(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.
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.