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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.
Meet Shadow, a bright eyed, bushy-tailed Australian cattle dog, who we worked, everyday, for 3-weeks, through convoluted red tape, to get him out of the shelter. Based on information from shelter volunteers, and knowing cattle dogs, we had a good feeling about this one! When we went to get him he had been in the shelter for 40 days. He was depressed and seemed to have given up hope of ever getting out. From the moment he was released, he was transformed into a very happy boy, freely giving kisses to anyone who greeted him. During his first night of freedom, he didn't sleep much, as he spent most of the night visiting his foster human and licking her face to thank her for pulling him out of the shelter.
An incredibly handsome guy, Shadow has a dark, medium length fur that is a soft mix of blue merle, gray and black with a tail that has to be seen to be believed! He is around 3 yrs. old and weighs around 45 lbs. It didn't take Shadow long to feel at home, and once he was comfortable he quickly showed his delightful personality! He loves his people and would never turn down the chance to get a hug or a belly rub. He also gets along fine with his canine foster sister. Shadow is a medium energy dog, and content to sit at your feet if you are otherwise occupied. Once in a while, he may remind you that he is there, with a little nudge asking for just one more rub behind the ears.
One of Shadow's favorite things to do is roll around on his back while sighing contentedly. He loves his squeaky toys and will play catch for as long as your arm holds out! He appears to be fully housetrained, is a good eater, and is always up for a walk outside, although he will need some additional training on leash walking. So far, he has shown himself to be a sweet, calm, gentle dog and did I mention his tail? It is gorgeously full and bushy, approximately 4 inches in diameter. He will make someone a very devoted and loving companion. Please check back for more updates on our handsome boy!
Liberty is our 4th of July rescue pup. Although he is his adult size at 48 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 loves nothing more than to be with and play with his people and other dogs in his pack. As a goofy pup, he sometimes makes himself a pest to other dogs, following them around constantly and trying to get them to play. 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. 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 flatten himself on 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.
Mhisa was found living in a field. We suspect that the pup (Dakota, now adopted) found with her is her only surviving one.
Misha is about 18 mos. to 2 yrs. old and weighs 44 lbs. She is a very calm, quiet, low energy girl who tends to be independent, but loves the company of her humans. Mhisa is quick to warm up to anyone, and is especially fond of men. She loves to be petted, loved and really enjoys when you talk to her, but she is not big on giving kisses or cuddling up with you. Inside she likes to find a place in the room where her humans are, relax and hang out with them. When outside she is happy to lay in the shade and watch whatever is happening around her. She loves human contact and being with her people. Mhisa enjoys gnawing on Nyla bones and may play with a soft, flat toy if her human engages her with it, otherwise she will not play with a toy on her own.
She is super smart, observant, learns very quickly and is eager to please. Mhisa seems to have struggled a long time trying to survive, and whatever she had to do, has taken a toll on her spirit. In short, very soft corrections only, for behavior issues and training. 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 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 get her sea legs, and be able to go on longer car trips. For now, she should not be fed before long rides. She seems to enjoy watching the world go by from a car. It would be a shame not to work on this. Mhisa recently went with her foster mom to another house, she rode nicely on the passenger seat, and behaved very well at the house, impressing her hosts. Our girl is also completely fine being left alone, and at night, sleeps in a crate or on a flat bed.
Although we have not yet seen her with small children, we feel that Mhisa may not do well in a household with toddlers. Mhisa loves older children (12+ years old) who she has been around and enjoys watching their energy.
Since Mhisa has been with her only surviving puppy, in the field and on the run, she is watchful and cautious around other dogs. Right now, Mhisa is a loner, and for that reason would do well as an only dog. Her foster mom feels she may get along with male or female dogs that are low energy, but would not do well with an active dog. It may be good for Mhisa to become more socialized around other dogs, and learn proper dog etiquette on how to interact with them.
Her foster mom says, When I look into her eyes, it seems as if she is saying, “I am so young but I have been through too much, seen too much, been responsible for too much, I can’t be a puppy. I must always be aware.” She is very mellow and serious, as if always vigilant and on the job of making sure all is well. When in a new environment, although NOT in a suspicious or cautious way, she will spend a lot of time checking out the area.
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.
Ace (ADOPTED!) is a very well balanced dog. We estimate that he is around 3 years old. He is on the thin side and weighs about 53 lbs. His ideal weight may be 55 to 58 lbs. He loves people and receiving human attention, and is extremely very well mannered and calm. As with most cattle dogs, Ace wants to be with his person/people whenever possible. Wherever you are, he will be quietly resting under your desk or table, or under your chair. Ace is very attentive and loving with all people. He is submissive to humans, especially those who show leadership. Ace is very trusting of humans and even if painful has allowed people he barely know to handle him.
