Herd It Through The Grapevine

Herding Dog Rescue

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Finn (ADOPTED!) is lovable 23 lb., two year old cattle dog mix, whose perfect day would be spent curled up on your lap after some quality exercise at the park, on a hiking trail, or running with his dog friends. He is a moderate energy dog, who needs a good 90 minutes of active daily exercise. During the day, he is happy to lay under the desk, while you work. If you get up, he will be at your side or watching you from his spot. He is a great medium dog to take to work, shopping, or dog-friendly cafes and bars.

We rescued him from a situation where he never saw the outside world and was shut in a trailer his entire life. Since Finn’s rescue, he has been exposed to many new experiences like cats and teenagers, and has responded in an appropriately cautious manner. After a moment of consideration usually by looking back at his person, he greets other dogs, cats, and adults in a submissive posture. Finn loves women of all ages and eventually warms up to adult men. He would NOT do well in a home with children under 12 years old, as he wants to herd or chase them.  

Finn is very unsure of himself and many things are new and scary to him. He needs continued regular exposure to the ways of the outside world and to gain confidence in different situations. He is also just beginning to learn proper social etiquette from people and other dogs. Currently, he will bark an alarm or growl his uneasiness, if he hears odd noises at night, or when people walk in the front door. Once he realizes things are ok, he stops barking. If he perceives a human as a threat - usually tall men standing up or walking towards him - he will bark and guard his human. He is fine and friendly with the same man, if the man is sitting or reclining.

Finn tends to be submissive with all other dogs, and seems to love the company of all dogs. With a proper introduction, he will begin playing chase and wrestle with the other dog(s). His herding genes will kick in, if playing with a few dogs. He will stay on the outside of the circle to gently nip at his playmates to keep them together. When with other dogs, Finn will check in with his human every few moments. We believe that Finn needs regular dog friends to play with, for both the exercise and continued socialization with other dogs. Currently, he is sometimes too curious about other dogs, and isn’t aware that he may be invading another dog’s space.

Our boy is just learning to play games, such as fetch and tug-of-war. He loves chew toys like bully sticks and Nylabones. Finn is neither possessive nor aggressive regarding his food or toys, and backs away if another dog or human reaches for it.

Finn’s favorite thing is going on walks with his human for new sights and smells. He is great on leash, as he always wants to be at your side. On walks, as when at the dog park, he will check in with you every few steps by nudging your knee with his nose. He may zig zag in front of you, to avoid scary shopping carts or strollers. He is ok around bicycles or loud trucks, but seems to not like rollerblades.

Finn is learning how to be a dog, and at home will follow you from room to room. When curled up on the couch, he will make contented grunts or dog singing. When at work with his human, he is entertained with a chew toy and will periodically ask for pets or attention. He can be mouthy and will try to use your hand as a chew toy if allowed. In a car, he curls up in his crate or the passenger seat without a sound, and likes his human to put a hand on him for comfort. If he needs to be left alone, he will whine until you leave, and then go to sleep in his crate without further noise.

Eager to please, Finn is very quick to learn and would benefit from further training. At night, he loves being in his crate and will sleep eight hours without a peep. Since he spent much of life living in a crate, he is still in the process of learning how to signal to his human when he needs to go outside to potty.

Finn would do best in a quiet, yet active home, with a consistent daily routine. HIs adopters need to be willing to routinely expose him to new places and positive experiences, to increase his confidence. He would thrive in a home with other friendly dogs as playmates, companions, and role models.

Finn is a great little guy, but he is still a herding dog, who needs to overcome the awful start he had in life. He has specific needs, and will require people who have an understanding of and experience with his breed. If he is not given enough daily exercise, or continually socialized, he may not continue to be the same calm, happy, friendly dog that he is now.  Finn is NOT for people who want an easy, submissive dog, and who don’t have the time or ability to work with him to achieve his full potential.

