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(NEWLY UPDATED!) Cisco is between 1 and 2 years old and weighs 48 lbs. He is a charming, incredibly loving, smart, silly, playful and sometimes pushy cattle dog, who adores human attention. Cisco’s natural core personality is a submissive, goofy, fun-loving guy. He often wakes up his foster mom in the morning with a sweet cuddle and kisses. He quickly bonds with his very own people and dogs, and wants to be right next to them all the time. Cisco is very responsive and eager to learn. He is easy when handled ― and allows his fosters to touch his ears, face, and paws easily. When petted, he relaxes and often lays down for belly rubs.
Cisco has good house manners. He is very observant, and quickly learned several basic commands―sit, stay, off, leave it, etc. He now sits patiently before he gets his food and to have his leash put on. At mealtimes, once he’s done eating, he waits politely for his foster sisters to finish eating before he goes over to lick both their bowls. He willingly goes into his crate when told “in your bed.” He often takes naps in it on his own. He loves to play with his foster sisters. Cisco is mostly submissive with them, but will sometimes playfully take toys away from them. He would need to be paired with a happy, tolerant dog who wouldn’t mind this, as he learns more manners.
However, Cisco is also a work in progress. Before we rescued Cisco, he was obviously never exposed to or learned things that most household dogs know from an early age. We do not believe he had ever been walked on leash before, but is learning good leash manners now. Cisco also did not know how to play with toys when we rescued him, but now he has his favorites that he carries around throughout the day. Initially, he was nervous about getting in the car, but he has learned to enjoy car rides to fun destinations. He rides nicely in the backseat or in the front as your co-pilot. He does not like to be left alone, and gets a little anxious, but will eventually settle.
At his core, Cisco is a submissive dog, who doesn't want any trouble. However, due to his unknown traumatic past, he can be extremely reactive when first encountering some dogs and people. Once he realizes that another dog is friendly, he and figures out that he is safe, he gets over his initial reactiveness, and is good with people and other dogs. For this reason, he needs adopters who have experience working with reactive dogs.
Cisco has two HITTGV fosters working with him and with professional trainers to reduce his reactivity and get him on the right path in life. As he continues to be exposed to positive new experiences, his fosters are seeing his confidence grow and his behavior improve steadily. Because he sometimes panics when seeing strange dogs, and reacts by pulling and snapping indiscriminately, he may accidentally bite those standing nearest to him. At times, we still use a soft muzzle for him, when there may be a chance of meeting unknown dogs or people. He has grown into great relationships with both foster people and their dogs.
The ideal situation for Cisco is in a mature, calm household (no children), with people who are experienced dog handlers who can gently train him, while building his trust and confidence, and discouraging his reactive tendencies.
Whiskey is a very active, 11 month old, 42 lb. cattle dog pup. He is a super playful and fun-loving guy, with a seemingly limitless capacity to play and race around. He loves all variety of toys and is learning to play fetch. He is confident and curious about the world. Because he was not taken out or socialized much before we took him in, he a little cautious and protective when first encountering new things, people and other dogs. However, Whiskey’s basic nature is a gentle, submissive dog, who is very friendly and wants to please his people. When he's chill, he is a sweet pup, who enjoys cuddling and giving kisses.
Our guy fits the classic description of his breed. Whiskey is a very high energy cattle dog, with a lot of stamina. He is a very smart, thinking dog, with the courageous, pushy, persistent quality that is needed to keep the cattle in line. He is strong and athletic, and enjoys being physical. Whiskey has much of what we love about this breed. He has an exuberant, silly nature, and a cattle dog’s ability to make you laugh. He also very much wants to please his person, and is extremely loving with the human and canine members of his pack. Whiskey would be a great companion and helper with livestock, or some other daily physical activity. He could be a tireless sport dog for agility, fly ball, etc.
