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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.
When we recently rescued these two girls they needed more attention and special care to heal than the shelters they were in could provide. We were lucky to have an experienced foster person with a gift for healing sick and injured animals volunteer to foster for us, so we quickly contacted a high rate kill shelter to rescue these two very sweet females.
Maya is a 30 lb. border collie/McNab mix, who when we first met her was fading fast. She was coughing, vomiting, not eating or drinking, was dehydrated and looked miserable. We were afraid that she might die in the shelter, and knew she needed to get out. When we got to the veterinarian, they took x-rays of her torso, which showed that she was suffering from pneumonia. The plan was to place her on intravenous fluids and antibiotics until she began eating and drinking on her own. After two days on IV and 24 hour veterinary care, the sparkle returned to her eyes, and she was eating and drinking on her own. We retrieved a very different and happy, playful girl, with a spring in her step. Maya is quiet, sweet and loving as they come, and we felt it was worth every penny to save her life, and start her on a new one. The cost to our rescue for her care and stay for two days, plus diagnostic x-rays, is $950. Maya's foster people are in love with her and in the process of adopting her.
Katie, a white border collie had a huge gaping skin tear under her leg, which had been stitched by the shelter vet, but opened up again. There was dirt crusted all around it. We got her straight to a trusted veterinarian, where they cleaned the wound and packed it with antibiotic filled dressings. While they cleaned and dressed her wound, "Katie" wanted to give kisses to everyone and invite them all to play. She will have to remain at the vet's for a week or more, to make sure infection doesn't set in deep in her tissues and that she begins the healing process. The vet estimates that it will take 2 months for the skin to heal back completely. With a generous rescue discount, we are still looking at a veterinary bill of approximately $500 for her boarding and vet care fees, before the cost of spay surgery. We are postponing her spay surgery, until we know Katie's leg is on the mend. If Katie's gash gets infected and doesn't heal, the alternative is to amputate the leg. Fingers and paws crossed that this doesn't happen.
We would be very grateful for any donations to help us pay for the veterinary costs for these two girls, and enable us to continue rescuing great dogs like these, whose illness or injuries make them unlikely to be considered by most others. 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!
At 9 months old and 34 lbs. Jack Sparrow is a bubbly, enthusiastic, happy go lucky kid. He is a fun, active dog, who loves see & do new things, and discover everything that life as to offer. Captain Jack is super friendly with a lot of sweet love to give. He loves to meet everyone, people and dogs alike. He gets very excited when seeing people, and wants to jump up on his hind legs to give you a cattle dog hug. He is beginning to learn manners and that jumping up on people is not polite. Jack is NOT mouthy or nippy, and does NOT try to herd.
Jack Sparrow got his name because he's a mischievious, toy stealing little pirate, with dark "eye liner" and a red eye patch. Jack likes to play steal the Kong toy with his border collie sister, where they take turns getting it away from each other. He also loves to play hide and seek with his 12 year old human foster brother. Jack Sparrow is very playful & interactive with children and easy going, non-dominant dogs. He even makes up his own games to play with you.
This dog is one very smart dog! Jack is eager to learn, fast to catch on, and loves to do “good work” for his human(s). He responds loves to be praised for good work. He can also sit, lay down, play fetch and know command “drop it.” He is one fast learner!
Very much a cattle dog, he loves to hang out with his people and entire pack. Jack is your typical life-of-the-party kind of dog. He’s exuberant and happy all the time, and fun to be around. He is a confident guy who needs his human(s) to be the pack leader(s). Otherwise, as an extremely smart, cattle dog, with a mind of his own, he could easily try to run the household. He is still very much a puppy who needs to learn manners - and what is appropriate behavior and what is not.
Jack Sparrow has very good manners at feeding time. He will sit and wait his turn to be fed. He has no food aggression at all. He is also completely housebroken, and knows how to use a dog door. Captain Sparrow also loves going for car rides, and is always ready to go places -- "Take me anywhere. I'll just sit in the back seat!"
