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Buddie

You must complete an adoption application with WBCR before we will consider you for one of our Border Collies (under the “adoption” link). 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 Amy/Fran for more information on Buddie – 9 Month Old Male

August 9

Buddie is settling into the routine at our house. He barked every hour the entire first night, but he only barked a couple times the following nights and finally slept through the night last night. He runs straight to his crate for meals and gobbles it right up, and he’s learning to sit and wait when we open his crate door. We have to be careful about how happy we sound when he does well because he pees when he gets excited so “Yay! Good boy, Buddie!” leaves a little trail of piddle as he exits. Buddie was well-loved by his previous family but they didn’t have the time to train him so he doesn’t know how to think yet. He acts and reacts. So we’re working self-control in more ways than just potty-training. He’s had an accident once or twice every day so far, but he’s working on it. We take him outside every 45 minutes, and we learned that he does better if he goes alone. When we let the other dogs out at the same time, he gets too distracted to potty. He is crated when we can’t be home with him, and his crate is ! clean when we get back so, although we initially thought he might have an infection, we’re thinking it’s more of a training issue at this point. We’ll still have the vet check it out tomorrow while Buddie’s there getting neutered & up-to-date on shots just to be sure.

New experiences are a bit scary for Buddie, but he gets over it quickly. For example, we had to hold his collar and basically drag him up the stairs the first time but he ran up on his own not 10 minutes later. We also had to pick him up to put him in our car the first 3 times then he suddenly jumped up all on his own the 4th time. The more experiences we can expose him to, the better so he will be starting adolescent class next week.

Buddie gets along quite well with our 5 dogs (ranging in age from 1-13). He respects the old dog and tries to wrestle with the young ones. Our youngest laid on Buddie’s paws the other day, and Buddie just sat there, happily “stuck.” 🙂 Our dogs have no qualms about putting him in his place, but the dogs in his forever family will need to have the same gumption. It’s obvious Buddie wasn’t with his littermates long enough to learn limits, but he takes my dogs’ corrections in stride and doesn’t challenge them. He did try humping my 3-year-old male but was told in no uncertain terms that wasn’t ok with him, and he hasn’t tried since.

Buddie LOVES to play! He catches some serious air going after frisbees! At 9-months old, we’re not encouraging this yet, but he has real potential as a disc dog. You’d barely feel him on a vault since he’s so little! ! (At this age, he’s done growing, and he’s visibly smaller than our 30 lb female. We’ll get an actual weight at the vet tomorrow.) Buddie’s very good at catching any type of toy, but he wants to destroy stuffed/fabric toys. We tried trading him for chew toys and, although he readily lets us take the stuffed toy, he doesn’t want to chew the Nylabones. Guess he doesn’t like the texture of those as much. He thinks all toys should be his, and his attempt to take toys from the other dogs while they’re playing has been met with resistance as you can imagine. He’s figured out that he’s the only one small enough to fit under our furniture so he takes toys under our bed or couch to play where the other dogs can’t get to him. I caught him on video last night: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kd9d-2GQfYs Even though he’s a wild child right now, he is stinking adorable and is very responsive to corrections. A simple “Ack! Off” or “Ack! Leave it” actually gets him to stop doing what he’s doing – at least for the moment – whether he was putting his paws on the windowsill or stealing toys. With structure and discipline, he is going to be the best little dog!

August 5

Buddy is 9 months old and still isn’t potty trained, but he’s a super sweet guy who’s very happy-go-lucky. We met at the dog park and absolutely no issues with any of my dogs. He peacefully lived with a Pit & 3 children under the age of 4 (with another on the way). He needs to be neutered & get his rabies vaccine, so Wisconsin Border Collie Rescue will take care of that ASAP. More information to come soon!