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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 (Adoption Pending!)

September 27

For the first few weeks, if Buddie wasn’t within eyesight in the morning, he was typically pooping in another room. Nowadays, when we can’t see Buddie, we’ll find him in his crate, waiting for breakfast 🙂 With an established routine, Buddie hasn’t had an accident in weeks. He has also figured out that the cave bed is tons of fun! See his adorableness in action here!

Buddie loves to give hugs & kisses, and he loves to be pet. He also loves to play with toys! His foster brother had a bone he wanted, and I caught him trying to convince Quin to give it to him. Buddie’s quite the annoying little brother around our house, but my dogs are very patient and accommodating with him (most of the time). Another adorable moment!

September 12

Buddie tried Lure Coursing last weekend, and he LOVED it! He was so much happier with this sport than he was with swimming! It was hard to video since the bright sun made it hard to see the LED screen and he was so far away, but you can get the idea at least in this clip: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
For people unfamiliar with Lure Coursing, it’s similar to the Greyhounds chasing the fake rabbit at the track except this is chasing plastic bags on the ground and they’re allowed (and encouraged!) to catch it.

Two of Buddie’s foster siblings also tried Lure Coursing the same day, and Buddie was quite patient as he waited his turn(s). He also made lots of friends – both human and canine – while he warmed up. Buddie’s very first run was a great success! When he finally caught up to the lure, he was a bit apprehensive approaching it, but the trainer was fantastic, patiently and quietly giving Buddie time to check things out at his own pace. Shout out to Pam at Leash on Life Lure Coursing in Oswego, IL! His second run was even better! He knew exactly what to do and had a blast! He slept the whole way home, snuggled up with his foster sister, and napped on & off all evening. I firmly believe it’s a successful day when you can wear out a 10-month-old Border Collie! 🙂

September 5

Buddie went swimming yesterday and, true to form, was really nervous. We took a few videos that you can watch on YouTube (SWIMMING VIDEO #1 and SWIMMING VIDEO #2). Dogs I’ve previously taken to the pool are typically out of their life vests in 15 minutes or less. In the hour we were there, Buddie never did get comfortable so we kept his life vest on the whole time. Whereas the other dogs jump in on their own and fetch toys, a very nervous Buddie was too scared to think about grabbing toys and had to be lifted off the deck and placed into the water every time. The one-time exception was when foster dad, Steve, called to Buddie from across the pool, motivating him enough to jump in & swim over, but then Buddie tried climbing out of the pool in a desperate attempt to have Steve save him 🙂 Buddie was much happier playing ball up on the deck! You can see him in the background of this short video, wagging his tail & looking much more relaxed (BUDDIE ON DECK VIDEO). If his forever family wants to turn him into a swimmer, he’s going to need a lot of encouragement, patience, and reconditioning in order to get over this fear.


August 23

Buddie’s vet visit went great! He moved in slow motion all that night as the sedation wore off from his neuter surgery, but if you didn’t know him in all his zippiness, you wouldn’t have known anything was “off.” The hardest part was keeping him from running & roughhousing for 5 days. He definitely felt the doctor’s orders were overly cautious.

Once he was medically cleared, Buddie went to school! He attended adolescent class with his foster sister, and the class took a field trip that night to Lowe’s to work on socialization skills and basic obedience with distractions. Since Buddie doesn’t have any training and is just starting to learn basic skills such as sitting to greet people and walking on-leash, he was a bit overwhelmed by the experience (lots of panting for an air conditioned building). He did great though! He met kids and adults, carts of all sizes, forklifts, and even doors that opened by themselves. He was not to be outdone after seeing his foster sister get a treat for sitting on a cart (pictured), and Buddie jumped up, too. He didn’t even react when we slowly moved the cart with him on it. The only negative of the whole experience was the clean-up needed in aisle 6. By the time Buddie crouched and I said no, he had already pooped. He is definitely doing better with potty training, but he’s obviously not 100% reliable yet.

At home, we’ve figured out he’s more successful if we have him go outside alone (without the other dogs to distract him), and we’re diligent about taking him out every 45 minutes – 1 hour. We still have to keep remin! ding him why he’s outside and repeatedly direct him to the yard instead of playing on the patio, but he gets such a happy face every time we have a celebratory Potty Party. Buddie is a very happy guy who is working hard to be the best little dog he can be!

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!