Storm (ADOPTED!) is a 1.5 year old, gorgeous, purebred, Australian Shepherd. He is an incredible dog with a lot to offer a family. Unfortunately, it was decided that he had a few quirks that were just not suitable for service dog work. Storm is a loyal and loving dog who bonds quickly with his handler, he is a quick learner and eager to please. Training with Storm will help build a stronger bond faster. He enjoys cuddling, going on walks (he is a dream on leash), and lounging around the house with his person. Although calm most of the time, Storm is a quirky boy who is sure to provide plenty of laughs and entertainment to everyone around with his antics. Storm is wonderful with other dogs, big and small, though he can get a little vocal while playing. He is, however, not a friend to cats that we have observed- he prefers to chase them rather than approach them carefully.
Storm does get car sick, he will drool a lot of short trips and sometimes he does vomit in the car on longer trips.
Perhaps Storm’s biggest flaw is that we have seen some seemingly unprovoked aggression from him towards certain women he has been around. He recently nipped at a woman passing by unprovoked and left a bruise on her thigh. This is not a regular occurrence and has happened only 3 times in a year (only one nip, other 2 times were barking/lunging). We aren’t sure what the triggers are since most of the time he is perfect with everyone he meets! It may just be some stranger danger, not uncommon in this breed, that has come out as he matured.
Storm’s current training includes sit, down, stay, shake, roll over, hug, cover (stand between a person’s legs), and block (stand behind a person). He is crate trained, potty trained, behaves excellently in the house and in public, and has yet to meet another dog he doesn’t like.
LOCATED AT THE MILO FOUNDATION, AT POINT RICHMOND, CA
Badger (ADOPTED) is an Australian Cattle Dog mix. He is a 3-year-old neutered male with red merle markings and at 35 pounds he is in ideal body condition. He has been an incredibly quick learner during his training. Badger is a very smart boy, who enjoys learning tricks as if it is a fun game! He knows sit, stay, lay down, heel, and likes to try to balance food on his nose! He is a very patient boy and only wants to please his owner in any way he can. One of his favorite games is catching food from a mid-air throw!
Badger loves to play and go on walks/runs, and absolutely LOVES people. He loves his owner but is not overly protective or aggressive. Dog interactions have been successful, given a slow and appropriate introduction at first. He has some supervised interactions with cats on leash, although a cat-free household may be ideal if a family does not have the time to train to be friendly with a cat. Badger is very well crate trained--he can be left for up to 7 or 8 hours if necessary. He is not a "barker" and does not react to many things, including doorbells or other barking dogs, and other "surprising" stimuli that are similar.
Badger loves to play and run, loves to play fetch, and being outside! He would love to go to a home that has a back yard to play in during the day. He is not destructive or wild inside the house though, and is willing to hang around all day in bed too--he will simply mimic what you are doing. He is a total cuddle dog and just wants to be by your side as much as he can (he is a "velcro dog!"). If he had the opportunity, he would accept belly rubs from you the entire day in bed!
Badger is looking for the perfect home. He is a wonderful, friendly, and loving boy who is extremely well behaved and has a very manageable energy level especially for a herding breed. He is very open to new experiences and learning, and loves it the entire time.
Bruce Bochy (ADOPTED!) is a red heeler/Australian cattle dog. He has the breed traits of being the smartest, most loving, loyal dog you could ever want. Bruce would be an ideal companion for someone who lives in a quiet area without a lot of human or dog activity around. He is the sweetest guy who just wants to be with his person/people, and is perfectly happy to do whatever you are up for, whenever you are ready. He can be active and loves to play ball and go on long hikes, but if you stay inside all day, with a few potty breaks for him, Bruce is happy to hang out with you inside, too. He is a 6 year old, classic, ‘old school’ cattle dog, who weighs 50 lbs. He would do best as an only dog.
This boy is good on leash, but may pull a bit, in excited anticipation, if he knows that you are going somewhere fun. Bruce is completely housetrained, and fine when home alone during the workday, hanging out on his bed or blanket. He is super smart, and his current foster taught him to shake in 5-minutes with a few treats.
Info from his current people:
We love Bruce so much, and he has been our baby. Our main requirement is that he transitions into a home full of love. Yet, he has a very unpredictable side due to puppy trauma. He needs people who will give him a lot of love and who have *patience to get to know and understand his quirks. He has so much personality and deserves a great home. He lived with my husband’s parents for just under 2 years. After my husband finished college, Bruce has lived with us for the past 4 years. We are about to have a baby and know that Bruce will not be able to handle the stimulation of a new baby, guests in and out of the house, large objects, and the like.
