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that we do not turn dogs away because of age
or health concerns. Therefore, in addition to
the young and healthy dogs on our site, you
will see senior dogs and dogs that have special
needs. We hope you will give them as much consideration
as you do all of our dogs.
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Gracie is a super friendly dog. She LOVES people and always wants to be around them. She thinks she is lap dog and always wants her tummy rubbed. She enjoys playing fetch, tugging, and learning new tricks. She has easily adjusted to life in her foster home and is a pleasure to be around.
CHECK OUT GRACIE IN ACTION!
If you're looking for an active dog then Gracie could be the dog for you!
Don't let her age or some gray hair on her face fool you, Gracie is an active, high energy border collie. She needs an experienced home who understands border collies. Gracie is a typical border collie. She is toy obsessed (frisbees are her favorite) constantly busy, and quirky. She learns quickly and needs a lot of exercise and stimulation, both physical and mental.
Gracie has some basic training and walks perfectly on leash without pulling. She can be reactive on leash when she sees other dogs or small animals so she needs a rural or suburban environment. She runs fast and jumps high so a solid fence is required. A 5-foot or higher privacy fence (fence you cannot see through) is strongly preferred, but not required depending on the home. Gracie can jump/climb a 6-foot chainlink fence and can dig under fences so constant supervision is necessary for Gracie whenever she is outside.
Gracie has a history of fly snapping, an obsessive compulsive behavior that has led her to fixate on, snap at, and jump at lights and imaginary things above her. This is, unfortunately, a common behavior found in border collies. Gracie has been on two tablets of Prozac for a year now and is doing well. Her fly snapping is well managed with it. Prozac is an inexpensive medication and Gracie loves taking it every morning with peanut butter.
Gracie tends to ignore other dogs when not on leash. She is too busy with her toys to interact with them. She will guard her toys and space from other dogs.
Gracie would make an excellent agility, frisbee, or flyball dog. She needs a lot of training and activities to keep her stimulated. She would also make a great hiking or running dog. She is a super friendly dog who loves everyone she meets.
If you're up for the challenge (and fun) of living with Gracie, please submit an adoption application!
Piper is one of the sweetest, reserved, and, often times, surprisingly loving border collies with the deepest, most soulful eyes that you'll ever meet. She doesn't solicit attention or affection often, but when she does she will scoot quietly up next to you and gently put her paw on your arm and look at you pleadingly if you stop petting her.
Even at a petite 28 pounds, she can also be quite a sassy lass. She found her voice awhile back and she isn't afraid to use it repeatedly to get your attention when she is excited about going outside.
While she's comfortable on her own, crated or not, she will return barks to other dogs or noises heard outside, so she would probably benefit best from living with someone who is home during the day.
She absolutely loves running around outside with the resident male border collies in her foster home, she exhibits a classic crouch and outrun to get ready to chase after a thrown frisbee, she is quite possibly the cutest border collie-shaped fish when she is in water, and she gets excited about trips in the car.
She originally came from a place with many other border collies and that former life gave her excellent dog skills. Her focus now is following the lead of one of the resident male border collies in her foster home and annoying him by playing frisbee by her own rules. Frisbees currently appear to be the only toys she'll play with, she's not interested in stuffed toys, and she's nervous of bigger toys, squeaky toys, and balls.
Although she's experienced many places and people while in foster care (she's been to her foster mom's work office and met coworkers and friends, she's been on boat rides and camping trips and hikes, and she loves going for a trail walk to the local swimming hole), she still gets nervous in new places and around new people especially without another dog around.
On the surface she now has many normal, well-adjusted border collie-type behaviors and continues to relax a little more into that each day, but she still has an extensive and questionable background that shaped the other aspects of her personality that cause her to withdraw and want to find a safe place.
Piper came into rescue with seemingly no understanding of how to live joyfully, she did not have any need for people or playing or toys, and she didn't even understand what a leash was. She was very scared of everything and afraid of interactions with people, would struggle against a leash, and did not react well to being touched. Today she blissfully appreciates a good neck scratch, keeps tabs on her foster mom, comes when called inside and outside, greedily takes treats handed to her, and wags her tail happily more often than not.
She's clearly come a long way in foster care in the year she's been in rescue, but she will continue to require infinite patience and understanding in her forever home while she's still figuring how who to trust and, more importantly, how to trust. She has learned much from the other dogs in her foster home and follows their lead often especially when it comes to interactions with people. Piper would prefer to be the one to approach people on her terms for attention, and she's not a dog that appreciates forced interactions with people. For this reason, she will only be placed in an adult only home where there is at least one confident, friendly dog. However, she's not necessarily going to be another dog's playmate.
Piper has a non-negotiable fence requirement due to how quickly she can go from being ok to very nervous. She currently knows her environment and where to go to feel safe, but especially while transitioning to a new environment, constant supervision, and leash or long-line usage will be mandatory even in fenced areas. If something triggers her fears or makes her feel pressured, she will run away. She reacts this way to loud voices or noises, objects being touched with feet or toys being kicked, too much handling or pressure, and sometimes if she's just in a place she's not familiar with and she doesn't know where to go. When her fears take over, she will not come when called and will run until she is in a place she feels safe.
