Happy Tails

altBadger    (Adopted!)   is a fun loving character, with a zest for life! We were told that he is about 18 months old, but he has the lively, playful personality and energy of a young pup. This guy is super happy, playful, and loves people.  He is eager to meet people, with the expectation of playing. He is extremely attentive, has great eye contact, and will stay with you when off leash.  As a typical cattle dog, Badger is very loving and will bond closely with his people. He also has lots of energy and loves to use it chasing and fetching the ball, although he does have a problem committing to which ball! Click here to see proof!

 Badger weighs about 40 lbs. and has the soft coat of a semi-adult pup. Badger has learned several commands (sit, down, come, etc.).  He now walks well on leash, and has calmed down and learned quite a bit since we have gotten him.  He is also house trained and is good with cats.
Badger will need lots of physical and mental exercise. He is a very smart boy and took just a few tries to learn to use a doggie door. He loves toys of all kinds. Badger is excellent at playing catch and fetching tennis balls that are thrown a long distance. He is learning to sit calmly in anticipation of chasing a far flung tennis ball. After he has had several good runs, Badger will calm down and become much more receptive to training and commands. 
Badger will need very consistent training in how to be polite and to control his excitement. This boy will need someone who is experienced with cattle dogs and positive training, with calm authority. 

Being a cattle dog – or heeler - Badger has a tendency to be very mouthy and nippy. His foster dad has taught him not to jump up on people or use his mouth to get attention.  He now greets people calmly and stays on all fours. 

In summary, Badger is a terrific, but still very young, diamond in the rough. He needs someone willing to give him the attention and playtime he craves, mixed in with the patient, consistent training he needs. Due to his high energy, he would do best on country property, and/or in an active household.  We do not recommend Badger for families with small children, because of his mouthiness, and possible desire to jump up on people when excited.  Badger will need someone who can give him ongoing and consistent training on appropriate behavior.


altDarling little Bandit (ADOPTED) the puppy on the right is a male, super calm and friendly; an adorable, beautiful soul that we hardly even got to know before he was adopted away from us. Good luck Bandit and have a beautiful life!

Foxy (now Chelsea) Our sweet faced red heeler was adopted to her new home in the big City. It was love at first sight for Foxy and her adoptive family! And what a love she is, a tiny little package at 6 to 9 months old and weighing about 25 pounds.  She is a very calm, quiet little girl who bonded immediately with her new family and was playing shake within minutes of the meet and greet. What a beautiful family they make...we wish them all the best in their new life adventure in San Francisco!

We just received this email from Foxy's new Mom: Susanne wrote: "Thank you Marina & Debbie! We just love our little Foxy! I'm so happy to have a cattle dog back in our family and Foxy is a perfect match for us, she's so happy here with us on day one! A magical match. :)"




Sadie is a wonderful girl, who loves to talk to you, and will give you a good night kiss before going to her own bed.  She is 3 years old and weighs 40 lbs. Sadie is a very devoted dog to her people. She loves attention and to be petted, but she is not clinging and often likes her own space.

This is a terrific all around dog. She knows basic commands (sit, stay, go eat) and will listen and do what is asked of her. Sadie loves to play especially with her balls and frisbees. She is good with other dogs and children. Sadie is completely house trained, walks well on leash, and is very good in the house. She loves to ride in a car or truck, and is an excellent passenger. Sadie is a good herder, does NOT have a strong prey drive and is very good with chickens and livestock.
When first meeting Sadie she tends to be a little shy, but after a few moments, she will relax and warm up to people. She will make someone a loving and devoted friend.

Sadly we are re-homing Sadie because the person who has had her since she was a pup has been through a series of recent hardships. Sadie's mom is now losing her home and asked us to find her girl a great new home.


Zak is a 2 year old male, most likely a Dutch Shepherd and Aussie Shepherd mix, and weighs between 40 and 45 lbs. He is super friendly with people and does well with other dogs. He does not have a dominant personality, does not guard his food or resources, and shows no aggression at all. He does well with cats, although if the cat runs he will want to chase it. Zak is very energetic and playful. He loves to play ball and is an excellent catcher. 
Zak is also very good with children. Minutes after he arrived from the shelter we took him for a walk and a woman with two girls, about 6 and 8 years old, approached us. Zak immediately made a play bow to the smaller girl, inviting her to play with him. However, he may not be suitable for a household with very young children, who could be knocked down by Zak as he likes to jump up on people in his exuberance to play.
Zak is very smart and catches on quickly. He is also very eager to please people. These two traits will make him easy to train as Zak will need to learn some basic obedience training. He also accepts correction very well, by lying down if he has been corrected for an action. Zak tends to walk fairly well on leash, but sometimes in his eagerness to explore the world he will pull.
Although Zak is a young adult, he is very much a pup at heart, and would do well in a household that will give him all the play time and companionship that he craves. He would probably do well with another dog to play with.


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