My husband found Bruce as a 3-4 month old puppy, living and hiding in small holes in a junkyard. He continues to suffer trauma from his very rough start in life. Bruce has deep rooted fears and can be very skittish when unexpected sights and sounds happen around him. Bruce is very cautious when meeting new people and dogs, and is more nervous around unknown men. He is most comfortable with women. He needs a loving home, preferably a woman or a couple who has experience with his breed, and who can give him the love, attention and patience to adjust in his new home.
When settled and comfortable in a calm, understanding home situation, Bruce is a fantastic addition to the family. He is extremely smart, loving and loyal to his inner circle of trust, and the best companion you could want. Typical of cattle dogs, he will be your most devoted and loyal shadow, and seems almost human. He is a great listener, and responds extremely well to being talked to. Just like having a conversation with a human, he needs to understand what’s going on or why he is safe and OK. Snuggling with his people is one of his favorite things, and to give them kisses to show his love. Bruce loves to sit at the top of the couch, like a cat, to be at your shoulder. He also enjoys sleeping with his person/people on the bed.
As a true member of the family, Bruce even watches TV, and seems to especially love the beginning and end of shows. He loves the music, and is wild for the end of sports programs, when the players, graphics and stats are shown with music - strange yet extremely entertaining. He loves TV so much, that he will often try to anticipate when we might pick up the remote to turn it on. He is also the family supervisor, who keeps track of all his people, and makes sure all is well. Bruce is a quiet dog, but may bark an alert if someone approaches the house.
As with most herders, Bruce LOVES and lives for the ball, playing with it, holding it, fetching it. We use the Chuck-it to fling the ball, and he will run to fetch it for hours, if we let him. Bruce also loves toys of all kinds, and loves to give them a good shaking. He knows basic commands. He is a very quick learner, and in his desire to please and constantly serve you, he will learn new commands and tricks very quickly. He is also good at communicating to let you know when he wants or needs something.
Our boy is completely housetrained, and is fine when home alone during the workday, hanging out on his bed or blanket. Bruce rides very nicely in the cargo area of the car, watching the world go by. He also walks well on leash, until he sees creatures. We have learned to let him carry a tennis ball in his mouth when out for walks. With the ball, he is less likely to “flail” at birds, squirrels, cats, or other dogs across the street. He has lived with a cat before but hasn’t for many years.
When seeing new people, Bruce often seems friendly. It is best to meet Bruce by ignoring him, and allowing him to sniff and observe you, until he feels comfortable with you. Many people approach too quickly, with outstretched hands, which makes Bruce anxious, that something bad may happen to him. He is not a dog that wants to be pet and touched by everyone, especially if he doesn’t know you. When scared or startled by strangers moving quickly towards him, Bruce may tell them to back off by poking them with his nose, baring his teeth, or nipping at their ankles.
He also needs a slow formal introduction when meeting new dogs. He will warm up more quickly and do better with females and dogs smaller than he is. If in a home with another dog, he should be paired with a friendly, confident and balanced dog, who he can learn from, and will help him gain confidence in new situations. Depending on the dog, he may need an adjustment period with them.
Bruce is unpredictable with new people and animals, and is not good with a lot of stimulation, especially a lot of people. Bruce would do best with a woman or couple with experience with a fearful dog and, ideally, with herding breeds. Given his unpredictable side, he would NOT be a good dog around children. He also gets frightened by large objects such as bags and boxes.
As a heeler or Australian cattle dog, it is in his nature to herd and nip at the heels. He can do this unpredictably and seemingly out of nowhere. We recently started Bruce on an anti-anxiety medication, Trazodone, which helps take the edge off him. It does not make him feel drugged or sedated or change his nature or heeler energy. It does noticeably help his hypersensitivity to the sights and sounds around him.
LOCATED IN VISALIA, CA
Callie (ADOPTED!) is 3 years old and and weighs approximately 38 lbs. She is a sweet, loving and fun girl, who LOVES to play fetch with toys, balls, pine cones, etc. Callie knows some general obedience, is house trained, and learned how to use a doggy door in her original home. Callie is also crate trained. She already been spayed, and has no known health issues.
She was surrendered by her owners, who loved her very much, but she nipped a stranger and they were forced to give her up. Callie is now being fostered by her trainers. In her trainers' opinion, Callie does well with people she knows and trusts, but like many cattle dogs is suspicious of strangers. Although she has apparently nipped a few strangers in the past, she has not hurt anyone badly, that we know of. She can be reactive to strangers on leash. Her current fosters/trainers are willing to help Callie's new adopters work with her on this issue with strangers.
Callie is good with some dogs. She lived with some small poodles in her last home. She seems to be somewhat dog selective, and can be in a home with another dog, provided they are a good match. We do not know how she is with cats.