Jack is learning to walk on leash. And if he discovers someone else walking towards him (with or without a dog) he immediately wants to meet and greet. He shows normal puppy behavior wrapped up with cattle dog energy. He is a high energy guy, who needs a lot of exercise. Would do well to run with someone everyday, and is learning to run with his foster dad on rollerblades. Jack Sparrow is going to be your dog who will catch a Frisbee in mid air. He can jump high! He would make an incredible agility dog.
Jack will go in his crate to play with a toy or rest. He also sleeps in his crate at night. If you leave him alone, he will complain (whine or bark) his displeasure for less than five minutes, and then settle down quietly.
Captain Sparrow enjoys anything and everything you give him. As a young dog, he is still a chewer. He will chew blankets, toys, and he is not ready for a soft fluffy bed just yet. Be careful. Remove toys and blankets as soon as you see he has chewed them. He could get a taste for one and swallow pieces of it. He does NOT dig.
Jack has been around medium and large dogs of both sexes, and gets along well and is very playful with them. He has not yet been around small puppies, old frail dogs, or tiny dogs. He may need to learn how to change gears when with these more delicate dogs.
He would be a good watch dog, as he will bark a warning when he hears someone at the door, or walking past if in a fenced yard. He will NOT bark incessantly, is otherwise NOT a “barky dog.” If you tell him to stop barking, he will stop.
Jack has never been around a cat but given is personality, he may need some work to respect a cat. With children, he loves them but in his excitement to greet and play, he could easily knock over a small child. He is very good about being handled. His fosters have put their fingers and hands in his mouth, ears, back side area, between his toes, and he is not bothered by any of this. If he doesn't like something, he will just get up and run away.
Meet Jamie! She arrived as a very scared and timid, 1 year old cattle dog. She weighs only 26 lbs., and is the sweetest girl on the face of the planet! Jamie is beginning to feel more secure and learning the routine in her foster home. We anticipate that it will take at least a few weeks before she is socialized and ready to meet people.
Please contact us if you may be interested in Jamie, or check back as we update the news on this special little girl!
These sweet playful dogs are a brother and sister about 9 months old. The female is blue and the male is red. We believe they are a bonded pair right now. We will be evaluating whether we can separate them into different foster homes. We will be posting more in a few days. Please check back for more info!
Hello my name is Seamus! (it’s pronounced Shay-muss) Seamus is the Celtic equivalent of James, or more apropos its Hebrew translation is Jacob, meaning “one who grabs at the heel.” After all I am part Australian Cattle dog, and that’s what we do best!
It's a mystery what I’m mixed with, but I’m not going to get to normal Australian Cattle Dog size. I weigh about 9 lbs. now. My foster parents think I may only top out between 14 and 18 lbs., but others think I could grow to maybe 20-25 lbs. Whatever... I don’t feel small... I’m all big cattle dog in this little body. I’m not afraid of nothin’ and I love to fetch, run and jump just like big Cattle Dogs. I’ll probably try heeling you too, but my foster dad is teaching me not to do that. My foster mom says I have the biggest little heart, and that I will make anyone smile until their face hurts.
I’m only about 4 months old right now, so I’m all puppy. That means my needle-like puppy teeth could hurt you or a child on accident. I like putting stuff in my mouth to learn more about it…and it just feels and tastes good. Sometimes your hands can seem like toys to me. Inside the house I really only go for shoes and my toys, but outside anything is fair game. You’ll need to keep an eye on me. I’m not completely house broken yet either. If I’m in my crate, I will always bark and make a fuss to let you know I need to go, but if I’m running around in the house, you’ll have to remember to take me outside a lot, because I’m way too busy to let you know when I need to go. I’m now really good at sleeping through the night in my crate without asking to go out.
