If you are asking us to take in a herding breed/mix dog, we have very limited space and may likely not accept your dog into our rescue. If you need to find rescue for a herding breed dog, please go to the "Useful Links" (tab) page on our website: http://hittgv.org for a list of other rescue groups that take in herding breeds and their mixes.
If you are contacting us to inquire about a specific dog available for adoption, please email or call us with any questions (see left column), or go to our "Adopt" (tab) page and complete our online adoption form. One of us will try our best to respond to your inquiry within 24 to 48 hours.
For everyone who has followed Dee's story, here is an update:
Her new name is Evey, and she is very, very close to her ideal weight of 45 lbs.! As of March 1, 2016, our most trusting, accepting, loving and happy girl was 55 lbs.! She is now approaching 50 lbs., which is half of her weight when she was dumped at the shelter last Summer! Now that she is close to her ideal weight her new owners are preparing for her much needed dental exam, cleaning and possible extraction of a bad tooth that we wanted to do for her from the beginning. We will be continuing to help her, by working with her adopter and new veterinarians. Thank you everyone for all your help and support!
HOORAY FOR EVEY!!
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 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.
Hank 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 that 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.
Curry is short for Courage, which is what he needs and is slowly gaining. Our boy is 3 years old and for his small size, weighs a solid 40 lbs. He came to us terrified of everything, people especially. Because of his overwhelming fear in the shelter, rescue volunteers transported him from the shelter to a boarding facility. On arrival, he was so afraid to leave the safety of his crate that they had to dismantle it to get him out. We had a quiet foster home situation and were able to take him immediately. It took 3-days before his foster was able to touch him. Each day he is becoming more comfortable and we are seeing more of his personality emerge.
It is obvious that Curry was very severely mistreated by the people who originally had him. He is extremely afraid of every new human he sees. We don't think he had any toys, or was allowed to play. It took nearly 2-weeks in his foster home before he allowed himself to relax and begin trusting his foster Dad. He will need several days of quiet, patient introduction to each new person, before he will allow them near enough to touch him. We discussed his fear with a trainer, who said that it could take a very long time before Curry begins to generalize that people are okay.
Once he gets over his fear and anxiety, he is a happy, good natured guy, and super sweet dog, who loves to cuddle and play. Curry is also beginning to act like a normal, busy, playful, exuberant, and pushy cattle dog, who knows what he wants. One thing he wants is human affection; and he is a great cuddle pal. It took Curry about 2 weeks to trust his foster Dad. Now, when his foster Dad pets him, Curry will roll over and squirm around for belly rubs and a doggie massage.
Also, now that he knows he won¹t be punished for playing, he is showing a lot of playful energy and flashes of herding instinct, with some nipping and herding moves. He also likes to move things (toys, hats, cushions, etc.) around the house, but does not chew them. He tries to nip at the other dog¹s heels to initiate play. Recently, after watching his foster sister enjoy being toweled off after coming in from the rain, Curry began jumping on top of and in front of her expecting to be toweled off first! He now feels comfortable hanging out and playing actively, though still a bit tentatively, with his foster sister in the house and yard. He enjoys watching his foster sister play, and has begun running alongside her as she chases a ball. He is also beginning to chase the ball himself, but then drops it.
It seems he is making up for the loss of his puppyhood. He loves the security of having an older sister and has taken to grooming/licking her frequently throughout the day. Curry needs to have another dog companion as his own 'seeing eye dog' to help him evaluate a situation, and realize that it is okay and nothing bad will happen to him. He would be best in a household matched with a younger, confident, balanced, yet energetic and playful dog.
He will also need people who are willing to start from scratch in teaching him - in a way that does not trigger his fears - manners, routines, and that he does not make all the decisions. Since he will continue to be terrified of new people and very cautious in new situations, Curry will require a lot of patience and dedication.
Our boy is housebroken. It is a great thing that he very much likes going for walks and is great on leash (walks slightly behind you), as the exposure to new sights and sounds will help him gain confidence. He likes and even needs a crate to retreat to when he is feeling insecure. Curry has been in a crate when riding in a car, and is quiet and calm.
We are seeking a very special home for Curry, with herding dog experience, and as mentioned above, at least one other dog, who is happy, friendly and playful. It may take a little time, patience and TLC to see the real Curry blossom in a new home, but when he does, you may end up with a new challenge of an energetic cattle dog with a mind of his own!
