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Wylie  (ADOPTED!)  is a very sweet, calm, easy going, 8 year old male, who weighs approximately 57 lbs.  He is half catahoula leopard dog.  Our boy is very social with all people and all dogs.  He has been a lovely pet for a young family, but they were just too busy for him. Wylie was living in a home with two children, ages 2 and 4, a Pomeranian dog and two cats, who loved rubbing up against him.  When introduced to 2 cats at his foster home, he was fine with them, if they remained still.  If they ran, he would run, too, and chase.  As with any dog, he just needs a loving home, where his people have the time to interact with him, take him for walks, involve him in their everyday activities, and give him the mental and physical stimulation that he needs.  Wylie is an extremely loving, loyal boy, who wants to please his family.  He is NOT a dominant or alpha dog, and looks for your lead and direction.  If he understands what you want, he will try to do it.  He learns and trains easily, and is up for being a part of any activity you are involved with.  Wylie is also housebroken.  

He loves going for walks on a leash, but needs some running to get enough exercise each day.  Wylie loves to run and play with other dogs and with children.  He also is big on playing fetch (with a ball or stick), or just going hiking or on an adventure with his person.  Before his person had children, and had time for Wylie, one boy adored sitting next to his person on rides in the truck, going out on a boat, and running around a ranch.  While Wylie can be playful when outside, when in the house, he is calm and knows how to relax.  

Wylie has not been a big barker, but he will do so when he is excitedly playing, or in anticipation of a fun activity.  After being alone all day, when Wylie's people come home or finally let him inside, he may also bark out of sheer joy.  And, if someone is approaching or outside the house, Wylie will also let out a bark to alert you that someone is coming.
This dog would do very well in a multiple pet home situation, where he can play and have the companionship of adults, children, dogs and cats.  Wylie is a bright boy and if with other dogs, he will learn by their example.  We are seeking a new home for Wylie, where he can get the love, attention and activity he craves and deserves.  He would do best in a situation where his person, either, works from home, has a ranch/farm, or is retired and wants a companion to share his/her life with Wylie.

March Update:
We have had a lot of interest in Wylie, but have recently learned that, due to the neglect that he has experienced, he has developed a few personality traits that require him to be - at least in the beginning, until he feels secure and included again - in a home where someone can be with him, or take him along, throughout most of the day.  If left alone outside, after several minutes, he will decide he has been abandoned and will seek ways to leave his property in search of playmates, and something to do.  If left alone, he will jump a fence or dig out under it.  He does NOT like being in a crate, especially if left alone in one.  Wylie would NOT do well in an apartment situation or one where he is left alone for hours during the work week.  

Wylie is a wonderful boy who is just a love.  He just needs people who have the time, patience, and commitment to help him to realize that everything he craves and seeks can be found at home.  We feel sure that once he learns that he is a fully included part of a family, he will stop trying to wander off in search of company and entertainment. 

Rue (ADOPTED!) is approximately 12-18 months old, and weighs between 35-40 lbs. She has a quiet, gentle and very sweet personality. She meets all people and animals very politely, and loves to play running games with other dogs. Rue has a soft personality and is a very loving girl. However, as a young herding breed dog, she needs her exercise, playtime and guidance.

Rue rides very quietly, and nicely in a car, sometimes putting her head out the window to sniff the air. She is an extremely bright and attentive girl, who adores human companionship and attention. Rue is very happy be your own personal shadow, following right at your heels. She stays so close, that if you stop suddenly, she may bump into your leg. She will sit for treats, and takes them very nicely. Rue met our fosters' three other dogs very nicely, and tried to make friends with their cat, who swatted her several times. She put up with the swats and it was clear that she is great around cats. We have not yet seen Rue around children. She has shown no interest in her fosters' chickens, and was a little fearful when seeing the pigs for the first = time.

Our girl walks fairly nicely on leash, but could use a little work to be perfect. Rue seems to be completely house trained and crate trained. She is wonderful when playing with other active playful dogs, and can run like the wind! Rue could be a useful stock dog. Her foster mom tested her on sheep, and Rue does have some herding instinct. During their herding session, Rue herded the sheep, but when she tried to direct them using a nip to the heels, it was so soft that the sheep didn't react at all! For a cattle dog, Rue tends to have a very well easy, go with the flow personality. However, she is still cattle dog with a mind of her own. When her foster made Rue sit on the sidelines after her turn herding, to give her own dog a turn with the sheep, Rue protested with a demanding bark to tell her that she was not happy on the sidelines. It was her first time and she was having fun. Once Rue learns routines and situations, she will understand what to expect.

Rue would do very well in a multiple pet home situation, where she can continue to play with and have the companionship of both humans and other dogs and maybe cats. Since Rue is still very young, we are seeking a home for her that will have the ability to reinforce her good behavior, give her structure and basic obedience training, as well as the exercise, play time, socialization, and loving care that this very sweet soul deserves.

Vinny (ADOPTED!) is your typical 10-mo. old, 50+ lb. cattle dog pup, who is full of play and  and always ready for an adventure. He is very well socialized with people and dogs, and meets everyone well.  As a very bright, thinking dog, who just wants his own person to share life with, he needs a close partner and natural leader, who can give him the attention, structure and direction he needs to develop into a great adult.

