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Scout (a/k/a Scooter)

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 Scout6 Year Old Female (New Berlin, WI)

January 13

My foster mom still says I am awesome inside and outside of the house. She likes that I am good at sharing when playing ball with the other dogs. She also likes that I am such a good listener when I want to bring a toy on a walk and she tells me to drop it. I always remember where I left it when we return. I can be a little food protective but that’s why I like to eat in my crate. My foster mom continues to tell me every day “Oh Scout, you are so cute. You have the softest head of any dog I know.” Yeah, I’m pretty and fun to pet, I great combo. Plus my recall is awesome even when I’m focused on playing ball.

January 6

My name is Scooter and I am a workaholic. Who has time to lollygag when there is a ball to catch and return? I like to be as efficient as possible with my job so if another dog is faster than me, I let them bring it back to the general launch area but I make sure to place the ball directly between the human’s feet. I think it’s odd when the other dogs don’t want to play ball. I just wait under the picnic table for the work to start. While everyone is strolling around the yard, I keep my eye on the ball so I’m ready to start as soon as the game begins. I like to rest in my crate and on the dog bed; those are two places I can keep my guard down. Okay, I gotta go. I think we are getting treats next so I want to eat mine in my crate to keep the others away.

December 30

Scooter continues to be awesome. She is so happy and full of life. When we are playing ball outside she is the last one to get tired. She isn’t hyper; she is just ready to play ball at any time of day. She has been living with a six month old puppy who wants to take away her ball. Scooter will tell her with a polite growl to back away. When that doesn’t work, Scooter walks away to get out of the situation.

She is so sweet to her human. When she does make herself available for pets, she loves them. After a minute or less, she gets up to throw a toy my way.

The last few days she has been initiating play to the other dogs. There is some tap dancing, tail wag, and staring to entice them to chase or wrestle with her…I can’t tell which one. No one is taking the bait…not even the puppy who does the same play invite but at a different time.

Scooter is ready for her forever home and is looking for someone throw the ball to her and let her be her cute, confident self.

December 16

Hi! My name is Scout but I respond better when you call me Scooter. I am ready to meet and find my forever family. Pick me if you like to play fetch!

When I was in my first home, I didn’t need a crate while my family was away or at night for sleeping. Since I have arrived in foster care, I don’t mind going into my crate at all. I like to eat my meals in my crate because it’s too hard to focus on eating and protecting my food from other dogs. Enough about that, let’s talk about more important things like balls and frisbees!

I love to play fetch. I am fantastic at it whether I am by myself or with other dogs. I am polite and always last the longest. When the human is getting ready for work or doing the dishes, I like to lie down next to her and rest. When she is being lazy in her chair, I remind her that there are different objects to choose from to throw across the room.

I am a huge communicator with my different sounds. The human can translate my barks, rumbles, and whines pretty easily. She relies on body language too. I’m easy to read. Sometimes on walks when I notice something different I alert her by giving little growls and soft woofs. For example on last night’s walk, there was a big truck parked on the street and not in the driveway. I made sure she knew it was up ahead so we could sniff it and confirm that it was safe to walk on by.

My tail is long like my legs. The human says it makes me unique and beautiful. I agree.

December 9

I learned that once Scout settles, she loves to get her belly rubbed. She thinks it’s awesome. Ball is still her favorite, but we are practicing not to be annoying when begging for the ball to be thrown. I think she does a great job; she will stop whining when you tell her to stop. It’s very sweet and polite.

We have to go outside without any toys so that she can do her business. If she brings a toy, she is too focused on it to remember to go to the bathroom. Once it is playtime, she watches the other dogs with the ball closely and runs down the yard with them. If one of the dogs gets it but doesn’t bring it all the way back, she grabs it and places it directly between my feet. If she doesn’t drop it, I say “drop it” and she responds immediately.

Scout has the softest little nose. So cute and so happy all the time.

December 3

Scooter adapted very quickly to her new foster home and she is so enjoyable to have around. She is a happy dog with all parts of her every day life. Happy to play, happy to get her harness on, happy to go outside, happy to go into her crate, happy to see you, happy to get pets, and happy to get belly rubs. You get the idea.

We went for our first run this past weekend. She pulled a bit but was in seventh heaven! I think she smiled the whole time.

We are working on “settle.” If I am doing dishes or moving around the house, she offers the ball to me but isn’t over the top. If I sit to watch tv or type on the computer (like now), she begs for me to throw a ball by offering me ball after ball. It is fun to play fetch and frisbee with her though. She is so polite to the other dogs who race to get it. Scooter can catch a fast pitch with a lot of skill. She returns the ball or frisbee directly between my feet. Sometimes she stands between my feet just waiting for me to say “drop it” and then she does.

 

She knows “down” for lie down, “sit,” “go home” to go into her crate, and her name “Scooter” very well which she comes running to you when she hears it.

She is pretty vocal when it comes to communicating her excitement. When we start getting ready for a walk, it’s like she is pacing saying “Oh my, Oh my, Oh. My. Goodness. Really!? For real!? Are we going now? Are we? Am I going too? Oh wow oh wow oh wow!” I’m not sure if I have heard her bark yet so she is not that type of vocal.

While I get ready for work or for bed, she likes to curl up in the bathroom to hang out with me. She doesn’t ask to play ball; she just settles and rests looking cute waiting for a belly rub or face scratch.

FYI, As I am finishing up this update, she has lied down next to my chair and ready to take a nap. She understands that we are taking a little break from ball play for a few minutes.

 

November 18

Meet Scout (a/k/a Scooter)! I met Scout for the first time last night. She’s actually 5 years and 10 months old, but she will turn 6 soon enough, hence her age listing above. She is a purebred Border Collie, tri-color, smooth-coat. She comes from a loving family that decided to relinquish her due to the fact that the newborn child makes weird, different sounds. Maybe those sounds remind Scout of a type of toy or animal, or maybe those sounds just make Scout a little nervous. After Scooter started to air-snap when the baby cried, the family didn’t want to chance harm to neither the child nor the dog. They feel so empty not having this special girl, but in their hearts, they know this was the best thing for both the child and the dog since the parents both have immensely demanding professions.

Scout is completely up-to-date vet-wise, and she is very healthy. Saying that she is athletic would be an understatement for this ball-crazy Border Collie! I’ve only had her a day, but she is a GREAT dog! However, she desperately needs plenty of mental stimulation. She has intelligence and skill, so she needs and wants a job. She also needs/wants physical exercise.

Scout is fantastic with other dogs (I have 5 of them)! She avoids conflict and can ignore dogs. My young dog was a little growly, and Scout just kept her distance and found a ball. The situation just dissolved. Feeding Scout, I’m able to put something in the kennel while she’s eating without needing to worry one bit about my hand. Scooter just lets us do anything and any time. She may not enjoy grooming, but she tolerates it.

I do highly recommend teaching Scout down-time. She gets so excited playing ball, she struggles with settling down. I’m just a temporary foster until after the holiday, but I’m trying to teach her “Settle” and once she does it for a little bit, I praise her and then put her in her crate for P&Q (Peace & Quiet). Then I can gradually increase the “Settle” time, and eventually the P&Q in the crate could go away.

Scoutie travels very well in the car. She’s excellent about going into her crate. She can be a wonderful running partner, as she walks/runs pretty well on a leash. She LOVES walks!!! This dog has very little issues and would integrate into a new home very easily. Our rescue really does want someone who will work with her, whether it’s intensive training or dog sports. And, of course, Scout needs to play ball and go for walks. I can’t get over what a nice dog she is!