If you are interested in meeting Finn, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire, which is the first step of our pre-adoption process. At our website (hittgv.org), click on the Adopt button near the top of the page, and scroll down for our online Adoption Form.  If you have specific questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Emerson (ADOPTED!) loves all people, including children. More than anything he wants his very own people to bond with. He wants to be your partner and part of a family. Emerson is about 10 months old and weighs approximately 30-35 lbs. Our boy has the best traits of a cattle dog. He is super smart, incredibly loyal, very much wants to please people, and just wants to stay by your side. Besides being a very friendly guy, Emerson has a very sweet and playful disposition. He is also loves other dogs and tends to be submissive around both dogs and with people. He seems to be a little unsure of himself, and what he should be doing in various situations, and needs someone to guide him.

Emerson is being fostered in a home with a 1.5 year old toddler, a 12 year old child, a cat and other dogs. Chasing is fun game to him. When everyone is playing, Emerson sometimes want to herd. If children are running and playing with him, he will joyfully do a few soft, playful herding nips at their heels; but will stop it if he is told to. He loves to play with other dogs. If a cat runs, he will want to chase it, but if a cat stands it’s ground and hisses, Emerson will back off.

He is an indoor dog who enjoys lots of outdoor play time, and is always up for anything. As a young pup, while he can be content with moderate exercise, he would also love being in an active home, where he can go out on long hikes, and meet the challenge of active playing and running. Since he is good off leash, he would also do well with someone who goes out on horseback on trails. Emerson can also be content with one or two long walks and a few 15 minute active play sessions each day. He loves to play ball. If left alone outside in a yard, his busy brain will look for things to do and he may dig or get into whatever you may have left out there.

He has a very active and curious brain, and is going through a chewing stage. He is doing well with a lot of dog toys to chew on. He does like children’s toys (Barbie dolls are a favorite), but has NOT chewed any furniture. Emerson will wander around the house looking for things to play with and chew. Emerson has a soft, gentle mouth, which he likes to use to fondle your hands lightly, or give you puppy nibbles.

Emerson pretty much comes when called and stays close when off leash. He also walks fairly well on a leash, and likes to be at the end of his leash, exploring. When the leash is taut he doesn’t pull further. His fosters are working on teaching him to heel while on leash. Emerson is potty trained and good in the crate for a few hours. At this time he does not lift his leg to pee. As a submissive pup, when he is excited to meet someone or something scares him, he may occasionally accidentally leak a little pee. He is great riding quietly in the backseat of a car, and will wait patiently if left in the car during errands.

This is an exceptional pup, who needs continued training and would benefit from obedience training classes, to begin learning manners. Emerson needs someone who has the time to teach him new things, and who will keep his curious brain occupied, and take him to explore new places, and help him build up his confidence.

If you would like to meet Emerson, please first complete our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy). At our website (hittgv.org), click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down for the online Adoption Form.  If you have specific questions, you can call Tiffany at (707) 478-4227, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


If you have questions or want more information about Duchess, please contact Wendy Cramer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call:  (415) 250-7209.

DUCHESS (ADOPTIED!) is a 55 pound, healthy, active, approximate 11 year old, female Australian Cattle dog, and possible Catahoula mix, who needs a new home. Her owner recently passed away and the family, located in the Sacramento area, cannot keep her. She was originally rescued by her owner about 9 or 10 years ago and until about 2 years ago, she lived as an indoor/outdoor farm dog. For the last 2 years, she has lived as an indoor dog and has enjoyed the change.

Since leaving the farm Duchess has only needed moderate activity. One good walk of up to an hour has been all she has needed. Duchess is a wonderful companion, and a velcro dog, who loves interacting and being with her people. She keeps busy throughout the day, following family members around the house, sleeping at their feet, and guarding the yard.  She enjoys ending the day cuddling with her family on the sofa and in bed.

She is curious about and friendly with people she meets, and is patient when petted and poked by small children and adults. Duchess meets most dogs well, and is well socialized as her owner regularly rescued dogs and cats. However, in recently time she has had a couple grumpy responses when meeting a new dog. But generally, she is very friendly and has always had a doggy playmates, so she should be fine in a home with another dog.

