Our Available Dogs

Roscoe (ADOPTED!) is an Australian Kelpie and Cattle Dog mix, with a super sweet, soft, happy personality. He is 1.5 to 2 years old, weighs 51 lbs. and is just a big, happy-go-lucky puppy! He needs a quiet, calm home situation, and would love at least one other dog friend to play with. He is very friendly and polite with people, but is initially unsure when meeting new humans. People must go slow to gain his acceptance. Shouting and sudden actions in a busy household will scare him and send him running.

There is not a mean bone in Roscoe’s body. He loves to meet and play with all dogs. He is submissive to other dogs and accepts reprimands from them very well. He is the best natured, most even tempered dog. He is also very quiet, only giving out one bark, when he is very excited to get another dog to play with him.

Roscoe wants to belong to a family/pack, and to have a human to bond with. He has the velcro nature of a cattle dog and follows his foster mom from room to room. He will check in often with his human, happily wagging his tail when he sees him/her. Although he has the energy to run and play, during the day he is also content to be inside, relaxing near his person, who he looks to for direction. If he understands, he will try to do what you ask. He is a silly guy with a sense of humor, and always has the best intentions. If his foster mom tells another dog to stop misbehaving, Roscoe gently nudges the other dog as if to say, “Stop, Mom says no.” However, when he is told to calm down, he wags and smiles a big “You don’t really mean it?!” grin.

Roscoe is very eager to please, highly attentive to his person/people, and extremely food motivated. Whenever his foster mom calls him, he immediately and very happily comes. Most of the time Roscoe is very polite. He initially would not step inside a doorway until invited or led in on leash. in a few days, he learned from the other dogs in his foster home that it is ok to just come in.

He walks fairly well on leash. He may walk out to the end of his leash in his desire to explore, but will not pull. He is also is completely housebroken. However, in just the first day or two in a new home, he may try to lift his leg to mark in the house, especially if there is another resident male dog. He was neutered on April 7, 2021, and in another month or so his marking behavior may diminish.

Usually after a meal and an outing to do his business, the puppy in him comes out. Bursting with joy, he just wants to play with other dogs and toys, and to race around the house. At these times, he can get carried away and become a pest to the other dogs with his insistence to play. He often seems to not understand when another dog is trying to get away or wrinkling a nose to tell him to back off.  In these moments, he can become mouthy, trying to playfully nibble or mouth on another dog or on the hand/arm of his person. Like an overly stimulated toddler, he can’t stop himself. Sometimes we can redirect him by giving him a squeaker toy to play with, and other times we give him a time-out, by luring him to another area and separating him. He will usually become calm within a minute or two.

He adores food, and will take delicious smelling items off a counter, if within reach. He recently took a carving knife, that was used to cut a rotisserie chicken, off the kitchen counter and dropped it at our feet in the living room! When people are eating, he will often beg for a morsel, usually by placing one paw, and then two paws, on your leg or arm to let you know he would like a bite. Although Roscoe is very drawn to food, he has a very soft mouth and take food very nicely from your hand.

When it’s mealtime, Roscoe is very patient and polite while his food is being prepared. He gobbles his meal like a starving animal. We are teaching him not to go to another dog’s bowl while they are still eating. He has no guarding tendencies around food, toys or anything else.

As a big puppy, Roscoe enjoys all toys. He is a ball dog, and loves both plush squeaker and chew toys. He does not chew on anything inappropriate, and only chews what he is given. He mostly enjoys squeezable balls and squeaky toys. He also loves a peanut butter filled Kong at bedtime.

Roscoe can be a wily escape artist if on a leash or if tied to something. He is a master at chewing cleanly through a leash or rope to free himself. Especially in the beginning, his people must have a securely fenced outdoor area to keep him contained when outside. After he chewed through three leashes in as many days, we just purchased a leash with a metal cable core and plastic exterior jacket. A metal tie-down or leash should not be attached to him for long periods, as he may damage his teeth as he chews it to try and free himself. If a time-out is needed for him, he does best when separated  in an area behind a baby gate.

While Roscoe possesses a wonderful nature and excellent personality traits that cannot be taught, he is not a turn-key dog for people who have never had a dog before. He wasn’t taught much in his past life, and still needs to learn rules, boundaries, basic obedience commands, and to be kept vigilantly secured by his people, as he can be a flight risk when something scares him.