I love to play with you or other dogs, and even cats! I try to play with my cattle dog foster sister, but she’s kind of grumpy and just wants me to settle down. My foster brother, Riley, is a cat. He’s tolerates my play a bit, but sometimes he gets grumpy too and hisses at me. Why doesn’t everyone love to play? It doesn’t matter, I am usually quite happy alone with my toys, or possibly your shoes. I don’t tear anything up (except paper), but I like to transport stuff around the house. I love chewing my raw hide or my squeaky toys. My foster mom laughs so hard when I squeak my toys really fast. She’s so silly. Sometimes I’ll just take a break on my own and go inside my crate for a nap, or maybe outside in a sunny spot on the patio.
I can get cold pretty easily, so I love to seek out warmth. In front of the fireplace is one of my favorites, or your lap, or even inside your jacket. My foster parents heat up a bean bag pillow for me to snuggle up with at night…oh I LOVE that!... oh yeah, and towels warm from the dryer!!
My foster dad says I’m spoiled, ha!... but he’s taught me to sit, lay down, wait and come on command. He uses my food and other yummy treats. I think I could learn ANYTHING for food and treats! You should see me play fetch! I can run super-fast, all 4-feet in the air, and with my ears blowing back on my head as I reach supersonic cattle dog speed! My foster parents die laughing when I do this… I don’t get it. I’m pretty much equal parts boundless energy and cozy nap-time lover. After playing I’ll settle down nicely and nap nearby with one eye and ear on you if you’re in the same room with me.
So what do you say?!? Want to meet me? Remember: Until I’m completely house-broken and recall trained -- I’ll need LOTS of attention. Please be sure you’ll have the time to give me, and that you won’t get mad and grumpy when I do normal puppy stuff. If you give me lots of love and attention, I’ll give back double what you give to me.
A note from Mark & Anne, Seamus’ foster parents:
We will be heart-broken to see Seamus go, but also we are thrilled to find him a terrific forever home. We’ve been tempted to keep him for ourselves, but we are very active outdoors people, backpacking many miles with our dog Ginger who carries her own pack. We don’t think Seamus will get big enough to safely join us on these outings. Seamus’ ultimate parent(s), would either be active retired, work from home, or have a workplace which allows dogs. Herding breeds in particular are not suited to being left at home alone all day while you’re at work. Although he will be small, he is still very much a cattle dog, and he will need increasing amounts of activity as he matures. Frequent play, walks, runs, and training to work his brain. Please do what’s best for Seamus, and only apply if you are able to provide the proper lifestyle for him.
Seamus has just had his third Distemper-Parvo vaccination booster and is days from being clear to be out in places where other dogs go. He will be old enough for his Rabies vaccination in the next few weeks, and caution is necessary until a few weeks after that. Our rescue believes that Seamus is still too young to be healthily neutered. It will be mandatory for whoever adopts Seamus to have him neutered between 6 and 8 months of age, and provide proof to Herd It Through The Grapevine Rescue.
Cinnamon is a very special girl. After surviving as a stray on the streets for 3 years, she is finally living in a foster home. She has learned to trust her foster mom, and is now very loving and playful with her. Cinnamon weighs about 55 lbs. and is about 5 years old. Having lived alone and by her wits for so long, Cinnamon is shy and a bit cautious when first meeting people, especially in a new environment, but she will warm up, especially to women. She is also slightly more independent then most cattle dogs. Cinnamon is a quiet girl and a little timid by nature, but when in a home where she feels safe, she is happy, playful, calm, very affectionate and curious. In a stable environment, with a few high value treats to motivate her, she will settle in quickly. Cinnamon is very food motivated and cheese is her favorite! Once she knows she can trust someone, Cinnamon adores their attention. With the right person, who is patient and gains her trust, she will make a wonderful companion.
Cinnamon is extremely smart and learns quickly. When she sees her foster mom getting ready for bed, she will put herself to bed and go to sleep. When in a playful mood, she likes to do a 'drive by' and then sit on her foster mom's lap. This girl has a moderate energy level, and really enjoys her walks. Cinnamon enjoys chewing on antlers and playing with toys.
