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Angus (ADOPTED!) is between 1-2 years old, and weighs 40 lbs. For a young dog, he is a moderate energy, very easy going and compliant guy. He will need a decent walk in the morning and the evening. If he doesn’t get this, he will need some “turbo” time each day, to run around, play in the yard or with another dog. His foster mom calls him a love bug, who adores cuddling with his people. He is a typical velcro cattle dog, who wants to be your partner and follow you where ever he can.  Angus is super smart, and very much like a human child in many ways. He will tell you when he needs or wants something. He will pat your leg (or arm, if in the car) twice to let you know if he has to go out, wants water, or if he needs anything else. He is also super responsive and very much wants to please. If you tell him to stop or leave something alone, he will obey you. In the 3 weeks with his foster mom, Angus has learned the commands: sit, lay down, go to bed, get your toy, enough or no, and go potty. He is learning wait and stay, and will walk at your side.

Angus is a very balanced dog, and tends to be a follower in all senses of the word. He will follow his canine foster brother around and decide how to behave based on his foster brother’s behavior. In the park with other dogs, he sometimes follows other dogs around, too. This is NOT herding, but just following behind. When resting together, he sometimes likes to groom his foster brother.

Angus is great and respectful when meeting other dogs, both male and female. He is curious about, but afraid of cats, and will tend to avoid them. Angus has been fine when meeting children, but we suspect that if children are running, he may want to herd them.

His foster mom feels that personality wise, Angus is still very much a pup. He seems insecure and afraid that her flow of attention and love to him may stop. She calls him a “love child.” He loves his human(s) so much that he tries to always get between his foster mom and another dog or human who may be close to her. If she tells him to move or stop his needy behavior, he will stop and lay quietly. Although Angus can be needy when his person is around, he has not shown any separation anxiety. He has been fine when left alone with his canine foster brother. It is possible, that he could show some anxiety if left alone for several hours, with no other animal or person.

Angus loves toys, he likes to rearrange them in piles or circles (herding his toys?). He enjoys quietly gnawing on his chew toys (Nyla-flexibones, bully sticks, etc.). He likes playing with other toys, and doesn’t destroy them. His favorite game is playing tug-o-war. Angus will play fetch, but tires of it after returning the ball four times.

He walks nicely on leash, and is good trotting alongside a bicycle. He did once bark at and wanted to chase a skateboarder, who whizzed closely past. Angus rides very nicely and quietly in a car. He is completely housebroken, and if needed, he will sit quietly in a crate. He has NOT shown any resource or food guarding with the other dog (or humans) in his foster home.

We believe Angus would  enjoy being in a home with another dog, and in a situation where he can be with his human(s) as much as possible. If you are interested in meeting Angus, we ask that you first complete our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy). At our website (hittgv.org), click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down for 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.

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.

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 (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 (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.

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