Dogs from Other Rescues

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.
This dog is in San Bruno, CA.  If you are interested in meeting, possibly adopting or fostering Bruce, please please begin by completing our online adoption form at: If you have any questions, please contact Chloe at:  650-868-3239, or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or call Herd It Through The Grapevine at (707) 583-9583, or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.

If you have questions or are interested in Callie, please call Rebecca Corso at 559-679-7140 or email her at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

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!

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