Whiskey would love to be in a home with another dog for him to play with. Our boy is so full of puppy energy and loves playing with his canine foster sisters so much, that he can exhaust his playmates. Whiskey is a little mouthy, but he's learning. When playing, he likes to give herding nips to other dogs, in a playful way. In a multi-dog household, Whiskey would need work to learn how to respect and be polite to the other dog(s). Currently, he is an adoring, but pesky little brother to his foster sister. He constantly pounces on her to engage her in play, or leaps on her as he races across the room to fetch a toy. Also, His Pushiness he will try to squeeze himself between his foster dad and his dog sister, while making comical howling sounds.
Whiskey has been great with his foster’s 11 year old nephew and 13 year old niece. He may be a little too active for young children and toddlers. He also became best buddies with a small, 6 year old, male dog who stayed with them. Because of his rough sense of play, we do not recommend Whiskey for a home with cats.
Like a small child Whiskey doesn’t want the fun to end. If he is too rambunctious and his foster ushers him into his crate, he will complain with a bark or whine, before finally settling down. However, he will frequently choose go into his crate on his own, when he wants to nap or it’s bedtime.
Whiskey is mostly quiet, but he can also be vocal, expressing his moods with different sounds. Our boy will often growl his discomfort about new things, which his foster believe will stop, as he learns the ways of the world around him. He will use his cattle dog high pitched bark, when he wants to play. HIs foster is teaching Whiskey to have an inside voice.
Before we rescued him, Whiskey was rapidly growing into a “teenager” without knowing any rules or boundaries. He did know the basic commands: sit and down, when treats are involved, and come. Although Whiskey is just now beginning to learn proper behaviors in different situations, he can still be a wild child at times. His adopter(s) will need to continue the work we have begun, and be a patient, unwavering leader, who is up to the challenge of providing consistent guidance and training. While Whiskey has a mind of his own, he is now starting to learn boundaries. He seems to be improving a little each day. Once he understands the rules and learns manners, he will grow into a wonderful partner and loyal companion.
As with many cattle dog pups, Whiskey is playful mouthy, but learning the proper limits of play. Whiskey is still in his youthful chewing stage, and will need a variety of chew toys to keep him busy during quiet time inside. As a curious, explorer, he will follow his nose and get into trash and things within his reach. Fortunately, he takes reprimands and corrections quite well from both his canine and human fosters. Whiskey does NOT guard food or resources (toys, treats, special person). When he knows he has done wrong, he becomes very submissive.
It seems Whiskey was never exposed to the sights and sounds of a neighborhood. On his first few walks, he seemed quite insecure and defensive, growling, pulling and barking at nearly everything he encountered. He is now learning how to behave when encountering other dogs, and fast moving things, but is still very alert and tense when outside the safety and familiarity of the house. He will need continued, regular, exposure to everyday life in order to gradually become more confident and calm on walks. Whiskey enjoys car rides, but continues to be alert and vocal about unfamiliar things outside.
UPDATED DESCRIPTION! Grace is an extremely smart, loving, and athletic 2-3 year old, cattle dog and border collie mix with a real desire to work. She weighs 38 lbs., and is a moderate energy girl. Grace is shy at first; but once you gain her trust, she is extremely affectionate and will dive into your arms, kiss your face, and then tuck her head under your chin and paw at you for more love. Being close to and loved by her person, is what Grace wants more than anything else. She doesn’t play with most toys, but does enjoy playing tug of war with a rope toy. Tug can be used a training reward and a way to build a special bond with her person.
Grace’s fosters have been working with her every day on training, and to socialize her. She is as smart as they come, eager to please, and a fast learner, who loves her training sessions. She loves to trick-train and knows approximately 30 cues. Some of her favorites include: rebounding off of walls, jumping over hurdles, spinning, and performing a figure-8 around her handler’s legs. She usually learns tricks within 10 repetitions, at which point, a hand signal can be introduced. Within a few training sessions, the trick can be put on a verbal cue.
Grace was given a herding aptitude test through Herding 4 Ewe. The trainer said that with a patient handler, she could definitely be a good working herder. Grace loves to climb and balance on objects. Her fosters have been utilizing the Fitpaws Donut and Paw Pods as a way to provide a work out and increase her confidence.
