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Astro is a gorgeous, neutered 15-18 month old, 51 lb. cattle dog, with a bit of Aussie shepherd. He has excellent conformation, and his coat markings are a work of modern art. Astro is an outgoing and curious boy, with a moderate energy level. He is great when meeting all adults, children, farm animals, horses and other dogs. He will chase cats that run, but we think that he could live with cats, if introductions are slow and managed. More than anything, Astro wants to find his own person to bond closely with and to be with whenever he can. While he is a very alert, observant and inquisitive cattle dog, he is also easy going, and loves sitting at his person’s feet or placing his head in his human’s lap for petting and close personal time. His favorite time of the day is snuggle time in the bed, if you are okay with that. He shows affection with nuzzling and very sweet, gentle puppy chews.
Our boy meets other dogs in a very curious, friendly, relaxed way, with tail wags. He adores playing with other dogs. However, in a multi-dog household, it must be made clear to him that he must learn to share his person. For this reason, Astro will need a person who is experienced with this breed and who will be a clear leader to him. If not, Astro will try to make decisions and run the household for you. Astro isn’t very interested in toys or treats. His rewards are interacting with people and other dogs. If another dog is not friendly or snaps at him, he will jump back or run. He may also stand a few feet away and bark at them several times to let them know that they weren’t nice to him. If a dog is truly threatening, he will avoid them. Astro is a mostly a very quiet boy, but he may bark at passing bicycles. He will bark when crated initially, but settles in nicely.
It is clear to us that Astro is one of the best examples of a cattle dog. He is a thinking dog with brilliant intelligence and the ability to puzzle through situations. He has such a velcro nature, that the people who found and fostered him never had him on leash. He would follow them everywhere and wait for them. Astro very much wants to please, but also has a mind of his own, with a sense of right and wrong and will let you know what he thinks. He is as close as you can get to a human child in a dog’s body.
One thing - Astro is nearly totally deaf. He has learned some hand signals and is very eager to learn more. It is such a shame that this amazing boy, with so much heart, personality, love, brains and a great temperament, was never taught anything before he was found stray. Astro is a quick learner, and now starting to learn basic commands, manners and boundaries. He redirects very easily, with a quick hand signal for "No" and he will stop any inappropriate action. After being redirected 2-3 times, he will stop any further attempts.
For several reasons, we believe that Astro was mostly an outside dog. He loves hanging out outside or inside, as long as he is with his person. Astro will walk by your side without a leash. He is just beginning to learn how to walk on leash, and will sometimes pull for several minutes, in excited anticipation of an adventure. While he seems house trained, our fosters are taking him out frequently as a reminder to go outside. Astro needs to be restrained when riding in a car. He wants to lay beside you or place his head on your lap as you drive.
In summary, as a cattle dog, Astro’s personality is one of the finest and truest examples of the brains and heart of the Australian cattle dog breed. Our boy has a lot of love, and bonds as fast as super glue. He needs some work to catch up on the training he should have received as a puppy. We are seeking adopter(s) who can see the incredible potential in Astro, and who will return all the love in his heart, and are willing to polish this diamond in the rough, into the gem that he is. We encourage any adopter to learn about training a deaf dog and the special attention they require.
Remi (ADOPTION PENDIMG!) is a super sweet natured, happy, friendly, and loving girl. She weighs 39 lbs. and we estimate she is 15-18 months old. For a young cattle dog, Remi is very calm, moderate energy girl. While she likes to play a bit with her little sister and the other family dogs, Remi’s favorite activity is hanging out with, and being beside her human. She enjoys meeting new people, and is very friendly and social with them. Her foster mom says that Remi is a “total love bug.” Like her more timid sister (Cedar), Remi enjoys cuddling and would love to be in your lap.
