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Tiia (ADOPTED!) is a chocolate Border Collie/Australian Kelpie mix, 2 to 3 years old and weighs approximately 44 pounds. She is a very loyal girl, who will bond strongly with her human(s),and is friendly and casual when meeting people. For a border collie, Tiia is a moderate energy girl. If she has had a good session of hiking, running, playing, or training, Tiia is relaxed when inside and it is time to chill out. When inside, and all is calm, she is very sweet, with a lovely sensitive, yet easy personality.

Tiia is fine with people placing their hands in her bowl or removing toys from her, and being handled. Tiia is not accustomed to being in a crate, and she has no need for one. She is completely housebroken and has never had a accident. She also is great when left freely in the house alone, and has never chewed or destroyed anything.

Tiia is super smart, intensely alert, and needs a job or activities to keep her brain occupied, or she will become restless. She is very attentive to and looks for direction from people. Tiia responds very well to your cues and is always ready to do whatever you are up for. She very food motivated and loves training exercises, as it gives her brain something to do. Playing ball is her favorite thing, but after about an hour of it she will look for other things to do.

She has good stamina on long hikes. She is great on the trail and will not bother other dogs or people on a hike. However, when she sees squirrels, rabbits, cats, even horses, her prey drive will kick in, and it becomes very difficult to get her attention and for her to respond to you. This is the reason she should not be in a home with cats, livestock, small children, or nervous noisy small dogs. Tiia’s prey drive extends to fast moving things (but NOT cars). She rides nicely in a car, and likes to hop in on her own. She does not like people trying to lift her into a vehicle. When in a car, she will ride very quietly, until she sees bicyclists, skateboarders, or other dogs going past. She will bark as they go past outside the car. She is fine with cars and large vehicles going past.

In general, Tiia is very casual and good when meeting most dogs, especially medium to large sized dogs, but she is not interested in interacting with them (see above for prey drive and very small dogs). However, when on leash, she can be reactive when passing other dogs on a sidewalk, and will need work on that. Otherwise, Tiia walks fairly well on leash, but may initially pull with excitement and pent up energy, to get going and explore.

Tiia currently is in a situation where there are a lot of triggers and minimal management of animal activities. She has developed barrier aggression as a result of her living situation,  If she is inside and sees another dog on the other side of a barrier (even a glass door), she will begin snarling and barking; but once the door gate is open (barrier removed), she will stop and be fine again. We believe that in a calmer situation to reduce her stress levels, without constant stimulation from small creatures around her, and with people who can provide her with regular exercise, predictable routines and do behavioral work with her, that some of her issues may diminish. Tiia would be a great dog in an adult home, as an only dog, or with a medium-large easy going dog.

If you are interested in meeting Tia, please begin our pre-adoption approval process by completing our online adoption form, by clicking on the "Adopt" bar near the top of this page. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have further questions.

Frankie (ADOPTED!) is a young, 37 lb., moderate energy female, around 1-2 years old, who is very sweet and super affectionate with people. More than anything, she wants her own person to bond with and follow everywhere. She will be an awesome companion and sidekick for her new person. Frankie is mellow in the house, loves snuggling up with people.  She stays close to her fosters when outside in the yard and when they have taken her to the beach. She is crate and house trained, and she is learning some basic obedience cues. Frankie is eager to please, and to learn, and will love training with her people. She is extremely intelligent and super observant. You can almost see her brain observing the things going on around her, and trying processing it all, to figure out what’s happening.

She would do best living in a calm household as the only dog, or with a polite, adult, male dog. At this time, she does not have a lot of experience meeting dogs, so her new owner would need to help her with her social skills. When first meeting new dogs, she is a bit hesitant, and cautious, especially around big ones. Once she has met another dog, she is fine hanging out with them, but she is not one to actively run and play with other dogs. She much prefers being with her people. Once she knows another dog, if it is a male, she is easy, polite and respectful. Sometimes with other females, Frankie can be a little bossy. Her pushy behavior with other females, includes invading their space with overly eager sniffing and wanting to stand over them. She has been known to poke other females with her nose to tell them to get away from a high value toy or treat that she wants. Her current fosters have been working with her on this, and Frankie is getting much better. Now, she will just walk away from a toy, rather than trying to insist something is hers.