When Grace’s foster family first found her, she was very fearful. For the first few weeks, she army crawled throughout their house because she was afraid of the ceiling (it was likely her first time being inside). She would freeze and then react if she saw a stranger (person or dog) in the distance (over 400 ft. away). She could not be in the same room with other dogs, and would even bark/react to dogs through a baby gate.
In the few months that she has spent with her fosters, she has progressed a great deal. On leashed walks, she is able to walk within 30 feet of other dogs and15 feet of strange humans, and still remain focused on her handler. If another dog barks at her, especially from behind a fence/barrier she will definitely bark back. She is alarmed by quick movements and wants to chase. She also reacts this way with squirrels and cats encountered on walks. With more rewards based training, she can learn to remain calm during these types of distractions.
Grace is basically a submissive dog, who has only started learning how to live with other creatures in the past few months. She is continuing to improve, but still has some issues being around other dogs, especially when the dogs are moving/playing. She can be in the same room with other dogs, but she tries to herd them if they move around too much. For this reason, she would do best in a home with no other dogs, or a much older dog, or a home where she could be kept separate from other dogs for a while in order to provide a slow introduction.
During most of the day, she is in the house, where she is most relaxed and happy. Grace is calm in the house. When Grace isn’t training or loving her people, she hangs out quietly in her crate. She is always crated while her fosters are away. Her crate is her safe space, and should be a part of her forever home. Because Grace is a world-class athlete, she cannot be left unattended in a backyard. She could easily climb over (or dig under) a 6 ft. fence.
Grace is completely housebroken, and may hold it for hours, if she is someplace where she is not comfortable. Grace is also getting more relaxed on car rides, since nearly all her rides have been to do fun things. We recommend that she ride in a crate when in the car.
Grace is usually a very quiet girl, who just wants to hang out with her people and work with them. The only times can be a bit barky is when she is working on new tricks, and when her people leave her. She will bark for a few minutes when her people leave, but quickly quiets down.
We believe that Grace would be be happy in a home with a small yard and a person who enjoys training activities. Grace is NOT recommended for someone with an active (running, hiking) lifestyle, or who wants to take her everywhere with them. Since Grace is just now learning to meet people without panicking, we do not recommend her for a home with children, who can make sudden unpredictable moves.
Grace’s ideal forever home should:
- provide plenty of time for her to bond with her person/people.
- be patient and not force her to do anything that she isn’t comfortable doing.
- provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation, either through trick training, agility sports, or by giving her a job.
- limit her exposure to high-distraction environments. Quiet country life would be best. Busy neighborhoods/urban living/dog parks are NOT for her.
In summary, Grace is a sweet, loving girl, with incredible potential, who has had some extreme unknown trauma in her past. She needs plenty of TLC, patience, reassurance, time, encouragement, and slow positive exposure to new things, to learn how to be happy and confident. Grace is making excellent progress with her fosters, but her adopter(s) will need to continue the work. She is NOT for a novice dog owner.
Jackson (ADOPTED!) is the perfect dog for anyone wanting an easy going, happy, friendly, loving, and devoted companion. For a cattle dog mix, he is a medium-low energy guy, with the great cattle dog traits of being eager to please, extremely intelligent, and extremely loyal. Jackson is always up for whatever you may want to do, and makes a lot of eye contact to look for a sign from you. He adores all people and would make a wonderful addition to any family. Jackson is approximately 8 years old, and weighs approximately 30 lbs. He is a quiet boy, who rarely barks.
Jackson loves to hang out with people. He loves being petted almost as much as getting treats. He will come up to you, then bounce up and down to let you know he’s excited or eager for something. Sometimes he will approach you and place his paw on you to ask for petting or cuddling. He is great with anyone coming to the house and property. Those who know him have never seen any aggression from Jackson towards anyone.
Jackson and his Rottweiler brother, Truman, have been living outside with little human attention, since their person passed away last summer. Friends and relatives reached out to rescues to help find loving new homes for each of these dogs. While the two dogs are great together, it is believed that they would be fine in different homes, as long as they have loving human attention and companionship.
