Dogs from Other Rescues

Chelsea is very active, smart, easy to train girl. She is also a very sweet, happy, loving dog, who stays nearby her person, if she can. In the morning when she hears her human starting to wake up, she jumps up on his bed and licks his face, wagging her little stumpy tail. Chelsea has been an inside dog her whole life. She shadows her person, following him around to be beside him where ever he is in the house. At her 8 years of age, Chelsea is still very full of energy. She needs to run every day. Since she was a pup, her people have had a dog walker take her out every weekday while they are away at work. She is accustomed to getting a lot of exercise, with a group of other dogs.

Chelsea is a bit timid at times, and very cautious when meeting new people. She will eventually warm up to people she hasn't met before, if they simply ignore her. Once Chelsea is around someone enough, she not only warms up to them but loves them forever. When human friends, who have moved away, return to visit, Chelsea whines with delight. She can hardly contain herself, wagging her entire backside at the front door, and leads them into the house, still wagging her backside, while vigorously maintaining eye contact over her shoulder, with her little doggie smile. She is a wonderful, loving dog, who needs a home with someone who will love her back.

She is NOT comfortable around children, and tends to avoid them. She just wants to be left alone when children want to pet her. She has never tried to bite anyone, but just tries to avoid interaction. That said, she has warmed up to her person’s 3 year old son, and now greets him in the morning with doggie kisses and a wagging stumpy tail.

Having been in group walks with other dogs since she was a pup, Chelsea will run and play with the other dogs during their group outings. She seems to bond closely with only a few dogs, like with her best friend ever, Killian the Great Dane. We haven’t seen Chelsea meet cats close up, but when on leash walks, she lunges at cats they come across. Her person believes it could just be her attempt at keeping others away from him.

As a cattle dog, Chelsea is always working, always trying to herd. She stopped nipping at heels when she was a pup, and isn’t mouthy. Sometimes she feels the need to maintain order in the pack, and in a harmless way, herd the other dogs. She is good at playing fetch with a ball and would take to a frisbee if she were introduced to it. Because she gets her daily exercise and fun things to do, she is calm and relaxed during down time at home or wherever she is.

Chelsea is smart as they come and with the right motivation (chicken/cheese) learns new commands very quickly.  She is very attentive to her human, and very much wants to please. Chelsea is always ready to do whatever he asks, and whatever he is up for. Chelsea is completely housebroken. She does not like being in a crate and is not crate trained. She is used to, and fine being free in the house. Chelsea walks fairly well on leash, though she does zig zag a little. If she sees a cat or another dog she will pull. Chelsea loves car rides, and jumps right into the front seat when you open the door. She cocks her head and wags her little stump tail when her person asks her if she wants to go for a ride in the car.
 
She doesn't have any truly bad habits at home. She is not a chewer, except if she gets a bully stick or other chew treat, and she is not a digger. Chelsea doesn't bark a lot. She will bark at razor scooters and skateboards, and at other dogs on the other side of the fence, or sometimes on walks.

Chelsea does guard only two things against other dogs - her chosen person and her backyard. When her special person is nearby, she will let other dogs know to keep their distance. If another dog or a person approaches her special human, and Chelsea feels a threat from them, she will growl/bark/lunge. However, she has NEVER bitten anyone.  She only guards her favorite person, and does not show this behavior when with other members of the family.

Her person adopted Chelsea from the San Francisco SPCA, when she was 6 month old:  “She walked right up to me and sat in my lap, and the rest is history.” Each time her people moved they worked with her to gradually get her used to the new place, by only leaving her alone for a short time at first, and then increasing her time alone over the course of a few days. Her people noticed that each time a major change happened in their lives, she had an adjustment phase that they needed to work through.
 
If you are interested in meeting Chelsea, please begin the pre-adoption approval process by completing our online adoption form, at:  http://hittgv.org/index.php/adopt . If you have specific questions, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (415) 819-9160.

Poppy (ADOPTED!) is a 38-40 lb., female Australian Cattle Dog. At 11 months old, she is still very much a pup, who is playful and energetic. She loves meeting and playing with other dogs, and enjoys meeting people when on walks and at the park. Poppy is a big fan of going on hikes and trips to the dog park, where she is very social with everyone she meets. Typical of cattle dogs, she will quickly bond with and adore her people. She is smart as a whip, figures things out quickly, and knows several obedience commands. Poppy is house-trained, and rides very nicely in a car.

Poppy can be a wild child, who needs mental work to challenge her busy brain, as well as active physical exercise, both of which will help tire her out. True to her breed, in the absence of leadership and guidance, Poppy will take the lead and make her own decisions. From the time she was a small pup until now, she was in a home where she either had no boundaries or rules, or her people did not enforce them. As a result, she developed a few behavioral issues that will require some management and effort by new adopters. As a thinking dog, without the mental stimulation these dogs need, Poppy created her own job. She decided, that when in the home, it is her job to protect her people and territory, and warn away strangers. She needs to learn boundaries and structure. The good news is that Poppy is a very smart, young dog, who wants to bond with her people, wants to please, and to have a purpose.

For the reasons above, Poppy needs someone who understands and respects the mental strength of this breed, knows how to meet the needs of a cattle dog pup, and how to motivate and work with her. When Poppy has a strong natural leader she can trust, she will let go of the role of protector and leader, and begin following the rules and boundaries established by her pack leader.

Living in a bustling town and home situation, Poppy has been experiencing sensory overload. She is NOT a dog for a chaotic or busy home situation with frequent visitors. She would do best in a quiet home and area. Ideally we would love to find her an active adult only home on a large property or farm where she can run and stay busy.