Duchess is very alert and likes routine. When her people are not home, she will sit or sleep at the window waiting for their return. Duchess will watch the street from the front window and will bark at the neighbors, passing cars, the mailman, delivery vans, and the landscaper.

Although Duchess is 11, she can learn new tricks and is very eager to please. She should not be taken outside off leash as she does not have good recall and if distracted by a squirrel or other small animal, she may not hear your calls for her to return. She was not crate trained and prefers to sleep in the same room as her family on her dog bed or in bed with her owner. Duchess is completely house broken. She knows how to use a dog door, or can get your attention when she needs to go outside.

Since she spent most of her life roaming a large piece of property, leash training was not needed. She would walk near her owner as they took their daily walk around the property. For these reasons, Duchess has only had sporadic on leash experience. When her person got sick, they moved to a subdivision and Duchess began learning about walking on a leash. With a bit more time and training, we believe that with time walking politely and comfortably on leash will become second nature to her.

Duchess has shown only minor herding instinct. Only on a few rare occasions has Duchess tried to herd visitors. She is more likely to approach visitors and ask to be pet. She will sit next to or on the feet of the visitor and paw at them asking to be pet.

She loves getting into the car, and will ride quietly. Her health is good, although she does get the occasional ear infection and has a grain allergy, so she is fed high quality grain free food.

If you have questions or want more information about Duchess, please contact Wendy Cramer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call:  (415) 250-7209.  If you are interested in meeting Duchess, please first complete our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy), which is the first step in the adoption process. At our website (hittgv.org), please click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down to find the online Adoption Form. The current guardians for Duchess are requesting an adoption fee of $75.00, in the form of a donation to HITTGV.


Augie (ADOPTED!) is a 15-18 months old, 41 pound boy, who is very friendly, full of life and kisses. He meets everyone with a tail wag, and has a very happy disposition. He is a moderate energy guy, but as a young dog, he needs daily exercise. Augie wants to play and walk first thing in the morning. Once he has had his morning exercise, he is mellow for the rest of the day and content to hang out with his people. He does, however, have youthful exuberance and if you are up for it, he is always up for playing or a hike or some exercise. Augie is a “Velcro," or maybe a super glue dog, who wants to be with his person or his pack more than anything. In the sweetest, most loving way, he wants to sit by your side every chance he gets. He also enjoys snuggling on the couch with his person.

Augie loves his walks! When the leashes come out, he runs to the door and sits calmly waiting to be leashed. He may tug a little a first because he's so excited to get out in the world, but he quickly settles into a nice pace by your side. Augie is very responsive to cues from both humans and other dogs. If told Leave It, he will do so immediately.
He knows Sit, frequently comes when called, and is learning to take treats gently. He sometimes jumps up on people and counters and is being taught "Off!" Augie is a quick and eager learner.

Augie is a quiet boy who rarely barks--even when the other dogs are barking. So far, his foster mom has only heard him bark a couple of times when someone has come to the door.  He is very well mannered in the house, and hangs out quietly.

He has met some dogs very nicely, both male and female, but may not like every dog he meets. Augie gets very excited about meeting other dogs he sees. He is very balanced, and not naturally a dominant dog. Will not challenge another more dominant dog. However, if an unknown dog is acting up, by barking or lunging behavior, Augie will respond the same way. If another is fine, he is fine. He seems to take his cues from the energy of the other dog. He liked his foster sister (an female ACD) at their very first meeting.

Augie loves playing tug-of-war and hanging out with his foster sister. We think he would do well with a mellow, easy going, or playful dog. He would also be fine as an only dog. He enjoys playing with toys. There may be a scuffle for a toy if playing fetch with one ball and two dogs.  We have not seen him interact with small children, but with older kids, he is friendly and polite. He has a high prey drive and would not do well in a household with cats. Augie enjoys car rides, and needs more rides to fun destinations.