Roscoe is great with people, but must meet them slowly and quietly. If people approach him quickly, staring at him, with hands outstretched, he may run from them. If you quietly come close, sit down and offer treats without eye contact, he will warm up to you in no time. He just needs a little time to figure out that someone won’t manhandle him. It took him several days to trust the humans in his foster home, and within a week he was bonding to his foster mom. When he received a clean bill of health from the vet, he was thrilled to be able to meet the other dogs at his foster home.

We love this boy, and he is very special to us. At the shelter he was terrified, cowering far away from humans. After 3-weeks he gained trust in a few shelter staff and was happy and friendly. When he was being driven to us, he again didn’t know what was happening or who any of us were. He was very afraid of a slip lead or collar going over/around his head. The van door had not been secured, he pushed it and escaped. For 2-weeks he ran from anyone who called or moved towards him. People who saw him said “He’s running scared” or “He looked terrified.” Only by working with two expert dog trackers and trappers, were we able to methodically figure out his movements and work towards setting a large live trap, baited with rotisserie chicken, in an area where he had been seen. Miraculously, we managed to trap him. Folks in Sonoma County may have seen our fliers and postings, in April, about “Redford” (his shelter name) being lost.

For this reason, we feel the need to take extra time and care in transferring him to a new home. Potential adopters must be willing to have an adoption transition process that spans multiple visits between his foster home in Santa Rosa, CA, and his future home, to allow him to make the mental transition to new people and a new situation. Because of the need for several visits to his foster home, and then a few visits to his adoptive home before he stays, potential adopters must live within about an hour's drive to the Petaluma-Santa Rosa, CA, area.

Roscoe should be in a quiet and calm home, and not allowed off leash in public until he is closely bonded to and has a solid recall with his adopters.

If you have questions or are interested in meeting Roscoe, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at (707) 583-9583. Completing an adoption form, is the first step to meeting him.

Listo (pronounced LEE-stow) (ADOPTED!) is a super loving, bright, eager to please, 7 year old, mini-sized 32 lb., cattle dog with a big personality. He is the best little companion, who is always up for whatever you want to do, including joining your yoga sessions!  Listo has the classic traits that we love about this breed. He is an extremely intelligent, thinking boy, whose joy is pleasing his people, and is as devoted and loyal a “velcro” dog as they come. More than anything in life, Listo wants to partner and be with his own person/people. However, Listo needs an adult-only home (no children), in a quiet, non-urban setting. While is very good around other dogs in public, he should be an only dog at home, and is not good with cats.

He is a super cute, happy guy who will make you laugh, and seems almost human. After a walk on a wet day, he loves the toweling off ritual, and will roll in the towel. If you forget to do this, he will remind you by ‘nosing’ the towel. He is pretty much chill around a quiet house, and loves to cuddle. When his foster mom is busy during the day, enjoys being out in the yard, relaxing in the sun. Listo does not dig and is not destructive of anything in or around the house. When Listo sees you pick up his harness, he becomes very excited and dances around. He loves going outside, walks nicely on leash. Among a long list of commands, he knows “heel.” He goes through a few here:  https://youtu.be/1U4mZICslvw

He is also highly trained and very obedient and trusting of his human(s). Listo also rides well in a car, and is completely housebroken. He is a quiet dog, who rarely barks, and has great manners. On walks, he is excited to meet new people and will run up to greet them. If off-leash in a park or beach, he enjoys a quick greeting other dogs before running to keep up with his people. Listo is the type of dog you can take with you anywhere. He would be great and can easily go on hikes, camping, kayaking, etc.

When in public, Listo interacts well with other dogs. If allowed to play with other dogs, Listo wants to control their movements and will use herding moves, which may annoy some dogs.

As an energetic guy with an active brain he needs to be exercised every day. He loves working/training and learning new tricks. Listo is very food motivated, and looks forward to his training sessions each day, working for treats to help keep his mind stimulated.

While our boy Listo is a joyful, loving, cuddly, best partner you could ever want, he needs a certain type of person and home. Listo requires someone who understands the nature of cattle dogs, and who will be committed to assisting Listo with his needs.

