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Please contact Lori for more information on Seven7 Year Old Male (Caledonia, WI)

October 21

Hi! It’s me, Seven. I took over the computer for a few minutes. I just wanted to brag about how good I was at Border Collie Day last month! My foster mom was worried I might bark a lot, but I was nice and quiet. I got to play with a lot of dogs, and I was super nice to all of them!

I greeted some people, and I was perfect the entire time except for one little growl at the end of the day when the humans took my ball away. It was just a growl. That’s the way I communicate sometimes. In the past, humans were afraid of my growl and would let me get my way. This time, the humans knew me so well, they told me to knock it off, so I did. I have to try to take over sometimes, but I’m okay with complying if my human is assertively commanding me.

Once someone is living with me, we figure out a rhythm, and I can be an extraordinary companion. The teenager in my foster home is my favorite, and I especially like to hang out and snuggle with her. Excuse me if I toot my own horn, but I really am a very good boy! I hope you enjoy my newest pictures. I’m going to go back and snuggle with my human now. This is Seven – Signing off!


July 19

Some friends came over this past weekend and met Seven for the first time. Lots of exclamations about how sturdy and comfortable he was. And what a plush coat! It was hard not to pet him and pet him some more. Seven basked in all the attention and fuss over him. I was very happy at his reaction to meeting lots of new people at one time.

He also showed them how much he talks. Seven is pretty remarkable for his range of vocalizations- he always holds up his end of the conversation! Some of his communications can sound like a growl, but you quickly learn what’s just his baritone chiming in and what’s an appropriate growl. By the way, actually knowing how to growl is a good thing. It’s always preferable to those poor dogs who get labeled as unpredictable because nervous humans have trained them to bottle up this normal form of dog communication.

Some other dogs were at the weekend gathering and he was interested in greeting them from his vantage point of host of the house. It was too hot to go out to play, but he didn’t mind. He was happy going from person to person for all the good petting and chat. This guy has got a BIG personality and he’d love to be a full fledged member of his very own forever family. The kind of family who’d listen to him and engage in some friendly debate before letting him know that his vote wasn’t going to be the deciding one. But he’d know that he mattered and they’d know that they were lucky to have him. Oh and he is hoping his new family has some tennis balls to play with too. Next to cuddling, playing with balls of all shapes and sizes is his favorite thing to do!

June 6

Seven is a great dog. I have one somewhat reactive dog, and when he barks, Seven barks. I also have one very snarly female Border Collie, and when she snaps at Seven, he will snap back. However, when this stunningly handsome boy doesn’t have another reactive dog to react to, he’s an awesome guy! He is looking forward to getting adopted in the near future so he can snuggle and play with his new human family! And as you can see from the picture below, he would love to snuggle with another dog as long as the dog isn’t too reactive (Seven is the one resting his head on the other dog).


May 10

Seven has really connected with one family member in particular, my teenage daughter. He would snuggle with her all day long if he could! Of course, he would need some breaks to play ball. He’s so good at playing ball, sometimes he can fit two or three of them in hos mouth at a time!

This boy is smart and likes to “play games” by challenging his human to little battles of wit. In the beginning, he was hard to get in the house. Then he was perfect ever since… until last week when I was trying to leave for work. Seven did not want to come in. Sometimes a snarly (in a human way), “Cut it out and get in here right now!” will work, and other times positive tones with lots of treats will work. It depends on the day, I guess. He will play the same “games” at his crate. That’s when the firm tone along with the, “Cut it out and get in there!” will work better. Most of the time, he’s fabulous, though!

Seven needs a strong leader who will not give-in and will not play his “games.” Once he knows his place, you’ll have a snuggler for the rest of his life. He will be some work, but it will pay out in the end. You’ll have a very strong bond with this loving boy!


April 22

Hey! Seven, the cool guy, here! On Wednesday, my foster mom took me to the farm where she takes sheep herding lessons. I was there just for socialization, so I didn’t try sheep. My foster mom was afraid I might bark and be obnoxious, but boy, did I surprise her! I was a perfectly quiet, handsome boy! A lady I met a couple times before tried to get my attention at the farm. I let her pet me, but I was more interested in the new surroundings. I enjoyed watching all of the people, the ducks, and the sheep. I love being outside!

Sometimes, I can be really vocal (in a very low tone that can be misunderstood). And sometimes I can be a little cranky and feed off of noisy dogs that are being naughty. But when my foster mom just says, “Knock it off!” I comply nicely. I’m such a good boy! Please note that I may test my humans, so I need a strong leader who understands canine behavior. Now I just need a home with people who love me! Try me; you’ll like me, Mr. Personality!


