HITTGV WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE ANY NEW DOGS UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER AT THE EARLIEST.
One of our principals must take a leave of absence, and a few of our foster homes are taking a break. We wish we had more help, and the situation were different.* If you need to find rescue for a herding breed dog, please go to our "Useful Links" page (tab) for a list of other rescue groups that take in herding breeds and mixes.
* We are a small, all-volunteer, foster based, rescue. It is only through the ability and dedication of our fosters and other volunteers that we are able to save the dogs we rescue. We always welcome new fosters and volunteers to join our rescue efforts.
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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.
Mhisa is about 2 yrs. old and weighs 44 lbs. She is a very mellow, quiet, low-moderate energy girl who loves the company of her humans. When inside, she is happy to find a spot in the room with her people and hang out with them. Outside, she is content to lay in the shade and watch whatever is happening around her. Mhisa is almost like a queen. She loves attention from people and to be petted, but is not one to freely give out kisses or to come for a cuddle. Mhisa happily and calmly greets everyone she meets, with a relaxed wag.
While she tends not to play with toys on her own, Mhisa enjoys gnawing on Nyla bones. She may play with a soft toy, if her human engages her with it. Our girl is very calm, yet observes everything. She will spend a lot of time checking out and becoming familiar with a new area.
Mhisa is similar to a person who has never enjoyed a childhood. She seems to have struggled a long time, doing whatever she had to, to survive on her own. She is super smart, observant, learns very quickly and is eager to please. For these reasons, she is very sensitive and only needs the softest correction when training and working on behavior. Mhisa is house trained and knows how to use a dog door. She walks nicely on leash. If she pulls a little sometimes, give her a little quick tug on the leash and she will return back to your side.
Mhisa loves to ride in the car and watch the world go by. She knows the command load-up and unload. She may get car sick on long rides. Her foster mom believes that with frequent short rides, Mhisa will eventually be able to go on longer car trips. Our girl is also completely fine being left alone, and at night, sleeps in a crate or on a flat bed.
Mhisa loves older children (12+ years old) who she has been around and enjoys watching their energy. Although we have not yet seen her with small children, we feel that Mhisa may not do well in a household with toddlers.
Mhisa was found living in a field. We suspect that the pup found with her (Dakota, now adopted) is her only surviving one. For this reason, in the field and on the run, she is watchful and cautious around other dogs. Right now, she is a loner, and for that reason would do best as an only dog. Her foster mom feels she may get along with a non-dominant, balanced dog, and is working to socialize Mhisa around other dogs, and teach her how to properly interact with them.
Mhisa does not show any herding tendencies, but becomes very excited, if she sees a squirrel, raccoon, cat, or some other small moving creature, and wants to go after them. Given her background, we believe she had to catch rabbits and small game to eat, and for this reason would not be good around cats. She pays very close attention to her surroundings, and can spot a creature from far away.
If you have a quiet, lifestyle, and enjoy being outdoors, and are looking for a calm, quiet, loving and very loyal companion, Mhisa could be for you. Our girl will make someone a wonderful companion.
Sutter is a true gentleman dog! He is a 7+ yr. old neutered male Catahoula and cattle dog mix. He is about as gentle and mellow a dog as you will ever find. He weighs 59 lbs. and is a low-medium energy dog.
Sutter is not a dog that makes a lot of noise or announces himself to the world. He sits quietly, listens for direction, and hopes that someone, sometime, will see what a sweet dog he is.
Sutter appears to be completely house trained - and crate trained, walking right into a crate with his hot dog treat. He is very easy to walk on leash. Sutter enjoys exploring in the yard. He has a very soft mouth and uses his tongue rather than his teeth to take a treat.
He gets along well with other dogs. He meets other dogs politely. When first meeting other dogs, if the other dog is energetically in his face, Sutter may grumble, or take a superior position over the dog to get it be less eager or less busy around him. After the introductions, Sutter is relaxed and enjoys the company of the other dog(s). At his short term foster home, he was fine and happy living with the dominant old female, the ball crazy young male, and the insecure adult male dog. He is currently being fostered with a playful cattle dog, and when hanging out together, the two will lick each other's faces.
