Herd It Through The Grapevine

Herding Dog Rescue

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MISTY *Courtesy Posting*

Misty (ADOPTED!) is a very sweet, gentle, timid, 11 mo. old girl, who weighs 35 lbs. She is half Border Collie and half Catahoula. She is an instant celebrity wherever we go because she’s such a beauty!
 
As a small puppy, she was sold to a pig hunter, who beat her because she had no prey drive. Before I became her foster, Misty spent 6 weeks in a kennel, and is just now learning about the world, and how to trust people. While she is cautious and hesitant in new situations, Misty can relax and become confident around people who approach her gently and with patience. She is initially more comfortable meeting women, but can relax around gentle and loving men as well.

I have had her for 3 weeks, and she is coming out of her shell and showing her true cute and fun personality. There is a happy, playful nature in this petite girl. As Misty becomes more comfortable, more of her silly personality is emerging. When she’s really happy, she gets a burst of energy and runs around like a rocket for a few minutes, taking in the exciting new world she lives in. Her favorite game is fetch, and she’s wonderful at dropping the ball or toy for you.

She walks well on leash and adores her walks, to where she knows that word. When Misty wakes up in the morning, she’s ready to play, but settles down nicely, especially after a long walk or a game of fetch. She is not a night owl, and starts yawning around 8pm and sleeps through to the morning. Misty is completely housebroken, and has never had an accident.

Misty passively lets me handle her mouth and feet, and shows no signs of food or toy guarding. She is extremely intelligent and learns quickly. This is a dog who will need lots of mental stimulation and physical exercise to keep her busy.

When going to the dog park, it takes a while for her to warm up, but she eventually joins in for a game of chase with dogs she feels comfortable with. She’s very inquisitive, and even when just observing, you can see the interest in her eyes as she watches the fun. She is often fearful at first, with tail between her legs if she feels threatened, but has shown no signs of aggression. I have noticed that she seems to be more drawn towards male dogs, and tends to be less afraid of dogs smaller than herself, although I have seen her play with a few larger dogs. I don’t have other animals in my home, and have not observed her around cats, but she has shown some curiosity towards squirrels in our backyard and will run towards them.

She rarely barks. it’s only when she’s playing and very happy or excited. When she does playfully bark, it’s the cutest thing. She eats well and loves her Kong filled with treats when I leave. I stayed home with her for the first week, then started leaving her for longer periods and she just seems to curl up and sleep when I’m gone (I can see her bed from my front door). My daughter observed that she whined a bit when I left, but settled down quickly.  I do try to make sure she has her chewies when I leave.

As a young dog, Misty will need several toys to satisfy her desire to chew. She may chew on blankets, which is likely a habit from being kenneled for 6 weeks. She probably chewed her bedding to pacify her sadness an boredom. If she finds household items, should be gently redirected to her chew toys.

She likes shoes and socks, and will impishly grab and run away with things she knows she’s not supposed to have. We are working on that, especially with shoes. Misty discovered that taking a dip in our pond was the coolest thing ever. Since the pond is not so clean, I don’t encourage this, and I’ve noticed that if I start walking away rather than scold her, she gets the message that maybe it’s not so fun.

My dream for this sweet beautiful little herder is for her to find a loving, gentle, patient home and be appreciated for the wonderful dog that she is. She will benefit from being with guardians who understand her timid nature and who are willing to continue to help her build her confidence. It will be important for Misty to spend time with all members of her adoptive household, because she did form an early strong bond with me only, and probably would be better off bonding with more than one family member so that she’s not so dependent on one person.

She will thrive on a lot of exercise, whether hiking or running, playing ball or with other dogs. This is crucial for her mental and physical well-being. This intelligent and loving girl will brighten your life and make you laugh. I hope that someone falls in love with her as I have. She truly deserves a wonderful home and will reward you with her devotion and companionship.

If you are interested in meeting Misty, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire at hittgv.org, which is the first step of our pre-adoption process. Click on the Adopt tab near the top, to find the Adoption Form page. Please email questions and requests to meet to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MAMA, FAWN: ADOPTED!

Thank you everyone!  We have received a tidal wave of applications for these three pups! We rescued a little family in early July, but waited for them to become healthy before transporting them to us. They finally arrived to us in Santa Rosa on August 5th. We are NOT accepting any more applications for the puppies.

Aug. 10, 2016:  Well, that was super quick!  Fawn, mom to the pups just got a fantastic home!  She is their 2 year old mom, a mini-cattle dog, less than 20 lbs., who is super quiet, gentle and sweet.  So happy for all of them!

REMI

Remi (ADOPTED!) is a super sweet natured, happy, friendly, and loving girl. She weighs 39 lbs. and we estimate she is 15-18 months old. For a young cattle dog, Remi is very calm, moderate energy girl. While she likes to play a bit with her little sister and the other family dogs, Remi’s favorite activity is hanging out with, and being beside her human. She enjoys meeting new people, and is very friendly and social with them. Her foster mom says that Remi is a “total love bug.”  Like her more timid sister (Cedar), Remi enjoys cuddling and would love to be in your lap.

