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- Border Collie Mix
- Border Collie Mix
- Manhattan, KS
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
- Good in a home with
- Other dogs.
Cassie is very smart. She picks up on training very quickly. She is house trained and has never had an accident in the house. She knows how to sit, lay down, come, and stay. She walks well on a leash, and listens really well off-leash unless she sees another dog that she wants to go be friends with. She sleeps all night either by or in her fosters’ bed or on the couch. She started out staying in her kennel while they were out of the house, but now she is fine being left on her own out of the kennel. She is sensitive and wants very badly to please her people, so she readily responds to gentle corrections.
She’s a little lanky, but only weighs in at a very skinny 38 pounds. She could stand to gain several pounds. Eating is her second favorite activity (after being petted). She does not get into the garbage or take food off counters or tables, but she keeps a keen eye out for anything that may have fallen on the floor. She is up to date on vaccinations as well as flea & tick and heartworm preventives.
Cassie will readily get into a car to go with her fosters, but she is an anxious passenger and will nervously pant on road trips. She also experiences a little car sickness. She doesn’t get sick in the car, but she exhibits a depressed appetite for a while after getting out of the car. Medication for her car sickness can be obtained from a veterinarian, but if you enjoy frequent road trips, taking Cassie with you may not be in her best interest.
She can be intimidated and frightened when approached by strangers; after all, she is only a few weeks removed from having to fend for herself. So you’ll have to forgive her for being apprehensive at first and remember that slow introductions using non-threatening body language are best. After a proper introduction she has yet to find a person she doesn’t like, including children. When she plays with her fosters she can be a little rambunctious and mouthy since she is still young, but stops the minute you tell her that’s enough. A home with older children would probably be best. She still needs some work on proper socialization and learning to trust. She can also get a little grumpy when she hears the neighbors coming and going because she thinks someone is intruding on her house. She doesn’t bark though, she makes an under her breath “hurumph” sound just to let you know she hears something. For this reason an apartment would not be her ideal home.
Cassie has been introduced to one cat that is an old pro when it comes to living with foster dogs. Cassie showed some interest in the cat, but did not bother it. She has, however, shown interest in chasing the squirrels and the bunny in her back yard. She has met other dogs with mixed results. When introduced to dogs who were calm and happy to meet her, she was calm and happy to meet them. When a dog was not interested in meeting her and growled or barked at her, she would bark back. Again, she still needs some work on socialization, so for the time being calm one-on-one introductions to new dogs are recommended as they have yielded the best results.
Since she is only a few weeks removed from being a stray, some instinctual behaviors will crop up from time to time such as gently scratching or pawing at blankets, couches, or carpets to “nest” when she goes to bed or trying to find places to “bury” or hide her treats for later. She also decided to “nest” in a laundry basket of clean clothes one night. She responds well to correction, but needs someone who can provide consistent reminding of proper manners. Her ideal new family would be one that has experience with the Border collie or similar working dog breeds, understands her instinctual behaviors, and are able to appropriately work with her to correct any undesirable behaviors.
Cassie is a very special dog that deserves a wonderful forever home. She is so sweet, exceptionally smart, incredibly loyal, and full of love. She deserves a family that will love her back just as much as she will love them.
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- Border Collie
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