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Bart (ADOPTED!) We rang in the New Year with the rescue of this boy!  He was scheduled to be put down at the overcrowded shelter, but because he was such a great dog, the on duty shelter tech could not bring himself to do it. If we had not immediate agreed to take him, someone else would have extinguished our boy's life the next day.  A volunteer was able to get Bart out and over to us on Jan. 1st.

Bart (ADOPTED!) is about 2 years old and weighs 40 lbs. He is an extremely quiet, sweet,  affectionate, love-sponge, who meets people in a friendly and calm way.  As a typical cattle dog, he will follow his person from room to room. Bart is also very smart, eager to please, listens well, and is extremely responsive to his person/people.  He is also sensitive, and if reprimanded for anything, will seem very sorry or apologetic immediately.

Bart seems to be housebroken. He will sit by the door to let you know when he wants to go out. He walks fairly well on leash, and does not pull, but does tend to zig-zag to follow his nose. Although he is a moderate energy guy, Bart enjoys a good run and likes to play.Bart

He can get mouthy and when he gets very playful and excited, he sometimes will leap up, snap in the air, and try to bonk you in the nose with his. Bart also sometimes uses his mouth to try and communicate that he wants something. For these reasons, Bart may not be appropriate in a family with small children. Our boy is good around other dogs and will not react, if another dog barks and pulls towards him. We have not seen Bart with cats, but believe he may be ok with them.

Our boy seems to feel that a truck is his second home. He is very comfortable and mellow hanging out in a truck (or car) to wait for his person. When in his vehicle, he is protective of it when strangers place their arms through the window, or attempt to access HIS truck.  For this reason, he will need someone knows the cattle dog personality and is experienced working with them.

We are still seeing his personality emerge, and will update this description as we learn more about Bart. We do believe that Bart would be a very loving and loyal companion, and he would also be a great ranch dog.

Rocket

Rocket (ADOPTED!) is a border collie male, about 7-8 mos. old, weighing 21-25 lbs. Still very much a pup, he is an outgoing, very playful, energetic, happy, boy, who enjoys giving out kisses. Rocket loves the world and is very friendly and excited to meet all people and all dogs.  

Rocket is a curious, high energy guy, who will need lots of exercise and attention during the day. He is also able to calm down when in the house and settles down nicely for the night. Our little guy would be a fantastic agility or sport dog. He is very athletic, especially when playing with other dogs, running and leaping through the air. 

Rocket

Rocket is very social and loves to play with people and other dogs. is good with children. He is good with children, and seems to be more careful when playing with them. He likes to follow his person around and, when he settles, to cuddle up with them. We have seen him with one cat. He showed some curiosity, but seemed at ease with it. Rocket enjoys car rides and, whether in a crate or buckled in the back, he mostly stands up to watch the world go by. 

He is very bright, observant, eager to please, and a quick learner. As he grows out of puppyhood, Rocket will need continued work to learn and reinforce basic manners and discipline. He is learning to walking nicely on leash, but still likes to zig zag to follow his nose. He is also now house broken. 

Our boy seems to like all toys. He is big on soft chew toys. When playing with some of his chew toys, he will self entertain, by tossing them in the air and jumping up to catch them. Playing tug is a favorite game for Rocket, especially with his canine foster sister. He also loves balls, but is still figuring out fetch. As a young pup, he is still a chewer, and will need a supply of things to chew on. He is quickly learning what is ok and what is not for chewing. If he is scolded for something he shouldn't have, he will leave it alone. 

In summary, Rocket is a high energy boy, who will need lots of exercise and continued work to learn routines and boundaries. He would love and do great with another dog to play with. Our little guy will make a fun companion for an active person or family, who have the time to work with him and channel his energies and busy brain.

 

Snoopy (ADOPTED!) is approximately 14 weeks old and weighs 12.5 lbs.  Although he looks to be all Border collie, his mother is a classic blue merle heeler. This boy is always happy, very playful, and loves to give and receive kisses.  His foster mom calls him a love sponge. 

After he eats and plays for a little while, Snoopy will be very calm and mellow, just happy to hang out.  When they aren't being playful puppies, all the pups in this litter show a calm, easy nature, much like their cattle dog mother.  When their foster mom is preparing their food, Snoopy and his sister(s) will sit quietly, watching, and waiting to be fed.

As a mix of two of the smartest breeds, he is as bright as any human child and responds quickly to people.  If he knows what you want him to do, Snoopy will try to do it.  If you get his attention, he will look up and watch you, as if waiting for you to communicate what you want him to do.  As with all the puppies in this litter, Snoopy is learning 'sit,' 'come,' and is being house trained, to do his business outside - or on puppy pads

(Please see Gypsy; Lucy; and Cali; for additional group photos.)

Gypsy (ADOPTED!) is approximately 14 weeks old and weighs 14.5 lbs.   She is the biggest of her litter of 5 puppies. Although she looks to be all border collie, her mother is a classic blue merle heeler.  It is clear that this little one definitely has the heeler/cattle dog's velcro nature and desire to have a human of her own to follow. Gypsy loves being held, but when given the run of the house, chooses to be her foster mom's personal shadow, constantly at her feet, following her around the house.

Gypsy loves other dogs, too.  When allowed to be around the adult female at her foster home, she will adoringly follow her around and try to get her to play.  While Gypsy is a playful puppy, she is quieter and more reserved than several of her siblings.  When their foster mom is preparing their food, Gypsy will sit quietly, watching, and waiting to be fed.  After they eat, and get a bit of playing out of their systems, all the pups in this litter show a calm nature, much like their cattle dog mother.  Being more reserved than some of her siblings, when first meeting people, Gypsy does not run to greet them, but quietly sits and observes.  She warm up very quickly and is very responsive once she knows someone.  Gypsy is learning 'sit,' 'come,' and is being house trained, to do her business outside - or on puppy pads.

(Please see Snoopy; Lucy and Cali; for additional group photos.)

Lucy (ADOPTED!) is approximately 14 weeks old and weighs 14.5 lbs. She is very friendly, outgoing, and playful.  Although she looks to be all border collie, her mother is a classic blue merle heeler. Lucy is very sweet, loves being held and interacting with people. 

Similar to her brother, Snoopy, Lucy is always happy, very friendly, loving and rather curious. After she eats and plays for a little while, Lucy is happy to hang out. She will investigate new things, and come out when something is going on or to meet people.  When they aren't being playful puppies, all the pups in this litter show a calm, easy nature, much like their cattle dog mother.  When their foster mom is preparing their food, Lucy will sit quietly, watching, and waiting to be fed.  Lucy is learning 'sit,' 'come,' and is being house trained, to do her business outside - or on puppy pads.

(Please see Snoopy; Gypsy; and Cali; for additional group photos.)

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