Happy Tails

Holly (ADOPTED!) is a truly lovely dog, in so many ways.  She is a happy, quiet, mellow, and super sweet, 8-year old female border collie/ cattle dog mix. Holly is an all-around awesome dog, who would be the perfect companion for just about any family. She is extremely affectionate, and hasn’t met a person she doesn't love yet. She will happily sit by your side, nudging your hand to ask for more pets, please!  We have not yet seen her around cats or children.

While Holly may be 8 years old, she is NOT slowing down anytime soon. She loves going on off leash hikes with her foster family, and she is also excellent on leash for her neighborhood walks. She is extremely tolerant of all dogs, and very polite when meeting other dogs of all breeds, sizes, ages, and behavior type. She would probably prefer a home with another polite and balanced dog around her own size. Holly is also completely housebroken, and does great on car rides. As a very food and treat motivated dog, who also wants to please people, she is an easy dog to work with. Her love of food, has her tipping the scales at 49 lbs. and she would benefit from losing five to seven pounds, to ideally weigh around 43 lbs.

She has so much love to give! Her fosters adore her, and said that if they didn’t have a house full of dogs already, Holly would be their dog in a heartbeat!

Holly has had a full wellness check-up from the vet, and is a healthy girl. She was previously spayed, is up to date on vaccines, is heartworm negative. If you are interested in meeting Holly, please begin our pre-adoption approval process by completing our online adoption form, at http://hittgv.org/index.php/adopt

Jack (ADOPTED!)   is a playful pup, who wants people of his own, more than anything. At approximately 15 months old, he is full grown, weighing 53 lbs. Based on past experience, we feel sure he is a Labrador mix. However, when it comes to personality, Jack is all cattle dog/heeler and all boy! Having the classic cattle dog personality, Jack needs people who truly know and appreciate this breed. His zest for life and loving personality make him the best companion. His foster mom says that Jack is just a sweetheart. With the right people, who have breed experience, and can spend the quality time to teach him, he will become a perfect dog.

Jack craves human attention and love. He is big on cuddling with people and wants to be a lap dog. His 12 year old, human, foster sister lets Jack climb onto the sofa with her. He will happily lay alongside her for as long as she is there. If he cannot join you in a chair or sofa, he is happy laying at your feet. If you sit on the floor, he will crawl in your lap. And, he loves to have his chest/belly rubbed. He will close his eyes, and place his paws on your arm to tell you to keep going.

As a moderate energy guy, Jack is a wonderful companion, who will hang out quietly with you for long periods of time, inside or outside. Jack is a typical smart, bubbly, enthusiastic cattle dog teenager. He needs active exercise each day. Two 30 to 60 minute sessions of all out playing or running, will keep him calm and happy the rest of the time. His playfulness comes out in bursts of energy. Jack will suddenly decide to run around, act silly, sometimes knocking into things. Running around the other day, he didn't know there was a bench on the other side of a picnic table, and ran into it at full speed. He just shook it off and continued running again.

He adores playing with other dogs. If he is given a proper, formal introduction to other dogs, he meets well and will try to play with them in no time.  Jack is a very quiet boy. The only time he will bark is when he is stressed, or upset. He rides very nicely in the car. He sits quietly and looks out the window. On leash, Jack also walks right with you. He doesn't pull. He is completely housebroken, and will go out to do his business right after he eats. Although he doesn't like being isolated or left alone, and will protest with two barks, he seems to settle after that. When his fosters leave him for two hours, all has been fine when they return and he welcomes them back with excited body wags and almost bowl them over, as he tries to rub up on them.

Although Jack loves children, he should not be in a home with small children, who he could knock over, and because of his current tendency to be mouthy and nippy, when he tries to make something happen. He should probably not be in a home with a cat or rabbit. His fosters have a rabbit and when he sees it he fixates on it, barks at it, tries to make it run so he can chase it.

Jack is a very bright, loving, and eager pup, who needs to make up for lost time to learn how to be polite. Spending much of his puppyhood in a shelter with no one teaching him social skills, Jack came to us not knowing what manners are. Although he loves playing with other dogs, he needs more guidance in learning how to meet, and to understand that sometimes he needs to show a little restraint when wanting to play with other dogs. He His fosters are teaching him about appropriate behavior in a home, and when playing with others. Jack is a very smart, thinking dog, who learns quickly. He learned, after just one time, that his foster mom didn't want him to follow her in the bathroom.
The next time she went in, he stood outside and waited and didn't come in.  