Listo is very anxiety in certain situations, and should not live in a busy urban/city environment or in a home with children. His love of the sun and the outdoors requires a yard to relax in and serve as his safe place if he cannot be with his person. Listo dislikes crates which he considers to be a jail. He is learning to sleep in a crate at night, but will panic in one during the day. Also, while fantastic meeting people and dogs in public, he needs to be an only dog at home. In his home, he has territorial issues and will compete with another dog. Currently, his foster mom is keeping Listo and her sweet, gentle female cattle dog separate when inside, as Listo will guard a variety of things and try to prevent his foster sister from approaching them, including his foster mom. When unknown people first enter his home, Listo is initially wary and protective of his home. When away from home, he looks to his foster sister to follow her lead and they get along great, and he is happy to meet new people.

Listo is very likely to eventually become a special needs dog. In 2019, an eye specialist noted that Listo's vision was diminishing due to a hereditary condition, which usually leads to blindness. It is estimated that he can currently see about 50%. His foster mom says Listo can see fine during the day, and when a place is well lit. He is very smart and adaptable to his surroundings, and has no problem in new areas. His diminishing vision may be a reason that he likes to regularly conduct a patrol through every room in his foster home. (Our rescue has helped two completely blind male cattle dogs before. Both of them quickly learned their homes and yards so well that you almost couldn’t tell they were blind. They love going to new places with their people and following their lead.)

We are hoping that Listo can find a quiet home with adventurous owners who will enjoy exercising and working with him daily, where the owners understand the special needs of this pup, as well as his cattle dog personality, and are adaptable to his vision loss. As with all cattle dogs, ongoing training with positive reinforcement, exercise, and stimulation are necessary for him to have a happy, healthy life. He is abundantly loving and he will always be by your side and would love to provide companionship to someone who can dedicate time to his needs. For all the reasons above, Listo needs a calm home in a quiet, non-urban, area.

Listo’s Story (by his last people):
Listo has been through a lot. Listo was around 1.5 years old, when rescued as a stray and we adopted him. From the start Listo had anxiety and difficultly calming down when triggers (loud noises, garbage trucks, skateboards, etc.) were present. He would bark, pace constantly, with occasional urinary incontinence. Listo was able to overcome all of this, after a great deal of time, training, patience, and love. He is a graduate of various manners and agility classes.

Working with a behavior specialist, Listo has been on daily doses of Clomicalm for over 4 years; and with continued training, he is now able to refocus even when most triggers are present. He consistently shows us that he is highly trainable as we are always working with him on new tricks and behavior changes.

Likely due to his poor vision and being unfamiliar with children, he only recently nipped at a child’s foot and at the heels of several adult guests in our home who Listo did not know well. Thankfully, no harm was done to anyone. We were working with a trainer in our home to address these issues, but due to the pandemic, were unable to continue with the trainer. The recent birth of our son has also caused an increase in anxiety for Listo at home, as well as overprotective behavior.

If you are interested in meeting Listo, please email us for our new adoption form at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or print and complete the form at the Adopt link (blue bar near top of the page):  http://hittgv.org/index.php/adopt. If you have questions, please leave a message at (707) 583-9583.


Buttercup is the mother of these puppies.










Shorty (ADOPTED!) is the quietest and gentlest of the litter. He is a personal favorite of his fosters, who nicknamed him Shorty, as he is the only puppy that inherited his Mom’s short legs. We suspect that he also inherited his mother’s sweet, calm personality. He enjoys a good cuddle and seems to be able to sleep through almost anything – including loud noises and ear chewing by his brothers and sisters. He has white gloves on all four paws and waddling walk that can melt your heart.







Grandpa (ADOPTED!) This pup was lovingly nicknamed Grandpa, for his loose skin and long limbs. He is very playful and knows that hopping and rolling around will get him picked up and a well-deserved face full of kisses. Grandpa was the first pup to run and wag his tail. While the other puppies are all still in the puppy pen, his fosters frequently find him laying at their feet, leaving them bewildered as to how he got out of the puppy pen. We aren’t sure if he just wants to be with people, or if he has an adventurous soul.  With his long legs, he is the tallest of the bunch.







Cinnamon (ADOPTED!) at nearly 6-weeks old is showing what a big heart she has!  She is a very happy and loving pup, who is the first to greet you in the morning, with lots of kisses and wiggling her whole butt and tail. She is so excited and happy to welcome each new day and to love her people and siblings.  She has a comical, silly nature and is very expressive. If anyone is still in bed when she is in the house, she will wake you up by licking your face or nibbling on your toes. She likes to play with the other pups, and she can hold her own! She is a curious and sometimes independent girl, who may break off from the puppy pack to investigate interesting things around the house.