Piper has a few health concerns that will need continued care. She has severe hip dysplasia that's currently managed very well with fairly inexpensive pain medications. She had a consult with a orthopedic veterinary surgeon who determined this was the best treatment considering how well Piper gets around and her current quality of life. Piper will need her teeth (the ones she still has) and gums monitored for infections and growths due to prior issues. Piper is currently on a raw diet and is able to eat raw meat and bones without issue. This diet also helped her lose some weight and build up some muscle in her hind end. While a raw diet is not a requirement of her adoption, a high-quality diet and joint supplements are recommended given her current health issues.
Check out Piper in action!
Piper is being fostered in southern New Hampshire.
Serra is temporarily unavailable while we address some issues concerning her health. We will update her bio once she is available again.
Serra, a purebred border collie, will be 2 in April, and is as active and intense as she is pretty! Purchased as what surely was an adorable little pup, she quickly grew into a real border collie, and found herself in need of a new home as she was simply too much for her originally family to handle.
Don't let her beautiful looks fool you, she is definitely not for the faint of heart. This girl needs a job, and she needs a lot of structure. She doesn't seem to have had much in the way of rules with her first home, but she is a bright girl and catches on quickly. She thrives being an integral part of the family, and is eager to learn new things. She does not like being left out of activities and will make her displeasure known by way of barking.
Serra loves playing with dogs who will play with her, but she did not enter rescue with good dog skills, and while she's had some excellent teachers in her foster home, she can be extremely pushy in her playstyle which is not tolerated by all dogs, and she doesn't appreciate them letting her know that. She will play for hours with dogs that will put up with her pushy play style, but does not do well with other active dogs that don't want to play - this kicks her "Order Collie" control gene into high gear and she goes into overdrive trying to control the energy - and then no one is happy.
She is crate trained but is very vocal about spending time in her crate if she thinks there is fun going on in the house without her. She can be quiet and calm when the house is peaceful and also when her foster mom is out of the house, but will bark when she hears the car pull in. She is housetrained and is happy to hang out chewing on a bone and playing bitey face with her friends after a good day's exercise. She will bark at cats when she is in her crate but when loose does ok with them. She would surely chase a cat that ran but she is good with dog savvy cats.
Serra has been introduced to herding and has great interest in working, however, she needs a lot of work on her impulse control. She also needs work on being comfortable with handling around her hind end, which can make grooming her pretty fur a challenge. She currently needs to be muzzled for this but we are continuing to work on desensitizing her.
She loves being with her people, is very bright and is food and toy motivated. She enjoys playing tug and fetching toys. She enjoys playing with the jolly ball as well! When she came into rescue she wasn't convinced people were of that much use to her but she has been learning it can be rewarding to work with humans as partners.
Serra's new home must have a solid plan to meet her exercise needs - both mentally and physically. A fenced yard, while preferred, is not necessarily required - each applicant is looked at on a case-by-case basis, and we are truly looking for the best fit for Serra, where she is going to be able to thrive. That said, she is not currently a candidate to be loose in an unfenced yard, however, so if you don't have a fence you do need a solid plan on how to meet her exercise needs safely.
A home with other *compatible* dog(s) and an experienced dog owner with a desire to be actively involved in training of some sort is preferred. Serra is being placed with a positive reinforcement based training class requirement as a condition of her adoption. She will likely do best with easy going playful males dogs who enjoy a rough-and-tumble play style.
Check out Sierra in action!
Serra is being fostered in Connecticut and can be seen in NY state near the MA border.
Zac is a handsome, 10 year old, curly coated boy. He came from a shelter and little is known about his past. He is a healthy and active dog. His favorite game is tug, and he also likes to go for walks and catching balls or frisbees. He'd rather you fetched them for him, at this point, as he hasn't figured out that if he brings them back to you you'll throw them again!
If you want a dog who really loves people, Zac would love to live with you. He loves to shadow his foster mom everywhere. He loves meeting new people, especially when they give him attention and tummy rubs! And treats! He will pretty much do anything for a treat! He is a very smart guy and knows several tricks including Sit, stay, down, roll over, shake, and spin, and he is currently working on going out and around a post, unwind and come.
Zac, being a border collie, needs an adopter prepared to keep him active and mentally exercised. He needs a child free home and is a one without cats and small animals - they are just much too exciting for him! He does fine with other dogs but those with high energy really put him into an extremely overstimulated state, and therefore he'd do best with quiet, low key dogs, or as an only dog. He's fine out and about with other dogs and isn't aggressive - he just gets really wound up and frantic when living with other high energy dogs.
He's really looking for a fresh start where he can be your best friend? Do you need a new best friend? Zac is ready and waiting to meet you!!