Having typical cattle dog traits of being a smart, thinking guy, who knows what he wants, Jack can be insistent. He communicates in the only way he knows how - he will get mouthy, trying to pull you by the hand or arm, to insist on playing. He doesn't have any meanness in him, he just didn't know any better. His fosters are using a firm No, and turning away from him, or a time-out, until he is calm. When the situation passes, he is rewarded for his calm, good behavior; and he is beginning to learn. Our boy needs adopters who will continue to work with him in this way. We are seeking calm, and experienced cattle dog people, who can spend the time with him on basic obedience, moderate his mouthy tendencies, and continue his  education in different situations. Having another playful dog, his size, with the same play style, would be ideal.

If you are interested in meeting Jack, 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 us at (707) 583-9583. 

Carls (ADOPTED!)  fosters named this good hearted boy, Carl, after the "Good Dog, Carl," children’s books. Our boy has an Australian Cattle Dog’s stocky shape and build, with the coloring and head of a German Shepherd. He weighs 56 lbs. and is 18 to 20 months old. Carl has the cattle dog desire to be with his people, and is a gentle soul. He does NOT have the pushy or willfulness of a cattle dog. He is just a happy, bouncy, playful boy, who wants to please and be with his people, and to be everyone’s friend - all humans, dogs and cats.

When meeting and playing with other dogs, he is very respectful, yet also playful. He plays well with all dogs, including dominant, bossy females. He wants the cats to play and at his foster home to play with him, and does play bows to them. If a cat doesn’t want to play, Carl is NOT pushy, and he will respectfully go away. If cats run, he will playfully chase and gently play tag with them. Carl enjoys and is good with the small children he has met. However, because of his jumping and exuberant zoomies, especially in the house, he can easily accidentally knock down people who are unstable on their feet, including children.

Carl is a moderate energy dog, who is quiet 80% of the time - relaxing with you around the house, or self entertaining with his squeaky toys. As a young dog, he does need daily exercise, to actively run around for a half hour or more, at least twice a day. This can be running/jogging, throwing the ball for him, or some other active tongue hanging out exercise. This will keep him more relaxed when inside, but won’t stop his spontaneous bursts of happy energy, when he thinks something thrilling is about to happen.

Our boy does have puppy-like personality. When he thinks something fun or really good is about to happen, like getting a treat or going for a walk, he can’t contain his excitement. He gets the zoomies and races around the house in glee. He sometimes leaps straight up, with all paws in the air, like a giant Jack Russell terrier. During these times, you just need to wait for him to calm down, and then reward the good behavior. He will calm in about 5-6 minutes. Carl also has a cattle dog’s sense of humor. When he can’t wait to go outside or to do something fun, he will often use his nose to push you from behind, to make you go faster. Other times he will use his front paw and poke you to hurry up.

Carl loves squeaky, plush toys. He flings and plays with his favorite toys.  He should not be given rawhide and hard chew toys or bones. Carl is a hard chewer and will try to devour chew toys and rawhides in seconds, breaking them into large chunks that he can swallow.

Carl is completely house broken. He enjoys car rides. On leash, he walks nicely with you and does not pull. He may only pull a bit, if he sees a squirrel or another dog he wants to meet. Carl does NOT like going into a crate, and will become very anxious and stressed in a crate. He is so good in the house, that he doesn’t need to be crated.

Carl is a very quiet boy. He has a high pitched cattle dog stress bark when frustrated or upset. His big dog bark has only been heard a couple of times when he heard another dog barking.

Carl is a very smart guy. He is naturally well behaved in the house and a wonderful inside family dog. We believe he was previously an outside dog and never learned that he shouldn’t jump up on people, or that paws should not be on the kitchen or dining table. He is learning quickly and follows the rules at his foster home, but will need continued work. Currently, he knows Sit and Leave It.

Carl sleeps in the bedroom with his fosters. If he needs to go out in the middle of the night, he will gently nudge them with his nose, lick their hand, or put his paw up on the mattress to let them know to let him out. He will also let them know this way, when it’s time to get up, too.  

