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MAKA LUA *Courtesy Posting*

*COURTESY POSTING FOR THE MARIN HUMANE SOCIETY*  Please contact Kyle Dunlop -- email Kyle at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 415.506.6225 or 415.506.6253.  Address:  171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA

Maka Lua (ADOPTED!) is a charming, fun, adorable little Cattle Dog/Corgi mix, a herding dog through and through! This funny, engaging girl who loves to play tug and to retrieve balls.  You would never know that she is 11 years old.  At around 40 lbs. our girl need to shed a few pounds, which shouldn’t be too much of a problem, since she loves toys and to play!  Make Lua has a sense of humor - and adores her people very, very much. She is one smart cookie for sure!  It's always challenging to keep up with a smart dog, but it's fun and rewarding too.

We are looking for very experienced owners who won't let her get away with mischief, but will instead guide her to be at her best. Sort of like herding the herding dog with management and training. As with a lot of herding dogs, Maka Lua can be more "in charge" than the people around her. Let's face it, she doesn't have much else to focus on and the rest of us are scurrying around inside our busy lives. Fortunately,

As with all of us, Maka Lua has a few quirks that she needs work on:  she doesn't like any kind of invasive handling, such as looking at her teeth and having her feet touched.  When you try to examine her at all, she will roll on her back and offer her belly up for rubs, as an alternative.  If you try to get her to cooperate more, she will really resist.  Little Maka Lua tested fine when other dogs were around her food.  However, she will guard high-value treats, such as pig ears and knuckle bones, but will happily trade those same items for treats. Experienced dog guardians will already know the importance of training and management, so you'll get to put those skills to use. She will do best with children old enough (16+) to participate in the process.

Maka Lua is interesting with other dogs… She meets some dogs with a polite greeting, and then when off leash ignored the other dog for more interesting things.  When she was brought to meet another dog her size, Maka Lua politely went to meet and sniff.  When the other dog gave her a sharp bark to back off, she immediately complied and moved away.  When she has met more timid or submissive dogs, who shy away from her, Maka Lua may get bossy or snarky with that dog, but it is very easy to get her attention to stop any unwanted behavior.  She might do well in a home with another well-mannered dog, with proper introduction and appropriate supervision. She will NOT do well at a dog park, so plan on getting her exercise elsewhere.

Yes, she's very cute but if that's' your only criteria you need to think twice. Maka Lua is a funny, silly dog but she is a WHOLE LOT of dog, and not for the uninitiated. For those with experience looking for an awesome companion, you might just have found her!

If you are interested in learning more or meeting this little lady, please contact Kyle Dunlop at the Marin Humane Society.  Email Kyle at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 415.506.6225 or 415.506.6253.  Address:  171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA

ARYA *Courtesy Posting*

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This is being posted as a courtesy for the people who currently have Arya. For more information or questions, please contact Nalyne at (925) 456-4879, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adoption range - Alameda, Marin, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz and Sonoma County only.

Arya (REPOSTED) is a 15 month old Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie mix, with a moderate to high energy level, and weighs 43 lbs.  Arya is a great youngster who has many wonderful characteristics and charm. Arya does well in doggie daycare and kennel-free boarding with other dogs. She loves to be with her people and is very gentle with children. She is potty trained, stays off furniture, rides nicely in cars, uses a doggie door, is well behaved when dining outdoors, and loves watching TV, especially Sesame Street and Bolt.

She has the potential to be a great companion for those who are willing to invest the time and resources to raise her properly. She requires someone who can provide love, structure and positive reinforcement training. She is doing well in her basic obedience and Nose Works. She would make a great agility dog. She is in foster care with 2 elderly Belgium Shepherds. She has too much puppy energy for one of them, who is a special needs dog. We love Arya dearly as she is a sweet, loving, and gentle natured pup. We want to give her the chance to find a home that can shower her with love and the activities that she needs to be happy and balanced.

She is reactive to cats when walking on leash. She is good with and plays appropriately with other dogs, but she is not comfortable at dog parks. She has been bitten by rowdy dogs in dog parks. Off leash dog friendly trails like Fort Funston and Regional Park trails have been better options. Her recall is still a work in progress which needs to be worked on by her new parent(s).

Arya is a joy to be with, but she is NOT a turn-key dog. She has textbook Australian Cattle Dog characteristics of being super smart, very athletic, and sometimes has a mind of her own. She wants to be your companion and partner, and needs to have her brain occupied throughout much of the day. For this reason, she would do best with people who work from home or can otherwise have her with them much of the day.  Arya is looking for a forever home that will provide structure, training, dedication and love for a much deserving soul who will be totally devoted to her people. Arya’s ideal home would be with people who have an active lifestyle and like to explore nature and the outdoors.

Arya is spayed, microchipped, on Simparica and Heartgard. She is up to date on all vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $300 (Will be donated to HITTGV).  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Adoption range - Alameda, Marin, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma County only.

If you are interested in meeting Arya, please first complete the HITTGV adoption form, by going to hittgv.org and click on the Adopt button near the top of the page, to find the online Adoption Form. For more information or questions, please contact Nalyne at (925) 456-4879, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.



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!

ALLIE *Courtesy Posting*

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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