Cinnamon is good with friendly dogs, but tends to be nervous when meeting them. She seems to get along best with small dogs, mainly because she is not intimidated by them. When on leash, she can be a little defensive when other dogs approach. She gets along best with dogs her size or smaller, who are non-confrontational, secure, balanced, and friendly. Cinnamon has NOT shown any resource or food guarding. When meeting cats through a baby gate, Cinnamon was curious, but a bit nervous, and turned and walked away from them. With right introduction, she should be fine with cats. Her foster has not yet introduced her to children.
Our girl is generally quiet. Cinnamon seems to be housebroken. She walks nicely on leash, especially in familiar settings. If she is nervous, she may pull a little, but not very forcefully. If in her crate and her foster's other dogs are playing next to her crate, she may bark at them. The only other time she may bark is when people, look her in the eye as they approach her quickly. Cinnamon does NOT try to herd people (adults only seen, so far). She does seem to want to herd the chickens, but not much else.
When on car rides, Cinnamon has only been in a crate. She will jump into her crate in the back of the car and usually sits quietly. Occasionally, she will whine a little. She sleeps in her crate all night completely content, and when alone is fine napping in her crate. Most of the time Cinnamon prefers to be out of her crate, and will complain (grumble and whine) in the morning before her walk and occasionally during the day when she is crated.
Ross (ADOPTED!) is a 10-month-old, 47 lb. easy going, extremely playful young cattle dog, with a sweet personality. He is a very happy boy, who is friendly and loves meeting new people. Ross is a big baby, who likes to cuddle and loves it when you talk to him. When inside, he likes to follow his foster mom wherever she goes, and is happy to just hang out with his foster family. He is a typical 'velcro' cattle dog. Ross is super smart, very social, enjoys long walks and playing ball with his cattle dog foster sister.
He walks well on a leash and does not pull. He does NOT try to chase or pull when passing other people, dogs, and cyclists on the sidewalk. He gets along with other dogs and mostly just wants to play. Ross does NOT show any guarding or aggression around food or toys.
Our boy is partially crate trained and needs a little coaxing when it's time for bed. If Ross needs to go potty during the night, he will let you know. He can also sit in his crate quietly during the day for short periods, if needed. Ross is also good when left alone in the backyard. He does not bark or whine, but instead just waits patiently at the backdoor for someone to return. Ross is a fast learner and seems to enjoy training. He has not had formal obedience training and is just beginning to learn commands. He learned sit in a half hour, and in just a few days is making good progress learning, down, wait, and come.
Ross did not know what a cat was and was very curious when he met his foster cat, who knows dogs. He has since learned that Scooter the cat is part of the family and is friendly towards him. We have not see Ross with children. When he gets excited while playing, Ross will use his mouth to grab your hand or use herding moves in play. His fosters are working on his mouthiness. For this reason, he may not be compatible for a home with small children.
Our boy would do well in an active household with a large yard where there's room to run and play. Ross would make a great companion for any outdoor activity - walking, running, hiking.
Liam (ADOPTED!) is almost 1 year old, and weighs between 35 and 40 lbs. He is a happy and very friendly boy, who enjoys meeting people and playing with other dogs. As a typical cattle dog, Liam wants to be with his people whenever he can. His owner said "He is the sweetest most loving dog." He loves to cuddle and give 'hugs' and thinks he's a lap dog. He will drape himself over you if let him. Liam is also a good watch dog, as he will bark when people approach the house or knock on the door. Once new people enter, he will wag his tail and give them a happy greeting.
He is also great when meeting other dogs, and is on the submissive side when first meeting them. Liam reads other dogs well and has good dog body language. He will invite and try to play with most dogs he meets, but if a dog is withdrawn or not friendly, he will leave them alone.
Liam is extremely smart, and was always the 'example' dog during obedience training classes. He is easy to walk and heels on command. He knows basic obedience commands, is crate trained, house trained, knows how to use a dog door, as well as how to ring a bell on the door to let you know he has to go out. If there's no bell or dog door, he will sit by the door or come to find you and whine or woof to let you know he has to go out. He is NOT a marker.