At her foster home, Remi is great with everyone, mom, dad, their toddler. She is good with the other dogs, but she prefers spending time with her people. Remi adores the family toddler and gives him kisses throughout the day. She also enjoys showing her foster dad how much she loves him. If the other dogs are trying to interact with her and she is not interested, she will give a soft grumble to let them know she wants to be left alone. It is only communication, and she never escalates further. When seeing the resident cat, she ignored him.
We feel sure that Remi and her sister had been outside only dogs, before coming to their foster home. While Remi probably also had very limited experience with anything outside of their original yard, before arriving at her current foster home, she seems more social, outgoing and willing to enter new situations than her timid younger sister. Remi walks fairly nicely on leash; and when off leash, she will walk at your side. She is doing well with her potty training, by being let outside every few hours, but it’s a work in progress. Both Remi and her sister, love being inside the house, and will not go outside unless their foster mom goes out with them. Once outside, they will follow her around and play with the other dog.
Similar to her sister, Remi is very quiet, and seldom barks. She is also just beginning to learn how to be a dog, and discovering dog toys. She has made a few mistakes, thinking that similarly sized household items are toys (i.e. TV remote, etc.) and began chewing or playing with them. Once told no, Remi will drop it, walk away, and not return to it. She was not previously introduced to balls, and has no interest in chasing them. Remi is NOT nippy, and has NOT shown any strong herding tendencies. Her strongest cattle dog personality trait is her velcro nature.
Remi is a very good eater, and could benefit from a little weight loss. During meals, when she has finished her food, if nearby, she will move into her sister’s food bowl. Her fosters are managing this, to prevent her from eating double portions. Remi has no food or resource guarding/aggression. Her foster can reach into her bowl while she is eating.
While Remi is a very happy and social girl, who very much wants to please, as with her more timid sister, if voices get raised or she hears any yelling, Remi will also become fearful. In the same way as her sister, Remi is constantly afraid that she may be in trouble all the time for doing something wrong.
Remi would love to go where ever her person goes. If her human leaves the house, she will whine her sadness for several minutes, and may paw at the door a little, in an attempt to get her to return or to try and follow. It would be ideal if Remi’s person, worked from home or could bring her to work, or is retired. Remi would not do well in a situation where she was left alone for most of the day. She is not crate trained and does not like going into a crate. Remi probably was never in a car before. She is fearful of getting into a vehicle, and will get motion sickness on long rides. Her foster mom is working with her, and learning to ride in a vehicle is a work in progress.
Augie (ADOPTED!) is a 15-18 months old, 41 pound boy, who is very friendly, full of life and kisses. He meets everyone with a tail wag, and has a very happy disposition. He is a moderate energy guy, but as a young dog, he needs daily exercise. Augie wants to play and walk first thing in the morning. Once he has had his morning exercise, he is mellow for the rest of the day and content to hang out with his people. He does, however, have youthful exuberance and if you are up for it, he is always up for playing or a hike or some exercise. Augie is a “Velcro," or maybe a super glue dog, who wants to be with his person or his pack more than anything. In the sweetest, most loving way, he wants to sit by your side every chance he gets. He also enjoys snuggling on the couch with his person.
Augie loves his walks! When the leashes come out, he runs to the door and sits calmly waiting to be leashed. He may tug a little a first because he's so excited to get out in the world, but he quickly settles into a nice pace by your side. Augie is very responsive to cues from both humans and other dogs. If told Leave It, he will do so immediately.
He knows Sit, frequently comes when called, and is learning to take treats gently. He sometimes jumps up on people and counters and is being taught "Off!" Augie is a quick and eager learner.
Augie is a quiet boy who rarely barks--even when the other dogs are barking. So far, his foster mom has only heard him bark a couple of times when someone has come to the door. He is very well mannered in the house, and hangs out quietly.
He has met some dogs very nicely, both male and female, but may not like every dog he meets. Augie gets very excited about meeting other dogs he sees. He is very balanced, and not naturally a dominant dog. Will not challenge another more dominant dog. However, if an unknown dog is acting up, by barking or lunging behavior, Augie will respond the same way. If another is fine, he is fine. He seems to take his cues from the energy of the other dog. He liked his foster sister (an female ACD) at their very first meeting.