Vinny is an extremely charming and loving boy, who enjoys giving hugs and kisses, isn't one to sit around and cuddle with you all day. This is a busy guy, who needs his daily exercise and should have humans who are physically active. He loves to bond over walks, hikes, bike rides, car rides, or over one-on-one games of fetch and tug-of-war. We recently tested him on sheep, and he has a lovely, natural herding instinct.

As with most cattle dogs, Vinny is extremely smart. He is always looking for ways to be physically and mentally challenged, and will be your own personal shadow, waiting to play or work more on training. He excels in his obedience classes, and learns new tricks in minutes. Vinny is quite food motivated, and very eager to please. He responds well to praise, clapping and affectionate petting/scratching.

One of his favorite ways to spend indoor time is to sit next to his humans and happily chew on a bone or a chew-toy. He loves when you hold the bone/toy for him while he gnaws on it, or to play fetch and tug with the chew-toys. Vinny will also entertain himself by playing silly cat-and-mouse games with his Jolly-Ball. He will eventually tire himself out, and snooze near his person or in a dark, den-like spot. A cute quirk about this pup is that he LOVES water -- drinking it, splashing it and playing in it.

Vinny does great with dogs who are older than him, and his size or larger. He seems to find comfort in having someone wiser in the pack, and will probably follow him/her (dog or human) like a shadow. Vinny would not pair well with small breed dogs, as he tries to dominate and herd small dogs. He is great with children.  Due to his exuberance and desire to herd those who are small or timid, children should be at least 10 years old.  He has only encountered the occasional outdoor cat during walks. He has tensed up and become anxious during these situations.

Being very much a cattle dog, Vinny has a mind of his own and is not shy about conveying what he wants - which is to live life to the fullest and play all day. He is NOT a dog who would do well being left alone for 6 to 10 hours a day. He has a busy brain and youthful energy; and as with any young child, he wants to be with and looks to his people for direction. He is still in his developmental stage and needs constant, consistent management and supervision. If bored, he will chew or dig or think up ways to keep himself busy. If you are home, but without time to meet his needs during your daily activities, then Vinny is NOT the dog for you. With the investment of your efforts during this formative time, Vinny will mature into an incredibly loyal companion, who will be your closest companion, if you let him.

Vinny is very much like a young human child. He may try to hog the attention and let you know he wants your attention. He may give a quick bark or a poke at your legs to say “Hey, I’m still here!” If you are giving affection to other animals, he may also try to herd the other animal away from you. He needs a calm leader who can teach him boundaries and manners, and that you call the shots, and not him.

One of Vinny’s favorite things is riding in the car with his people. He knows Up-Up, to hop into the car; Place, to sit in the passenger seat; and Back, to go to the backseat. He is so smart that he has also figured out how to use the window button to open a car window. On leash, he walks well and at your side. However, at the onset of a walk or if he sees another dog to meet, he may pull a bit out of excitement. With a gentle reminder, he will stop pulling and sit.

Vinny is crate trained and sleeps through the night in his crate, but it is the only time he likes to be in there. If he knows people are out and about in his household, he will whine and complain to tell you he wants to be with you.

Still very much a pup, when excited, he tends to hop up onto people, and may mouth at your hands to get you to stop something he doesn't like. Vinny can be vocal, whining or woofing at times, when he wants attention; and if a stranger or unknown animal(s) approach the house he will sound a warning bark. He will need people willing to invest the time to continue teaching him what is appropriate or unwanted behavior.

In summary, Vinny is your classic loving, playful, thinking, cattle dog pup. He wants nothing more to be your companion in life, but needs a pack leader who understands him.

If you are interested in him, please go to the Adopt tab at the top of our website front page (above). If you have questions about Vinny, please call: (707) 583-9583. Vinnie is located in the Santa Rosa/Windsor, CA, area.

Kahuna (ADOPTED!) is a gorgeous 45 lb., 2 year old, hunk, with a sweet, mellow, and compliant personality.  He is now the new brother of HITTGV's funniest little guy, Sarge! They both live and play on 11 acres, where they help their mom with the horses.

He is a very happy, moderate energy boy, who loves all people and is excellent with young and old alike. Kahuna loves balls and to play fetch.  He also adores squeaky toys, and will entertain himself by tossing and catching them. For a young cattle dog he is not overly energetic, but he will need a home that can give him the exercise, attention, continued training and mental stimuation that a young, playful, herding breed needs.

Kahuna is good with cats and loves children of all ages. However, because he jumps up on people to let you know he wants to play and sometimes when greeting, we recommend that he only be with children old enough to withstand his jumping.  At his original home, he enjoyed playing with two other dogs in the family. At the two shelters he has been in, he has politely met several dogs his size and larger, both male and female.  And, he is fitting in well with his fosters' own three dogs and cat.

