LOCATED AT THE MILO FOUNDATION, AT POINT RICHMOND, CA
Badger 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.
Located at Nobody's Perfekt Dogs Rescue, in San Leandro, CA
Finn is a 1-year old, border collie mix. He is already neutered and weighs 40 lbs. He was dumped at the Oakland shelter by his owner(s) when they moved out of state. They told the shelter that Finn would make a wonderful family pet. Little did they know that Finn struggled at the shelter, fearful of people he didn't know, and was put on the euthanasia list. When we did our evaluation of him, he was not approachable by us (he was fine with shelter staff). We almost passed on him, but something told us to give it a shot. As soon as he was on a leash and under the control of our director, he became a totally different dog, so we pulled him into foster care with one of our more experienced foster dads. Finn loves his foster family, gets along well with all of the other dogs, and is okay with cats. He has responded VERY quickly to socialization training. He is smart (as most border collies are).
He is cautious with, but interested in strangers. His fear aggression barking is much better. He is still uncomfortable around small children. Finn has some border collie quirks that his new owner(s) will need to be aware of (nipping people if they move too fast, for instance). He has been to the dog park a couple of times and he is TERRIFIC at the park - except for the small children thing.
Finn needs an owner who is really clear with him on what is acceptable behavior. With confident owners who know what they are doing, he is a very well behaved dog. Finn needs a lot of space for running and playing. We would like to see him go to a family with another well-mannered dog that can keep up with Finn's play drive and show him good manners with strangers. No young kids. Potential adopters of large dogs must own their own home - no renters or "living with parents."
Adoption Fee: $125 (includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations)
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.