With other dogs, he is a leader who keeps the peace. If another dog demonstrates bad dog manners, will put another dog in its place, but he is NOT a bully. Ace gets along fabulously with another 'alpha' cattle dog male, and a well behaved border collie female, where he is being fostered. He came to us already neutered, but when outside he is still territorial and, if other dogs have been in an outside area, he will mark the perimeter of a yard.
We believe he is crate trained, as he will go into one without a fuss, and enjoys being under cave-like covered spaces when resting. He walks BEAUTIFULLY on a leash. Ace is extremely observant and very smart! As a dog who will check-in; with his people on a regular basis, he is very easy to train and manage. We believe he already knows several basic commands. Ace is a medium energy dog, and he is NOT at all interested in playing ball.
He would be fine with another well balanced and/or submissive dog, or as an only dog. Ace is a highly intelligent, thinking dog, we recommend that he live with a human who understands pack leadership. Everyone in our rescue who has met him, says that whoever adopts him will be a very lucky person.
Georgie is a very sweet and amazingly smart Border Collie/Cattle Dog mix around 6 years old. She is an active girl who loves to play ball, and go for long walks and hikes. She listens well, knows some hand signals and responds off leash well. Favorite things aside from playing and hiking are car rides, In-N-Out burger patties, and doing tricks. She can shake, do "bang" and play dead, hop up with her paws on your arm to gently take a treat, and of course sit, stay, and lay down. She has lived with two cats and actively played with one of them. Would do best with older kids, as she tries to herd the little ones and they don't quite understand. Her owner had chickens for several years and she loved to watch over her flock.
She is in need of a new home, as her owner needed to a move to a place without pets. She is currently in a short-term foster home in Marin County, CA and is looking for a home ASAP where she gets to be an only dog or top dog. She is good with other dogs off leash at the park, but likes to be top dog at home. She is OK in the house during the day without having to be crated.
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!
Dakota (ADOPTED!) is approximately 4 months old and weighs 20 lbs. We expect him to become approximately 45-50 lbs. when full grown. He and his mother (Mhisa) were found living in a field. We feel sure he lived this way for his entire 4 months of life, before being rescued, and had never been touched or loved by any human before they were taken to the shelter. As a result, Dakota is unsure and cautious about all the new things and creatures (including people) he is now being exposed to. He is adjusting to all of this, and need to learn to trust people. He is a puppy and with time and patience he will learn. He needs people who will slowly expose him to new things, socialize him, and help build his confidence. Otherwise, Dakota is a puppy with regular puppy playful energy. and puppies get into everything. He is no different than any other puppy, and will get into everything. His world is all play and discovery.
(ADOPTED) Oliver is an extremely happy, bubbly, sweet Kelpie (and mystery combo) mix, with a lot of love to give. He has an easy go-with-the-flow personality, and is willing and enthusiastic about doing whatever you put on his schedule - as long as he can be part of your life! He is approximately 1-year-old and weighs 40 lbs. HITTGV agreed to take Oliver when we learned that he was due to be put down, simply to free up the needed cage space for more incoming shelter dogs. We could not allow this happy, gentle, loving soul to die, who had not yet begun to live. Barely out of puppyhood, Oliver clearly had no life experiences, except for being abandoned.
Our boy is a submissive, playful and gentle boy, who just wants to please you. Oliver enjoys meeting new people. He is very friendly and greets them very politely. Since he loves everyone, Oliver is great with kids and with other dogs, big and small, and even cats. When playing with other dogs, he is very gentle and respectful and understands the pack order and where he fits in.
Cassidy (ADOPTED!) is a very happy, good natured dog, who loves everyone she meets, both people and dogs (male, female, young, old) alike. She is a compact 35 lbs. and about 12-18 months old. This little girl is full of personality and has a sense of humor! She invites everyone to play and interact with her, and plays very nicely with other dogs. When she's excited to meet you, she will greet you with a cattle dog hug, by getting on her hind legs and softly placing her front paws on you for a hug, Cassidy is much cuter in person than in her photos!
For a young cattle dog, our girl has a moderate energy level. She will need daily exercise and activities to keep her brain occupied. She loves to play ball, and will jump up into the air to catch it, and bring it back to you. Cassidy is extremely observant and intelligent! Lightning fast learner! She also is very eager to please and loves to be praised. Cassidy is also very big on treats! I realized how incredibly bright she is, when after just a single 10 minute photo session, using treats to get her to look at the camera; followed by a very long day riding in a car, enduring a traumatic bath, etc., at the end of our big day together, when she saw my pull out my camera again, she immediately sat in front of me and gave me a big "it must be time for a treat" smile.