Although Jackson is a lower medium energy guy, he has a happy, enthusiastic spirit. When he knows you are giving out treats, he will leap up and down with excitement that cookies are to be had! Although, currently, Jackson seems like a lower energy dog, we believe it is because he and Truman are alone outside most of the time, with little to do. He may show more energy, once he is in a home, where he can get regular walks, more human interaction and mental stimulation. People who know him well, said that if given the attention and opportunity, Jackson would likely enjoy playing fetch or other games. He also knows a few commands, such as sit, stay, come, and no.
Jackson is fine around cats, and other dogs. He has a very good natured and balanced personality. He tends to be more submissive when around dogs with a stronger personality. With his brother Truman, he will politely wait his turn for petting after Truman moves away. Jackson would do well in a household with other dogs, and cats, or as an only dog, enjoying in all the attention.
Although, currently Jackson must live outside all the time, he is housebroken, and loves being inside the house. When his person was alive and brought the dogs inside, he would place a blanket down for each dog, and they would know to lie down on their spot. To our knowledge, Jackson has never been in a crate. He is a very good car passenger. He will hop in the car and sit quietly in the back seat. He walks nicely on leash or off leash. When on walks, he will stay at or return to your side if you tell him to. He loves going with people on walks on or off leash.
Jackson still has plenty of life in him, and would benefit from more activity and regular walks. The rest of the time he would be happy to follow his person around or sit by your side.
Bobby Blue (ADOPTION PENDING!) is a 2 to 3 year old, 44 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, calm boy, who is very accepting of new situations and experiences. He is very friendly, calm and polite, when meeting new people.
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. Bobby is incredibly intelligent and figures things out quickly. He should be 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.
In his initial foster home, Bobby got along nicely with the entire pack of several dogs, cats, kittens and guinea pigs! 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 very quiet dog, who only barks at things that upset him. He is good around children, and is NOT mouthy or nippy, but he does have some herding instinct. He seems to want to chase chickens, and may try to herd children who are playing or peddling by on ride-on toys. He also will bark at and wants to chase bicycles and skateboards. He sometimes uses his head to drive and nudge other dogs and/or cats in some direction or towards a spot of his choosing, or to get them to play by chasing them.
Bobby loves to play with and hang out with other dogs. He is, however, a little afraid when first meeting new unknown dogs. When he first sees them, especially if on leash, he will do some growling and barking. If you tell him to stop, he will. Then, if allowed to meet and sniff a friendly dog, Bobby is immediately fine. Also, if a dog ignores him, he will relax and hang with him/her. Bobby is not aggressive at all, but just initially afraid of a new dog. If they don’t harass him or get in his face at the first meeting, he will relax again.
One extra consideration for many, about our boy, is that his left front leg was amputated in March 2016. He has healed up very well and adjusted nicely to life on three legs. Bobby is still a young cattle dog, with the same spirit, energy and desire to run and play. He walks nicely on leash, but If he is excited about something while on leash, he is strong and can pull hard.
Currently, Bobby’s actual activity level is one of an older dog. He is strong, but has short moments of energy, and finds running difficult. At the moment, he is a bit overweight. Once he trims up and becomes accustomed to regular exercise, his activity level will increase. Bobby should be on a joint supplement for his increased chance of early arthritis in his right shoulder, which bears much of his weight. He should always be kept trim due to awkward weight distribution.
Based on Bobby’s injuries, the veterinarians are fairly certain that he fell from the bed of a fast moving pick-up truck. He had been lying on the median strip of a major highway for one to three days before someone realized he was not a dead dog on the highway. 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, which has completely 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. Although Bobby only has three legs, it doesn’t seem to slow him down much. He hops easily in and out of the car, and enjoys chasing and running with his 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 four legs will do that.
We don’t believe Bobby received much human affection or was in a house before he was rescued. He had also probably been hit on his hind end and kicked before, as Bobby will startle or run, if your foot even accidentally grazes his fur. He may sometimes also startle and seem afraid, if people pat or handle his backside. It took Bobby a few months to learn to sleep on a dog bed. Before that, he just slept on the hard floor. Our boy also 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. While he has recently learned to relax and sit quietly in a crate, Bobby is also fine when left alone, freely, in the house, and has never chewed up anything. He is also completely housebroken. Bobby does enjoy being outside on a nice day.
