Aoife (pronounced Ay-fuh) is a Gaelic word meaning "pleasant" - and that's a good description for her! She's an 8-year-old, 40-pound Cattle Dog-Terrier mix. She looks the definition of a scruffy mutt when her fur is long: when cut short she looks just like a typical cattle dog. Everybody falls in love with her big floppy ears.
She is a very smart, sweet, sensitive & well-behaved companion. An “old soul”: her favorite activities are going on long leisurely walks, nosing around the garden, and lounging in the sun. She is naturally very quiet and does not have much interest in toys or bones. She is funny, flirty, and loves attention, though she is not a cuddler and prefers having her own space (crates have worked well for us). She has very good house manners and learns rules & routines quickly by observation. She is great at being home alone and has never damaged anything in her life.
She is fantastic on leash and perhaps the easiest dog I’ve ever walked - no pulling and generally ignores other stimuli to focus on the “job” of walking with her human. One of my favorite things that she has taught herself is to stop and lift her front paw when the leash gets caught between them. When off-leash she checks in frequently with a nose bump and rarely goes out of sight - she has no interest in getting lost, but loves to explore.
She would be happiest in a calm, quiet, one-person household. She is very devoted to her person and lives to please. She does not need extensive physical activity to stay happy, but certainly a daily walk and space to roam around. She would love a sunny garden to “patrol” and spend time in with her human.
We are seeking a patient, caring, and understanding person with the time and experience to train and provide the structure she deserves. I love her immensely - however, I am not her best owner and many of her problems stem from our dynamic. We have struggled with fear, trust and socialization issues since day 1. After trying to work on them for many years, I believe we would both be happier in different situations. I know the problem is mainly with me and she would thrive in the right environment.
I adopted her from a shelter after she was found in their yard, thrown over a fence with no history. She has been wary of humans since they found her. She has a hard time meeting new people in one-on-one interactions and what used to be extreme submissiveness has evolved into aggression. She has never bit anyone but lunging with bared teeth or panicked barking has become our norm. She is generally okay with people she knows, but needs constant direction as to what to be doing, or she will become defensive of me or my things. The worst examples of this behavior occur in our home. Outside in the world, she seems to get less overwhelmed and we’ve never had a problem going to the vet, pet stores, or dog parks.
Aoife needs a true “pack leader.” She needs someone who can give structure & routine, clear direction, and the loving encouragement to help her learn confidence around new humans. The goal is for her to see meeting new people as a positive experience. I will only consider adopters with experience with cattle dogs.
She enjoys other dogs, though she has become less playful at dog parks as she’s gotten older and does not tolerate overly excited greetings. She has always been a model citizen, “velcro-ed” to the owner at doggy daycare. That said, she should be the only dog in her home. She has started dog fights, usually with new dogs coming into “her environment” or extremely passive female dogs. She has been around confident, dog-aware cats without a problem, but will chase those that run. For this reason, she would be best in a home without cats. She has rarely been around children and I would not recommend it without behavioral training.
She knows all basic commands, even “go potty”, and she is eager to learn more in exchange for treats - among her favorites is kale stems. She eats high quality food, usually fish, duck, or turkey. She is spayed and up-to-date on all vaccinations.
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.
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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.