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Koda

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 Drue for more information on Koda6 or 7 Year Old Female (Adoption Pending!)

September 30

Koda’s on/off switch with her people is pretty perfect. Inside, she’s learned to be comfortable moving around the house wherever I go She’s curious- will quietly explore out of sight some, but doesn’t go far and checks in when I say her name. If I’ve settled in one room for a while, she happily hangs there, napping.

Outside, she’s an interactive imp. She can romp with her foster brothers a long time, then prances round and grabs things to chew. Her current sport is silently stealing a glove out of my pocket and laying down to mouth it near by. All innocence when I take it back, but it’s gone again when I reach into my pocket later. And green beans- she’s confident she doesn’t need more fiber in her diet…..first, she removes the string, next, picks out each tiny bean, then tears apart, but doesn’t swallow, the outer pod. The plastic football seems to taste better, so I removed it. 😏

Koda still watches and trots around her foster brothers when they retrieve balls and discs. No big- she’s full of playful good humor. This little girl makes you smile!

 

September 25

Koda is steadily gaining confidence as she’s settled in and is trusting me, her foster sibs and our steady routines. Inside, she’s no longer as uncertain navigating rooms and doors. Unexpected movement or noise and unfamiliar situations cause her to shy away or freeze, but she accepts reassurance, then handles those situations. She responds well to most things when she’s not hurried.

This unfailingly sweet girl kisses by lightly touching her nose on my face. She likes to be with us, but isn’t a velcro dog- she chews toys in the same room and will come close for some lovin’ when called. Puppy-like, she’ll also chew shoes, grab the remote and taste test corners of things like the coffee table and the cement patio step. Lately, she’s barked very briefly in the middle of the night, either alerting to outside noises or testing to see if that brings anyone to her crate. The first two times this happened, everyone remained silent and she stopped. Her crate remains dry in the morning, so I’m not concerned that she needs to go out. Last night, I called out “No! Quiet!” and she stopped and stayed quiet. Training wise, she’s doing well with sit, come and leave it. We’re making progress with wait. Her word recognition is increasing- she knows go outside, this way, gentle, quiet, breakfast, dinner and play.

She’s becoming more physically active and playful, inside and out. Outside, she runs more than she did just two weeks ago and is a real character when she gets the zoomies. She’s comfortable in our fenced, wooded back yard and, after romping with her foster brothers, now goes exploring without me or the other dogs in sight. So far, she checks in without fail when I call or whistle for her. She’s begun playing keep away when I want her to come inside. We’re working on that, but I like that she’s feels OK to test. She remains a lower activity level dog overall, but time will tell as her endurance and confidence continue to improve.

September 17

Koda is a sweetie- small and sturdy, good natured and wants to please. She is affectionate and loves to be loved. Koda was relinquished by a family who adopted and took good care of her, but felt she would do better in a home without young children because they made her nervous.

The past 5 days, Koda has been getting to know her foster home, which has dog and cat siblings. She likes them all! She is quiet in the house and has had no potty accidents. She moves cautiously inside, but is gaining confidence with a consistent routine. She likes it best when we make any transition from one place to another slowly.

Koda currently shows her true self outside, where she sparkles and flirts to get her foster brothers to play. There’s some light weight boxing (she starts it with her right paw bopping them on the head) and some crouch, stare, charge and chase. She does this in brief spurts, then lies down to chew a toy. No fetch yet, but she will pounce on tossed balls.

Koda’s just begun barking a couple of warnings outside when she hears loud male voices (generally cyclists) on the road. It’s a good, big bark and she stops as soon as she’s done her job.

She walks on leash with little pulling and hasn’t been fazed by passing cars, the sound of a train or other dogs being walked. She did stop in her tracks when a jogger was coming towards us, but moved on as soon as he’d passed. She’s calmly met both male and female visitors here. She was good on a vet visit and everyone there commented how super sweet she is. More to follow as she continues to settle in.