We just rescued this little family!
Topaz, a cattle dog mix, and her two 6 week old puppies: the female pup with amostly white front is Opal and the dark, fluffy one is Jasper, a male.
They are all 'gems.' More information about them coming soon! All three are just recovering from the traumas of surviving outside on their own and then being in the shelter. All are doing much better, now that they are in a home environment, with lots of TLC, good food, and warm soft beds.
Mama Topaz is a sweet, loving, cattle dog, who tries to crawl into her foster mom's lap for hugs.
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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.
Our sweet Buck is very friendly with all people and all dogs. He weighs 35 lbs. and we estimate is between 1-2 years old. He is happy, mellow, and very social when meeting and around people. Buck adores human attention, and is very loving with his people. He will put his head on your lap or nuzzle you, wanting to cuddle. As a typical cattle dog, he checks in often with his person/people and likes to follow you from room to room.
Our boy very much enjoys playing with other dogs, and is a HUGE fan of tennis balls. He is easy going when meeting and around other dogs (and people) and does NOT guard his toys or food at all, and is NOT mouthy, and he does NOT try to chew on things. As a young dog, Buck is a moderate to high energy guy. He is also extremely smart, observant and curious, wanting to check out new places and things. He will need a home where he can get a good deal of both physical exercise and activities to keep his brain occupied.
Buck is very attentive to his people. He minds people, is very eager to please, and will come when called. His foster mom says he is a fast learner and learns routines very quickly. He is learning a few commands, but previously was never taught any obedience commands.
Buck is housebroken, and will go into his crate to sleep at night. He also rides very nicely in a car. He loves going out on walks. Buck enjoys being part of a pack and will follow the lead of his canine foster brother and sister, when out on walks. He is also quiet and fine when left alone.
As a happy, playful guy, the only time we have seen his herding instinct emerge, is when he wants to play with another dog. If a dog is not quick to run and play, Buck will nip at the other dog's heels to try to get him/her going. He can be a pest, if the other dog doesn't want to play. We have not seen Buck with cats or children. All in all, Buck is just a very easy going boy, whose tail is constantly, happily wagging.
Norbert is a sweet and loving Australian cattle dog/kelpie cross. He is approximately 18 months old, weighs 35 lbs. and is handsome, smart and athletic. He is great with all people and all dogs. Norbert loves playing with his foster brothers and sister, as well as meeting new dogs at the dog park. He is very friendly, outgoing, and full of life, with a sweet, happy, and playful disposition. Every volunteer who has met him, describe him as "a sweetheart" or "a darling boy."
Our boy had a rough start in life. He was confined to a small back yard with little stimulation. From his very first daily walks, it was clear that he had never been in the outside world. Norbert didn't know what cars were, and had never walked on an incline (up a hill). Not knowing what to do in these new situations, he would immediately flatten himself on the ground and refuse to budge. He also came to us with a respiratory infection and an infection on his tail, caused by compulsive chewing. As a young herding dog with an active mind and energy to burn out, we believe that he began chewing his tail out of boredom and frustration with the lack of an outlet and activity.
Since being rescued, Norbert is adapting quickly and joyously to the outside world. He is learning to walk nicely on a leash, and only took a couple of days to be housebroken. Our vet surgically cleaned and trimmed his raggedly chewed tail, and his wounds are healing nicely. With healthy outlets for Norbert's desire to run and play, and once his tail is healed, we are confident that his habit of perceiving his tail as a bother to him will eventually disappear.
Norbert is looking for his forever family and constant companion(s). He would be better in a household where he was not left alone for long periods of time until he can settle in and trust he is safe. He would be a fantastic running buddy and family dog. Norbert would do well in a multi-dog household, with opportunity for lots of daily exercise, and exposure to new things in the world.
Norbert is current on all his vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, and heartworm negative.
Please call us if you are interested at all. We ask all potential adopters to complete and submit the adoption form, found on our website: hittgv.org (click on the "Adopt" tab).
Zen (ADOPTION PENDING) is a very calm, quiet, low-medium energy Australian kelpie and cattle dog mix. He weights 45 lbs. and is about 2-3 years old. Zen is a sweet, gentle boy, described by everyone who has met him as being extremely "polite" and well mannered. Although mostly a low key dog, when his people come home, he will greet them with excitement, and make a happy gurgling sound like Chewbacca in Star Wars. As with most cattle dogs, Zen wants to be with and follow his people whenever possible. He is a super and loving companion, who will find a nice spot to lay down where ever you are.
