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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 t
o 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 g
et 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.

I you would like to meet Tanuki, please begin our process by completing our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy). Please click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down to find 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.

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.

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.

If you are interested in Shallot (aka Luvvy), please begin our process by completing our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy). On our website (hittgv.org), click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down to find 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 about this dog or our process.

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 th
at 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.

If you are interested in meeting Hank, please begin our process by completing our adoption form (online form or download and complete a hard copy).  At our website (hittgv.org), click on the "Adopt" tab near the top of the page,
and scroll down the page for the online Adoption Form.  If you have specific questions about Hank, you can also email his foster mom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you have questions about our adoption process, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bobby Blue (ADOPTED!) is a 2 to 3 year old, 44 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, calm boy, who is very accepting of new situations and experiences. He is very friendly, calm and polite, when meeting new people.

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. Bobby is incredibly intelligent and figures things out quickly. He should be 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.

In his initial foster home, Bobby got along nicely with the entire pack of several dogs, cats, kittens and guinea pigs! 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 very quiet dog, who only barks at things that upset him. He is good around children, and is NOT mouthy or nippy, but he does have some herding instinct. He seems to want to chase chickens, and may try to herd children who are playing or peddling by on ride-on toys. He also will bark at and wants to chase bicycles and skateboards. He sometimes uses his head to drive and nudge other dogs and/or cats in some direction or towards a spot of his choosing, or to get them to play by chasing them.

Bobby loves to play with and hang out with other dogs. He is, however, a little afraid when first meeting new unknown dogs. When he first sees them, especially if on leash, he will do some growling and barking. If you tell him to stop, he will. Then, if allowed to meet and sniff a friendly dog, Bobby is immediately fine. Also, if a dog ignores him, he will relax and hang with him/her. Bobby is not aggressive at all, but just initially afraid of a new dog. If they don’t harass him or get in his face at the first meeting, he will relax again.

One extra consideration for many, about our boy, is that his left front leg was amputated in March 2016. He has healed up very well and adjusted nicely to life on three legs. Bobby is still a young cattle dog, with the same spirit, energy and desire to run and play. He walks nicely on leash, but If he is excited about something while on leash, he is strong and can pull hard.

Currently, Bobby’s actual activity level is one of an older dog. He is strong, but has short moments of energy, and finds running difficult. At the moment, he is a bit overweight. Once he trims up and becomes accustomed to regular exercise, his activity level will increase. Bobby should be on a joint supplement for his increased chance of early arthritis in his right shoulder, which bears much of his weight. He should always be kept trim due to awkward weight distribution.

Based on Bobby’s injuries, the veterinarians are fairly certain that he fell from the bed of a fast moving pick-up truck. He had been lying on the median strip of a major highway for one to three days before someone realized he was not a dead dog on the highway. 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, which has completely 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. Although Bobby only has three legs, it doesn’t seem to slow him down much. He hops easily in and out of the car, and enjoys chasing and running with his 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 four legs will do that.

We don’t believe Bobby received much human affection or was in a house before he was rescued. He had also probably been hit on his hind end and kicked before, as Bobby will startle  or run, if your foot even accidentally grazes his fur. He may sometimes also startle and seem afraid, if people pat or handle his backside. It took Bobby a few months to learn to sleep on a dog bed. Before that, he just slept on the hard floor. Our boy also 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. While he has recently learned to relax and sit quietly in a crate, Bobby is also fine when left alone, freely, in the house, and has never chewed up anything. He is also completely housebroken. Bobby does enjoy being outside on a nice day.

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 did not compete with him and knew they 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 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.

When we first had Bobby In April 2016, he was quickly adopted by a wonderful person who understood too well what Bobby was going through. Because Bobby has fully recovered and become stronger and more active, he has surpassed his adopter’s recovery. Because he could not meet Bobby’s needs and wants the best for him, his adopter asked us to find Bobby a great home where he will thrive. Bobby Blue 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. Again, he is strong and wants to be active and busy. Although Bobby knows several commands, he would benefit from a round of obedience training classes. Bobby would NOT be suitable in an apartment or condo situation, or where he is sitting alone during the workday, either inside a home or a yard, with no mental stimulation or human companionship. Although he only has three legs, he is still a young cattle dog.

If you are interested in meeting Bobby for possible adoption, please complete our online adoption form. At our website, click on the Adopt button near the top of the page, and scroll down to find 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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