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 did not compete with him and knew they 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 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.
When we first had Bobby In April 2016, he was quickly adopted by a wonderful person who understood too well what Bobby was going through. Because Bobby has fully recovered and become stronger and more active, he has surpassed his adopter’s recovery. Because he could not meet Bobby’s needs and wants the best for him, his adopter asked us to find Bobby a great home where he will thrive. Bobby Blue 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. Again, he is strong and wants to be active and busy. Although Bobby knows several commands, he would benefit from a round of obedience training classes. Bobby would NOT be suitable in an apartment or condo situation, or where he is sitting alone during the workday, either inside a home or a yard, with no mental stimulation or human companionship. Although he only has three legs, he is still a young cattle dog.
Finn (ADOPTED!) is lovable 23 lb., two year old cattle dog mix, whose perfect day would be spent curled up on your lap after some quality exercise at the park, on a hiking trail, or running with his dog friends. He is a moderate energy dog, who needs a good 90 minutes of active daily exercise. During the day, he is happy to lay under the desk, while you work. If you get up, he will be at your side or watching you from his spot. He is a great medium dog to take to work, shopping, or dog-friendly cafes and bars.
We rescued him from a situation where he never saw the outside world and was shut in a trailer his entire life. Since Finn’s rescue, he has been exposed to many new experiences like cats and teenagers, and has responded in an appropriately cautious manner. After a moment of consideration usually by looking back at his person, he greets other dogs, cats, and adults in a submissive posture. Finn loves women of all ages and eventually warms up to adult men. He would NOT do well in a home with children under 12 years old, as he wants to herd or chase them.
Finn is very unsure of himself and many things are new and scary to him. He needs continued regular exposure to the ways of the outside world and to gain confidence in different situations. He is also just beginning to learn proper social etiquette from people and other dogs. Currently, he will bark an alarm or growl his uneasiness, if he hears odd noises at night, or when people walk in the front door. Once he realizes things are ok, he stops barking. If he perceives a human as a threat - usually tall men standing up or walking towards him - he will bark and guard his human. He is fine and friendly with the same man, if the man is sitting or reclining.
Finn tends to be submissive with all other dogs, and seems to love the company of all dogs. With a proper introduction, he will begin playing chase and wrestle with the other dog(s). His herding genes will kick in, if playing with a few dogs. He will stay on the outside of the circle to gently nip at his playmates to keep them together. When with other dogs, Finn will check in with his human every few moments. We believe that Finn needs regular dog friends to play with, for both the exercise and continued socialization with other dogs. Currently, he is sometimes too curious about other dogs, and isn’t aware that he may be invading another dog’s space.
Our boy is just learning to play games, such as fetch and tug-of-war. He loves chew toys like bully sticks and Nylabones. Finn is neither possessive nor aggressive regarding his food or toys, and backs away if another dog or human reaches for it.
Finn’s favorite thing is going on walks with his human for new sights and smells. He is great on leash, as he always wants to be at your side. On walks, as when at the dog park, he will check in with you every few steps by nudging your knee with his nose. He may zig zag in front of you, to avoid scary shopping carts or strollers. He is ok around bicycles or loud trucks, but seems to not like rollerblades.
Finn is learning how to be a dog, and at home will follow you from room to room. When curled up on the couch, he will make contented grunts or dog singing. When at work with his human, he is entertained with a chew toy and will periodically ask for pets or attention. He can be mouthy and will try to use your hand as a chew toy if allowed. In a car, he curls up in his crate or the passenger seat without a sound, and likes his human to put a hand on him for comfort. If he needs to be left alone, he will whine until you leave, and then go to sleep in his crate without further noise.
Eager to please, Finn is very quick to learn and would benefit from further training. At night, he loves being in his crate and will sleep eight hours without a peep. Since he spent much of life living in a crate, he is still in the process of learning how to signal to his human when he needs to go outside to potty.
