Happy Tails


Sandy (ADOPTED!) is a 3 year old female, half border collie and half samoyed that is full of lots of energy. She is a very loving girl, wonderful with children of all ages from toddlers to teens. She is very playful, loves toys of all kinds especially balls. She loves to play catch!
Sandy rides nicely in a car, and walks well on leash. She does walk best with a harness or Gentle Leader. She is completely house trained and has NO destructive behavior at all, unless you count mistaking the baby's stuffed toy for one of her own! :-D
Sandy has not met very many other dogs, but after a proper introduction she is good with other medium to large dogs. She wants to chase very small dogs, and may not be suitable for a home with chihuahua sized dogs. Sandy got along with the cat in her former home, but it took 6 months of work so it would probably be best if she were adopted to a family without cats.
She is also a good watch dog, who will bark when people approach the house or come to the door. If friends come by, she will bark initially, but will quiet down quickly and welcome them into the house.
When her former owners moved to a condo, she began barking at all the animals she saw parading by the windows. Her former owners realized that Sandy was miserable cooped up all day inside without access to a yard and decided it would be best for her if she went to another home. Sandy is a great dog, who would do best in a home with a yard and/or people who are fairly active so that she could run and release her pent-up energy. She is up to date on her shots, Frontline flea/tick, and the vet gave her an A+ health report card. And, as you can see, she is a real beauty too!


Peaches (ADOPTED) is an absolute doll.  She would be THE best companion for someone who is looking for a loving, devoted, only dog.  We believe Peaches is around 3 or 4 years old, and weighs about 45 lbs.

Peaches is a love -- extremely sweet, quiet, and affectionate with everyone she meets  - being very generous with a lot of kisses thrown in!  She loves to ride in the car and is completely house trained.  She is very smart and observant and quickly learned to sit for treats. Although she is cattle dog through and through, Peaches is a moderate energy dog.
She has learned to love soft toys and playing ball, although when she first made a squirrel toy squeak, she was very concerned that she hurt it.  She is not busy, and is not a chewer.  Peaches has NO separation anxiety at all as she is fine sitting by herself.  She is a perfect little dog in almost every way.

We believe Peaches would be a great family dog.  She is very attentive and responsive to people, and extremely trainable.  As with nearly all cattle dogs, Peaches is looking to bond closely with a person or people of her own, and become a velcro dog.  Peaches has been recently spayed and is current on all her vaccinations.

Peaches has one issue.  She is afraid of other dogs, when she sees them or knows that one is approaching.  We do think that Peaches could learn to live with another (female) dog, but it would take patience and a very slow introduction.  Whoever adopts Peaches must be willing to work with her over time to help her overcome her fear of other dogs, or must have a situation where she won't be around other dogs.

With a little time and effort, Peaches would be the perfect loving companion and partner in life.

Emmy (ADOPTED) is now in family with two other friendly dogs, a mom, dad, and two girls in their upper teens who adore her!  Emmy's new home has sheep and chickens, as well, but only for watching behind the fence.  Emmy is very content to spend her days following Mom or the girls around.

She is a shy, quiet little girl weighing in at about 35 lbs. Emmy has the loyalty and devotion of her breed, without the bossy or busy traits.  She is a quiet and gentle companion. Her favorite thing to do is to hang out with her person, and be your shadow. She is very friendly, playful, and super sweet. Emmy does not have a mean bone in her body.  She is great with other dogs, cats, horses, and she loves little children.

Emmy loves attention and will easily roll on her back for some belly rubs. Obedient, happy, devoted...all in all a wonderful constant companion!  As a quiet, sensitive soul, she is best in a fairly calm household.

altADOPTED! Lokai Meet our newest rescue! We are naming him Lokai, after a character in an episode of the original Star Trek series. He is very gentle and sweet, but very shy. We can see he wants to bond with someone, but is very cautious and afraid. Stay tuned for more about this gentle creature...


Wiley (ADOPTED) is a lovable young dog, about 18 months old, who was found caught in a coyote trap, hence his name (he is also known as Smiley Wiley).  In the short time we have had Wylie in foster care he has endeared himself to all. With his easy temperament and playfulness, he gets along with other dogs and cats, as well as children. Wylie looks like a cattle dog except for his slightly larger size.  We have decided that he may be mixed with some husky and/or Akita, although we have no idea for sure.  He has lovely plush fur that is like a teddy bear.


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.

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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.


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