It may take him several meetings and several days with potential adopters, for Curry to begin to trust a new person. For these reasons, we need to be fairly sure that a given new situation and people are completely right for Curry, before we subject him to the trauma of uprooting him and from his current foster home, where he has only recently become more comfortable.
Wylie is a very sweet, calm, easy going, 8 year old male, who weighs approximately 57 lbs. He is half catahoula leopard dog. Our boy is very social with all people and all dogs. He has been a lovely pet for a young family, but they were just too busy for him. Wylie was living in a home with two children, ages 2 and 4, a Pomeranian dog and two cats, who loved rubbing up against him. When introduced to 2 cats at his foster home, he was fine with them, if they remained still. If they ran, he would run, too, and chase. As with any dog, he just needs a loving home, where his people have the time to interact with him, take him for walks, involve him in their everyday activities, and give him the mental and physical stimulation that he needs. Wylie is an extremely loving, loyal boy, who wants to please his family. He is NOT a dominant or alpha dog, and looks for your lead and direction. If he understands what you want, he will try to do it. He learns and trains easily, and is up for being a part of any activity you are involved with. Wylie is also housebroken.
He loves going for walks on a leash, but needs some running to get enough exercise each day. Wylie loves to run and play with other dogs and with children. He also is big on playing fetch (with a ball or stick), or just going hiking or on an adventure with his person. Before his person had children, and had time for Wylie, one boy adored sitting next to his person on rides in the truck, going out on a boat, and running around a ranch. While Wylie can be playful when outside, when in the house, he is calm and knows how to relax.
Wylie has not been a big barker, but he will do so when he is excitedly playing, or in anticipation of a fun activity. After being alone all day, when Wylie's people come home or finally let him inside, he may also bark out of sheer joy. And, if someone is approaching or outside the house, Wylie will also let out a bark to alert you that someone is coming.
This dog would do very well in a multiple pet home situation, where he can play and have the companionship of adults, children, dogs and cats. Wylie is a bright boy and if with other dogs, he will learn by their example. We are seeking a new home for Wylie, where he can get the love, attention and activity he craves and deserves. He would do best in a situation where his person, either, works from home, has a ranch/farm, or is retired and wants a companion to share his/her life with Wylie.
We have had a lot of interest in Wylie, but have recently learned that, due to the neglect that he has experienced, he has developed a few personality traits that require him to be - at least in the beginning, until he feels secure and included again - in a home where someone can be with him, or take him along, throughout most of the day. If left alone outside, after several minutes, he will decide he has been abandoned and will seek ways to leave his property in search of playmates, and something to do. If left alone, he will jump a fence or dig out under it. He does NOT like being in a crate, especially if left alone in one. Wylie would NOT do well in an apartment situation or one where he is left alone for hours during the work week.
Wylie is a wonderful boy who is just a love. He just needs people who have the time, patience, and commitment to help him to realize that everything he craves and seeks can be found at home. We feel sure that once he learns that he is a fully included part of a family, he will stop trying to wander off in search of company and entertainment.
Bobby Blue (ADOPTION PENDING!) is an 18-24 month old, 42 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 boy, who is very accepting of new situations and experiences. He is very friendly, yet polite, when meeting new people, and other dogs. Bobby has a calm demeanor, and has been great in a crowd and around children. In his initial foster home, Bobby got along nicely with the entire pack of several dogs, cats, kittens and guinea pigs! He is a moderate energy guy, who loves to play with and hang out with other dogs. He would also sometimes nudge some of the cats to get them to run, so he could play by chasing. 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 NOT mouthy or nippy, but he does have some herding instinct. He sometimes uses his head to drive and nudge other dogs and/or cats in some direction or towards a spot of his choosing.
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. When on walks, he likes to hold his own leash, or the leash of another dog if walking together. Bobby is incredibly intelligent and figures things out quickly. He should be super 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.
One extra consideration for many, about our boy, is that he recently had his left front leg amputated. He has healed up very well and seems to be adjusting nicely to life on three legs. Based on Bobby’s injuries, the veterinarians are fairly certain that he fell from the back of a moving pick-up truck. 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, now 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. He does fine hopping in and out of the car on three legs, as well as chasing around with his foster 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 4-legs will do that. We don’t believe Bobby had ever received much human affection or been in a house before he was fostered. It took him a few weeks to learn to become close to his foster mom, and for him to begin greeting her with wags and giving kisses. He just recently learned to sleep on a dog bed. Before that, he just slept on the hard floor. Bobby 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. Bobby is not currently trained to be in a crate and does not like being in one. He has been fine when left alone in the house, and has never chewed up anything. He is also completely housebroken. Bobby does enjoy being outside on a nice day.