At her foster home, Remi is great with everyone, mom, dad, their toddler. She is good with the other dogs, but she prefers spending time with her people. Remi adores the family toddler and gives him kisses throughout the day. She also enjoys showing her foster dad how much she loves him. If the other dogs are trying to interact with her and she is not interested, she will give a soft grumble to let them know she wants to be left alone. It is only communication, and she never escalates further. When seeing the resident cat, she ignored him.

We feel sure that Remi and her sister had been outside only dogs, before coming to their foster home. While Remi probably also had very limited experience with anything outside of their original yard, before arriving at her current foster home, she seems more social, outgoing and willing to enter new situations than her timid younger sister. Remi walks fairly nicely on leash; and when off leash, she will walk at your side. She is doing well with her potty training, by being let outside every few hours, but it’s a work in progress. Both Remi and her sister, love being inside the house, and will not go outside unless their foster mom goes out with them. Once outside, they will follow her around and play with the other dog.

Similar to her sister, Remi is very quiet, and seldom barks. She is also just beginning to learn how to be a dog, and discovering dog toys. She has made a few mistakes, thinking that similarly sized household items are toys (i.e. TV remote, etc.) and began chewing or playing with them. Once told no, Remi will drop it, walk away, and not return to it. She was not previously introduced to balls, and has no interest in chasing them. Remi is NOT nippy, and has NOT shown any strong herding tendencies. Her strongest cattle dog personality trait is her velcro nature.

Remi is a very good eater, and could benefit from a little weight loss. During meals, when she has finished her food, if nearby, she will move into her sister’s food bowl. Her fosters are managing this, to prevent her from eating double portions. Remi has no food or resource guarding/aggression. Her foster can reach into her bowl while she is eating.

While Remi is a very happy and social girl, who very much wants to please, as with her more timid sister, if voices get raised or she hears any yelling, Remi will also become fearful. In the same way as her sister, Remi is constantly afraid that she may be in trouble all the time for doing something wrong.

Remi would love to go where ever her person goes. If her human leaves the house, she will whine her sadness for several minutes, and may paw at the door a little, in an attempt to get her to return or to try and follow. It would be ideal if Remi’s person, worked from home or could bring her to work, or is retired. Remi would not do well in a situation where she was left alone for most of the day. She is not crate trained and does not like going into a crate. Remi probably was never in a car before. She is fearful of getting into a vehicle, and will get motion sickness on long rides. Her foster mom is working with her, and learning to ride in a vehicle is a work in progress.

If you are interested in meeting Remi, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy), 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. You can also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have specific questions about Remi or our process.

ASTRO

Astro (ADOPTED!) is a gorgeous, neutered 15-18 month old, 51 lb. cattle dog, with a bit of Aussie shepherd. He has excellent conformation, and his coat markings are a work of modern art. Astro is an outgoing and curious boy, with a moderate energy level. He is great when meeting all adults, children, farm animals, horses and other dogs. He will chase cats that run, but we think that he could live with cats, if introductions are slow and managed. More than anything, Astro wants to find his own person to bond closely with and to be with whenever he can. While he is a very alert, observant and inquisitive cattle dog, he is also easy going, and loves sitting at his person’s feet or placing his head in his human’s lap for petting and close personal time. His favorite time of the day is snuggle time in the bed, if you are okay with that. He shows affection with nuzzling and very sweet, gentle puppy chews.

Our boy meets other dogs in a very curious, friendly, relaxed way, with tail wags. He adores playing with other dogs. However, in a multi-dog household, it must be made clear to him that he must learn to share his person. For this reason, Astro will need a person who is experienced with this breed and who will be a clear leader to him.  If not, Astro will try to make decisions and run the household for you. Astro isn’t very interested in toys or treats. His rewards are interacting with people and other dogs. If another dog is not friendly or snaps at him, he will jump back or run. He may also stand a few feet away and bark at them several times to let them know that they weren’t nice to him. If a dog is truly threatening, he will avoid them. Astro is a mostly a very quiet boy, but he may bark at passing bicycles. He will bark when crated initially, but settles in nicely.

It is clear to us that Astro is one of the best examples of a cattle dog. He is a thinking dog with brilliant intelligence and the ability to puzzle through situations. He has such a velcro nature, that the people who found and fostered him never had him on leash. He would follow them everywhere and wait for them. Astro very much wants to please, but also has a mind of his own, with a sense of right and wrong and will let you know what he thinks.  He is as close as you can get to a human child in a dog’s body. 

One thing - Astro is nearly totally deaf. He has learned some hand signals and is very eager to learn more. It is such a shame that this amazing boy, with so much heart, personality, love, brains and a great temperament, was never taught anything before he was found stray. Astro is a quick learner, and now starting to learn basic commands, manners and boundaries. He redirects very easily, with a quick hand signal for "No" and he will stop any inappropriate action. After being redirected 2-3 times, he will stop any further attempts.

