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Tucker

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 Lori for more information on Tucker – 4 Year Old Male


July 9, 2020

Meet Tucker! He was actually a WBCR foster dog back in 2017, only then, he was named Polar. In 2017, he was relinquished from a loving family who just couldn’t give him the time and effort that a Border Collie puppy requires. They reported that even though he was really good with their young child, he was staring to have accidents in the house, so he was being kept in the garage (they didn’t have a fend-in yard). When cars would go by, he would pull whomever held his leash into the street.

Now, in 2020, Tucker was relinquished once again from a very loving home. This time, when his owner was having medical issues, Polar became reactive to the other dog in the house when the other dog started to get excited and bark. Below, we included some of his old web updates so you could compare his early behavior to his current traits. Tucker is super easy to live with, but we want you to have the entire story.

Tucker likes toys. Knows sit, drop it, lie down, come, has name and how to retrieve. He asks with a quiet woof to go out when he needs to go. So far he has definitely noticed other dogs barking but not joined in. His previous owner has done a very nice job with him.

October 9, 2017

Polar has fit into his new foster home really well. He is a favorite with our teenage daughters and his foster brothers are thrilled to have a partner for wrestling. He is a bit too interested in our cats but only the ones that try to run, otherwise he ignores them. He has shown some interest in our goats but is manageable. He has never had an accident in our home and seems to be trustworthy about chewing also. He is quiet in his crate unless he sees another dog running loose and has been sleeping through the night just fine.

His obedience training needs a little work as he tends to have selective hearing. He knows his name and comes quickly when there is nothing better to do but if he is busy doing something fun he tunes you out. We are working on positively reinforcing him for checking in with us when he is in the yard and it seems to be gradually working.

His personality seems to be more like that of a Golden Retriever than a Border Collie. Although he is a purebred Border Collie, he doesn’t seem to be as focused or intense as many I see. He has more of a “I love everyone” personality which will make him a great family pet for someone who is willing to do some training and will spend some time with him.

October 6, 2017

Polar has now moved from his temporary foster home to his regular foster home. He is thriving at the new foster home! Don’t get me wrong, at his temporary foster home, he did well, but he did pick on the oldest dog a little. No big fights or anything, but enough to make the old dog feel bummed out. So we kept Polar and the old dog separated most of the time when Polar was in the temporary foster home. In his regular foster home, Polar is with a big group of resilient dogs, and he gets along with all of them fabulously!

September 18, 2017

Polar is a sweet boy. I went to a tracking test in Illinois both days this weekend and took Polar along (I also had two of my own dogs along). Walking the three dogs at the same time wasn’t a problem until Polar saw a car driving. He likes to lunge at moving cars, so his new family will have to work hard on this with him. Everyone at the test LOVED Polar, so he got lots of petting and got to socialize with a different dogs on leash. Polar is happy-go-lucky. He would get along with everyone and everything if possible.

Being crated is the car is no problem for this guy. During our 1 hour drives this weekend, I almost forgot I had any dogs in the car. He even had a travel water bowl in the crate, and he didn’t spill it! He didn’t get sick in the car, so that was nice. Polar loves to play ball, and he loves to wrestle and play chase with my young dog. Being a puppy, he has a ton of energy, and he wants to run and play and chew on Nylabones all the time.

Polar respects the fence at my house and has never even thought about jumping over it. He’s got a good nose on him, so I often see him with his nose up, trying to catch the scent of whatever critter is in our trees. He’s fast and very agile. Polar is a great dog who should be able to find a home pretty quickly! He just needs a family that can devote consistent training time and help burn off his energy.