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Please take a look at our newest adoptable dogs and whether you are looking for the perfect face, the perfect demeanor, or it's love at first sight, hopefully you will find the perfect companion at HITTGV!
We are also in dire need of people who can support us as fosters! You can also foster a dog until the perfect forever home is found or as a trial period with the option to adopt.
Tootsie is an extremely sweet, loving cattle dog mix, who is about 2 years old, and weighs about 40-45 lbs. We have only had her in our rescue for a few days, and will update this information as we learn more about her.
She has long legs for a cattle dog, and could be mixed with McNab. Tootsie was terrified in the shelter and may have been abused in her former life. She likes people, but is cautious when meeting a new person. It takes her a few minutes to decide if someone is good and to warm up to them. She very much wants to attach herself to someone and to trust, and seems to love men.
She is very good when meeting other dogs, even if they are lunging and barking at her. We have the impression that no one spent much time with her.
While she wants to interact and be social with dogs and people, she doesn't seems to understand body language or know how to respond when dogs try to play with her. She also is unsure of how to read people. Tootsie is very much the Eliza Doolittle (in My Fair Lady) of dogs. She will need someone who is patient and consistent, to teach her how to understand both dog and people body language and communication..
Toots walks fairly well on leash, but pulls when excited. She is completely housebroken, and enjoys riding in a car. We will write a more complete description of her in the upcoming week, when we learn more about her.
Elsie is a cattle dog and border collie cross, who is about 2 years old and weighs about 45+ lbs. She has a very easy going, sweet, friendly personality. Elsie enjoys meeting all people, and seems to be a very happy girl. She is very attentive and will attach quickly to her person/people. She is excellent company, and will casually join you in which ever room you are in, quietly resting nearby. She will gaze into your eyes for a sign of what to do next, and is always up for whatever you want to do.
Elsie is extremely bright and smart enough to know that the shelter was a scary place, which made her for rescue only. Once out of the shelter, she has been a love and seems to captivate everyone who meets her. She follows direction immediately, if she knows what you want. Elsie is a medium energy girl, who needs a daily game (ball etc.) as well as a good walk/run. It is clear that she was significantly under exercised and under stimulated in her previous home, and needs to shed at least 7-8 lbs.
Elsie walks nicely on leash and is housebroken. Daily walks with her foster mom have improved her fitness a bit, but she is needing more. Elsie is a perfect passenger, who rides quietly and calmly in the car. She enjoys resting on the sofa, and sleeping on the bed with her people at night. If you place a towel or blanket on the sofa or bed, she will immediately go to it and lie down there.
Elsie is excellent when meeting other dogs, with great dog body language. She is playful with other dogs and loves the dog park. Elsie seems rather interested in chickens, which could just be curiosity or wanting to chase. She is excellent with older children, but we have not yet seen her with small children or cats. It is our opinion that this girl is a terrific companion, who you can take anywhere that dogs are allowed.
Colby is a beautiful 45 lb red cattle dog with floppy ears, who is around 2 years old. He is a happy boy and loves all people. Of his foster parents (there are 3) he has chosen the male as his leader & best friend. Colby follows his foster dad around the house & will plop on the floor of whichever room he is in for a nap.
Colby is completely housebroken and walks fairly well on leash. He is great indoors, but also loves his outdoor time. He will sun bathe during the day or cool off outside at night. He plays with his toys & fetch, but once he is finished he acts uninterested and will lie down. He has thought a fuzzy slipper was his toy, but once told it was not his, he learned quickly. He meets other dogs calmly and happily. We have not seen him with cats.
When Colby was rescued by HITTGV he was sick and his energy level was very low. As he recovered, he is showing himself to be a playful, young, boy with a moderate energy level. We feel his stamina can build up more over time. He loves his daily walks & will goof around the house with his foster dad. During the night Colby will sleep in his crate, but does not like to be locked in. When he wakes up he is quiet until his foster mom wakes up to let him outside & prepare his breakfast.
Our boy needs someone to love, guide and nurture him for the rest of his life. He knows sit and his fosters are working on teaching him more commands. He will work for affection & treats (he loves treats). As a thinking cattle dog, Colby sometimes has a mind of his own, and needs a human leader to work with him on his occasional stubborn ways.
