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Morty

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 Morty (9 Month Old Male)

October 11

So here’s the update on Mr. Mort: Mort is super cute and super sweet! He is a really big puppy that doesn’t know much of anything- he hasn’t been exposed to things and obviously has had no training. We find him very amusing and refer to him as Forrest Gump. He can certainly learn things, but he does it at his own speed (which is usually on the slow side). The key word around here is Supervision. Mort must be watched at all times, except when sleeping. He is always looking for something to get into or to put in his mouth. He will chew or eat almost anything so we are working on “leave it’ and ‘drop it’. It is easy to redirect him to appropriate chew toys which he enjoys.

Housebreaking is coming along. Again, he needs supervision. He is not real obvious about letting you know if he has to go out, although that may change as he gets older. I take him out very frequently to prevent accidents.

He and my dog, Rock, get along really well and play a lot. Morty is the pesky younger brother though and does things just to annoy Rock and get a reaction. He has started to be more interested in the cats and will chase them so, again, working on ‘leave it’ with that too. I think he needs to be in a home that has another dog as he really seems to enjoy, not just playing with them, but also their company. I feel that he would be a bit lonely without that.

Mort is a wonderfully sweet, goofy puppy that makes us smile all the time. He is more of a low to medium energy dog right now. He likes to just wander around the yard sniffing everything. Physically he is doing well and his leg doesn’t seem to bother him at all. He has put on some weight and is looking good. He has grown and is as tall as Rock and I think still has some growing to do. I will continue to keep you up to date on his progress.

September 25

Morty came to a shelter in southern Mississippi with a broken femur, and the shelter did not have the resources to treat his injury so they eventually reached out to rescues. With a little help from our friends, Morty made his way north and arrived at his foster home after almost 20 hours in the car. He needs a bath and needs to gain a few pounds, but he’s using his leg a lot more than we expected him to (jumping into the car on his own, jumping up on people for some lovin’, and climbing up & down stairs without hesitation), so paws crossed that the vets/surgeons give him a good prognosis.

He loves to be petted and kisses your hands in return. However, when Morty was approached by a fellow traveler during a potty stop on the road, Morty backed up into the transporter and emitted a low, quiet growl. He had the same fear-response to a fabric sign in the grass, blowing in the wind, during a different potty stop. With minimal reassurance, Morty regained confidence, but it is interesting that he had only known that person for 2 hours yet trusted them to protect him from what he perceived was scary. He was too stressed to potty at all during the last half of his journey, but he did finally pee & poop the next morning.

He stayed at another foster home overnight on his journey north, and he met their 13-year-old dog through the screen door with tails wagging high. They greeted each other appropriately and remaining in the same room was uneventful save for the grouchy old lady telling Morty he was too close to her toy. Morty quickly backed up and just looked at! her with a “I didn’t mean anything by it!” expression. The following morning, Morty met Buddie (another young WBCR foster dog) and an immediate game of chase & wrestle broke out. It was adorable to watch the instant friendship bloom 🙂 I think it’s safe to say Morty gets along with other dogs!

September 23

We just got Morty into foster care. He came from Mississippi. He also came with a leg that’s been broken for a while. Wisconsin Border Collie Rescue is scheduling a vet appoint ASAP for more X-Rays and a visit with someone to see if surgery is necessary. He’s a super sweet guy already!