Augie loves playing tug-of-war and hanging out with his foster sister. We think he would do well with a mellow, easy going, or playful dog. He would also be fine as an only dog. He enjoys playing with toys. There may be a scuffle for a toy if playing fetch with one ball and two dogs. We have not seen him interact with small children, but with older kids, he is friendly and polite. He has a high prey drive and would not do well in a household with cats. Augie enjoys car rides, and needs more rides to fun destinations.
Augie was rescued after a month in a shelter kennel. As a result, he does not like being kenneled or crated. His foster mom is working on crate training him with positive reinforcement. If another dog approaches his food or a toy he has, he does sometimes give a little warning growl, but his foster mom has been working with him and seen improvement. Augie has shown some herding tendencies. He sometimes nips at other dogs’ heels and is gently mouthy, sometimes taking his foster mom's foot or arm into his mouth to play,
Augie has the potential to be the perfect pet. We are seeking adopters who will continue teaching him boundaries, appropriate behavior, and giving him more exposure to new things in the world. If you are interested in meeting and possibly adopting Augie, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire, which is the first step of our adoption process. At our website (hittgv.org), please click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down to find the online Adoption Form.
Nani (ADOPTED!) (pronounced Nah-Nee), in Hawaiian means pretty or enjoyable - and that is exactly what this dog is. Nani is about a year old and weighs around 38 lbs. We believe she is a mix of Australian kelpie and cattle dog. She has a soft, very loving, and submissive personality. She bonds quickly and will follow her person from room to room. Nani is easy and sweet with well behaved children, warms up to women quickly, but is initially a bit hesitant when meeting new men. For a young dog, she is a moderate energy girl, although she does have her bursts of happy, youthful energy, when she playfully runs like the wind.
Nani is a joy to have as a companion. She loves to be near her person, give kisses and roll over for petting and one-on-one time. If you are busy, she will lay quietly nearby waiting for whatever is next. When you look at her or give her attention, her tail will reply with a low, happy wag. As a basically submissive girl, Nani meets other dogs her size or bigger, with respect, although she seems a bit nervous. She gets along well with other calm and friendly dogs, and even tries to make friends with dogs who ignore her. Our girl has a very warm and caring heart. After two days at her new foster home, the other dogs are tolerating, but avoiding Nani. Even so, on day two, when on a walk, her senior canine foster sister tired and stopped suddenly to lay down and rest, twice; and each time Nani showed concern and returned to her to nuzzle her, as if to ask if she was alright. She has also invited her older foster sister to play, but to no avail. Because of the way she wants to befriend the older dogs in her foster home, we believe that Nani would love to have another dog around her size or larger as a playmate.
She very much wants to please, and is always ready to cuddle or interact with her human(s). Nani isn’t sure of herself and doesn’t know if she is always welcome. Sometimes she will sit quietly and wait to be invited to join you, and other times when she cannot contain the happy puppy in her, she will leap up to sit by you on the couch or bed and shower you with kisses. Most of the time, Nani is calm and well mannered, quietly hanging out in the house. However, when she is excited and wants to show how much she loves you, she will need to learn that she should not leap up on people and furniture to get close to you. Nani is very observant and bright, and learns quickly. She watches her person’s face for cues, and her ears are like very expressive flags, moving up and down with her worried or happy thoughts. She is also extremely quiet and the only times she has let out one or two barks was in warning if she is startled by someone approaching or believes an intruder is approaching the house or room. If she is startled and barks, and is told to stop, she complies immediately.
