Last updated on: January 19, 2016
The Dogs Who Are Independently Available (scroll to the bottom of this page)
As is the case with breed rescue groups all across the country, there are so many dogs that need a home, and far too few foster spaces to take them in.
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Meet Zeta and Zeno (Border Collie/Akita Mixes)
Zeta and Zeno are two beautiful 4.5 year old Border Collie/Akita mix dogs from the same litter. They are in perfect health and are up to date on all shots as well as being registered in Dane county.
Training: Both dogs have gone through a year of obedience school and are star puppy and AKC Good Citizen certified with documentation. Zeta the female is trained in search and rescue as well as agility. Zeno is the best snuggler you have ever met and is very affectionate to his family. Zeno Is very obedient and knows many commands. He works well off leash as well as on. Zeta is very good at skijoring, or pulling a sled and will usually motivate Zeno enough to pull his weight as well if they are hitched as a team. Walking on a leash is good and we do it twice a day (if this is done they only poop on the walk). walking is very good with Zeno, If you want no pulling a correction collar of some sort is needed as a reminder for zeta. they also react very well to very low use stimulation collars.
Health: The two dogs have been together since 12 weeks of age and would probably do best to stay together. They are on a diet of high quality dry dog food. They have always been under the care of a veterinarian for check ups and vaccinations but have never had any health problems or allergic reactions. Zeno has some separation anxiety if left alone without people or Zeta. He also has some fear aggression. He bit someone 3 years ago but didn’t break the skin and hasn’t had an incident since. It just takes a handler that is okay being in control and telling people not to try and pet him when they notice he is getting nervous. I have had him at crowded farmers markets and big stores and he is okay, I can say hello and shake hands while he is in a sit/heal without issue.
Experience: The dogs have done an extensive amount of on and off leash camping in Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Minnesota, New York, and are trained in carrying packs as well as multi day mountain biking trips. They are very mellow in the house but do need walks and outside time to run and play with each other. They would be best suited for a home without children or other pets. They do live with us and our 2 year old son and we have never had cause to worry. They will require someone who is experienced or is willing to take the time to quickly become a knowledgeable dog handler. Both dogs are of significant size, powerful, and very Fast, thus a committed responsible owner who knows or can learn how to properly exercise and handle them is necessary. They are both very affectionate and love being with their family but also really like to work.
Vet Info: The vet below is their long time vet in Ithaca, NY where we were before we moved and have just seen our new vet hear in Madison once. The dogs are also micro chipped and we have copies of their full vet/health records. Dr. Jennifer L Biasillo, DVM, 607-273-3133
Why we are surrendering them: We were at a very different life situation almost 5 years ago when we adopted the dogs. An active couple going through grad school living in the mountains with time to train and work the dogs. We now have jobs and children in the middle of the city. The dogs have become a divisive power on our relationship which we cannot solve. we also have one child, another in the works and have many kids in the neighborhood as well as running a parenting group witch has kids over a lot. The dogs don’t have a problem with kids but they are large and scary and Zeno doesn’t do well with the prodding and lack of respect witch kids often show. It is a liability, very stressful, and causes parents of small children not to come to events.
Insight for Fostering and getting along with other dogs: They can be fed in the same room without incidence but they are more comfortable being fed separately. With other dogs it depends on how they get along with them and if they are together or not. If they are in a pack with many dogs they are fine(They have boarded many places without incidence). If they are with one other dog they don’t like the other playing with the new friend and give each other a hard time but this hasn’t resulted in fights.
Some thoughts on the ideal new owners: An active couple who is looking for a pair of dogs to live with them. No kids or other pets, likes to be outside and go for walks. The dogs don’t need a lot of space or a fenced yard as long as they are getting their walks/exercise. It also really helps if the owners want to work them in events such as obedience, agility, skijoring, carting, or use them for backpacking. they are trained in all these things and excel. Some experience or understanding of the breeds would also be helpful.
If interested in either or both dogs, please contact Zachary at 303-667-0376. Thanks for looking!