Finn would do best in a quiet, yet active home, with a consistent daily routine. HIs adopters need to be willing to routinely expose him to new places and positive experiences, to increase his confidence. He would thrive in a home with other friendly dogs as playmates, companions, and role models.
Finn is a great little guy, but he is still a herding dog, who needs to overcome the awful start he had in life. He has specific needs, and will require people who have an understanding of and experience with his breed. If he is not given enough daily exercise, or continually socialized, he may not continue to be the same calm, happy, friendly dog that he is now. Finn is NOT for people who want an easy, submissive dog, and who don’t have the time or ability to work with him to achieve his full potential.
Emerson (ADOPTED!) loves all people, including children. More than anything he wants his very own people to bond with. He wants to be your partner and part of a family. Emerson is about 10 months old and weighs approximately 30-35 lbs. Our boy has the best traits of a cattle dog. He is super smart, incredibly loyal, very much wants to please people, and just wants to stay by your side. Besides being a very friendly guy, Emerson has a very sweet and playful disposition. He is also loves other dogs and tends to be submissive around both dogs and with people. He seems to be a little unsure of himself, and what he should be doing in various situations, and needs someone to guide him.
Emerson is being fostered in a home with a 1.5 year old toddler, a 12 year old child, a cat and other dogs. Chasing is fun game to him. When everyone is playing, Emerson sometimes want to herd. If children are running and playing with him, he will joyfully do a few soft, playful herding nips at their heels; but will stop it if he is told to. He loves to play with other dogs. If a cat runs, he will want to chase it, but if a cat stands it’s ground and hisses, Emerson will back off.
He is an indoor dog who enjoys lots of outdoor play time, and is always up for anything. As a young pup, while he can be content with moderate exercise, he would also love being in an active home, where he can go out on long hikes, and meet the challenge of active playing and running. Since he is good off leash, he would also do well with someone who goes out on horseback on trails. Emerson can also be content with one or two long walks and a few 15 minute active play sessions each day. He loves to play ball. If left alone outside in a yard, his busy brain will look for things to do and he may dig or get into whatever you may have left out there.
He has a very active and curious brain, and is going through a chewing stage. He is doing well with a lot of dog toys to chew on. He does like children’s toys (Barbie dolls are a favorite), but has NOT chewed any furniture. Emerson will wander around the house looking for things to play with and chew. Emerson has a soft, gentle mouth, which he likes to use to fondle your hands lightly, or give you puppy nibbles.
Emerson pretty much comes when called and stays close when off leash. He also walks fairly well on a leash, and likes to be at the end of his leash, exploring. When the leash is taut he doesn’t pull further. His fosters are working on teaching him to heel while on leash. Emerson is potty trained and good in the crate for a few hours. At this time he does not lift his leg to pee. As a submissive pup, when he is excited to meet someone or something scares him, he may occasionally accidentally leak a little pee. He is great riding quietly in the backseat of a car, and will wait patiently if left in the car during errands.
This is an exceptional pup, who needs continued training and would benefit from obedience training classes, to begin learning manners. Emerson needs someone who has the time to teach him new things, and who will keep his curious brain occupied, and take him to explore new places, and help him build up his confidence.
Cider (ADOPTED!) is as adorable, charming, and cute as they come. She is a very sweet natured, bright and happy girl. She weighs 36 lbs. and is approximately 2 years old. Cider is a moderate energy pup, who adores human attention and crawling into your lap or snuggling on the sofa with you. She is great with all people and very free with her kisses. Everyone who has met her has fallen in love with her. However, as is often the case with cattle dogs, Cider has an angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other. Besides being devoted, curious, brave, and super smart, she also has a very busy, thinking brain, with a willful mind of her own, and an impish personality. Our girl is an extra challenge, because she is deaf. The vet who examined her believes she was born deaf in both ears. We sometimes suspect that she may hear certain loud and/or low rumbling sounds. As an eager to please, observant cattle dog, who figures things out, she will learn quickly.
More than anything Cider wants to belong and have her own people to bond and be with whenever she can. During the day, she likes to know where her people are, and will hang out somewhere in the same room or close by. If you move to another location, she will get up to see where you have gone. Cider has been trying to win over her foster dad, who doesn’t interact with her much. Whenever he enters the room, she goes to greet him with a big smile and wagging tail.