On leash, Nani needs some practice. We believe she hasn’t been out on walks, and everything is new to her. As a result, she tends to wander from side to side and stop, depending on what she sees and smells. Otherwise she walks nicely and does NOT pull. Although she is unsure of where she is being taken with each car ride, she rides quietly in the car, and watches the scenery go by. So far, Nani seems to be housebroken. Barely out of puppyhood, Nani has already been uprooted from at least two homes and found herself in the shelter several times. She is currently a bit cautious during the first few seconds/minutes in a new situation or when being driven someplace. Also, she will not do her business during leash walks. She will wait until she returns home to go on familiar property, where she feels comfortable. We were told, third-hand, that this dog has high prey drive and should not be in a household with cats, and that she did not do well with a small dog. So far, we have not seen her with either of these, and cannot verify whether this is true. We will update this description as we learn more about Nani.
If you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting Nani, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire, which is the first step of our pre-adoption process. At our website (hittgv.org), please click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down to find the online Adoption Form.
Teddy (ADOPTED!) is very quiet, friendly, go with the flow, muscular Shiba-Inu and chihuahua mix, who weighs 13 lbs. and we estimate is around 2 years old. He loves other dogs and cats, and is very easy about meeting them. His foster has two cats and Teddy enjoys hanging out with them. Teddy acts like a big brother, who looks out for the more delicate cat, to make sure he’s okay. Our boy was initially wary when first meeting new people, but within minutes, as soon as he knows you are friendly, he will greet you warmly. Once he knows a person, he will completely trust you, and enjoys playing with you one-on-one. If he can reach, he will try to place his front paws and his head on your lap to ask for attention. Teddy loves human contact, to be touching you, and snuggling. One of his favorite things, is to lay next to you, or on top of you, if you are laying down, on the sofa. He likes children, but we do not recommend small children, who may suddenly grab for him, or scare him with sudden moves and loud noises.
Teddy loves going out for walks and fairly nicely on leash. When he sees the leash come out, he runs around the house in happy excitement. Our boy also love toys and playing fetch. He is a quiet dog, who will find ways to entertain himself, whether it’s shaking his toys around, stockpiling his rawhide chews, hiding his toys. As a young dog, Teddy will get bursts of energy, sometimes jumping on and off the sofa, or rolling around on his bed and rubbing his face on his blanket, while making happy noises. He is extremely quiet, and NOT a barker. The only time he has barked was when other dogs started barking first. While he has a lot of the playful young pup in him, Teddy can also be a very calm, relaxed dog, who is happy to snooze on the couch or on his bed for much of the day.
Teddy is currently being fed next to his crate. He does NOT guard his food or toys, but if he is eating and you come near his food, he will stop, afraid that you may take it from him. He does well in a large crate, with lots of bedding and his toys all around him. He sleeps in his crate at night, and will make squeaky noises to let you know if he needs to go out. If he is crated with the door closed and he sees you enter the room, he will whine to be let out so he can greet you. If you have been away, when you return, Teddy celebrates your return by racing around the room and then inviting you to play with him. Teddy loves riding in a car. He will sit in the back seat and rest his front leg on the arm rest.
Because of some abusive treatment he has had in the past, Teddy does need a gentle, quiet, and patient people. Teddy shows the flight behavior of a dog who has been abused. He is not skittish by nature, but if you reach for him quickly, he will run. Also, anytime he sees an open door, he will bolt out through it. If pursued he will run and try to evade being grabbed, even by people he knows and loves. In the first days with his fosters, when they approached him, he was anticipating being punished. He would squeal and cry, and cower or fall to the floor, thinking he was going to be hurt. We are also sure that Teddy was kept outside 24/7. He was originally found wandering down a road, dragging nearly 7 lbs. of chains, which were wrapped around his neck. Teddy He is very smart and learns very quickly. He was recently neutered and his fosters are still working on his potty training. He is making good progress, but needs to be watched and continued reinforcement.
In summary, Teddy is an incredibly happy, loving and playful boy, who clearly had a bad start in life. He has a big heart and is making great strides in gaining confidence and overcoming his past. If you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting Teddy, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire, which is the first step of our pre-adoption process. At our website (hittgv.org), please click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down to find the online Adoption Form.
