to do. Kasey is a perfect dog for someone who wants the close companionship and that special cattle dog bond, without the requirement for high energy activities. She is 5-6 years old and weighs 37 lbs.
Kasey is completely house trained and walks wonderfully on leash. She also loves to ride in the car. Kasey is very eager to please and responds instantly to verbal correction and direction. Although her former owners did not work with her on basic commands, she is extremely attentive, smart and learns very quickly. Kasey knows how to sit, and we are teaching her a few other commands.
Although Kasey is a quiet, calm, with moderate exercise needs, she is still a cattle dog, who will need mental stimulation, regular activity, and people who will provide clear and consistent direction as to what is appropriate and what is not. This dog does NOT want to be the leader of the house, but in the absence of any clear direction or leadership, or if left to decide for herself, she will create her own 'job' and house rules. So far, in her foster home, she has been very polite, observing cues from the other dogs, and constantly "checking in" for direction from her humans.
Kasey is most comfortable around women and warms up to them quickly. She is a little cautious, with a wait and see attitude, when first meeting anyone. She is very wary around most men, and takes longer to feel relaxed around them. Based on her crooked right ear and preference not to meet other dogs, Kasey likely had some bad dog encounters.  If a strange dog approaches her too quickly or closely on the street, Kasey may snarl a warning, as a protection mechanism. However, with a proper introduction and upon learning that other dogs are friendly, she is fine with them. Kasey very quickly transitioned into a foster home with three other dogs, and is learning the house routines from them.
Although Kasey would do best as an only dog, having her person all to herself, she also may do well in a household with another friendly, yet more dominant dog.  She is very respectful of dominant dogs, but can be a pushy pest to a more submissive dog.  Her first love will be her person. We have not seen her with cats, but she did stay well away from two pot bellied pigs and ignored chirping, running ground squirrels that she saw.

Camo (Adopted!) Introducing our newest rescue! He is about 8 months old and weighs 39 lbs. This is one very happy guy who thinks the world is one big playground. He loves people, and enjoys meeting and playing with other dogs. Camo is definitely a ball dog, who doesn't seem to tire of chasing and fetching the ball.  We were told that he was somewhat house trained, but finding maybe not so much ;-) He walks fairly well on leash, but zig zags a bit.

He was surrendered to the shelter by an owner who left this pup alone for over 8 hours each day in an urban dwelling.  As a result, due to his fear that he will be left alone, Camo will try to be your own personal shadow.  He needs a home where he will feel secure and be reassured that he won't be abandoned.  Still a pup, Camo is very much a blank slate, with much to learn.  He is very smart and observant, and will be easy to train. We just LOVE this dog, and believe this gem, who just needs a bit of polishing, will be adopted quickly!

Cheyenne (ADOPTED) (reddish brown, hazel eyes) is approximately 8 months old, weighs 43 lbs, and is happy and friendly.  He is extremely well mannered, with a soft, gentle, compliant, and outgoing disposition.  Cheyenne loves people and being close to you.  He is still learning what the world is all about and needs people who will introduce him to new things and help him build some confidence.  He was a tad scared when in the noisy shelter environment and tends to hide behind people when things get too busy for him.   He is very playful, responsive, and eager to please.  Cheyenne loves treats, playing outside, and learning about toys.  He plays well with other dogs, and is a good follower.  He tends to be submissive to other dogs.  Cheyenne takes direction extremely well.  He is learning to sit and lie down, and walking on a leash.  He is an awesome dog and would be the perfect companion.  Everyone who has met this handsome boy loves him!

Kahlua (ADOPTED) is now living with her new mom and two pre-adolescent children, and enjoys being part of family outings and activities. She loves to meet new people and roll over on her back in hopes of getting a belly rub or two!

Kahlua is a Kelpie mix, about 1 year old, weighing 50 lbs. She loves being outside and is a playful, happy girl.  Kahlua is very responsive to and focused on people, and loves attention. She will roll over for belly rubs, and has a very gentle, even tempered, calm and relaxed disposition.  Kahlua is extremely sweet and quiet.  She will learn quickly, as she is very smart, eager to please, and responsive.  Kahlua has an excellent way with other dogs.  She is an active girl who has a wonderfully balanced and stable disposition, coupled with a zest for life. She loves toys, and is very much a ball dog. Kahlua is a fabulous dog for a family that wants an intelligent, playful, herding breed dog, without the intense, constantly busy personality.


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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