Liam would make a terrific agility dog. As a young cattle dog, he is very energetic and loves to play ball and frisbee. He loves squeaky toys, and will eventually take the stuffing out of them. If left in the crate for down time or alone for a few hours, he is quiet. He is best in a crate, if left completely alone in the house. He does NOT have separation anxiety, but as a young dog with lots of energy and a busy brain, he will find things to do and to chew on. He rides very nicely in a car and loves to get into water - unless he's getting a bath. He loves the ocean, and will try to get into the shower with you, if he can get into the bathroom.
He would do best in a home where he can get enough exercise, both mentally and physically and is not left completely alone all day. He would love to have the companionship of another dog, and would be fine with cats. He has been curious about the cats, but gentle. He will touch noses to see what they are.
Liam's story is that he and his litter mates were found under a house, when they were just a few weeks old. They were covered in ticks and fleas and not expected to survive, because they were in such bad health. Liam's owner got him as a 2.7 lb. emaciated 8 week old puppy. She wrote to us: "The night I got him I spent hours getting ticks and hundreds of fleas off of him. Once I nursed him back to health he was a bundle of energy and nothing could tire him out. Originally they said he was 3/4 cattle dog and 1/4 Aussie (shepherd) because as a puppy he looked Aussie, but now he has no resemblance to an Aussie. I currently do not have enough time to dedicate to him. He is such a high energy dog taking him on a walk a day and throwing the ball in the yard is not enough and I just want the best for him...I do not have the time to care (for him). I am a college student..."
(Now at The Milo Foundation Rescue) This is little Bruce, about 30-36 lbs., a little over 1 year old, and cute as can be. He was one of four dogs confiscated from an owner, who shut each dog in a box about he size of the cabinet under your bathroom sink - only letting Bruce and another of the young dogs out when he decided the pile of feces was high enough to shovel out of the box. Since Bruce was never taken out, the entire world has been unknown to him until now. He is a sweet boy, who needs patience, and a home with another dog, who is secure and balanced to show Bruce how to respond to new situations.
Bruce is very nervous when on walks, unless he's with another dog he knows, who is confident when out. When with a dog who shows him the ropes and lets him know that their situation is OK, he seems happy, secure and confident when out on walks. Bruce is young, and getting better and more social each day. He is no longer petrified when the collar and leash are put on him and is beginning to look forward to his walks. Bruce needs an experienced home with people who can continue to socialize him, slowly expose him to new things and teach him to enjoy being out in the world. Please help us network Bruce to find him the right home. Bruce is currently at the Amador County Animal Shelter (CA) with his friend Maxine who is helping him adjust to his new life. Placing them together in the same home would be a dream.
If you would like to know more about Bruce or Maxine or may be interested in fostering or adopting, please contact The Milo Foundation or call Amador County Animal Control at (209) 223-6378.
Please help us find Maxine the great new home she deserves. She was recently brought to the Milo Foundation Rescue, with little Bruce. She is the female Kelpie who was confiscated, along with a 9 year old male Kelpie, "Mark" and younster "Bruce." The Amador County Animal Shelter asked us to help find these dogs either a foster or permanent home. We helped to get Mark adopted, and very much want to help these other two also. Maxine is 8 yrs., in good health, very sweet, gentle and friendly with people and dogs. She likes to go on walks and play with Bruce (posted above) in the shelter yard. She does not have the same young dog energy level as Bruce, but she is still playful and likes to frolick a bit. It is optimal right now to allow Maxine to hang with Bruce, to help the little guy. He would be lost without another dog to follow and look to for direction. Placing them together in the same home would be a dream.
If you would like to know more about Maxine or Bruce or may be interested in fostering or adopting, please contact The Milo Foundation or call Amador County Animal Control at (209) 223-6378 for more information.