Frankie needs slow exposure to new situations and environments, which will help her build up her confidence. She seems to become overwhelmed and stressed when going on outings to new, unknown places, especially if there may be fast movements happening around her. You can see the stress get to her and she shuts down.  

Frankie is afraid to get into a car, and will flatten herself on the ground, as if to say “Don’t make me go.” To her, a car ride means going to a strange new place, which is a very stressful thing for her. For this reason, it is very hard to get her in and out of a car. She will ride hunkered down, very quietly in the back seat.

If out in a new area, and she feels stressed, she will react poorly when meeting another dog. She doesn’t want to fight, but feels insecure and defensive and will be cranky around them. If she is in a place or situation where she feels calm and secure, she is mellow and friendly and meets new dogs well. Frankie walks very nicely/politely on leash and is not reactive while on leash. We suspect that being tethered to her person is a form of security for her. When attached to you by the leash, she knows she won’t lose you, and may feel more secure.

In her current situation, and still being a very young dog, if left alone loose and unsupervised, Frankie will chew on all manner of items (rugs, blankets, plastic items, etc.). We suspect that her current tendency to chew may be her way of dealing with stress and frustration. She is currently being fostered in a house with multiple dogs, in a very busy noisy area, where it has been difficult for her to relax. We believe that when she settles into a calm home environment, where she has more freedom, activity, and feels secure with her own person, that her chewing will subside. We also estimate that Frankie is between one and two years old, an age when many dogs are still in a chewing stage. She also tends to use her mouth to get your attention and try to communicate with you. She doesn’t bite, but just mouths your hand or arm playfully. For this reason, at this time, we don’t recommend her for households with small children.

Frankie loves to curl up on the sofa and gnaw on a chew toy. Her best days are when she can be in a quiet place and has access to go out to potty, and return to chill out and enjoy a chewy. Her ideal moment is probably laying on a couch with her person, and having a satisfying chewy to gnaw on. Frankie would greatly benefit from a home with less activity where she could chill out for a while, allowing her to relax her brain, and become more receptive to learning and improving her behavior.

If you are interested in meeting Frankie, please begin our pre-adoption approval process by completing our online adoption form.  Click on the "Adopt" bar near the top of this page. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have further questions.

Mama Lucy (ADOPTED!) weighs approximately 30 lbs. and we estimate she is around 2-years old. She is a gentle, sweet and submissive dog, who needs a quiet, patient home, and people who understand that she will need months, if not years, to gain confidence and learn how to be out in the the world.

She and her litter of five 3-week old puppies were found in a field; all very thin, and covered in fleas. However, the condition of her feet and paws, as well as her behavior, lead us to believe that Lucy was originally in a puppy mill, where she lived in a cage with a wire bottom, and was never socialized or exposed to anything except the inside of her cage. All of her puppies have now been adopted, and we have kept Lucy for several months to work on getting her more comfortable around people and new situations.

She is shy when seeing/meeting new people, and seems to warm up to men more quickly. When she is at home where she is comfortable and feels safe, Lucy is a happy, interactive, loving, normal dog. She likes her routine, and feels most comfortable when she has a crate or covered/protected space where she can retreat to when she is unsure of people and activities happening around her. She does want to be part of the action, and will come out when she gets her courage up, and then retreat again when her confidence fails her. Lucy loves meeting and having the company of other dogs. She is very happy running and playing with other dogs, and as a herder, she likes to nip at their heels while chasing with them. She is not a ball dog or one to fetch, and she isn’t a water dog (swimmer).

Lucy would be a great dog to have on property, especially in a multi-dog household. Being familiar with the vineyard property of her current foster home, she likes to follow her nose and explore a bit, never venturing very far, and then returning. She knows the come command, but if busy sniffing something interesting, she may ignore you and come only when she’s finished her investigations. If she is with other dogs she knows, she will stay with them. Once she feels a place is her home, Lucy is a good watch dog. Although she is normally a very quiet girl, if someone is approaching the house or property, she will bark an alert. She will stop barking as soon as you tell her.