This boy is friendly with all people, but does not immediately approach new people. He will slowly make his way over and just hang out. He is also excellent with all dogs. When he first meets new dogs, he may nervously raises his hackles for a few seconds. He plays nicely with all other dogs. When his fosters' smaller dogs were a bit pushy and aggressive with him, Zen would just back away. He has also met young children and is calm and solid with them. We have not seen him around cats.
Zen enjoys balls and playing fetch, and chewing on bully sticks or pressed rawhide bones. He does NOT guard food or resources, and again, is very polite if you take or move something he has. Zen is also NOT mouthy at all. He also rides very quietly in a car. When out on walks, Zen likes to sniff and explore, and may pull a little, but not very hard.
While he is a calm dog, Zen still has his fears. If unsure of a new situation and strange people, he sits quietly and shivers, appearing a little nervous or stressed. Once he understands a routine and that he will be safe, he will relax. Zen has only barked once when he was extremely upset and scared.
Although our boy is very easy going and compliant, he also has his moments, and unique quirks. He enjoys going into his crate with a bully stick or something to chew, but objects to sleeping in a crate at night. If he's left alone in a fenced yard for even a few minutes, and finds something, such as a planter box, covered trash can, etc. along the fence that he can leap onto, he will use it as a springboard to get over the fence. Once he is out, he will just hang out in a nearby neighbors front yard. Also, while Zen seems to be housebroken, the first time he enters a house he may try to lift his leg somewhere. If you catch him and stop him, he won't try again, and will be fine in the house. Zen knows several commands, sit, lay down, and shake.
Everyone who has met this boy, has absolutely adored and raved about his wonderful manners and solid personality. He needs an equally solid new home, with supportive and loving people, who can help him overcome the fears he seems to harbor and internalize.
Dusty (ADOPTED!) is about 18 months old and weighs 35 lbs. She is a sweet, quiet, happy girl, who is content to be with her people and/or gnawing on a chew toy.
She can be a bit hesitant when first meeting people, but will warm up quickly once she knows you're ok. Once she knows someone, she is very trusting and loving, and will bond quickly. Dusty will follow her people around, and every now and then give you a gentle nudge and some kisses to let you know she would like some attention. She may remain shy with some larger men, even after being familiar with them, and definitely prefers the company of women.
Our girl is outgoing and playful with dogs, and is on the submissive side. She loves all dogs – big, small, male, or female - and gets along with cats, provided there is a proper introduction. Dusty is good with older children, but we have not yet seen her around young children or toddlers.
She waits patiently at feeding time for her food and shows NO resource guarding around food or toys. She enjoys lounging on her bed with a good bone and being with her people. Dusty does NOT get on the furniture, dig in the yard, or bark much. When she is happy and excited she may talk a little. She is also very good when left alone – whether in the house or in the car – and shows no separation anxiety issues. She just waits for her person to return and provides smiles and tail wags at the door. She has also been fine in a crate for a few hours at a time and is housebroken.
Many things are new to her, like walking on a leash, basic commands, and even treats. Being a young girl with no formal training, she will need a dedicated family who will spend time training her. Being a young and timid girl, there are situations where she needs to build her confidence. She can be fearful of men and people who are not in her circle of friends. Because of this, she will need someone who is experienced and can help her be more comfortable with new people and situations.
When we rescued Dusty, we had x-rays taken for her 'sore leg' to find that she had a formerly broken rear leg, which had healed on it's own, and was still living with her other rear leg completely dislocated from the hip socket - apparently for some time. We decided to pay for orthopedic surgery to fix her dislocated leg. Her surgery was on 10/24/14 and Dusty is healing quite well, and walking on that leg. The surgeon said once completely healed, she will be pain free and able to walk and move normally.
Riley (ADOPTED!) is about 9-12 months old and weighs about 56 lbs., and seems to be a cattle dog and Lab mix. He has a super personality. Riley is a very friendly, social guy with all dogs and people. He is just a happy, playful boy looking for people to call his own.
Mhisa (ADOPTED!) 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 (ADOPTED!) 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.
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.