Champ (ADOPTED!) is built like a tank and is the leader of the pack. Champ was nicknamed for his stout build and in-charge nature. He wants to be the lead puppy and has mind of his own, but he is still a softie inside who loves a tummy scratch and falling asleep in your arms.









Scarlet (ADOPTED!) is our only patchwork pup, and our pretty princess. She is curious and smart – watching what the other puppies do, before joining in herself. She is handsy like her mother and uses her paws to reach for your face to bring you in for face licking.








Edison (ADOPTED!) is probably one of the happiest, sweetest, friendliest, most social, loyal, and easy going dogs, with the gentlest, most loving spirit. He is a very smart, playful boy, who loves and is great with all people, all dogs, and cats. He is good with children, too. His foster mom says that he has the biggest heart and is determined to be a good dog. Our best estimate is that he is between 12-18 months old, and is a Labrador and McNab/border collie mix, who weighs 56 lbs. Everyone who meets him loves him. Edison does have a fractured/dislocated elbow, which makes him a special needs dog. We are seeking adopters who are willing to let themselves fall in love with this wonderful boy, who is so full of life, and are willing to go on the journey of whatever the future holds for his injured elbow.

Edison loves the company of others, both human and dog. While he is a strong young dog who loves to bounce and play, he is also very respectful of other dogs, and is as gentle and sweet as can be with babies. When things are calm in the house, Edison will settle and lay at your feet.  He has a zest for life and s essentially a playful pup in an adult sized body. He would do well in a home with another dog, as he loves playing with other dogs. His fosters limit his outside running and chasing time, and Edison is just as happy, calmly playing rolling on the floor games with the other dogs. He is very good with small dogs, and will back away if they snap at him. In his long term foster home, he has a cat brother who is calm and used to dogs, and Edison has been excellent around him from the beginning.

He adores human attention and companionship, and more than anything, he wants his very own person/people, who he can be with as much as possible. If alone, he will happily entertain himself with toys. He rides very nicely and quietly in the car, and is doing well, with the help of a no pull harness, learning how to walk on leash. Our boy is very quiet, and has only barked once, when he thought a stranger was entering his foster home. He would be a good watch dog.

Edison is very bright and attentive, and is very eager to learn. It is clear that before we rescued him, no one had taken any time to teach him anything, and was probably neglected. He is now a sponge for learning. Edison looks for cues from people and wants to do the right thing. He also loves having a routine. He loves going to his bed at night, with his chewy bone and an extra pillow for resting his head. He sleeps through the night and stays in bed until his people get up. If he needs to go out, he will let you know.

When we rescued him on Oct. 19, he had been in the shelter for over 2.5 months, with an untreated, dislocated/fractured, front elbow. Because the injury is old, with scar tissue growing around it, the elbow cannot be repaired by surgery. Since Edison is using the leg, our orthopedic surgeon, and two other vets who examined him, all recommended leaving his leg as-is, rather than amputating it. The surgeon hopes that as scar tissue continues to grow around it, it will create a protective cushion around the elbow. Edison will need anti-inflammation and pain medication on and off on an ongoing basis, and should have joint supplements as a regular dietary supplement. Our vets agree that a surgical removal of his leg should be a last resort, and only if his elbow begins to cause him sharp pain and he can no longer bear weight on it. The veterinary specialist who examined him, was very impressed by his sweet and adoring personality. He believed that 90% of Edison’s personality is Lab.

Edison is truly a diamond in the rough. Once he understands the daily routines and what you want him to do, he will be the best companion you could want. Our boy needs people who have patience and experience working with energetic dogs. Although Edison has a limp, he does run and play on both front legs, like any other dog. His people must be willing to continue his training, and balance his playtime with low impact activities and rest.

If you may be interested in possibly adopting him, please complete our online Adoption Form (click on either the "Adopt" bar above). You can also call (707) 583-9583, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Our mission: To rescue, care for, and rehabilitate unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs of herding breeds, concentrating on Australian Cattle Dogs and Border Collies.

Our focus is on their permanent placement into appropriate, loving homes, and informing the public about the special nature and needs of herding breeds.

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