Herd It Through The Grapevine

Herding Dog Rescue



Naiya is an elegant and graceful 40-45 lb. Kelpie/McNab/Cattle dog, and possibly whippet mix? She is an incredible natural athlete, and would be a great running or hiking companion, or outstanding at agility. She is affectionate and just wants a home of her own where she can be with her people and dog friends, as part of an adult family. Once she realizes a person is good and will not harm her, she will adore them and crave attention. She is the same with other dogs. While cautious when first meeting and assessing another dog, once she realizes they are friendly, she will invite them to play and become best friends.

Feeling safe is key for Naiya, whether with people or other dogs. She likes other dogs, male and female, and is very playful with other friendly dogs. When her foster family’s female dog is the only one home, she enjoys being out and about in the house and backyard. She has engaged her cattle dog, foster sister and a neighbor’s large male Lab in play.

Naiya is most trusting of women and warms ups quickly with a calm, loving introduction, to the point of tentatively licking their hands within just a few minutes.  She is still shy if anyone, man or woman, tries to interact with her before she is ready. She will back away and hide behind her foster mom. While she is concerned when she sees people, especially men, even from a distance, if they ignore her or are respectful and do not try to interact with her, within 10 minutes, she will become relaxed with them nearby.

Naiya needs to be introduced to a new world very slowly. If an unknown dog approaches too quickly or is too pushy or bouncy, Naiya will wrinkle her nose and try to bark them away. This will be true of people, too, especially men. On walks she has been exposed to bikes, scooters, unfamiliar people and dogs. If they are at a distance, she will stay calm, but alert, not wanting to go close. If startled or worried, she will bark a warning. Sometimes when startled, whether by strange noises or someone she doesn’t know approaching her, she will bolt. If on leash, she will bolt hard.

Naiya appears to be house broken, and has had no accidents since arriving at her foster home. We believe that at some point she lived in a house and was allowed on the furniture, because she loves sleeping on the couch and the family beds. She also loves her dog bed, which will come with her. Naiya doesn’t play with toys but she loves chew toys, bones and nylabones. When she is relaxed and content, she enjoys her chews.

Naiya is an excellent car companion. She is calm while traveling and very happy to wait for you while you are away. She rode 3 ½ hours back to her foster mom’s home and was an absolute gem the entire trip. On her daily car rides, she is happy to just curl up in her dog bed when she is left in the car for short periods of time.

She is learning to walk on leash. Naiya doesn’t pull, but she does zig-zag. Her foster mom is working on teaching her good leash manners. Because she was on the streets and then in the shelter for so long, Naiya craves love and attention. When excited to see you, she jumps up and is mouthy. If you walk away from her at these times, she will grab your heel,  just firmly enough to try to stop you from leaving. When corrected, she will go immediately into a submissive mode. Her foster mom is working on these behaviors with a trainer to stop these behaviors.

Naiya loves to have her tummy rubbed and just wants to hang out wherever you are. She dreams of a family of her own who will love her and from whom she won’t be separated. She will need to feel safe, exercise, structure, patient training, and play to be happy and well adjusted.

We are learning more about this shy girl each day, and will update her description as she reveals more of her personality. We feel that Naiya will be available for adoption around the end of January.  If you are interested in meeting Naiya, please begin our pre-adoption approval process by completing our online adoption form, on our Adoption page (click on the Adopt bar near the top of this page).

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