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Libby (Adoption Pending!)

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 Claudia for more information on Libby (formerly Lobo) – 5, 6, or 7 Year Old Female (Adoption Pending!)

August 8

After a week and a half, Libby has completely settled in. She is a super sweet girl! The dogs are all getting along- actually they just ignore each other for the most part. So far, she has shown no interest in playing with toys either. I think she would rather hang with people and get lots of pets.

Libby does really well on leash and seems to enjoy going for walks. She can walk easily by people, other dogs, and cars. She doesn’t really get distracted by much, except for the cranes we scared up next to the path. Even then, a simple “hey Libby, let’s go” is all it took to get her attention back. I haven’t found anything so far that she seems to bother her. She’s fine with thunder and fireworks and even the loud bang of the transformer down the road blowing out in the middle of the night. I think she is a very stable dog. I had to take her to the vet a week ago on Saturday, for an ear infection and she was very good for the ear cleaning and treatment and a nail trim too. The vet even commented on how easy she was to deal with.

We’ve been doing some training too. She seems to know “sit’ and we are working on ‘down,’ ‘wait,’ and ‘off.’ She is very food motivated and easy to train. She can get pushy though so that will need to continue to be addressed. With her temperament and lower energy level (although we’ll see if that changes a bit after she recovers from her spay) I think she might make a good therapy dog candidate.

Libby was spayed today and will be recovering over the next week or so. She was a bit on the curvy side, as we like to say here, so, hopefully, with the surgery and increased activity, she will get in better shape and make a really nice walking companion.

The one “issue” that Libby does seem to have is her interaction with cats. She tends to fixate on them (and not in a good way if there is such a thing). I have 4 cats and have been keeping them separated because I don’t trust her with them.

I am looking forward to picking Libby up from the vet tomorrow and spending more time with her. We are enjoying having her here and helping her get ready for her forever home.

July 23

Libby has been in her new foster home for 5 days and she has found her groove. Here are the things she is working on:
1. When she is happy to see you, she puts her front paws on you. Very gently in a sweet way but we are teaching her to be invited first.
2. She is on a diet so she can feel good and healthy.
3. Combine the two items above and it equals “counter surfer.” I make sure food isn’t reachable because I think she would help herself.

Here are the things that make her unique:
1. She knows what she wants. I tried to do a second loop around the block but when we passed my house, she stopped, sat down, and refused to move. That was her way of telling me her walk was done. She has also done this when she found something really good to smell during the walk and I tried to move her along. She goes on long walks and loves them so don’t be fooled into thinking she is lazy.
2. She is a little resource-guardy but I just feed her in her crate and close it when she is done so my dog doesn’t go in.
3. She hasn’t been interested in toys yet.
4. She and my dog posture to each other once in a while. They see who can get their tail higher and who can stand up straighter. I have heard a growl or two out of both of them but no teeth showed and no arguments. I just tell them to knock it off and they go their separate ways.

Here are all the things we love about her already:
1. She is quiet in her crate or when dogs walk past the house.
2. She walks very nicely on a leash. When a rabbit or squirrel moves she pulls but otherwise we just walk with ease.
3. She loves to be by humans. She loves getting pets but just lies down patiently next to you until you’re ready to pet her.
4. Libby gets excited when it is meal time. She sits and watches as I dish up her food then runs to her crate. Otherwise she is a calm dog.
5. She is just happy all the time. I can tell where she is because I often just hear her tail thumping. On walks her tail wags nonstop.
6. She is potty trained! Zero accidents.

July 20

More information to come on Libby! Libby (formerly Lobo) was found in Illinois as a stray. She did not appear to have vet care, so Wisconsin Border Collie Rescue tested her and vaccinated her. She needs a dental cleaning and tooth extraction, and we will also remove her mammary tumor when we spay her. Very sweet, friendly dog and interested in people. Libby is a bit chunky (52 pounds) and will start her diet soon. This girl appears to be a good thinker and enjoys being fawned over. Stay tuned for more updates!