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Rex (Adopted!)

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 Andrea for more information on Rex (Adopted!)

June 3

Rex here! My foster mom doesn’t know I’m writing this update, because I’m having a doggy slumber party. Boy, did I have fun today! At first, I was a little unsure, because this was so different from my normal routine. I went to a state park and went on lots of walks. Some other dogs were there. I was friendly with them, but no wild playing. I was afraid of this little puppy – don’t make fun of me! The puppy moved fast! I got closer and closer to the puppy, and then I wasn’t afraid anymore.


After the park, I was pretty tired, but I got my second wind when I saw my ol’ litter mate, PICKLES! I was sooooooo happy to see him! We played and played. Pickles was pushy, but I let him have the upper paw. I would roll on the back and play that way while Pickles played on top. It worked out well, and I had a blast!

Just when I thought I was ready for bed, I arrived at the home of the slumber party… finally! I got to see my old dog friends from a play date we had a while ago. I especially love to play with my friend, Clover! She chases me, and I chase her. What a relationship! Tomorrow, I will go back to the state park, and then I go back to my normal foster home. That will be just as fun, because I love my foster mom and her dog, Zap!


May 29

Rex is getting more comfortable so he is showing his fun side. He is still a young dog so he is learning all the time. Potty training is making progress. He has never had an accident in his crate and he is getting better about being free in the house or chilling on a chew toy without taking a potty break in the living room. It also helps that I am learning his timing and signal for needing to go out.

He needs to learn to go down a full set of stairs. He can go up just fine but is scared to go back down. We will continue to work on this. We rarely use the other levels of the house so I need to make this more of our daily routine.


My favorite development is he is a bit of a talker. When we are getting ready to go for a walk, he prances and gives a bit of a rooo-rooo-ro. Not a bark, not a howl, just chatting to share his excitement. He loves bones and toys. He has been joining us on runs. He is steady and happy to run along side without pulling the leash. CLICK HERE to see a video here of him entertaining himself, playing keep away from my dog, and then an outdoor chase.

Rex is getting more confident meeting people. He has been going up to neighbors for pets and sitting next to them so they can pet him just right. He isn’t sure of some people of but if they have a dog or if he sees my dog approves, then he is cool with getting full pets. His recall is quite good; he is so happy to come running back to you. We are still working on his comfort level of being alone. Two weeks ago he would bark or whine for a bit if we left for a walk or went to bed without him. Now he is fine with being separate at bedtime. Recently we can go for a walk while he stays home and he gives a bark or two but then seems to be quiet.

He is just a sweet, loving dog!

May 21

It’s been less than a week that Rex has been away from his brother and in his new foster home with a new foster brother. He has had a lot to learn and take in the last two weeks of life. He is super sweet and has learned that humans want to give good pets which he asks for regularly. Here are some things I’ve learned about this young guy:

1. Rex is great with walking on a leash. He mostly walks next to or behind me. He checks in with me throughout the walk. He is more attention-motivated than treat-motivated. He likes to eat but if I want to reward him for something I pet his head and put a treat in his mouth.

2. He is young so we are working on potty training. He can hold it for nine hours without any problem while he is in his crate. When he is loose in the house and we are hanging out, he has had a couple accidents.

3. Rex loves to play and loves toys. It seems like his favorite game is playing keep away by finding a toy my dog wants and running around the room with it to get chased.

4. Rex is not a fighter. My dog has corrected him a few times to show what the rules are in the house. Rex just backs off.

5. I have learned to keep my shoes and other items off the floor or, like a puppy, he will take it and chew it. The times I have forgotten to put my shoes away, he allows me to take them from him without issue.

6. We are working on building his confidence to be an only dog. So leaving him in a crate without my dog in the same room and going for walks without my dog are ways he is practicing. He gets whiny in the crate if he can’t see my dog or me but does great on solo walks.

7. He has met a few people in the neighborhood and he goes right up to them for pets. He gets close enough for them to pet but keeps a little distance. With me he is comfortable with snuggling and loves head rubs, body rubs, and face scratches.

8. He had a bath yesterday and did quite well. He didn’t enjoy it but I was able to wash him by myself without him jumping out of the tub.

9. He is starting to learn sit. He sits to get released from his crate. He is working sitting when told to sit.

10. Rex is super sweet and playful. He would love a playmate but more so wants a forever family who wants to give him lots of love.

May 6-7

Rex and his brother (Pickles) were transported from Illinois to Wisconsin after being originally surrendered to a shelter in Missouri as strays. He was hesitant to come near humans at the shelter which he was at for ten days before coming into rescue with us. He was neutered, then went to a temporary foster home until his main foster home was ready. At the temporary foster home we could tell he was friendly to humans even though he didn’t get close for petting. He loved to play in the backyard with the several other Border Collies and quickly learned to run into his crate when he came inside the house.