Lucy is extremely food driven. She adores treats and her meal times, and will eagerly get up on her hind legs to get closer to the treat or to place a paw on your leg to ask for a treat. She takes her treats very politely, and she especially loves chewy treats, such as dental chews and Greenies.  Sometimes she will nibble on her bed, almost to comfort herself when relaxing. Lucy sleeps quietly through the night, and likes sleeping in the safety of her crate. She seems to be completely housebroken, especially if given opportunity to go in and out frequently or at will. She is good in the car. On car rides, she will sit nicely in the back seat.

However, Lucy is not accustomed to walking on leash, and will strain ahead once a leash is on her. She is also very fearful in new situations, and NOT an explorer or a dog who can be taken on hikes, camping or walking in busy public places. The first time she was on leash on a suburban street, she hid underneath the first car she saw, too afraid to move or come out.  If she cannot find a covered space to hide in, she will freeze up in a new place. Because of her fear of new, unknown situations, she would be a flight risk if taken very far from her safety zone, especially if there is a lot of stimuli that might panic her.  If people try to physically restrain her, she may pee in fear and submission.

While she would be fine with children, we only recommend her for homes with dog savvy children, who are 7-years old and above, who will not scare her with erratic and noisy behavior.  Lucy is currently on property with chickens and a pig, and she doesn’t take any interest in them. We believe she would also be fine around cats.

Our girl is extremely bright in so many ways. She is a very special girl, and we are seeking the right adopters, who will continue her very slow socialization and introduction to new situations and people.

If you are interested in meeting Lucy, please begin our pre-adoption approval process by completing our online adoption form, by clicking on the "Adopt" bar near the top of this page.  Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have further questions.

Faith (ADOPTED!) was the runt of her litter and, at almost 6-months old, is still small at approximately 26 lbs. We estimate that her adult weight will be around 30-33 lbs.  Her size may be small for a cattle dog, but she is big on personality, playful energy and heart!  Faith is very friendly, curious and outgoing. She will eagerly greet people with a wagging tail, while looking you in the eye with a big smile.  She is very loving, adores human attention and petting, and will crawl into your lap and just wants to be with her people.

She is just as friendly and eager to meet other dogs. Faith will enthusiastically run up to meet and play with other dogs. Her foster mom says that she is little pistol who has no fear. If another dog is too pushy with her or tries to dominate her, she will stand up for herself and tell them to back off. While she plays well with other dogs, she does need to learn to share, and is a bit protective of her food and toys around other dogs. Her new foster mom is starting to work with her on this. Also, if playing with her brother and they get overly stimulated, they will begin squabbling, with lots of growling and air snapping at each other.

Faith jumps up on people to greet them, or if she thinks you have treats. As a happy girl, full of energy, after a walk she often gets the zoomies, and runs through the house. Faith is a very busy girl, who is always moving. She needs a home with an active lifestyle, that can keep her active brain occupied, and satisfy her need to be busy. She IS a herding dog, who needs some kind of work throughout the day. Currently, as a pup, she does also need some quiet down time to recharge herself. Faith is NOT a house dog, who can sit home for hours with nothing to do and no companionship. While Faith it is a perfect size, and has a charming personality that is easy to fall in love with, she is still a cattle dog with a strong mind of her own. She needs people who have a good understanding of this breed, and who can be with her and know how to teach her polite manners and how to share.

While she would be fine with children, we only recommend her for homes with dog savvy children, who are 7-years old and above. Our little one is also good around cats, and will try to get them to play with her. Faith is completely housebroken, and walks fairly well on leash. She may pull a little out of excitement. She is a quiet girl, and on car rides will sit nicely in the back seat.