March 24

Our buddy Seven hasn’t had much interest so we wanted to be sure and let you know some facts about him.

Seven Things About Seven:
Seven Loves balls and toys and is self entertaining.
Seven is very loyal and loving.
Seven is housebroken and has never lifted his leg in the house.
Seven is trained and knows sit, down, kennel, back up, come and shake.
Seven is calm and mellow in the house.
Seven can run fast.
Seven is very healthy!

Things Seven loves: wrestling with his foster brothers, his balls and toys, food, cuddling with his teenaged caretakers, and chewing on nylon bones, belly rubs.

Things Seven is not fond of(but he has learned to tolerate) : Getting his feet wiped, someone other than him getting the ball, actually giving up the ball (still working on this one), new people (if they throw balls or have good treats he’s a fan).

Seven is “talker” who will growl when he interacts with you sometimes. It took us awhile to break the code and to understand when he was being crabby (foot wiping) and when he was just talking (belly rubs). He is a dog that requires a strong leader who understands dog behaviors. He also needs someone in charge who will give him clear boundaries and will firmly tell him to knock it off if he is grumbly about something he doesn’t like. He is very cuddly and sweet with my teenage daughters who enjoy playing and interacting with him. He is looking for a family to call his own that will love him for his great qualities and will give him the continued training and boundaries he craves.

February 24

Seven has settled into his foster home and is currently living with 5 other dogs and 6 cats. He has shown no interest in the cats at all and they don’t seem to mind him. His previous home reported that he would chase cats that would run but we have not seen that. He seems to enjoy playing with the young male dogs in the house. He has a couple of “run ins” with the crabby female dogs over toys and food but a sharp voice correction caused him to immediately stop his behavior (snarling). He does have tendency to think he can protect balls and food but that has only been an issue with our dogs that also think that they can do the same. He has been okay with me taking things away.

Seven has definite favorites in our home and has chosen my 15 year old daughter as his person. He is animated with her and enjoys snuggling with her. He is less affectionate with other members of the family but will solicit petting occasionally from the rest of us.

He is a grumbler and will growl (or a couple of times even air snap) when he doesn’t like something. A “knock it off” seems to remind him of his manners and he allows whatever is happening. For example when he first arrived he was not used to be put in a kennel and air snapped at my husband when he put him in the kennel. Now he actually waits to go in and is happy to get to go in to get his special peanut butter Kongs. He is quiet all night long in his crate. His previous owners say he was fine loose in the house at night and when they were gone and I believe that is very likely the case but we are kenneling him so we know he is okay with it and to give our cats a break from dogs.

Seven loves to play with toys and probably because he grew up as an only dog, enjoys playing by himself as well as with a person. I watched him play keep away with my younger dog and Seven’s favorite ball for a long time the other day and he seemed to be having a great time.

Seven rides great in the car and has been on several rides. He can hop into the back of my truck and settles in for the ride in his crate.

He is completely housebroken and has never had a accident in our home.

Seven would be a great companion for a couple or a family with older children. I believe he needs a home with a family who will require him to behave and who will not be afraid to correct him when he is growly or thinks he can avoid something he would prefer not to do. He knows multiple commands and seems quick to learn so he could be a fun dog to teach some tricks to.

February 12

Seven was transferred to his permanent foster home near Racine, WI on the 9th (the day after he was transported from his home). With the bigger house and yard, he really opened-up and gained more confidence! He was introduced to cats and dogs right from the get-go, and he was fabulous with them! If he was lunged at, Seven would stand up for himself, but he never showed any aggression. An he surprisingly ignored the cats for the most part! His previous owner reported a nipping behavior, but we’re noticing that with a strong leader who’s not afraid to give a vocal correction, he does not resort to that behavior. He probably should not be around very young kids just to be safe, though.

This adorable goof is fitting in well so far. We used a long line tonight since he was tough to catch when we ran him when he was first delivered to his permanent foster home. Of course he has come in just fine without us having to use the line. My husband “helped” him into the crate to eat earlier, and he was fine with it. No cat issues or dog to dog issues at this point. He rides great in the car and was fine with everyone he met at the vet clinic today. As I type this, my dog, Irene, is snarling and showing him all her teeth. He lifted his lip too but a guttural warning from me stopped it.

February 9

Seven (who is coincidentally 7 years old) came into foster care yesterday. I had to re-fresh my memory on his age, because he acts younger. He’s very sweet, treat-motivated, and eager to please. He’s potty trained, does not seem to mark in the house at all, and he transports nicely in the car. He was reported to have some resource guarding issues and some cat issues, but we’ll be able to see what they’re like once he gets settled in. He’s a leaner and enjoys petting.