Carl is a very healthy, happy, playful boy. He has tested heartworm negative in three recent tests conducted by U.C. Davis, and at the Davis Small Animal Clinic. When we first rescued Carl in mid-March, he tested positive for heartworm. On the confirming test, before the U.C. Davis specialist was to begin his heartworm injection treatment, Carl’s test result was negative. Treatment was postponed and we ordered two more tests, which were also negative. The U.C. Davis veterinary faculty unanimously agreed that we should presume that Carl does not currently have heartworm, and continue with regular monthly heartworm prevention pills, and re-test him in 6-months to re-reconfirm. Our hope is that he remains negative, but should he test positive and require treatment, it will be covered by HITTGV with the funds we raised for his treatment, when his initial tests were heartworm positive. If treatment is necessary, as a young and otherwise very healthy dog, he should make a full recovery and be able to live a very full and normal life afterwards.

If you are interested in meeting Carl, please begin our pre-adoption approval process by complete 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 us at (707) 583-9583.

Gus (Adopted!) is an Australian cattle dog mix, who is approximately 2-3 years old, and weighs 45 lbs. He is a very calm, sweet natured, mellow guy, who shows his zest for life with playful bursts of energy, when enjoying his toys or the company of other dogs. Being mostly cattle dog, he is a velcro dog who will follow his chosen person around. He also just likes the company of people and adores being petted. Gus is good with both men and women, but he is somewhat shy when first meeting people. Once Gus knows someone, he is very affectionate, and loves human attention. When playing or exploring, he will return to check in with you often. His easy going nature makes him excellent with other dogs, and he loves making new dog friends.

With new people, his first instinct is to watch you from a distance to decide if you are ok and a safe person, who will not grab or scare him. If you let him do this, he will come up to greet you after a few minutes. However, if an unknown person approaches or pursues him with outstretched hands, he will shy away and avoid their advances. He is terrified when initially encountering small children, and will place his tail between his legs and avoid them. If they are do not move too quickly, and are respectful and calm around him, over time he will realize that they don’t mean harm to him, and slowly warm up to them. When meeting other dogs, Gus is very friendly, polite, and on the submissive side. If they are good with him, he will invite them to play immediately. If grumpy dogs bark or snap at him, he will just jump back and try to be friends. While he is a low key dog most of the time, Gus does have energy to run and play, when the opportunity presents itself. His bursts of playful energy are often seen when he and his foster sister take turns chasing each other around the backyard. We have not yet seen him with cats, but our guess would be that he is fine with them.

Gus has a silly, happy side, which he shows when playing with soft stuffed toys, which he loves. He will sometimes entertain himself by tossing them into the air and catching them. He is NOT a chewer. He doesn’t chew on toys or anything else, and is not interested in chew-toys. Gus also is not a ball dog. He would rather run behind his foster sister as she chases a ball. His foster mom has not seen any strong herding tendencies in his behavior, and Gus also does NOT guard his food or any resources.

Gus seems to be a naturally polite boy. Besides meeting people and other dogs in a very well mannered way, he also does NOT jump up on people or get onto furniture (beds, sofas, etc.). In the house, Gus is very calm. He likes to be in the same room with people, but will just hang out quietly. In the evening, he will relax on his dog bed. He is very eager to please. If you lead him to a crate at night, he will go in, and will sleep quietly through the night. If you call him, he will come immediately.  He is fine when left home alone, and has not shown any separation anxiety.  His foster mom says that in a short time he seemed settled in and now nothing seems to bother him.  

As a relatively young guy Gus is an observant, curious, smart guy, who is eager to learn and tries to figure things out. During his first few minutes at a new place, he will want to wander and sniff everywhere, to become familiar with the entire place. Only after exploring and sniffing the entire yard and interior of a house, will he settle down, and begin following people around. We also believe that Gus lived in a situation, where he was never exposed to very much, and wants to investigate all the strange new things at his foster home. After watching his foster mom gardening, he later went to inspect what she was doing. She returned to find the gardening items that she had neatly left, all over the place in mess. In the house, his foster mom found place mats from the dining table scattered around the house, and pillows from the sofa flung around the living room. Gus never chews any of these items. He just uses them to redecorate! It’s clear that he was never taught anything and needs people who will be consistent and patient with him, to teach him what is appropriate to play with and what is not. Gus is a very smart, thinking dog.