Angus (ADOPTED!) is between 1-2 years old, and weighs 40 lbs. For a young dog, he is a moderate energy, very easy going and compliant guy. He will need a decent walk in the morning and the evening. If he doesn’t get this, he will need some “turbo” time each day, to run around, play in the yard or with another dog. His foster mom calls him a love bug, who adores cuddling with his people. He is a typical velcro cattle dog, who wants to be your partner and follow you where ever he can. Angus is super smart, and very much like a human child in many ways. He will tell you when he needs or wants something. He will pat your leg (or arm, if in the car) twice to let you know if he has to go out, wants water, or if he needs anything else. He is also super responsive and very much wants to please. If you tell him to stop or leave something alone, he will obey you. In the 3 weeks with his foster mom, Angus has learned the commands: sit, lay down, go to bed, get your toy, enough or no, and go potty. He is learning wait and stay, and will walk at your side.
Angus is a very balanced dog, and tends to be a follower in all senses of the word. He will follow his canine foster brother around and decide how to behave based on his foster brother’s behavior. In the park with other dogs, he sometimes follows other dogs around, too. This is NOT herding, but just following behind. When resting together, he sometimes likes to groom his foster brother.
Angus is great and respectful when meeting other dogs, both male and female. He is curious about, but afraid of cats, and will tend to avoid them. Angus has been fine when meeting children, but we suspect that if children are running, he may want to herd them.
His foster mom feels that personality wise, Angus is still very much a pup. He seems insecure and afraid that her flow of attention and love to him may stop. She calls him a “love child.” He loves his human(s) so much that he tries to always get between his foster mom and another dog or human who may be close to her. If she tells him to move or stop his needy behavior, he will stop and lay quietly. Although Angus can be needy when his person is around, he has not shown any separation anxiety. He has been fine when left alone with his canine foster brother. It is possible, that he could show some anxiety if left alone for several hours, with no other animal or person.
Angus loves toys, he likes to rearrange them in piles or circles (herding his toys?). He enjoys quietly gnawing on his chew toys (Nyla-flexibones, bully sticks, etc.). He likes playing with other toys, and doesn’t destroy them. His favorite game is playing tug-o-war. Angus will play fetch, but tires of it after returning the ball four times.
He walks nicely on leash, and is good trotting alongside a bicycle. He did once bark at and wanted to chase a skateboarder, who whizzed closely past. Angus rides very nicely and quietly in a car. He is completely housebroken, and if needed, he will sit quietly in a crate. He has NOT shown any resource or food guarding with the other dog (or humans) in his foster home.
*COURTESY LISTING FOR BULL TERRIER RESCUE!*
Bull Terrier Rescue has several wonderful 8-9 week old (week of July 17, 2016) puppies available for adoption!
If interested in any of these pups, please go to http://www.bullterrierrescue.org and fill out an application. Be prepared for a phone interview & home visit. His adoption cost is $250.00, all proceeds go to Bull Terrier Rescue.
Max (ADOPTED!) i s an adorable 8 week old Red Heeler/Bull Terrier mix. His looks are very true to his cattle dog papa, only most of his spots are grey like his BT mom. He has floppy cinnamon ears and soulful grey-brown eyes. In temperament, he is such a sweet & easy puppy with a gentle mouth & great bite inhibition, wanting to love & be loved. He is not a hard-driven alpha type, more mellow in temperament, yet not a scared pup at all either--a perfect gentleman really! He has been highly socialized with children, little dogs, big dogs, cats, men & women. He is housetrained (goes out every 30 mins.), comes to his name, sleeps in crate at night & is learning "sit", has been dewormed & received 2 sets of shots. Although fostering in Willits, Ca, volunteers will help coordinate his delivery to you!
MARY (STILL AVAILABLE!) is full of spunk. Her ears are really starting to stand up, and her spots are all colors, she has tan, brown, blue and some red too. Her one eye is circles with dark color and makes me think of how she may have played in Momma's make up. She plays hard and sleeps hard. Her little herding instincts are definitely kicking in, she will lay in waiting until our Aussie comes by and the she will pounce.