For several reasons, we believe that Astro was mostly an outside dog. He loves hanging out outside or inside, as long as he is with his person. Astro will walk by your side without a leash. He is just beginning to learn how to walk on leash, and will sometimes pull for several minutes, in excited anticipation of an adventure. While he seems house trained, our fosters are taking him out frequently as a reminder to go outside. Astro needs to be restrained when riding in a car. He wants to lay beside you or place his head on your lap as you drive.

In summary, as a cattle dog, Astro’s personality is one of the finest and truest examples of the brains and heart of the Australian cattle dog breed. Our boy has a lot of love, and bonds as fast as super glue. He needs some work to catch up on the training he should have received as a puppy. We are seeking adopter(s) who can see the incredible potential in Astro, and who will return all the love in his heart, and are willing to polish this diamond in the rough, into the gem that he is. We encourage any adopter to learn about training a deaf dog and the special attention they require.

If you are interested in meeting Astro, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy), 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. You can also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have specific questions about Astro or our process.

PILOT

Pilot (ADOPTED!) is a very mellow, easy going guy in all situations, with all people and animals.  We estimate that he is around 3 years old, and weighs 43-45 lbs. He appears to be a cattle dog, border collie mix, with some bull terrier thrown in. Pilot seems very careful and hesitant in new situations and with new people.  While he is quiet and gentle, he is also happy and social once he has had time to know everyone is ok. He is a moderate energy dog, who is very content to just sit beside or go for a walk with his person.

He is an extremely observant and highly intelligent dog, who quietly watches and evaluates everything around him. Although Pilot seems initially more comfortable when meeting women, than men, with a quiet, slow introduction, and some time to observe new people, he will warm up. However, if you focus on him and attempt to rush the process of getting to know Pilot, you will only scare him and it will take longer to gain his trust. When meeting his foster dad, who allowed Pilot his space and to approach in his own time, Pilot was following him around within an hour. Having the velcro nature of a cattle dog, Pilot now follows him around whenever possible. Our boy is fine when left alone. When his foster dad returns home, although Pilot has the company of other dogs, he is excited and happy, coming up to lick his foster dad’s hand, and running around in glee.

Pilot demonstrates excellent body language around other dogs. While curious about other dogs, if he is unsure of new dogs who look at or approach him quickly, he will turn his head away to avoid their gaze, letting them know he is not a threat.  He may hide behind the legs of his person if strange dogs quickly approach him to meet. It may take him several minutes to feel comfortable enough to return a sniff and slowly begin to interact with new dogs or people. Once he feels secure in a situation and with other dogs or people, he is happy, curious and interactive.

He met and shown no interest in his foster’s cat, and is doing fine living with several other dogs. His foster home has several dogs, Pilot especially likes an older, male, border collie. When the two get back together, after being away from each other, Pilot will run up to his border collie buddy, lick his face, follow him around, and make a gentle nuisance of himself.

As Pilot becomes more comfortable, more of his personality emerges. He does enjoy playing ball, and seems to have a sense of humor!  When being introduced to other dogs at his foster home, Pilot and I sat side by side in a room with exercise equipment. We both saw a tall mirror against the wall. I saw him looking into the mirror. I did a double-take, when I realized that he wasn’t staring at himself, but was instead looking at me. As we sat facing the mirror, looking straight into each other’s eyes, he had an amused smile on his face, as if he thought watching each other in the mirror was the coolest thing ever.

Pilot is a very easy going and compliant guy. When his foster dad calls him, Pilot wags his stumpy tail. He also likes being brushed or petted. Pilot was still and sat quietly in the tub for his bath. When walking on leash he will follow your lead and never pulls. Even if he is reluctant to go where you are leading him, if he knows you, he will follow. Pilot also rides extremely well in a car, and sits very quietly in the back seat.  He enjoys facing the window and watching the world go by. He is housebroken and knows how to use a dog door. At bedtime, if you let him, he would love to sleep with you.

Our boy also does something that may be a request for attention or support. When sitting with you, he will slowly lift up and offer you a front paw, while looking away from you. When he first came off of transport to us, Pilot seemed very apprehensive. To allow him to de-stress, I spent nearly 45 minutes sitting in the shade with him in a quiet area. He was so still and quiet, yet when he heard voices of passing families, he would perk up and strain to see them, and watch them intently until they disappeared.

We are seeking people who can give Pilot the companionship, security, confidence, and loving happy, active life that he deserves. He is a brilliantly intelligent dog, who needs TLC, and people who will be his partners in life. PIlot is fearful of new people and situations, and it will take time - at least several months - for him to feel comfortable meeting new people, especially most men. He needs people who understand this and who truly know how to work with a nervous dog who is basically afraid of most people.

If you are interested in meeting Pilot, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy), 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.  You can also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have specific questions about Pilot or our process.

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