Augie was rescued after a month in a shelter kennel. As a result, he does not like being kenneled or crated. His foster mom is working on crate training him with positive reinforcement. If another dog approaches his food or a toy he has, he does sometimes give a little warning growl, but his foster mom has been working with him and seen improvement. Augie has shown some herding tendencies. He sometimes nips at other dogs’ heels and is gently mouthy, sometimes taking his foster mom's foot or arm into his mouth to play,

Augie has the potential to be the perfect pet. We are seeking adopters who will continue teaching him boundaries, appropriate behavior, and giving him more exposure to new things in the world. If you are interested in meeting and possibly adopting Augie, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire, which is the first step of our adoption process. At our website (hittgv.org), please click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down to find the online Adoption Form.


Teddy (ADOPTED!) is very quiet, friendly, go with the flow, muscular Shiba-Inu and chihuahua mix, who weighs 13 lbs. and we estimate is around 2 years old. He loves other dogs and cats, and is very easy about meeting them. His foster has two cats and Teddy enjoys hanging out with them.  Teddy acts like a big brother, who looks out for the more delicate cat, to make sure he’s okay.  Our boy was initially wary when first meeting new people, but within minutes, as soon as he knows you are friendly, he will greet you warmly. Once he knows a person, he will completely trust you, and enjoys playing with you one-on-one. If he can reach, he will try to place his front paws and his head on your lap to ask for attention. Teddy loves human contact, to be touching you, and snuggling. One of his favorite things, is to lay next to you, or on top of you, if you are laying down, on the sofa. He likes children, but we do not recommend small children, who may suddenly grab for him, or scare him with sudden moves and loud noises.

Teddy loves going out for walks and fairly nicely on leash. When he sees the leash come out, he runs around the house in happy excitement. Our boy also love toys and playing fetch. He is a quiet dog, who will find ways to entertain himself, whether it’s shaking his toys around, stockpiling his rawhide chews, hiding his toys. As a young dog, Teddy will get bursts of energy, sometimes jumping on and off the sofa, or rolling around on his bed and rubbing his face on his blanket, while making happy noises. He is extremely quiet, and NOT a barker. The only time he has barked was when other dogs started barking first. While he has a lot of the playful young pup in him, Teddy can also be a very calm, relaxed dog, who is happy to snooze on the couch or on his bed for much of the day.

Teddy is currently being fed next to his crate. He does NOT guard his food or toys, but if he is eating and you come near his food, he will stop, afraid that you may take it from him. He does well in a large crate, with lots of bedding and his toys all around him. He sleeps in his crate at night, and will make squeaky noises to let you know if he needs to go out. If he is crated with the door closed and he sees you enter the room, he will whine to be let out so he can greet you. If you have been away, when you return, Teddy celebrates your return by racing around the room and then inviting you to play with him. Teddy loves riding in a car. He will sit in the back seat and rest his front leg on the arm rest.

Because of some abusive treatment he has had in the past, Teddy does need a gentle, quiet, and patient people. Teddy shows the flight behavior of a dog who has been abused. He is not skittish by nature, but if you reach for him quickly, he will run. Also, anytime he sees an open door, he will bolt out through it. If pursued he will run and try to evade being grabbed, even by people he knows and loves. In the first days with his fosters, when they approached him, he was anticipating being punished. He would squeal and cry, and cower or fall to the floor, thinking he was going to be hurt. We are also sure that Teddy was kept outside 24/7. He was originally found wandering down a road, dragging nearly 7 lbs. of chains, which were wrapped around his neck. Teddy He is very smart and learns very quickly. He was recently neutered and his fosters are still working on his potty training. He is making good progress, but needs to be watched and continued reinforcement.

In summary, Teddy is an incredibly happy, loving and playful boy, who clearly had a bad start in life. He has a big heart and is making great strides in gaining confidence and overcoming his past. If you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting Teddy, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire, which is the first step of our pre-adoption process. At our website (hittgv.org), please click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down to find the online Adoption Form.

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