Happy Tails

Hank (ADOPTED!) is an incredibly sweet, happy, 6-8 year old, neutered, male cattle dog, who weighs 33 pounds. He is very friendly and warm, greeting strangers on the street with plenty of wags. In the home, Hank is very much a velcro dog, who loves to be around his people. From day one, Hank has been very trusting and affectionate with his foster mom, constantly wagging his tail to show her how happy he is to be with her.  When you are sitting down, he often uses this as an opportunity to ask you for a pet, by placing a paw on your knee. Hank’s other move is to roll onto his back to beg for belly rubs and more hands-on attention. Our boy has a very calm energy and is perfectly happy to snooze at your feet. However, when it’s time for a walk he is very enthusiastic and eager to sniff and explore. When walking on leash, Hank is a dream, walking right at your side, with no pulling or lunging. He will learn quickly and train easily, as he is naturally eager to please and is also quite treat motivated.

When meeting other dogs of all sizes, Hank is very friendly, and would likely do well in a home with another dog. He is NOT a dominant dog, but does show some herding tendency around small dogs. When he meets small dogs, he is calm and polite, but will use his nose to continually nudge them from behind. He doesn’t do this with medium and larger sized dog, and seems to be a bit more submissive around them. Hank has greeted children calmly, and doesn’t even seem to notice the cats that we come across on walks. He has a healthy appetite, and does NOT guard resources or food. He doesn’t appear to have much interest in toys yet. Hank is great in the car and will plop right down and snooze for the ride. He is polite in the house and does not try to get up on any furniture. He is good at pretty much sleeping through the night on his dog bed or on the carpet in his foster mom’s bedroom. Hank has NOT exhibited any destructive behavior or separation anxiety. HIs foster mom has yet to hear Hank bark, and says th
at he is generally a very content and calm boy.

Since he has only been out of the shelter for a few days, Hank and his fosters are still learning how to communicate and understand each other. He is learning how to let people know when he needs to go outside, but had a couple of accidents in the first two days. Being a slightly older boy, Hank’s teeth show the signs of a past owner who did not provide him with the attention that this sweet boy deserves. Also, as with some dogs as they get older, he has a few fatty lumps under the skin, on his torso. We are in the process of a full veterinary work-up for Hank, and plan to schedule a full dental exam and cleaning for him. Once Hank gets used to a life of good food and care, we believe he will be in good shape for many, many years to come. He is the sweetest of souls, who is great at getting along with everyone.  We are seeking someone who will appreciate this charming and very loving boy, who wants his own person to partner with, more than anything.

If you are interested in meeting Hank, please begin our process by completing our adoption form (online form or download and complete a hard copy).  At our website (hittgv.org), click on the "Adopt" tab near the top of the page,
and scroll down the page for the online Adoption Form.  If you have specific questions about Hank, you can also email his foster mom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you have questions about our adoption process, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bobby Blue (ADOPTED!) is a 2 to 3 year old, 44 lb., true blue Australian Cattle dog in every sense. Besides his classic good looks, he has all the personality traits that lovers of this breed look for. Bobby is a very good natured, happy, calm boy, who is very accepting of new situations and experiences. He is very friendly, calm and polite, when meeting new people.

Typical of his breed, Bobby’s main focus and desire is to be with his person. He is a fun dog, who is up for whatever you want to do, as long as he can spend time with you. He adores going on walks with his person and getting personal attention/petting. When at home, if his foster is at a desk or just sitting, Bobby is happy to drape himself over her foot and relax. He is very much a velcro dog, who listens very well and wants to please. Bobby will walk at your side, with or without a leash. If he wanders a few feet away, a simple call to him will bring him right back to your side. Bobby is incredibly intelligent and figures things out quickly. He should be easy to train. If he doesn’t understand what you want, he will sit and look at you - waiting for you to make it clearer to him.

In his initial foster home, Bobby got along nicely with the entire pack of several dogs, cats, kittens and guinea pigs! As he learned the different personalities of the other animals, he was respectful of the ones who didn’t want to play, and was not pushy. Bobby is very quiet dog, who only barks at things that upset him. He is good around children, and is NOT mouthy or nippy, but he does have some herding instinct. He seems to want to chase chickens, and may try to herd children who are playing or peddling by on ride-on toys. He also will bark at and wants to chase bicycles and skateboards. He sometimes uses his head to drive and nudge other dogs and/or cats in some direction or towards a spot of his choosing, or to get them to play by chasing them.

Bobby loves to play with and hang out with other dogs. He is, however, a little afraid when first meeting new unknown dogs. When he first sees them, especially if on leash, he will do some growling and barking. If you tell him to stop, he will. Then, if allowed to meet and sniff a friendly dog, Bobby is immediately fine. Also, if a dog ignores him, he will relax and hang with him/her. Bobby is not aggressive at all, but just initially afraid of a new dog. If they don’t harass him or get in his face at the first meeting, he will relax again.

One extra consideration for many, about our boy, is that his left front leg was amputated in March 2016. He has healed up very well and adjusted nicely to life on three legs. Bobby is still a young cattle dog, with the same spirit, energy and desire to run and play. He walks nicely on leash, but If he is excited about something while on leash, he is strong and can pull hard.