Copper is a 7-8 year old red heeler. He is very quiet and attentive in the house and crates easily. He knows many commands and picks up new commands quickly. He is content to nap while you are gone and is always game for a belly rub or a grooming session. He is very polite in the house and only plays with his toys – he leaves child’s toys and kitchen counters alone. However, if he’s feeling a little impatient with how long it’s taking to get ready to go out, he will grab something randomly off the floor (like a sock or a block) to get his person moving, but he always gives it back and never chews on it – he’s got a sense of humor! He loves working for treats and chewing on bully stix and marrow bones, and he really loves eating his kibble out of the treatball. Copper has never tried to jump the baby gate at the front door and if any door in the house is pulled mostly shut, he will not nose it open.
Why would Copper come back to rescue? He seems to be the perfect dog! Well, Copper was surrendered (along with another dog) after his previous, elderly owner had died, and he must have had led a nice, quiet life there. It seems that busy life with an active preschooler in a very social condo complex is proving to be much too over-stimulating for Copper. He would really be happiest in a quiet household, without a lot of people coming and going. He would also benefit from having a confident dog buddy to show him that the wide world and all the people in it don’t have to be so overwhelming. He seems to be most overwhelmed by men and busy activity (bikes, skateboards, vehicles, and kids running), and when these stimuli start stacking up, Copper will get uncomfortable and may nip apprehensively at whatever it is that is making him uneasy.
Copper likes other dogs, and seems to want to make friends with every cat he sees. He has been known to give a cat a lick on the nose before settling down together on the neighbor’s porch. He largely ignores chickens the one time he was around them. Copper likes to be close to his people – he follows his person around the house, but will settle on his bed or in his crate when he realizes she is just puttering around. He likes calm children and will roll for belly rubs from them, but since he's so sensitive to busy activity and can be mouthy in asking for more attention, Copper should be supervised in any interaction with children. He enjoys lying at the doorway (behind a baby gate) and watching the condo courtyard, but when it gets hectic out there, he usually retires to his crate.
Copper knows many commands – sit, wait, stay, leave it, down, go pee/potty, go to bed, get back, and fetch it here - his release word is OK. Copper walks without pulling on the leash, slightly behind heel, though when he’s overwhelmed he will lag behind – a quick “hup hup” will remind him to catch up. He knows how to ring a bell on the door to ask to be let out – he does not ask otherwise and so perhaps he had a dog door previously.
Kami (ADOPTION PENDING) is a beautiful young female Australian Cattle Dog and probably beagle mix, who is less than 2 years old, and weighs not quite 28 lbs. Kami will be an amazing constant companion. She would also be a perfect only dog with lots of one-on-one time with her owner, indoor or outdoor. Kami loves people of all ages. She is very much a velcro cattle dog - extra strong velcro when with her main person. She is great at coming immediately when called.
When among other dogs, Kami has a commanding presence and her foster says she is a true and natural leader. She is great and enjoys playing with the other three dogs at her foster home, but expects good manners and is quick to correct bad behavior. Even dogs twice her size want her approval and respect her. Kami absolutely loves her 7 year old, submissive, canine foster sister. She will often join in their games with her younger, rambunctious, canine foster brothers, but their exuberance can sometimes be a bit trying for her.
Kami has excellent house manners. She understood quickly that human beds and furniture are not for dogs in her foster mom’s house. She is completely house broken and will go to the door when she has to go to the bathroom. When you take her outside, she will immediately relieve herself. She is extremely smart, and learns new things very quickly. Kami walks nicely on a leash, and caught onto
"urban mushing" (running while pulling something on wheels) immediately. She would do great running alongside or pulling a bicycle. Kami is a high energy girl who needs lots of opportunity to run multiple times per week, on regular outings or freely on country property.
