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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). 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 Andrea for more information on Hops – 7 Month Old Male (New Berlin, WI)

May 19

Hops is one happy dog. He loves people, toys, dogs, walks, and all things about life. Here are a bunch of reasons he is cool:
He only had two accidents in the house and that was within the first 24 hours. Interesting fact: He has never gone #1 or #2 on leash and we have gone for some long walks. I help him out by letting him out in the backyard before and after to do his business.
He is good on walks. He is not a big puller unless you want to keep walking and he is interested in smelling the flowers. Then I count to 5 and say “okay, Hops, let’s go” and he obliges.

He likes chew toys but they don’t have to have a squeaker. The silence is music to my ears.
When it’s time to go for a walk, he gets so excited but sits without me telling him to so I can put on his harness.
I have my guinea pigs on a table in a spare room with a gate blocking the entrance. Hops hops over the gate when I am in there. He is curious about the pigs but doesn’t act like he wants to eat them. He just sniffs and looks at them while I clean the cages.
He is still quiet in his crate all night.
He loves to snuggle and would love to be a lap dog if you let him.
This video show him during his busy body times which is a lot of the time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiFMo9ad3us

May 16

Hops arrived to his foster home on May 14 and has been happy, fun, and curious since arrival. He was a bit stressed the first 12-24 hours after quite a busy, stressful week of experiencing being a stray, living in shelter, staying at a vet, being neutered, and then arriving at his temporary home. I’d be a bit worried too.

He is fairly quiet in his crate. He goes in on his own but whines/barks for a minute or two which is quiet manageable especially for the second night in a new place. My dog has been assertively communicating with Hops when he gets too excited or too loud and Hops backs off without showing any aggressive behavior in return. He really wants to play and chase but I will have to find a play date for that kind of fun. He whines because my dog won’t play with him but he also has to wait for his neuter incision to heal yet.

He doesn’t seem to like car rides. For his trip to the foster home, we put a blanket over the crate and played music with bass. There was still some barking but it was manageable. Hops likes chew toys like durable squeakers and can stay occupied for a few minutes of time on his own. He likes to stay near my dog or me for attention and cuddles.

To let me know it’s time to go out, he stops moving and looks at me; otherwise he is mostly in motion and busy like a normal 7 month old Border Collie. A couple times he has taken a pen or non-dog-toy item from the table but stops chewing when I say “hey” and let’s me take it. I exchange it for something appropriate but he’s fine with just the pets and attention too.

He knows sit. He is learning “wait” before leaving his crate and “down” which he is catching on to quickly. He jumps on people so he is learning “off” as well.

May 13

WBCR was contacted about two male strays picked up together in Wisconsin. A woman saw them sitting near the road on her way to work and asked her husband to go check on them. He drove out a bit later and found them in the same spot his wife saw them in so animal control believes they were dumped. The bigger dog had a microchip but the people he was registered to said they knew nothing about the younger dog and had given the older (they said he’s 10-months-old) dog to someone else because his kids were allergic. He tried contacting the person he’d given him to, but no one ever responded or came to reclaim the dogs, so we arranged transportation and set up foster homes for each.

Hops headed to the vet for a check up and neuter. He was friendly and loved everyone. The vet believes he is more like 7 months old. They picked the name Hops because he hops around when he’s happy. They are correct about that. He’s so cute!