Our girl is extremely bright in so many ways. Coupled with being eager to please her people and very treat and food motivated, Faith will learn new things quickly. She takes treats very nicely, but will soon be crawling over you to get more!  As a young pup, she also loves toys of all kinds, and is very excited about playing with or chasing anything. This, plus her curiosity, make her easily distracted, and her people must be careful about keeping her with them in large areas filled with a lot of sights and sounds.

When we rescued this little family, Faith was given her name because, as the runt, she almost died. At 3-weeks old, the entire family was found in a field; all very thin, and covered in fleas that sucked them dry. Faith was the only pup still fading after a week. Her foster mom decided that she needed a blood transfusion, and it saved Faith’s life. It is ironic that she is now the pup who is the most full of life!

If you are interested in meeting Faith, please begin our pre-adoption approval process by completing our online adoption form, at http://hittgv.org/index.php/adopt .  Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have further questions about Faith.

Lulu (ADOPTED!) is an adorably lovable young lady, who is approximately 2 years old and weighs 36 lbs. She is friendly, but initially cautious when first meeting new people and other dogs. It takes her a few short minutes of observation, and once she knows that a person is friendly, she warms up very quickly.  She is the same when meeting new dogs. Once she knows they are ok, she becomes playful with them, and when she feels fully comfortable, she will romp and run with abandon. For a young cattle dog, Lulu seems to have moderate energy. This means she still needs approximately 40 minutes of active exercise, twice each day. This could mean playing hard and running with other dogs, or going on a jog or hike with her person.

Our girl was found as a stray, which may be some of the reason she is initially watchful in new situations, and startles easily. Lulu is incredibly observant and intelligent. Her ability to assess and make decisions about new people and animals within a few minutes is quite amazing. She wants to make friends with everyone, and once she accepts you, Lulu is soft and sweet, gazing into your eyes or crawling into your lap if she can. At the vet’s office, she was initially apprehensive, until the vet sat on the floor and spoke gently to her. She crawled into the vet’s lap, and as we chatted for several minutes, we heard Lulu softly snoring. As with nearly all cattle dogs, Lulu likes to follow her people around, and very much wants to be part of a loving family. She loves to cuddle up with people, and to give cattle dog hugs. We have not yet seen her with small children or cats.  She is great with adolescent children.

Once she is comfortable, Lulu is fairly confident. She is neither submissive or dominant, but seems to change her demeanor according to what she decides is happening at the moment. As a young dog, Lulu still needs guidance. Because she very much wants to please and do the right thing, she is very easy to work with. Lulu is just learning to play with toys, as well as the concept of sharing with other dogs. She tends to want to hog, rather than share a toy, or her chosen person. When her foster supervises and shows Lulu how to play tug with another dog, she tugs as directed, and seems to understand. The next time, when allowed to play freely, Lulu will forget about tugging and just wrinkle her nose at the other dog to tell him to surrender the toy to her. If a human intercedes, Lulu will stop immediately and look apologetic. Her foster is also teaching her the concept of sharing affection from humans, and not hogging her person when other dogs approach for a pet, too. As a super quick learner, in just a few short days, she is beginning to embrace this new way of doing things together.

Lulu rarely barks. She did let out one sharp warning bark and was super alert, when her foster dad entered the house wearing a hat and sunglasses, and she didn’t recognize him. She relaxed immediately, when he began speaking to her and removed these items.

Lulu walks nicely on leash, rides quietly in the back seat or in a crate in the car, and she is completely housebroken. She will sleep through the night in a crate, although she would prefer sleeping with her people.
If Lulu doesn’t get enough physical exercise or mental stimulation, she may engage in a bit of mischief, just for something to do. She may pick up random items and carry them to other parts of the house, or nibble the corners off of chewable household items. She is still young and learning.  We believe that Lulu had been left to her own devices before, and no one has worked with her. She figures things out so quickly, that we believe with consistent supervision and guidance, Lulu will be a perfect dog in a very short time.

If you are interested in meeting Lulu, please begin our pre-adoption approval process by completing our online adoption form, at http://hittgv.org/index.php/adopt.  If you have specific questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (707) 583-9583. 

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