Once Gus knows you and feels safe with people, he walks nicely on leash. When we first rescued him, he panicked and struggled each time a leash was around his neck or clipped to his collar. He can still get startled easily, and will shy away, by quick hand movement towards his head or neck area, especially if he doesn’t know someone well. He obviously has bad past associations with his collar being grabbed or a leash placed around his neck.  If he trusts you, he is fine walking on leash and will not avoid your reach. He also knows how to use a dog door. Although Gus is housebroken, and goes outside when he needs to truly do his business, his foster mom has caught him trying to mark in the house. He was very recently neutered, and because he is a fast learner and very eager to please, we believe that with his foster mom’s consistent, continued reinforcement not to do this, he will soon stop this behavior.  

In summary, Gus is a super sweet, loving, easy going, polite guy, who needs just a few tweaks to become the perfect companion. As with almost all the dogs we rescue, he needs some help to overcome some issues from his past life. We are seeking adopters who are willing to teach him boundaries, routines, while giving him the patient, loving support he needs. Gus would benefit greatly from obedience training classes, to both, learn basic commands and to help him gain confidence and exposure to new things. He would do best in a calm household with another dog to play with.

If you are interested in meeting Gus, please first complete our online Adoption Form (or download a hard copy) at this link:  http://hittgv.org/index.php/adopt and scroll down to find the online form. This is the first step of our adoption pre-approval process.

*COURTESY POSTING FOR THE MARIN HUMANE SOCIETY*  Please contact Kyle Dunlop -- email Kyle at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 415.506.6225 or 415.506.6253.  Address:  171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA

Maka Lua (ADOPTED!) is a charming, fun, adorable little Cattle Dog/Corgi mix, a herding dog through and through! This funny, engaging girl who loves to play tug and to retrieve balls.  You would never know that she is 11 years old.  At around 40 lbs. our girl need to shed a few pounds, which shouldn’t be too much of a problem, since she loves toys and to play!  Make Lua has a sense of humor - and adores her people very, very much. She is one smart cookie for sure!  It's always challenging to keep up with a smart dog, but it's fun and rewarding too.

We are looking for very experienced owners who won't let her get away with mischief, but will instead guide her to be at her best. Sort of like herding the herding dog with management and training. As with a lot of herding dogs, Maka Lua can be more "in charge" than the people around her. Let's face it, she doesn't have much else to focus on and the rest of us are scurrying around inside our busy lives. Fortunately,

As with all of us, Maka Lua has a few quirks that she needs work on:  she doesn't like any kind of invasive handling, such as looking at her teeth and having her feet touched.  When you try to examine her at all, she will roll on her back and offer her belly up for rubs, as an alternative.  If you try to get her to cooperate more, she will really resist.  Little Maka Lua tested fine when other dogs were around her food.  However, she will guard high-value treats, such as pig ears and knuckle bones, but will happily trade those same items for treats. Experienced dog guardians will already know the importance of training and management, so you'll get to put those skills to use. She will do best with children old enough (16+) to participate in the process.

Maka Lua is interesting with other dogs… She meets some dogs with a polite greeting, and then when off leash ignored the other dog for more interesting things.  When she was brought to meet another dog her size, Maka Lua politely went to meet and sniff.  When the other dog gave her a sharp bark to back off, she immediately complied and moved away.  When she has met more timid or submissive dogs, who shy away from her, Maka Lua may get bossy or snarky with that dog, but it is very easy to get her attention to stop any unwanted behavior.  She might do well in a home with another well-mannered dog, with proper introduction and appropriate supervision. She will NOT do well at a dog park, so plan on getting her exercise elsewhere.

Yes, she's very cute but if that's' your only criteria you need to think twice. Maka Lua is a funny, silly dog but she is a WHOLE LOT of dog, and not for the uninitiated. For those with experience looking for an awesome companion, you might just have found her!

If you are interested in learning more or meeting this little lady, please contact Kyle Dunlop at the Marin Humane Society.  Email Kyle at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 415.506.6225 or 415.506.6253.  Address:  171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA

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