Although Bobby only has 3-legs, it doesn’t seem to slow him down much. You could find not find a more loving or loyal companion than this boy. He 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. 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 seemed to understand and did not compete with him and 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 take 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.
Jet (ADOPTION PENDING!) is a very friendly, happy, playful, and quiet young female. She is the best combination of a Lab and cattle dog mixture! She has the compact body and shape of a cattle dog, but her head, color, and much of her body language is very Lab-like. Jet weighs 52 lbs. and we estimate that she is 18 to 24 months old. She adores human attention and very much wants to please people. Jet is still has the happy and excitable personality of a young pup, and as such, needs someone who is willing to work to teach her appropriate behavior and manners in different situations. She is, on average, a moderate energy dog, who runs and plays all out for an hour, and like a human child, once told to stop and rest, she will realize she is tired and flop down. When anyone approaches her, she lowers her head and wags her tail sheepishly, often dropping to the floor to go belly up at your feet. Once she feels safe, with people and/or in a situation she trusts, Jet is very social, hurrying to greet you, be by your side, and rolls over for pets. She loves meeting and playing with other dogs, but her favorite thing is being with people.
Jet’s foster mom says her personality is very much Lab. If you give her toys to play with, she likes to carry a toy in her mouth as she greet people or just walking around, happily wiggling her tail and butt. Jet also has several cattle dog traits in her, including being very much a velcro dog. She is very focused on knowing where her foster mom is, and almost literally being in her shadow. Also, when she actively plays with some dogs, she may sometimes try to go for their heels when chasing, and we heard the high pitched stress bark of a cattle dog, when something exciting was happening that she could not participate in. A trait that can be either Lab or cattle dog, is Jet's love of balls. At first, when excitedly discovering a ball, she proudly brought it to her foster mom, who threw it for her to chase. Instead of running after it, Jet looked at her in surprise, as if to say, “I just brought that to you. Why did you throw it away?!” Now, she loves to catch and chase the ball, but still doesn’t bring it back. She does not like going into a crate, but if forced to go into one, she will sit quietly. She much prefers to be right at her person’s side, where she feels happy and safe, and be part of whatever is happening. Jet is completely housebroken and walks like a dream on leash. She tends to walk a nose behind your knee. As a young, playful dog, if she has not been exercised, she may initially pull at the beginning of a walk, or if she sees a squirrel or another dog she wants to meet. If you tell her to walk in a different direction or to leave something alone, she is very easy about coming with you.
Jet is equally easy and super responsive around children as she is with adults, as long as they don’t scare her. She tends to be very quiet, even when excitedly seeing other dogs she wants to meet. She will wag and pull to meet and play with another dog, but doesn't make a sound. As she is gains confidence, we are seeing that, while she is very submissive with all people, she attitude concerning other dogs. Recently, when meeting another larger dog, she sniffed in a friendly way to meet, but her tail started in an upright, confident position, before wagging. While she is friendly with and enjoys playing with other dogs, if an aggressive dog lunges or snaps at her, Jet will defend herself, rather than be a victim. When she is in a yard and hears or senses other dogs or activity on the other side, she will bark a few times when she hears the activity. She will also alert you if someone is near the house. With cats in her foster home, Jet initially followed them around, looking for an opportunity to interact. We were watchful, as she followed them and tried poking them with her nose. We believe she was trying to get them to run and play with her.
Our girl was considered “not adoptable” by the shelter because she was fearful in the shelter, but otherwise was considered the sweetest, friendliest, most gentle girl. Jet can be initially shy and cautious in unfamiliar, new situations. If she is with people she trusts in a fun situation, she may feel secure, happy and playful, but if in a new unknown situation, she may be cautiously alert and give out a sheepish, insecure (but not threatening) woof at an approaching person who she is unsure of. As a young dog, Jet will need people who will provide her with the love, training, and regular exercise that she needs. With a basically shy personality, she would do best in an active, yet calm situation, where she can feel relaxed and secure. Going to new places with her people and being exposed to new places and experiences will help her to slowly continue to become more confident. Jet would do very well in a multi-dog household.