Kami should not be in a home with small dogs or other small animals without training and proper introduction. We don’t think she has ever been in contact with smaller creatures. She wants to chase chickens when she sees them, is very interested in cats, and is bossy with small dogs at the dog park. However, Kami very much wants to please her humans and learns very quickly, so with proper boundaries, she might overcome this. Because Kami leans towards an in-charge personality, it is important that her human has firm boundaries. Her humans should also be leaders whose authority she will seek and respect. She would do well in a home with an experienced dog person and perhaps a submissive dog who she can buddy up with. Once Kami understands where she fits in the pack, she will be an amazing dog to join your family.
Although we are not currently able take in new dogs, we made an exception for this 5 mo. old boy, Cody (ADOPTED!), who needs very special surgery. This sweet, happy, playful, submissive little guy was born with a few 'plumbing' issues. We knew his need for expensive corrective surgery would prevent most others from rescuing him. After Cody has had a week or so to recover from his surgery , he will be available for adoption!
We would be very grateful for any donations to help us pay for the $1,000 veterinary costs for Cody, and enable us to continue rescuing great dogs like him, whose illness or injuries should not be a death sentence. As a federally recognized, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, your donations are tax deductible. No contribution is too small. Every $5 and $10 helps! Thank you!
Cheyenne (ADOPTED!) is approximately 18 mos.to 2 years old, and is rather thin, weighing in at 28 lbs. She is happy, bubbly, sweet, loyal and loving snuggler, who is shy and quiet when first meeting people, but warms up quickly. She is fine with all women, but is a bit nervous when first meeting men, and may shy away from them at first (but this doesn't stop her from accepting a cookie from them). She needs to meet men quietly, and is fine with them once she knows they won't harm her.
Cheyenne is a high energy, Energizer Bunny, when it comes to playing. She can play all day, and needs enough space to run freely, and get plenty of physical and mental exercise. She thinks that all dogs are her best friend and adores playing with other dogs. She would be best paired with another young dog of equal play style and stamina. Cheyenne shows her border collie herding instinct sometimes in the way she plays. She will run and then crouching in wait for another dog, before popping up to play and run again. Cheyenne loves all toys. She will chew up the soft toys and swallow some of it, and should only have the ones that she cannot destroy. She also loves to chase balls, especially when they are thrown low to the ground. In a multi-dog household, she should be fed separately or under close supervision/management, as on occasion, she has shown food aggression with another dog.
When at home, Cheyenne is happy to hang out with her person/people and entertain herself. She likes to sleep with her person, but is also fine on her dog bed on the floor, or sharing a dog bed with another dog. She is also fine if left alone for several hours. She is generally quiet, but will bark if someone is outside or approaching the house, or if surprised by a stranger.
Cheyenne walks well on leash, using a head collar (i.e. Gentle Leader). If on a leash attached to a regular collar, she will pull most of the entire time. Being a typically brilliant border collie, she is very smart, eager to please, and learns very quickly. She does get easily distracted and should be well exercised before training sessions. She is house trained, and she needs to go out immediately after eating. She is great riding in a car, and sits quietly. Cheyenne is good with cats, and hung out with the one at her first foster home. However, if a cat runs, she will chase, thinking the cat wants to play. At the same foster home, there were chickens in a coop, and Cheyenne would continuously circle the coop whenever she was nearby.
Although she is making progress, Cheyenne is still nervous and unsure of herself around new people and surroundings. A few times, when startled and unable to cope with a situation, she has panicked and snapped at the nearest moving thing. For this reason, we do NOT recommend her for a home with young children. It is clear that Cheyenne has had a secluded life with very limited life experiences. She needs an experienced, confident, calm and reassuring leader, who she can follow and feel secure with. Cheyenne also needs gradual and consistent exposure to new situations each day, in order to become less fearful and help her gain more confidence.
Ripley (ADOPTED!) is happy, lively, fun loving Australian Kelpie mix, who weighs 40 lbs. and is approximately 12-18 months old. This girl is a playful spirit, who loves all people, often enthusiastically greeting visitors with kisses. More than anything she just wants a human of her own. She follows her foster people from room to room, and adores being petted and belly rubs.
She is fine alone in the house, and enjoys riding in the car - happily sitting quietly and watching the world go by. If you don't want her in the front seat or with her head on your shoulder while driving, she will ride quietly in a crate, too. She is housebroken and learning that a crate is good for naptime.