On leash, he walks nicely, often looking up at you to check in, and does NOT pull. Kahuna likes to sniff and explore when on walks, but will follow your lead. Although he is also very interested in fast moving objects, if you gently tell him to walk on, he will easily do so. Our boy is completely house trained and very good in a crate. In a car, he rides quietly in a crate, but if allowed to ride in a seat, he needs to be restrained, or he will be a busy boy -- putting his head out the window, being a backseat driver (placing his head on your shoulder or head!), or trying to join you in the front seatHe does NOT guard his food, toys, or chewies.

Kahuna is extremely observant, very smart, and a quick learner. Kahuna wants to please and will mind what people tell him, if he understands. He is also big on treats, and will automatically sit for them. He is a bit overly eager to grab a treat, and needs to learn to be gentler about it. Kahuna responds very nicely when corrected.  Kahuna needs to learn better manners, both with people and other dogs. He will playfully jump on people, poke or paw at you, and sometimes mouth at your hand for attention. Shelter staff stated that they taught him to shake and lay down in a very short time. 

Although we have not seen any sign of this, the shelter stated that the people who adopted and returned Kahuna after 3-days, said he showed some territorial and bossy behavior with small dogs. His original owners surrendered him to the shelter because Kahuna was a bit too excited and rough when herding their goat(s).  Currently, Kahuna is in a foster home with three other herding breed dogs, a cat, some resident pigs, sheep, and chickens. His fosters are very experienced with cattle dogs and other herding breeds, and said he has joined their household with very little effort.  He is respectful of the dominant dog and the cat, and plays well with the two kelpies.  He was originally afraid of the pigs and sheep and wanted to chase the chickens. He is now fine with the pigs and ignores the sheep. When going for the chickens, one well timed correction by his foster mom, and he left the chickens alone. His foster will continue working with him until he learns not to chase the chickens. They believe he would fit easily into a cattle dog savvy home with other pets. Kahuna would also make an excellent agility and/or noseworks dog.

This is a truly wonderful dog, who just needs to find people who understand his breed and know how to work with and teach him appropriate behavior.

Beatrice (ADOPTED!) is a very quiet, low energy dog, who loves people and human attention. Our girl has her very own new mom all to herself!  The two are best pals in a quiet situation.  They adore each other, and just very happy to have found each other!

She does NOT chase or nip, and is an easy going girl. As a cattle dog mix, she has her own distinct and very loveable personality. We estimate that she is 7-8 years old, and although her ideal weight is around 48-50 lbs., Beatrice currently weighs 60 lbs. She is happy-go-lucky, very affectionate and loves being with her people. While very loving, she is also independent and NOT needy. Beatrice is good at hanging out on her own, or amusing herself with a toy. She loves being outside, and is very content laying in the sun and fresh air. After several months in her foster home, she is also equally content to be inside snoozing on her dog sofa.


When inside and around her people, Beatrice is a nuzzler, who wants to be close and almost hug her people. She will often place her head on your lap to ask for petting, or try to squeeze herself against your legs and gaze adoringly into your eyes. Sometimes, she can be pushy about getting close to you, and worm her way in between you and whatever or whoever is next to you. Beatrice is happy to spend indoor alone time asleep on the couch or just laying around the house.  She is also good at amusing herself and enjoys toys.  Beatrice will pick up a toy, shake it and then run off with it. 

Beatrice gets along with other dogs, but may enjoy being an only dog. She can sometimes be overbearing with other dogs, especially when first meeting them and not being sure about them. If there is any excitement and other dog(s), Beatrice tries to control the dog traffic and activities, mostly by standing over another dog. Otherwise, in a calm atmosphere, she is fine and appropriately interactive with other dogs. Beatrice is good with cats, but may also try to control their traffic, if there is a lot going on.

Our girl is completely housebroken and fine at home all day. Beatrice definitely has cattle dog smarts. If everyone is in bed, she will let you know if she has to go out to do her business - or if the water bowl is empty. She will first try to wake you by staring at you, and then progress to placing her head on the bed. If you continue to ignore her, she will softly 'woof' at you. Beatrice also rides very nicely and quietly in a car. She knows several commands:  sit, stay, go lay down, stop, no. It is clear that she has not had a lot of on-leash experience, and can be stubborn when sniffing something. Beatrice is a good eater, who enjoys her food. When she knows it's dinner time, she will begin dancing around the room. She will sometimes poke her nose in interesting smelling places. She has opened kitchen cabinets and pulled out packages, but will leave them intact and not rip anything open. If a trash can does not have a lid, and the top is open, she has been known to go 'dumpster diving' depending on what smells good in there.  

Beatrice is a mature (but not old) girl.  She was recently spayed, and during that surgery our vet also completely and cleanly removed a level one, mammary tumor. The veterinary oncologist said that these are not cells that would metastasize to other areas.  Once the mammary tissue with the tumor is excised there is no expectation for any recurrence. 

Our Bea is an "easy keeper" will be a wonderful companion for anyone wanting the devotion, interactive personality and brains of a cattle dog, without the high energy headaches that usually come with this breed. Her foster has fostered several dogs for us, and Bea may be their favorite.


Our mission: To rescue, care for, and rehabilitate unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs of herding breeds, concentrating on Australian Cattle Dogs and Border Collies.

Our focus is on their permanent placement into appropriate, loving homes, and informing the public about the special nature and needs of herding breeds.

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