She is vaccinated, spayed and microchipped. She is currently located in Los Angeles and adopters will be required to pick her up in person, based on a pre-approved home check. If you are interested in learning more about Poppy or meeting her, please either email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or complete the Eastwood Ranch Foundation adoption form:  https://www.eastwoodranch.org/adoptable-pets/pet-adoption-application/.

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Mick (ADOPTED!) is a great dog!  He is a 5 year old Queensland Heeler. He's super with people, tolerant of children (preferring kids old enough to throw balls/sticks for him), good in the car, crate trained, totally house trained, very good house manners, and has LOTS of obedience training. He can be off leash in most situations. He has lived peacefully with a dog savvy cat but would chase a cat that runs. He's a fantastic swimmer, fetcher, tugger, and very athletic. He doesn't herd people or children but will nip the heels of dogs when they go past him going in or out of the water (and sometimes as they pass by if he doesn't like them and does it in slow motion). He can be verbally controlled in most situations by putting him on Down, Heel, or telling him Leave It, or reminding him Be Nice. He walks well on a leash (dogs pulling toward him make him nervous) and can be taken just about anywhere. I have taken him to the lake and on hikes and he does well encountering people and off leash dogs. 
 
 
He can sleep on a dog bed or nightly in a crate without issue. He greets strangers cautiously but warms up quickly. He wags his nubbins continuously and whines happily when greeting people he loves. He has been trained to pick something up and carry it in his mouth to quiet his happy vocalizations.  I can take bones from him and reach in his food. He is fed in the presence of other dogs and though he eats quickly there are no issues. 
 
I took Mick in last year as a foster from a friend who's husband was being stationed at the Aviano Italy Air Force base and the family was making the move there that fall.  At the time Mick was pretty leash reactive and dog aggressive with any dog that behaved excitedly/assertively. I took him in to rehab as it was felt he wouldn't do well on base. 
 
I have worked intensely with him this last year. He can now be with most balanced dogs, although he is by no means a dog park dog.  He does best with dogs who are not pushy or in his face. He doesn't do well with most puppies. He can be walked with or past dogs just fine unless they are pulling towards him. He will whine at these times but respect a leash correction an return to heel. Although, he can hang with other dogs socially, he should in a home as the only dog, NOT because he can't be with other nice dogs, but because he'd be much happier as an only dog.
 
He is healthy (probably could use a teeth cleaning), fixed, current on shots, and has no food issues and does well with vet handling. He doesn't love being held off the ground  (but I do this regularly so he'll accept it) and he has a tickle spot on both armpits that he doesn't liked poked. He has very good bite inhibition with people and though he grumbles and glares when he feels pestered he tolerates and never uses his teeth. He will nip another dog hard on the face if they're rude and won't leave him alone. 
 
 
I really need to find him a home where he can be an only dog. He'd be happier. Mick is located in the Sacramento area.  If you have questions or are interested in Mick, please contact Kris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

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Milo SparkySparky (ADOPTED!) is an 18 month old, male, Lab-Cattle Dog mix, who weighs 64 lbs. He is incredibly smart, very treat motivated, sweet, trainable, energetic, and super social.  He's happiest when dogs want to play and run with him. When at the park, he's the chair of the dog social committee. If they don't want to play with him, he's respectful and leaves them alone.  He heeds signals from other dogs and can play either gentle or rough with other dogs.

Sparky is VERY smart. In 2 months, he has learned to sit, stay, leave it, drop it, heel, find it (find treats when we throw them on the ground), no bite, wait, come, roll over, and lie down. Our claim to fame: he can close cabinet doors (the command:  touch). He's housebroken and treats our house and most of our belongings with respect. We leave him home alone for about 6 hours at a time, but could probably be OK with longer time periods.  We have mostly trained him by by giving him a job (catching a ball or a stick) or throwing treats on the ground. But, sometimes like a child trying to get attention, he grabs a pant leg and pulls for a few seconds.  He is fairly good off leash, but sometime blows us off if something is more interesting (like another dog). He always comes back to us.

He's great outside when I'm talking to a neighbor, he waits patiently on his leash. He's fine with kids coming up to him and giving him treats. He talks like Chewbacca when he wants something. He whimpers and makes compelling arguments that he belongs on the couch. He also loves to play hide and seek. When he wants attention or hasn't had enough exercise, he does get a little naughty. He’ll take socks, shoes, tupperware, paper, and then hides under the bed.

In the same household, he's interested in being top dog, so he'll need everyone to show them that they're above him. He does best when given consistent discipline reminding him that he's not top dog. But because he is so treat motivated, he responds quickly. He only barks when he's super bored or hears people at the door.  He sometimes nips when he gets bored playing outdoors, wanting someone to play with him.

We think his ideal situation is living with 1 or 2 people who can keep him in line. We are a family of 4: husband, wife, boy 12, girl 8. With so many of kids coming in and out of the house, we think he sometimes gets a little stressed out.

For more information, please contact Debbie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who is happy to speak with you about Sparky!

Meet Allie May (ADOPTED!), a very well trained, obedient and smart red heeler!  She loves to play ball and go for walks. For a heeler/Australian Cattle Dog, her activity level is NOT super high, she can do fine on a couple of 40 minute walks or ball games each day. We think she is about 2.5 years old, weighs a petite 37 pounds, is spayed, up to date on her shots and in great health.  She knows sit, shake, heel, wait, and drop (the ball)!

Allie May is also very loving and once you get to know her, she has a
a great way of communicating, almost with a sense of humor; and her silly acrobatics and body language will make you laugh.

She gets along well with other dogs. We think she would do best in a living situation with an older male dog, as she can get just a tiny bit "bossy" now and again.  Cattle dogs can be a bit intense at times, so we are looking for someone to adopt Allie with breed experience. 

If you are interested in meeting Allie, please go to Rocket Dog Rescue : http://www.rocketdogrescue.org, and please fill out an application.  For more information, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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