At his current foster home, Sutter was interested in a bossy cat, who swatted at him several times. He wasn't happy with the cat, but merely barked his displeasure a few times to the aggressive cat - while keeping his distance.
Until we rescued Sutter on July 19th, for the past 4 months, he had been living in a cage at the shelter. He was placed on the euthanasia list, and the volunteers, who all loved him, were frantically searching for a rescue to take him. He is a wonderful, easy going, boy, who is just happy to be with you and go for a nice walk. He will make someone a terrific, low maintenance companion.
Layla is just over one year old and full of energy and needs an active family or a ranch to run. She looks to be a kelpie and heeler mix, with a short coat and she loves the water. She even enjoys baths and will sit in a warm bathtub until told to get out. She loves to ride in the car to go play with her friends.
Layla gets along with other dogs and was with raised with a cat and is always trying to play with him. She is spayed and microchipped. She was originally from a hoarding situation she was adopted at four and half months and for the last 9 months she has lived with two children, but she would be better placed with older kids.
Housebroken with basic commands she has been to training classes and she has a typical herding drive. Like all herding dogs she will follow you from room to room and just needs to have a job to do.
Layla is looking to be re-homed and is not in danger of being put down.
Cooper (ADOPTED!) is a gentle and happy soul, with a calm, easy going nature. He adores all people, and just wants to be loved. We estimate he is about 4-years old and weighs 40 lbs. He is moderate energy dog, who in true cattle dog fashion, wants to be by his person's side whenever possible. When meeting new people, he is a little shy, but warms up quickly to both men and women. He has no preference and adores being be loved and petted by all people.
His fosters described Cooper's personality as complete sweetness. He will often sit quietly and gaze at his humans with pure love in his eyes. Once he feels comfortable, he is also a very playful boy, who comes alive when you begin playing ball with him. Cooper is fine with other dogs, but may want to have his people all to himself. He will need need people who can be clear leaders to make him understand that it is not his job to keep other dogs away from the attention of his humans. Since Cooper is submissive to and wants to please his people, once this is made clear to him, he stops this behavior and is completely fine. His is good with children and ignores cats.
Cooper is also housebroken and walks well on leash. He prefers sleeping on his dog bed, rather than in a crate. He is NOT mouthy and does NOT dig in the yard. Cooper knows a few commands, and his adopters should continue his training and build his reperatoire of basic commands. He is a very smart boy, who very much wants to please his people. For these reasons, he is motivated to make his people happy, and would learn quickly.
Cooper is a little nervous when riding in a car. A few regular trips to the park or other enjoyable excursions, should have him eagerly hopping into the car very soon. Our boy is also a bit needy when his humans initially leave him, but does NOT bark or destroy anything when left alone. We believe that once he understands that he is not going to be abandoned, these issues will eventually fall away. He would do best in a home where he will NOT be left alone for long hours. Getting the love and attention that he craves from his very own people, will do much to help him develop the confidence he needs.
Liberty (ADOPTED!) Although he is his adult size at 47 lbs., he is still a silly pup. Our boy is a little overweight and ideally should be around 45 lbs. We estimate that he is about 1 year old. Liberty is extremely sweet and submissive, and loves all people and other dogs. He is just happy to have the company of and play with his people and the dogs in his pack. As a young guy, who just wants to play, he sometimes makes himself a pest to older dogs, following them around constantly. However, when paired with another easy and dog-social dog, they will play all day if allowed. With people, he will let you know that he would like some attention by gently poking your leg with his nose, and then giving you a happy smile and a wag. He is a soft and gentle soul, who loves children, but is startled and cowers or flees at sudden movements. We have not seen Liberty with cats, but would guess that he would just want to play. There is not a mean bone in Liberty's body.
Our boy is a bit timid, especially in strange new situations. We don't know his background before the shelter, but when he is exposed to new occurrences or situations that he is unsure about, he will drop to the ground. Liberty will need someone who is patient and willing to spend the time to work with him to shape him into a happy and confident adult. He needs to learn about the world by going to lots of fun new places and experiences, to help build his confidence.
