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Riggs Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler South Williamsport, PA

  • Senior
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Red / Chestnut / Orange


Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs.

Meet Riggs

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Riggs lives by the motto “you’re only as old as you feel”. At somewhere between 13 and 14 years of age, Riggs defies the normal stereotype of a senior dog. No laying around snoozing all day for this guy! He’s on the go and ready for action at all times.
Riggs came to us when, after being a beloved companion for nine years, his humans were heartbroken when they were forced to surrender him due to their own health issues.
After a long drive to from GA to PA, he’s settled into his foster home and surprised his foster mom when he turned out to be such an active guy! He is super friendly with humans and with his two foster sisters, but they’re not into playing. He would love love love a canine friend to play with. Riggs is all about being friendly and happy.
Except for his face being a bit gray, you would never know he was this old, as he runs and plays like a youngster. We’ve been walking up 20-30 minutes twice a day without difficulty. He would benefit from some type of interactive activity that would keep his mind busy also. Due to his limited hearing, a fenced yard is required. He loves to chase a ball and play tug. Healthwise, Riggs has some hearing loss, but isn’t totally deaf. He has started on a glucosamine supplement but he rarely exhibits any sign of arthritic discomfort. He’s truly in remarkable shape for his age.
While Riggs acts like a much younger dog, and needs regular exercise and/or mental stimulation, he is still a senior and an adopter will need to remember that his condition will change much sooner than a younger dog’s. While he may be okay with children, we would prefer an adult home so there’s not an expectation for him to keep up with youngsters. The same would go for a young dog – he’d be better with another adult dog who’s not a rough player. Riggs has not been tested with cats or other animals.
Riggs is housebroken and is able to be left inside uncrated while his foster mom is at work with no issues. He walks well on a flat collar or harness without pulling. He also rides well in the car, looking out the window the whole time, but he can be a bit anxious in the car. He sometimes needs help getting into the car, but other times leaps right in. I think with a taller vehicle a ramp or steps would be advisable to keep him healthy.
Riggs weighs 44 lbs., is neutered, up to date on all vaccinations and heartworm preventative, is microchipped, and is heartworm negative.
Riggs is a wonderful older dog who found himself in need of a new home, through no fault of his own. He’s looking for a home to live out his golden years, so if you have room in your heart for an older guy, he’d love to meet you. Riggs is located in South Williamsport, PA.

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  • Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
  • Senior
  • Male