Cider likes her play time, but is also very content to curl up and relax with her people inside the house. She is still puppyish in some ways. Occasionally, she will get a spurt of glee, pick up a toy and race around the with it for a few minutes. Cider can be very mouthy when playfully interacting with people, and she becomes excited. She likes to play by taking your hands in her mouth and treat them like a chew toy. We are working to teach her that this is not an appropriate game to play. Cider loves children, but because she is mouthy, she may not be suitable for a home with young children, at least until she learns that puppy chews on hands is not appropriate behavior.
She has a very funny and endearing habit of taking shoes and slippers over to her bed or resting area(s) and sleeping with them. She seems comforted by having them with her when she is resting. She does not chew or destroy them. Her former fosters said she was fine left alone for several hours. She seems to settle down nicely in a crate, especially if she has a few shoes with her for comfort. Cider is very quiet most of the time. If all is well, she rarely barks. She will bark in protest when she is upset, mostly if she is left out of something or being prevented from joining in an activity.
Cider is similar to a cat in some ways. She loves being on her bed or curled up in a small space. Her former foster once found her curled up in the baby’s car seat. We have not seen her with cats, but suspect that she would not do well with them, due to her desire to police and/or herd other animals. While playing with other dogs, she herds by giving a small nip to the feet or rear, and sometimes behind the ears. She is completely submissive with people, and does NOT herd or show any willfulness to humans.
She meets other dogs, large and small, calmly and politely, with a low wag, and is friendly and playful with other dogs. However, once she feels comfortable in a multi-dog home, Cider will attempt to hog her person and block other dogs from approaching. In a multi-dog household, it must be made clear to her that she is not the dog traffic cop, and she must share her person. If there are other dogs in the same home, Cider’s person needs to be a very clear leader, with training and breed experience. Otherwise, she will try to control the dog traffic in the household. We believe that she had just never been taught anything, including manners. Because she is so bright and wants to please people, we feel sure that she will comply, once she understands that you do not want this. Other than this desire to be possessive of her person/people, Cider does NOT show any other guarding behavior. She is easy around food and toys, and waits her turn politely for treats, with the other dogs.
Cider enjoys going out on walks to see and take in the scents of new places. We believe that before we rescued Cider, she was likely not taken out on walks or exposed to new experiences. She is extremely curious and eager to explore areas with her nose. She is very good at staying close to her person, walking right at your knee, half a step behind. In unfamiliar surroundings, Cider wants to make sure she doesn’t lose sight of her person. However, when in public, she needs to be on leash, since she cannot hear approaching cars or bicycles, and if she becomes distracted, she may not see you beckoning her. Cider is still learning how to walk on leash, and tends to follow her nose when out on walks.
Cider is completely housebroken. In a car, she rides quietly, both in the back seat or in a crate, and seems to enjoy watching the world go by, although she is nervous about where she is being taken. We believe Cider is afraid of the dark. At night, she is reluctant to walk in dark, unlit areas. At bedtime, when the lights are out, if she does not know where her people are, she will give out sharp, alarm barks. Cider seems especially fearful when in a car, on dark country roads at night. She will tremble and pant quickly during the entire ride on a dark road. The first time we drove in the dark, her heart raced so fast, that we feared she would have a heart attack. She is better in the car at night, if in a well lit town areas.
Cider needs moderate exercise and to learn through gradual exposure to new experiences and situations. She needs some work to catch up on training she should have received as a puppy. We are seeking adopter(s) who can see the incredible potential in Cider, and who will return all the love in her heart. Besides having a knowledge an appreciation for the busy, stubborn and silly cattle dog brain, her adopters will need to have the time and patience to teach her manners, boundaries and basic hand signal commands. Cider has learned a quick hand signal for Stop and finger wag for No, to stop her inappropriate action; although, it may take a repetition of a few times, because she may think (or hope) you didn’t mean it the first time.
We encourage any adopter to learn about the special challenges of and attention needed for a deaf, strong willed cattle dog.