Currently, Bobby’s actual activity level is one of an older dog. He is strong, but has short moments of energy, and finds running difficult. At the moment, he is a bit overweight. Once he trims up and becomes accustomed to regular exercise, his activity level will increase. Bobby should be on a joint supplement for his increased chance of early arthritis in his right shoulder, which bears much of his weight. He should always be kept trim due to awkward weight distribution.

Based on Bobby’s injuries, the veterinarians are fairly certain that he fell from the bed of a fast moving pick-up truck. He had been lying on the median strip of a major highway for one to three days before someone realized he was not a dead dog on the highway. The main (radial) nerve in his leg was completely severed, causing his leg to be useless. He also literally had the wind knocked out of him, which collapsed one lung, as well as road rash on his face, which has completely healed. Being an Australian cattle dog, he was very stoic about his injuries and never complained. It was touch-and-go in the first week when he could barely breathe, but he also never gave up his will to live.  

Bobby loves riding INSIDE a car. He likes to sit quietly in the passenger seat and watch the world go by. Although Bobby only has three legs, it doesn’t seem to slow him down much. He hops easily in and out of the car, and enjoys chasing and running with his dog mates. Sometimes if on a tile or shiny floor, if he is going to fast and tries to turn, he may slip, but even dogs on four legs will do that.

We don’t believe Bobby received much human affection or was in a house before he was rescued. He had also probably been hit on his hind end and kicked before, as Bobby will startle  or run, if your foot even accidentally grazes his fur. He may sometimes also startle and seem afraid, if people pat or handle his backside. It took Bobby a few months to learn to sleep on a dog bed. Before that, he just slept on the hard floor. Our boy also likes toys. He does not yet know how to fetch, but does like to run after toys and give them a shake and a toss. While he has recently learned to relax and sit quietly in a crate, Bobby is also fine when left alone, freely, in the house, and has never chewed up anything. He is also completely housebroken. Bobby does enjoy being outside on a nice day.

While Bobby is good with other dogs, he wants the love and attention of his own person more than anything. In his initial foster home, if he was receiving affection and petting, and other dogs came over for mom’s attention, Bobby would push the other dogs away, telling them that it was his personal time with her. The others did not compete with him and knew they would get their own time with mom later. He is otherwise NOT territorial or protective of his person, and was friends, playing and hanging out with all the dogs. Bobby would specifically take direction from the alpha female in the household. For this reason, if he is adopted as a second dog, we believe he may do best learning from and following a strong female dog.

When we first had Bobby In April 2016, he was quickly adopted by a wonderful person who understood too well what Bobby was going through. Because Bobby has fully recovered and become stronger and more active, he has surpassed his adopter’s recovery. Because he could not meet Bobby’s needs and wants the best for him, his adopter asked us to find Bobby a great home where he will thrive. Bobby Blue is still a young dog, who needs people willing to give him the attention and affection he craves, along with regular mental and physical activity. Again, he is strong and wants to be active and busy. Although Bobby knows several commands, he would benefit from a round of obedience training classes. Bobby would NOT be suitable in an apartment or condo situation, or where he is sitting alone during the workday, either inside a home or a yard, with no mental stimulation or human companionship. Although he only has three legs, he is still a young cattle dog.

If you are interested in meeting Bobby for possible adoption, please complete our online adoption form. At our website, click on the Adopt button 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.

For everyone who has followed Dee's story, here is an update:

Her new (adopted) name is Evey, and she is very, very close to her ideal weight of 45 lbs.!  As of May 2016, our most trusting, accepting, loving and happy girl is now 47 lbs., which is half of her weight when she was dumped at the shelter last June!  Now that she is close to her ideal weight her new owners are preparing for her much needed dental exam, cleaning and possible extraction of a bad tooth that we wanted to do for her from the beginning. We will be continuing to help her, by working with her adopter and new veterinarians. Thank you everyone for all your help and support! 


Jet (ADOPTED!) is a very friendly, happy, playful, and quiet young female. She is the best combination of a Lab and cattle dog mixture!  She has the compact body and shape of a cattle dog, but her head, color, and much of her body language is very Lab-like. Jet weighs 52 lbs. and we estimate that she is 18 to 24 months old. She adores human attention and very much wants to please people. Jet is still has the happy and excitable personality of a young pup, and as such, needs someone who is willing to work to teach her appropriate behavior and manners in different situations. She is, on average, a moderate energy dog, who runs and plays all out for an hour, and like a human child, once told to stop and rest, she will realize she is tired and flop down. When anyone approaches her, she lowers her head and wags her tail sheepishly, often dropping to the floor to go belly up at your feet. Once she feels safe, with people and/or in a situation she trusts, Jet is very social, hurrying to greet you, be by your side, and rolls over for pets. She loves meeting and playing with other dogs, but her favorite thing is being with people.