We believe Mary to be deaf, but that is not stopping her from learning. We give her a thumbs up for good behavior including eye contact. We also have her 'check' in. If we put our hand down, fingers towards the ground palm facing her, she will look at our face make eye contact and then run and touch her nose to our palm. She is also responding well to wagging your finger NO. She can get rambunctious, but will calm when hold her close. Current on vaccines and worming.
Prince (aka TANK) - (ADOPTED!) has the biggest heart, and such a love bug. Look at the frog lay out. He plays hard and when he is tired, he just PLOPS on the ground. He is curious and loves to clean up food bowls, ALL OF THEM, Sissy's, Uncle's, and Momma's.
He has great bladder control, no night messes, we rush right out in the morning, and he is ready for play. He LEAPS off the shelf on the table to attack as you pass by, feet are definitely a favorite. It has been determined that Tank is deaf, but that is not stopping him form learning, he is sharp. He is learning a finger wag for NO, and come with a hand signal, fingers down, palm facing him and curl your fingers. He is smart and we think he is a fast learner. He loves a good cuddle. Current on vaccines and worming.
Amelia (ADOPTED!) is named after Amelia Earhart because she is a spunky, adventurous explorer. This gal is the perfect adventure dog, brave in new situations, spunky & bold, she is up for any fun you can dish out! She is a lovely white & red heeler who has been socialized with cats, little dogs, big dogs, kids, men & women. She can be heeler-nippy, but is learning her bite inhibition with the use of chew toys & pull ropes. Amelia would be an excellent candidate for agility training--she wants to work! She is a gal who likes to be in charge, & needs the security of an owner who knows THEY are the one in charge! She kennels at night, goes out doggy door to potty, gives sweet cuddles & is up to date on shots/wormer. A great busy addition for any adventurous home.
If interested in any of these pups, please go to http://www.bullterrierrescue.org and fill out an application. Be prepared for a phone interview & home visit. Adoption cost is $250.00, all proceeds go to Bull Terrier Rescue for further rescue work. All pups are located in Northern California.
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Shallot (ADOPTED!) is 4 years old and a lot to love! She is a very sweet, loving girl, who likes to have a routine. Our girl needs a gentle, quiet person and home life. While she is very sensitive and worried around new things. Once Shallot is comfortable and feels secure, she can be a silly girl with a sense of humor. She is a perceptive, quick study, who observes and figures out new situations and routines very quickly. Shallot is also very curious and interested about everything. When seeing livestock for the first time, she curiously did a lot of sniffing and wisely just watched them. Shallot was surrendered to the shelter, because she had been in a home with multiple dogs, children, and cats and she was constantly overwhelmed by all the activity.
Our girl is a bit on the plump side, and her foster named her Shallot, because she was sort of shaped like one when we got her from the shelter. We also called her Luvvy, because the shelter staffer who cared for her called her Love Bug, and teared up when she helped us load her into the car. Shallot/Luvvy is a moderately active girl. A couple of walks a day would be good for her. She can walk about a mile per walk.
She walks well on leash, and tends to stay very close to you. When on busy roads, Shallot knows to stop to let cars drive past. She enjoys riding in a car, and seems to feel safe and secure when in a car. Shallot is is also very good and quiet in the house, and is completely house trained. She does want to go out every few hours to pee, and if she really needs to go out, she will pace, restlessly, but otherwise does not let you know.
Shallot is an extremely bright girl, who needs to feel safe in order to slowly build up confidence in new situations. She is a typical Australian cattle dog who wants to be with her person as much as possible. She would do best as an only dog in a quiet, adult home, or with another quiet, easy going dog. She becomes very nervous and worried at the sound of raised voices and around sudden moves. When she recently visited a pet store and another dog growled at her, Shallot cried and hid behind her foster’s legs.