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Topher (Courtesy) Collie Mix Aurora, CO

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium

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Meet Topher (Courtesy)

Dog's name: Topher

Breed: mixed collie, 45 pounds

Owner: Hope Bonem, hbonem@gmail.com, 832-474-1743

Topher is a sweet, silly 4-year-old guy with some aggressive-reactive behaviors. He is fully vaccinated and neutered. He loves walks and peanut butter and playing fetch. He loves to greet me at the door with lots of kisses and even when he doesn't want to be touched, wants to be nearby. He is house-trained and has a crate but whines if put in it. He does great with free roam of the house (unless there's food, which I can't blame him for :)

Topher was presumably abused by his first owner which left him wary of other dogs and strange men (he warms up to men really well, it just takes some time). With his second owner, he had a seizure and his behavior worsened. He has done OK with me, but continues to be reactive and requires additional training that I do not have the time or resources for at this time.

Topher really is so sweet and his reactions are always out of fear, but he does react by nipping/biting when he feels unsafe. He can be touch-sensitive and only wants to be touched on his own terms. He is currently on anxiety medications, which may need to be reevaluated.

Topher's next home should not have other dogs or younger children (who won't understand his sensitivities). Ideally, the home would have a backyard and an owner who will be patient with him and who can dedicate time to his training and reevaluating his medications.

I really do believe Topher could be such a wonderful companion with proper training and it breaks my heart that I can't give that to him at this time. He is truly so sweet at home, following me around, and anytime I've cried in front of him, he tries to lick the tears away. I think if these issues could be addressed he could be the perfect/most loving companion. I love him so much and unfortunately think there's a better home out there for him.

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