Jet’s foster mom says her personality is very much Lab. If you give her toys to play with, she likes to carry a toy in her mouth as she greet people or just walking around, happily wiggling her tail and butt. Jet also has several cattle dog traits in her, including being very much a velcro dog. She is very focused on knowing where her foster mom is, and almost literally being in her shadow.  Also, when she actively plays with some dogs, she may sometimes try to go for their heels when chasing, and we heard the high pitched stress bark of a cattle dog, when something exciting was happening that she could not participate in.  A trait that can be either Lab or cattle dog, is Jet's love of balls. At first, when excitedly discovering a ball, she proudly brought it to her foster mom, who threw it for her to chase. Instead of running after it, Jet looked at her in surprise, as if to say, “I just brought that to you. Why did you throw it away?!” Now, she loves to catch and chase the ball, but still doesn’t bring it back. She does not like going into a crate, but if forced to go into one, she will sit quietly.  She much prefers to be right at her person’s side, where she feels happy and safe, and be part of whatever is happening. Jet is completely housebroken and walks like a dream on leash. She tends to walk a nose behind your knee.  As a young, playful dog, if she has not been exercised, she may initially pull at the beginning of a walk, or if she sees a squirrel or another dog she wants to meet. If you tell her to walk in a different direction or to leave something alone, she is very easy about coming with you. 

Jet is equally easy and super responsive around children as she is with adults, as long as they don’t scare her. She tends to be very quiet, even when excitedly seeing other dogs she wants to meet. She will wag and pull to meet and play with another dog, but doesn't make a sound. As she is gains confidence, we are seeing that, while she is very submissive with all people, she attitude concerning other dogs. Recently, when meeting another larger dog, she sniffed in a friendly way to meet, but her tail started in an upright, confident position, before wagging. While she is friendly with and enjoys playing with other dogs, if an aggressive dog lunges or snaps at her, Jet will defend herself, rather than be a victim. When she is in a yard and hears or senses other dogs or activity on the other side, she will bark a few times when she hears the activity. She will also alert you if someone is near the house. With cats in her foster home, Jet initially followed them around, looking for an opportunity to interact. We were watchful, as she followed them and tried poking them with her nose. We believe she was trying to get them to run and play with her. 

Our girl was considered “not adoptable” by the shelter because she was fearful in the shelter, but otherwise was considered the sweetest, friendliest, most gentle girl. Jet can be initially shy and cautious in unfamiliar, new situations.  If she is with people she trusts in a fun situation, she may feel secure, happy and playful, but if in a new unknown situation, she may be cautiously alert  and give out a sheepish, insecure (but not threatening) woof at an approaching person who she is unsure of.  As a young dog, Jet will need people who will provide her with the love, training, and regular exercise that she needs. With a basically shy personality, she would do best in an active, yet calm situation, where she can feel relaxed and secure. Going to new places with her people and being exposed to new places and experiences will help her to slowly continue to become more confident. Jet would do very well in a multi-dog household.

If you are interested in meeting Jet, we ask you to begin by completing our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy). Please click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down to find the online Adoption Form. You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about Jet or our process.

Gypsy Stand Smile Gypsy (ADOPTED!) is a quiet, senior, female, cattle dog mix, who weighs 29 lbs.  She is friendly and sweet when meeting people. She wags the little bit of tail that she has quite a bit, and her foster mom says she has a wiggle butt.  Gypsy especially likes to follow her foster dad around the house.  She is good with and likes other dogs who are friendly, but it takes her a few minutes to be brave enough to meet them (and may want to observe them from behind your legs), especially if they are energetic and eager to play. She is fine around the two cats at her foster home. Gypsy walks easily on leash and rides quietly in a car.  She is excellent with all people.  She is another sibling to the young girls in her foster home, and they often nap on the bed together.

She was found in the rain, walking in a busy street and was almost hit by a car.  Gypsy was completely filthy, smelled terrible.  She is all bathed and groomed now, but judging from the condition of her teeth, ears, and nails, she was - at best - terribly neglected for much of her life.  We now believe that she may have been tied to a pole/post for most of her life, as she recently had a meltdown, when her foster mom began tying her leash to a post for a few minutes.

We have worked with our veterinarian to address the infection in her ears, perform a full dental exam, cleaning, and periodontal issues, etc. to get her to the picture of senior health.  We believe that she has regained a bit of hearing and hope it will continue to improve as she continues to recover from the ear infection and foxtail damage. Otherwise, she appears to be quite healthy - and happy to finally be in a home and have a clean place to sleep.  After all that she’s been through, and a big travel and veterinary visit day when she arrived, she slept like a rock. Her foster mom said when she carried Gypsy from the sofa into the bedroom, she didn't even wake up.

Typical of a herding dog, Gypsy loves playing ball, although it isn't quite a game of fetch.  She will run out and chase the ball, pick it up, drop it and look at you to throw it for her again.  She is a wonderfully, sweet, easy, senior girl who deserves to live out her life in a quiet, comfortable home.  Gypsy is housebroken and walks very nicely on leash.

Please check back soon.  We will update Gypsy's description with more information as we learn more about her. Or, if you may be interested in her and have questions, please call us at: (707) 583-9583.  We ask potential adopters to click on the Adopt tab on our website and complete our online adoption questionnaire.

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