Liberty very much wants to please and will be easy to train. He is completely house trained and knows how to use a dog door. He walks beautifully on a leash with limited correction. He sleeps in a crate, in the bedroom with his foster people and dogs, and will go into his crate for a nap. As he is still a pup, Liberty will need a consistent supply of chew toys so that he doesn't resort to your shoes and cords. He is a medium energy dog who would be happy with a daily long walk and to be by your side.
Shadow (ADOPTED!) is a good natured, friendly boy, who loves and wants to be with people as much as possible. He weighs around 45 lbs. and we estimate he's 4 yrs. old. He is a quiet, happy, playful, medium energy dog, who enjoys cuddling and belly rubs; and if you are otherwise occupied, he is content to sit at your feet. If meeting several new people at once, Shadow can be a bit of timid. When he realizes that a person is good and will not harm him, he will freely give out and accept kisses. One of Shadow's favorite things to do is roll around on his back while sighing contentedly. He loves to play ball and enjoys squeaky toys.
Shadow is very good natured and playful with other dogs, and meets them in a very relaxed and friendly way. Several very bossy, dominant dogs accepted and invited him to play immediately. With the proper introductions and initial supervision, Shadow should be fine with cats.
He is fully housetrained, is a good eater, and is always up for a walk outside. Shadow walks fairly well on leash, but sometimes will pull to investigate something. He is very treat motivated. When you have his attention, he learns very quickly, but he can be easily distracted by new sounds and sights. His fosters are teaching him basic commands, but his adopters will need to continue his training. Our boy enjoys car rides, but usually won't sit still, unless you buckle him in with a seat belt attachment. Shadow seems fine when left completely alone for an hour or two, although he may whimper when you initially leave. If he is in the company of other dogs, and left alone by his human(s), he is perfectly happy and secure.
We believe that Shadow had very limited experiences in his former life. He needs exposure to new things in the world. He has been very interested in new sights and sounds, trying to take in and process his new experiences. He's very curious, but is also (wisely) cautious as he approaches something unknown to him.
We worked, everyday, for 3-weeks, through convoluted red tape, to get this dog out of the shelter, where he had been for 40 days. He spent most of his first night of freedom, constantly visiting his foster human to give her kisses throughout the night.
Shadow seems to have a few worries, that we believe are a result of his long stay and treatment at the shelter. We feel sure he will be able to overcome his 'post traumatic stress' with time, once he feels secure, knows he is in a loving home for good, and builds some confidence. He does not like being in a crate, as it probably reminds him of the shelter kennel, but he will go in, if you instruct him to do so. When he is restrained or closed off and can see his people leaving him, he gets panicky. He also is a bit collar shy. Shadow will jump back to avoid anyone suddenly reaching for his collar. If you do this in the car, he will panic and try to scramble away. However, if you call his name, he will happily come to you. When Shadow is inside a crate, car or house and you open the door, his response is to bolt out the door. His mind still seems to be in the 'need to escape' mode. We also noticed that if his back side/rear end area is touched by someone he doesn't know, he startles in fear and concern.
While Shadow has a very soft, sweet, friendly nature, his natural tendency in taking treats is with his teeth, rather than his tongue. His fosters are teaching him to take treats more gently, but for this reason, he may not be suitable in a home with children under 9 years old.
Although Shadow will be wonderful with everyone in his household, as a cattle dog, he will choose and bond with one person, over the rest. He would also do best in a household with another dog for company and to play with.
Meet Sammy and his happy smile! Sammy is a 12-14 year old, neutered male Queensland heeler who needs a new home. He was beloved by his elderly owners, who have both been moved into a nursing home.
Sammy loves people and needs a new mom or dad who he can completely devote himself to. In typical heeler fashion--he just wants to be a "velcro dog" and follow his person from room to room to keep them company. He was raised in a home without children or other pets. He is unsocialized with other dogs--he is not aggressive, but he needs to be in a one-dog household because he never learned how to follow the rules of a pack and his current owner must give him up because of this. He is housebroken, crate trained, and is well behaved (knows sit, stay, come). He currently lives on a farm with livestock and has never tried to chase them, but once when he was younger he did chase a cat. However, he does not appear to have a strong hunting instinct. He is very healthy and is up to date on all his shots.
