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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 Amy (a/k/a Fran) for more information on Keegan – 5 Month Old Male (Rochelle, IL)

May 16

Keegan has only had one piddle accident since he arrived at our house. He’s very good about not pottying inside, but we do have to be patient and stay out quite a while for him to go potty outside. He’s just more interested in everything around him than he is in going potty. The only other “accident” he had was puking in the car the first day. Between driving from Wisconsin to Illinois then from my office to my house, my house back to the office, to the vet a half hour away, to an appointment I had afterwards…as we were leaving town to head back home, it proved too much for his already-stressed system. The weirdest part was that he was totally silent. If I hadn’t looked back at him, I wouldn’t have known he’d gotten sick at all. Good thing he was in a crate! Easily cleaned up and back on the road quickly. I thought he would’ve been all tuckered out and ready for a good night’s sleep, but he proved me wrong. He barked every couple hours that first night. The next few nights, he slept quietly until around 5am so he’s already getting more comfortable with our routine, but he’s definitely not comfortable in a crate. Since crates are so important for a long list of reasons, we’re working on teaching Keegan that being in a crate isn’t so bad.

At this point I would call Keegan a borderline Velcro dog. He definitely likes to be near me. He’s been hanging out at my office with me during the day and is absolutely a dream office pet. He doesn’t make a peep and just sleeps at my feet unless I stand up. As soon as I’m up, he’s up, and he followed me wherever I went the first couple days. Now that he’s getting more comfortable, he waits and watches me from his spot under my desk. It’s common for quiet dogs to start testing boundaries once they get comfortable with their environment so I’m mentally preparing myself that this might just be the calm before the storm.

Keegan tried out every dog bed in our house like he was Goldilocks & ended up settling down in the basket of dirty laundry in my closet of all things. He fluffed it, turned around a few times, and flopped down. The following morning, when I opened my closet door, he jumped right back into that basket again. Silly boy. He was awfully scared of our stairs at first so I sat about 4 steps down and waited for him to find his courage as I coaxed him down. He anchored his back feet on the top stair and stepped down 2 stairs with his front feet in order to be pet. Once he was rewarded for his bravery, he tried a few more, reached the landing, and headed back up then back down then back up then back down… It was really cute to watch him “practice.” In 10 minutes, he was a pro.

We visited our local dog-friendly frozen custard shop, and Keegan got his very own pup cup. However, he’s not very food motivated. He walked away from that dish of whipped cream 3 times. He eventually finished it, but he’s just not excited over food of any kind. I gave him a treat ball with his lunch in it and, well, you can watch and see how he was more excited to play with the ball than eat the food that fell out of it. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VLq48m3kkDY He’s not super toy-motivated either, but he’ll do just about anything for praise and petting. His little tail wags really fast when you say, “Yay, Keegan!”

Keegan was found with Hop (the dog Andrea is fostering), and they get along very well but neither was concerned when the other dog left the room, protective of each other, or displayed any behavior that made us think they must stay together. Since heading to their foster homes, neither dog has shown any more signs of stress than the average dog coming into foster care. They’re engaging with people and other dogs, eating and drinking normally, etc. I introduced Keegan to each of my dogs individually on day 2 then, since introductions went well, he interacted with my pack as a whole on day 3. Keegan loves to play, chase, and wrestle with other dogs, and he respects my grouchy dogs’ boundaries (I have one that’s 15-years-old who doesn’t like puppy bs, and I have one that prefers more personal space). This was their first group playtime, and you can see everyone’s getting along quite nicely: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HHFxrETDGi0 I also thought this video of Keegan meeting our 4-year-old female was cute ! enough to share. He’s adamantly trying everything he can think of to win her over and get her to play with him 🙂 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hcFl0clcDj4

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. Andrea is fostering the 10-month-old black and white male, and I get the privilege of getting to know the tri-colored pup whom we’re calling Keegan.

As we left the township building where he was being cared for, Keegan barked in the crate for a few minutes then got quiet but just sat and shook for about 10 more minutes. Soon, though, he laid down and relaxed for the rest of the hour-long drive. We hung out at my office for the afternoon, got a bath (which he was VERY good for!), then headed to the vet to get him up-to-date on vaccines and preventatives, get a HW & fecal test, have a few ticks removed, and be microchipped.

The vet believes he’s about 5-months-old since he still has several baby teeth so he’s too young to neuter at this time. Since we typically keep dogs in foster care for 4 weeks to get to know them and best match them with an appropriate home, Keegan will likely be neutered before he’s adopted. Otherwise, a special contract and deposit will be required in order to adopt him and have him neutered later, when he’s older. Keegan’s very tiny though – even for a young dog. He’s only 23 lbs so it’s unlikely he’s 100% Border Collie, although some purebreds can be small (it’s a lot less common). He possibly has herding instinct though! A bird landed nearby in the parking lot that he stalked; he was rather intent on the geese at another stop; and he darts at cars that drive past. We’re already correcting and redirecting the car-chasing, but it could to be misdirected herding instinct. Time will tell if it’s instinct to actually herd or just chase.

Another character trait that’s absolutely obvious upon meeting Keegan is how incredibly friendly he is. Every person who he sees – even if they’re a block away! – gets his full attention, and his tail starts wagging. If they’re within approachable distance, he tries his best to kiss their face. Random strangers even at the vet’s office got leaned on and kissed. If they’ll let him climb into their lap, he’s in heaven. You can see for yourself in his introductory video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sxGi5wKu5Kk