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altADOPTED! Mercedes is approximately two years old. She is very thin and currently only weighs 30 lbs. Mercedes is an incredibly loving dog, who is completely focused on people and wants to please. She is quiet, very attentive, and will try to do whatever you want. Mercedes sees people as her security and wants nothing more than to be curled up in someone’s lap.  She is the definition of a “velcro” dog, who will bond very closely with someone as the most adoring, loyal companion, at your side at all times. Mercedes is house trained, crated trained and walks well on leash. She appears to have had some basic obedience training, and enjoys playing ball.

Mercedes has shown the desire to be dominant with other female dogs. Also, depending on the other dog, when in her crate, she will sometimes growl a complaint when they come near.  Although Mercedes originally was found together with a male cattle dog, she is not interested in other dogs and is not playful with them. This could be a temporary state of mind, as she has been through many very stressful changes in the past several weeks, and has not had an opportunity to feel relaxed or secure. She needs a loving home, where she will feel safe, slowly feel more confident, and allow her personality to blossom.

altADOPTED!  Sedona is a very gentle, sweet natured and friendly girl.  She is perhaps 2 to 3 years old and weighs 53 lbs. Sedona is an extremely smart, patient, and calm dog. Her main focus is on people. She has a very easy going and quietly contented temperament. This is not to say that Sedona is a boring dog, far from it. She is ready to go wherever and do whatever with her person/ people; and when she gets to know someone, she is playful, attentive and very responsive. She loves human attention, but is very polite and waits until you are ready to spend quality time with her. In true cattle dog fashion, Sedona is looking to bond with her own person/people, and will be an extremely devoted companion. 

She is also very well mannered and very tolerant about being handled. We lifted her onto the vet table for an exam and she was very compliant. She never attempted to get off the table, even when the vet left the room for 10 minutes, but instead made herself comfortable, laid down, and licked her handler’s nose.
Sedona walks very nicely on leash, and will frequently and "check in" with you, by looking up with a big smile to let you know she is enjoying her walk. She seems to be fine with cats, pretty much ignoring them. She is also very good with other dogs. She meets them calmly and is not concerned about them. In the few days we have had her, Sedona has shown that she knows some basic obedience commands, and appears to be house trained. She has a soft coat and enjoys being brushed. This writer believes that Sedona is the best dog and most perfect companion.


ADOPTED! Here is our beloved Sienna with her very last puppy. It has been a wonderful experience watching Sienna raise such strong and playful pups, but very sweet and a little sad as she says goodbye to her last pup out of nine. What a good mother she has been, loving and nurturing. Well done, Sienna! Now, both are off to their forever homes for a new beginning. What a happy ending for Sienna and all her pups!

UPDATE! Sienna is a happy family member at her new forever home where she continues her tradition of loving and nurturing her own. Taking a cue from her new mom person, each night Sienna will visit every family member going from bedside to bedside until every last person is tucked away for the night. Only then will she settle in for her own beauty rest. When she was with us, we saw her devotion to her family as she raised her nine pups and now we see it again as she takes care of a family of four who are bursting with gratitude and love for the little red dog that stole our hearts.


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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.


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