As a young herding mix, Ripley hasan active brain. She would be best with people who can give her both the physical and mental exercise she craves. Ripley is one of the brightest, most intelligent dogs we have met, and she is very eager to please. As a result, she is a super quick learner, with incredible potential. It is clear that prior to our rescue, no one has taken the time to teach her any rules, manners, or routines. Her fosters are teaching her polite behavior and basic commands, and Ripley is doing great. Her ideal home would be on country property, with person(s) with prior training experience, time and willingness to continue teaching her manners, and that her pushy ways will not work.
Around other dogs, she is a confident,dominant female, who wants to meet other dogs by running up into their face. Ripley would benefit from socialization, and learning that what is fun to her, is rude to others. She would do best as an only dog, or with a well-balanced, non-reactive dog. Ripley is probably not good with cats. Ripley loves children, and seems to know to be gentle with the little ones. However, we believe Ripley should be in a home with children at least 7 years or older, as she could to jump up on people when she's excited to see them. She has NOT done this when meeting children. Also, her fosters are working with her on this.
Ripley is a happy, playful soul, with vast potential. She needs the right person, who respects a thinking dog, and can andwill make the commitment to teach her how to control her impulses to do whatever she wants. Once she learns, Ripley will be an amazingly wonderful, loyal, loving companion.
Farley (ADOPTED!) is about 9 -10 mos. old, and weighs 38 lbs. He has a very happy, easy going, and very sweet personality. Farley is super friendly and great with all people and all dogs. His foster calls him a "lump of love." He has a happy and submissive nature around bossy, dominant dogs. He will just roll over for them, and then happily get up and continue to play. Farley an energetic, athletic boy, who loves to run and play.
Farley is extremely bright, observant and attentive. He is willing to do whatever his humans want him to do. We believe he was from a farm/ranch and had never been on a leash, freely playing, before he ended up in a kill shelter. He is quickly learning how to walk nicely on leash, and how to live in a house.
Millie (ADOPTED!) is as sweet as they come, and a turn-key dog ready to be someone's best friend! She is about 4 or 5 years old. At 56 pounds, she is a bit plump. Her ideal weight is about 48-50 lbs. She is mellow, quiet, and gentle. Millie is a low energy cattle dog, mixed with Lab and Australian Shepherd. She is a shy girl, but warms up to people pretty quickly. She meets people in a quiet, low key way and loves most everyone she has met, especially women. Millie would make a great companion dog for someone who isn't too active and is just looking for the companionship of a best friend.
Our girl is looking for a person(s) of her own who will shower her with attention and love. She can get along with other dogs who are easy, and who don't get in her face or her backside, but she would prefer to be an only dog and have her person/people to herself. As a cattle dog, Millie is a velcro dog, who will follow you from room to room. Throughout the day she will take naps or relax in whichever room her person is in. She adores petting and being talked to, and will gaze at you with the cutest closed mouth smile. She is also fine at home alone. Millie loves to go for a ride, and rides very quietly in a car. She doesn't only attach herself to one person. At her foster home, she has 3 foster parents, and will follow each around at different times.
During nice weather, Millie likes to slowly wander around in the backyard, soaking in her surroundings, taking her time, sniffing, exploring, and nibbling a blade of grass here and there. She has not shown many herding tendencies. She has shown no interest in toys or playing ball. However, Millie has a playful side, too. Once she understands the routines and is comfortable in a home, Millie becomes very animated and playful when she know she is about to go for a ride, or out for a walk, or to a park. Millie mostly doesn't care about other dogs if they leave her and her person alone, but she may bond with another dog who has similar energy to her. She shows no interest in cats, and would be fine in the same home with them. She is completely housebroken and very easy on a leash.
Millie would also be a good watch dog, and has barked at loud mysterious trucks pulling up near the house. She did meet two men who approached her, and triggered a fearful, protective response in her. She was obviously afraid of them and tried to bark them away. Otherwise, she has been fine with all other men, women, and children, often walking up to greet and invite people to pet her. Millie is a very smart girl, and takes a few days to assess and become comfortable in new situations. She would prefer to live in a quiet area without too many loud passing vehicle sounds nearby, and would do best in a home without cats.