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Abe (Adopted!)

You must complete an adoption application with WBCR before we will consider you for one of our Border Collies (under the “adoption” link). Then go to our PayPal link to pay the $15.00 application fee. One of our volunteers will check your references, and then another will come to your home to meet you & your family in person before the board will vote on your application. If you are approved, we will arrange a time for you to meet the dog(s) you are interested in. If you decide he/she is perfect for you and the board agrees, we will schedule a day for you to pick up your Border Collie, sign adoption paperwork, and pay the $350 minimum adoption donation. This whole process may take a month or more, as all WBCR members are volunteers and we’re committed to making a perfect match for our border collies. Thanks for your patience!

Please contact Lori for more information on Abe (2-Year Old Male in Caledonia, WI)

February 28

Abe has been in rescue for a week now and continues to be a really good guy. He has made himself comfortable and has fit right in to our routine. Abe enjoys wrestling and playing with our 6 month old Corgi as well as the other Border Collies. He is not a pushover but has managed to successfully interact with our resident crabby female Border Collie, Irene. He is wise and gently backs away if she decides he has done something she is not pleased with.

We have been working with Abe on crate training. He came into rescue, willing to be crated but not thrilled with it. By feeding and treating him in his crate, he is learning to see it as a desirable place and his comfort level has improved. Unfortunately I did make the mistake of giving him a foam filled bed in his crate which he destroyed his first time crated here. It is the only thing he has chewed here, and his previous owners said he wasn’t a chewer in their home either.

Abe knows where the toy box is and will help himself to a nylabone to chew or a toy to play with. He brought a couple of his favorite toys with him into rescue and he and Ken the Corgi enjoy carrying squeaky footballs in their mouths and playing “catch me if you can.” It is cute for awhile, but the constant squeaking gets to me after awhile, so we redirect them to a different activity.

Abe has been excellent meeting new people and very much enjoys hanging out with my teenage daughters and their friends. He is not a Velcro dog, but he does enjoy being around people and is normally nearby. He enjoys cuddling and is happy to sit next to you on the couch when allowed for a good cuddle session.

Abe has discovered our goats and has learned that they will move away from the fence if he approaches. He doesn’t run or bark at them but he is definitely interested in watching them. This interest has affected his recall a bit so we are reminding him that coming on the first call is the way to go. He isn’t super food motivated so we use the favorite toy or very high quality treats (cheese or meat) as motivators.

So far I feel Abe is a very sensible dog who has a medium energy level. He s eager to find his forever home!

 

February 22

Abe’s family brought him to WBCR’s clinic today. He is very friendly and quite sweet. He was just too much to handle with 9 kids in the house. He is heartworm/tickborne-disease negative and was great for his blood draw. He’s pretty calm for a two year old. So far, he’s great with the other dogs in the foster home. He ripped up the bed in his kennel, but that’s to be expected from a 2-year old! He’s interested in the goats and cats, but nothing out of hand. He is lovely with listening to us for guidance. There was one leg lift in the house, but he already figured out the dog door. Abe is quite agile and interested in pleasing you; maybe someone’s next sport dog?