Happy Tails


Sadie is a wonderful girl, who loves to talk to you, and will give you a good night kiss before going to her own bed.  She is 3 years old and weighs 40 lbs. Sadie is a very devoted dog to her people. She loves attention and to be petted, but she is not clinging and often likes her own space.

This is a terrific all around dog. She knows basic commands (sit, stay, go eat) and will listen and do what is asked of her. Sadie loves to play especially with her balls and frisbees. She is good with other dogs and children. Sadie is completely house trained, walks well on leash, and is very good in the house. She loves to ride in a car or truck, and is an excellent passenger. Sadie is a good herder, does NOT have a strong prey drive and is very good with chickens and livestock.
When first meeting Sadie she tends to be a little shy, but after a few moments, she will relax and warm up to people. She will make someone a loving and devoted friend.

Sadly we are re-homing Sadie because the person who has had her since she was a pup has been through a series of recent hardships. Sadie's mom is now losing her home and asked us to find her girl a great new home.


Zak is a 2 year old male, most likely a Dutch Shepherd and Aussie Shepherd mix, and weighs between 40 and 45 lbs. He is super friendly with people and does well with other dogs. He does not have a dominant personality, does not guard his food or resources, and shows no aggression at all. He does well with cats, although if the cat runs he will want to chase it. Zak is very energetic and playful. He loves to play ball and is an excellent catcher. 
Zak is also very good with children. Minutes after he arrived from the shelter we took him for a walk and a woman with two girls, about 6 and 8 years old, approached us. Zak immediately made a play bow to the smaller girl, inviting her to play with him. However, he may not be suitable for a household with very young children, who could be knocked down by Zak as he likes to jump up on people in his exuberance to play.
Zak is very smart and catches on quickly. He is also very eager to please people. These two traits will make him easy to train as Zak will need to learn some basic obedience training. He also accepts correction very well, by lying down if he has been corrected for an action. Zak tends to walk fairly well on leash, but sometimes in his eagerness to explore the world he will pull.
Although Zak is a young adult, he is very much a pup at heart, and would do well in a household that will give him all the play time and companionship that he craves. He would probably do well with another dog to play with.

altDobby is a sweet and gentle soul who wasted no time in finding a forever home. We did not even get the chance to know him well before he was whisked off to his new life! Good job, Dobby!

Lava (ADOPTED!) Lava is in his forever home with his new person Renee and three other siblings! Good work Lava! You look relaxed and happy in your new surroundings! We at HITTGV could not be more happy for you!
He is about 18 months to 2 years old. He weighs 44 lbs. and is a very happy guy with a very sweet disposition. He loves people and wants human companionship more than anything. He will bond quickly to one or more persons. He respects and listens to people, and very much wants to please. These qualities should make him easy to train.
Although Lava is playful and has energy, he is also content to sit quietly with you and soak up human attention. Lava walks fairly well and gently on leash, and he is house trained. He loves riding in a truck or car. Lava is extremely observant and loves watching everything that happens around him. He has some prey drive, and likes to chase large birds (ravens, vultures...). He is curious about cats, but we have not seen him interact directly with them.
He is a bit insecure and does not like to be on his own. Lava is good and likes to play with other dogs. Lava would probably do well with a  submissive and/or female dog, as he would likely try to be the lead dog in a multi-dog household.
As a fairly young dog, Lava would do well in a moderately active to very active household. He will need both mental and physical activity. Lava is a wonderful and loving dog. With a little bit of time, exercise, and training, we are confident that Lava would be the best companion.

altRocky (ADOPTED) is almost 11 months old; a beautiful border collie and shepherd mix who is about 45 pounds. He is very friendly with people and is extremely friendly and playful with other dogs.  He is NOT a dominant dog and will go with the flow, quickly realized when exposed to 8 other dogs at one of our foster sites. Rocky did well with everyone and just wanted to play. He does have a lot of energy and loves to play ball.

Rocky will need some basic obedience training. He never wants to let the party end and may protest a bit when left alone.  His former owner says he's completely house trained and crate trained as well. He also does well with cats and children.

Rocky will bond closely with his people; a sweet and gentle soul who will make the most devoted companion. And look at his beautiful smile!


Our mission: To rescue, care for, and rehabilitate unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs of herding breeds, concentrating on Australian Cattle Dogs and Border Collies.

Our focus is on their permanent placement into appropriate, loving homes, and informing the public about the special nature and needs of herding breeds.

Contact us at:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We are grateful for any contributions to help us rescue, care for, and transport animals.

If you prefer to write a check, please mail it to: Herd It Through The Grapevine, P.O. Box 9585, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Herd It Through The Grapevine is a 501(c)(3) approved organization.


Please click to donate a bed to our Shelter.