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Cami

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 Cami – 10 Month Old Female (Rochelle, IL)

Please note: We currently have received several applications for Cami.

December 20

Cami visited with Santa and told him exactly what kind of family she wants for Christmas. Her reaction to the training facility surprised me though. She panicked the moment we got inside, hid behind furniture, peed on the floor, & pawed at the door. She didn’t act that way at the vet, PetSmart, my office, my chiropractor’s office… My guess is that the large, open, echoing room was the trigger because once I got her into the smaller room where Santa was waiting, the Cami we know returned immediately. We will be dropping in on classes there and other facilities to start desensitizing her in order for her family to easily take her to agility or disc or any other classes for her to excel at.

Cami visited our dog park for the first time this past weekend. We’re usually the only ones at the park so it’s always a stress-free time. The people Cami was staying with before us said she likes frisbees so, while we waited for my dogs to arrive at the park, we tested the theory. As ball-crazy as she is at our house, she completely ignored the ball at the park in lieu of a disc being thrown! Aerial leaps aren’t a good idea until she’s older & her growth plates close so we did a lot of rollers, but you can see the “test” throws here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dcXGOGVlZIc

Cami has adjusted so quickly to being with our dogs! She acts like she’s been here for months instead of weeks, playing appropriately with our boys and our girls and respecting their boundaries. We have an elderly dog who doesn’t appreciate puppy chaos, and we have a young female that has personal space issues. Both of them make it clear that it’s not okay to get too close, and Cami has not pushed it. One of the first nights Cami was allowed to interact with our entire pack, I heard dogs tearing through the house with the zoomies – up and down both sets of stairs, in and out of every room – only to catch Cami and Fiona (our personal-space issue dog) chasing each other in the most playful way. Even Fiona decided early on that Cami wasn’t so bad. You can see how casual their interactions are at the dog park: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nacCEFP0rTQ

Cami is fantastic for meal time. We feed fosters separately from our pack so she eats in her crate in “her” room. She readily goes to her crate and waits for me to tell her “Go!” Need proof? Watch this good little girl: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Go7aTbftRV4

Grooming goes pretty well, too. Cami got brushed & got her nails trimmed last week. She was a huge wiggle butt, but tolerated it without any hint of malice. She just did NOT want to sit still for any length of time. That’s a pervasive personality trait for her. If she wanted nothing to do with being pet or snuggling, I would just think she’s a Border Collie. But she WANTS to cuddle! She just can’t sit still to do it. She jumps up on my lap then wiggles and wiggles and nibbles my nose and wiggles some more. I’ve affectionately labeled her as the worst cuddler ever. It’s kind of adorable. See for yourself: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V7YA6Fc_NJk

December 5

Cami visited the vet the first day she was in foster care to get up-to-date on vaccinations and make sure she was healthy. She quickly made friends with the small dog she met in the waiting room and was very well-behaved in the exam room. She thought it was awesome that these people were giving her so many treats! Cami is underweight and experiencing a pseudo pregnancy so the vet wants to wait a few weeks before spaying her in order for her symptoms to dissipate and to gain a few pounds, but otherwise Cami got a clean bill of health. We also learned that she rides very nicely in the car, and she loves Starbucks! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ccnuVfEJTTE

Later that night, Cami met my own dogs over the baby gate. Everyone was very appropriate but we figured she’d had a big enough day and waited until the following evening to let them interact. I chose to start introductions with our youngest dog who has a play style similar to Cami’s, and it went exactly I expected! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yg5ooO1_TbI By the end of the night, Cami met 4 of our dogs ranging from 14-years-old to 20-months-old. The only behavior we corrected was her barking at the other dog when they don’t play with her. She has a high-pitched voice that makes you squint one eye, too! So far, so good though. She’ll meet the other two dogs another day then work on group interactions. We want to set her up for success so we’re taking it slowly. Going from a situation where she was the only dog to a foster home with six other dogs is a big difference.

In the meantime, Cami is spending her mornings at the office with me, playing ball and working on puzzle games. In true Border Collie fashion, she’s not much for cuddling and petting. She would MUCH rather have you throw a toy! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xARObACmrrU (p.s. – check out the crouch she has as she waits for me to throw the ball! 🙂 )

December 3

Cameron is a 9-month-old red female with amber colored eyes who found her way to WBCR after her family lost everything in a house fire and couldn’t care for her as they planned to. She’s only been at our house for 12 hours so far but she slept through the night without making a sound and has gone potty outside consistently. Her breakfast arrived in a puzzle ball this morning that only took her 30 seconds to figure out. Watch the clever girl here:

She LOVES to play tug and LOVES to play fetch and catch, but she thinks she has to be in high-speed motion at all times so we’re already working on self-control. She went to the office with me today and, after playing ball and meeting a few new people, I put her in the crate for a nap. After we went outside, played some more, and met some more people, she put herself into the crate for some downtime and quietly chewed on a bone! Progress! Last night, she was shown the importance of waiting when doors are opened, and she impressed me with how quickly she learned and generalized the skill to every door! She makes eye contact beautifully, checking in whenever she’s unsure of what I want, and she reacts immediately when told something isn’t acceptable whether it’s a correction from me or one of my dogs. Even though her short life has lacked stability, she’s a very sweet and friendly girl who I can already tell will make a fantastic dog for a very lucky someone.