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ADOPTED! JACKSON - We estimate that Jackson is about 10 or 12 months old. He weighs 30 lbs. and is a very happy, energetic guy, with the sweetest disposition. As a very young dog, Jackson is full of life and wants to explore the world. He loves and is super responsive to people, and is equally responsive with men and women.  He often rolls over on his back when people pet him, and he loves doggie massages and belly rubs. Jackson is great about being handled and touched. 

Jackson listens very well and is quite submissive with people. He very much wants to please, is extremely smart and trainable.  He learned 'sit' in 2-minutes with just a few treats.

He loves to play with other dogs, and uses a strong herding style. As a typical young cattle dog, he can be a pushy, persistent little pest when playing with other dogs. He loves to run, jump and practice his herding moves around other dogs and animals. When he is with people and it's time to be calm, he can be an absolute relaxed and restful love.

Jackson walks well on leash, when wearing a Sensation or Sensible harness. He is almost house trained, and may need some refresher training. Jackson would be an excellent working dog or agility dog. He is one of the fastest dogs we have seen and turns on a dime.

He is good with children, but because he is so energetic and likes to herd, we do not recommend him with children under 7 or 8 years. Jackson is not good with cats. As a young cattle dog barely out of puppyhood, he needs a lot of exercise, both mental and physical. Jackson is a fantastic guy, who will learn routines and commands very quickly, but he does need training and to learn boundaries and how to be polite with other dogs/animals.

alt Daisy is available for adoption or foster.

If you are interested in Daisy, please contact Suzanne Kernek at the Sonoma Humane Society:  (707)542-0882 ext: 249This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Daisy is an Australian Cattle Dog through and through. True to her breed, she is very loyal to her people and once you have established your leadership she is respectful of your authority. 

Daisy is a 1 year old, spayed/female.  She is a very sweet girl and has melted the heart of her current foster.  Daisy is also deaf.  She was found on the roadside and has been in foster for 2 months.  

As an adolescent, Daisy will will need a consistent, fair and strong leader to guide her down the right path, as well as one who is wiling to work with her hearing impairment. Daisy has learned many hand cues; sit, down. go to bed, wait, come, touch, positive signal marker, negative signal marker, and a release.   A trainers dream!  She is very intelligent and a quick study.  

Daisy is also very well-behaved...for an adolescent.  She does push boundaries.  What adolescent doesn't?  She has a great sense of humor and is quite the prankster. Daisy is very busy exploring anything of interest.  She loves food stuffed toys and puzzles and figures them out in rapid speed. She is very quick to develop games to play with herself using whatever she can find; she will empty out the toy box looking for just the right object for her next game.

Once she knows what you are asking of her she is eager to do her best.  However; if you are not actively being a leader she will assume the dominant dog role.  Daisy will need to be monitored with other dogs until pack order is agreed upon. She is not happy taking a backseat and may very well attempt to put herself in charge whenever others are involved.

Daisy does not aggressively guard resources from other dogs; but she will control their movement to keep other dogs from accessing resources, including 'her' people.  Her new family should be experienced with cattle dogs or, at the very least, herding dogs; and will need to have a strong background or interest in positive reinforcement training.  Experience with deaf dogs is a plus.  All of this makes Daisy a very special adoption.

If you are interested in fostering or adopting Daisy, please contact Suzanne Kernek at the Sonoma Humane Society:  (707)542-0882 ext: 249This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We have achieved our goal for Bodie's surgery! Thank you all so much! Some wonderfully generous people have pledged their help to pay for Bodie's surgery. We are very grateful for this much needed support!

Bodie (aka Porter) is an extremely sweet, amazingly accepting, and quiet little fellow. When we rescued him, he was on "the list" to be put down that same day, with no other options except us. Several people who saw him at the shelter asked us to save him. When he arrived, we noticed that he was holding a rear leg up much of the time. An x-ray of Bodie's leg revealed a very old and badly broken leg, that must have occurred when he was still a growing puppy. Bodie's currently about 1 year to 18 months old. The leg has not grown properly and the vet recommended surgery, which he estimates will cost $600 to $800.

The day we rescued him must have been a very confusing and stressful day for him. Yet, when he was poked and prodded by the vet, each time he quietly tolerated all the indignities without complaint, and signaled his forgiveness with a low wag of his tail to his handlers. Bodie is wonderfully easy going, calm, and patient, not to mention, great with everyone, including cats, dogs, and children.  On his first night in his foster home, they found him sleeping with the cat!

Please help us pay for Bodie's much needed surgery. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. If everyone who reads this contributes a little - even $5 or $10 - towards Bodie's surgery, we should collect enough to pay for his procedure. As a federally approved 501(c)(3) organization, donations to our rescue are tax deductible. We will keep you updated on this little guy's progress!

We teamed with Countryside Rescue to save Bodie and get him the help he needs.

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November 19, 2011.  Tessa has just been adopted, and is now settling into a wonderful new home!

Tessa has the best qualities of a herding breed, loving, loyal, and playful without being busy or high energy. She is about 1 year to 18 months old. Each day, we are learning more and more about her. Tessa is completely house trained and crate trained. She will head into a cozy crate when she wants to rest. She is very good on leash, and loves to ride in cars. She sits quietly in the car and enjoys watching the world go by.

She is very good with other dogs, but she is usually focused on and very attentive to people. We believe she will bond very quickly when adopted. She will wait for you calmly and patiently, and is a happy and playful girl when she knows it's time to play or be active. Tessa is very observant, super smart, and a very quick learner.

altDespite the misfortunes Amber suffered before entering our rescue, she has been the happiest and most optimistic trooper! Amber has been adopted by a herding-dog-saavy young couple, who also have a border collie, Jack.


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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