Gypsy (ADOPTED!) is a quiet, senior, female, cattle dog mix, who weighs 29 lbs. She is friendly and sweet when meeting people. She wags the little bit of tail that she has quite a bit, and her foster mom says she has a wiggle butt. Gypsy especially likes to follow her foster dad around the house. She is good with and likes other dogs who are friendly, but it takes her a few minutes to be brave enough to meet them (and may want to observe them from behind your legs), especially if they are energetic and eager to play. She is fine around the two cats at her foster home. Gypsy walks easily on leash and rides quietly in a car. She is excellent with all people. She is another sibling to the young girls in her foster home, and they often nap on the bed together.
She was found in the rain, walking in a busy street and was almost hit by a car. Gypsy was completely filthy, smelled terrible. She is all bathed and groomed now, but judging from the condition of her teeth, ears, and nails, she was - at best - terribly neglected for much of her life. We now believe that she may have been tied to a pole/post for most of her life, as she recently had a meltdown, when her foster mom began tying her leash to a post for a few minutes.
We have worked with our veterinarian to address the infection in her ears, perform a full dental exam, cleaning, and periodontal issues, etc. to get her to the picture of senior health. We believe that she has regained a bit of hearing and hope it will continue to improve as she continues to recover from the ear infection and foxtail damage. Otherwise, she appears to be quite healthy - and happy to finally be in a home and have a clean place to sleep. After all that she’s been through, and a big travel and veterinary visit day when she arrived, she slept like a rock. Her foster mom said when she carried Gypsy from the sofa into the bedroom, she didn't even wake up.
Typical of a herding dog, Gypsy loves playing ball, although it isn't quite a game of fetch. She will run out and chase the ball, pick it up, drop it and look at you to throw it for her again. She is a wonderfully, sweet, easy, senior girl who deserves to live out her life in a quiet, comfortable home. Gypsy is housebroken and walks very nicely on leash.
Please check back soon. We will update Gypsy's description with more information as we learn more about her. Or, if you may be interested in her and have questions, please call us at: (707) 583-9583. We ask potential adopters to click on the Adopt tab on our website and complete our online adoption questionnaire.
Rue (ADOPTED!) is approximately 12-18 months old, and weighs between 35-40 lbs. She has a quiet, gentle and very sweet personality. She meets all people and animals very politely, and loves to play running games with other dogs. Rue has a soft personality and is a very loving girl. However, as a young herding breed dog, she needs her exercise, playtime and guidance.
Rue rides very quietly, and nicely in a car, sometimes putting her head out the window to sniff the air. She is an extremely bright and attentive girl, who adores human companionship and attention. Rue is very happy be your own personal shadow, following right at your heels. She stays so close, that if you stop suddenly, she may bump into your leg. She will sit for treats, and takes them very nicely. Rue met our fosters' three other dogs very nicely, and tried to make friends with their cat, who swatted her several times. She put up with the swats and it was clear that she is great around cats. We have not yet seen Rue around children. She has shown no interest in her fosters' chickens, and was a little fearful when seeing the pigs for the first = time.
Our girl walks fairly nicely on leash, but could use a little work to be perfect. Rue seems to be completely house trained and crate trained. She is wonderful when playing with other active playful dogs, and can run like the wind! Rue could be a useful stock dog. Her foster mom tested her on sheep, and Rue does have some herding instinct. During their herding session, Rue herded the sheep, but when she tried to direct them using a nip to the heels, it was so soft that the sheep didn't react at all! For a cattle dog, Rue tends to have a very well easy, go with the flow personality. However, she is still cattle dog with a mind of her own. When her foster made Rue sit on the sidelines after her turn herding, to give her own dog a turn with the sheep, Rue protested with a demanding bark to tell her that she was not happy on the sidelines. It was her first time and she was having fun. Once Rue learns routines and situations, she will understand what to expect.
Rue would do very well in a multiple pet home situation, where she can continue to play with and have the companionship of both humans and other dogs and maybe cats. Since Rue is still very young, we are seeking a home for her that will have the ability to reinforce her good behavior, give her structure and basic obedience training, as well as the exercise, play time, socialization, and loving care that this very sweet soul deserves.
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