He doesn't dig, but he does have separation anxiety and his current owner says he barks when left home alone. As an older gent, he is pretty mellow, but still needs some outdoor play time.
Sammy needs a loving human to give him a new home for the rest of his life. Just look at that smile!
Duke (Black and White Queensland Heeler - one blue eye and one brown eye) is 7 years old, weighs about 45 lbs, and was adopted by us at 6 months from Animal Rescue of Tracy. He has been an amazing and wonderful dog and loves his people and loves other dogs. He tends to chase cats as we do not have any as pets. Duke would benefit from being in a home with other dogs and OR with people who will spend a lot of time with him. He is definitely a companion dog and likes to follow his people around wherever they go. Duke is wonderful and gentle with small children. Duke needs a lot of love and attention and strives to please his people. He also does best when he is regularly exercised. Duke loves the beach, loves to play fetch with a ball or rope and is completely trained. He knows all commands and will sit, stay, and "go to his couch", or "go to bed", load up in vehicle, come when called, and will not eat his food unless instructed to do so. Duke is very sensitive and is emotionally driven and needs loving attention. Duke is neutered and up to date on all vaccines and receives monthly doses of Frontline and Heartguard.
Wyatt (Black and Tan Queensland Heeler) is 3.5 years old and weighs about 45 lbs. He was adopted by us as a rescue dog from the South Bay Purebred Rescue at 8 weeks old. He is our smartest dog and is well trained and loves to please his people too. He needs the same type of family...one where he will be exercised, played with and mentally stimulated alot. He does ok with other dogs but tends to try and be Alpha until a true Alpha dog is present, and then he seems to submit. Wyatt is also an amazing dog and companion and extremely smart...he learns things with only one or two times of telling him. He is gentle and kind and with the right people who will give him the time and exercise he needs, he will thrive. Wyatt chases cats for the same reason as Duke. He is very gentle with small children. Wyatt loves the beach, loves to play ball or fetch of any kind and consistently brings the toy back and is very patient and will wait for commands. He knows all commands and will sit, stay, and "go to his couch", or "go to bed", load up in a vehicle, come when called, and will not eat his food unless instructed to do so. Wyatt is more food driven but also is a people pleaser. Wyatt is neutered and up to date on all vaccines and receives monthly doses of Frontline and Heartguard.
Reba (ADOPTED!), the red head is our newest girl! With her slim shape and golden eyes, we believe she is an Australian cattle dog & kelpie mix. Reba is one of the sweetest, happiest dogs, and she is an expert at playing! She is extremely friendly with all people and all dogs. Reba adores meeting and being with people, and is very big on giving everyone kisses. She loves to cuddle and lean on you, but will settle for sitting or laying at your feet. This girl has excellent body language for making friends with other dogs, and inviting them to play with her. While friendly and outgoing, Reba is also submissive when encountering dominant dogs.
Weighing 32 lbs., Reba is on the thin side, and ideally should be about 34-35 lbs. She is still very much a pup in personality, and we estimate she is between 9 to 12 months. As a young dog, she has lots of energy and can run like the wind. Reba's foster family is teaching her basic obedience and house manners. She is extremely smart and catches on very quickly. Reba is completely house trained and crate trained. She is learning to walk on leash nicely, and rides quietly in the car.
Although Reba has the speed and energy to run and play, and would be a fantastic sport dog for agility, flyball, etc., when inside the house, she is very calm. She will quietly and patiently sit or lay beside her person, when inside. Reba stayed with two temporary fosters, for just a few days each, while waiting for her long term foster to become available. She completely charmed both temporary fosters, who fell in love with her sweet, happy spirit, and zest for life.
Reba will need a family that will continue her training and give her the mental and physical exercise, time and attention that she needs and deserves. This is NOT a dog for an apartment. She would be excellent in a home with at least one other dog.