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Timber (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 Timber – 2 or 3 Year Old Female (Adopted!)

CLICK HERE to watch a video of her first two days in her new foster home!


January 13

Timber has been developing her interest in play the last two weeks. A week ago a friend came over and brought her a little squeaky stuffed animal. She watched my dog play with it for a while, then took her turn. She used her stealth to take it from the middle of the room when it wasn’t in use. She chewed on it a bit and now likes to keep it on her bed. This is the first true, consistent toy play that I have seen since she came to my home about 8 weeks ago.

Today we took a field trip to a friend’s house who has a fenced in yard. This was the first time I could watch her run free without a leash to hold her back or distract her. She loved it. You would never guess she is a shy dog when you watch this video. https://youtu.be/7oN_4Yvb8y8 She is definitely most confident outside. We did go inside their house and she did well finding the water in a separate room. She was cautious but she drank.

Timber is a bit of a hoarder and I use that term loosely. She likes to have all her bones and toys on her bed. My dog will take a bone or two away and she doesn’t care. As soon as he leaves the bone to do something else, she will sneak over and take it back to her bed. I think it’s adorable especially because she is so polite about it.

January 1

Timber continues to make huge strides in trying new things and gaining confidence.
The last three nights she has rolled over for belly rubs. (I got tears in my eyes with this level of trust and confidence.) She hasn’t rolled all the way to her back but she rolls to her side, rests her head, and lifts her legs ever so slightly so I can give her a full belly rub.
Earlier this week while hanging out in the backyard, she found a leaf pile and dashed and dug for a few moments of playful happiness. Each morning we go over to it and it’s as if she does a quick little leap into it, freezes, then jumps out of it. Complete play!
She hasn’t worn her thundershirt all week because she doesn’t race through the open living room like she did earlier. She is cautious when crossing the room but the pacing and sprints across aren’t there any more.

Timber/Tims/Timby wants to play with my dog so badly on walks. She bounces in front of him, throws a few playful punches at his face to entice him but he hasn’t wanted to play back. We invited a friend and her dog over this weekend to see if Timby would be interested in playing. She didn’t initiate any play but she was happy to have company. She is still shy but her desire to be pet and to be close to humans and dogs is too strong that she fights her shyness and comes into the group for attention.
This sweet girl continues to show her new and true colors all the time.

December 25

Here is a one minute video to show Timber’s sweet personality and happiness to be outside and to get pets (CLICK HERE).

December 21

Timber continues to make some form of progress every day. Here are this week’s accomplishments:
Friday: My dog had a sleepover at a different house which gave Timber time to practice being a solo dog. The first walk she was not as confident. The second and third walks she was much more confident. She is literally bouncier when walking with my dog but still very happy to be outside on a walk.
Saturday: Three adult friends stopped by. She wanted to be pet but they were in the middle of the room so she slowly ran past them a few times looking like she wanted to visit but didn’t want to stop. One of them came over to her on her bed and she loved to get pets and scratches from him.
Sunday: She played with a toy! She was resting on her bed at one end of the room while I was eating dinner on the other end. She jumped up, picked up a stuffed animal, ran a lap around me, and sat back in her bed with the toy. It was such a glorious moment! She hasn’t had interest since then but we are still celebrating. She still loves to chew on antlers and hoofs.

Tuesday: There were leftover piles of icy snow along our walk. She stopped by most of them to take a bite or two or three, then wagged her tail as she crunched.
Thursday: Timber met two adults and a little dog on our walk. She met them four weeks ago and was too scared to even think about getting close. Today she got pets from the woman and then leaned in to sniff her face…no kisses but some tail wags as she was enjoying the attention and smells.

Side note: I play frisbee each day with my dog. Timber isn’t interested but she doesn’t mind when my dog comes charging back to us to return the frisbee. I don’t think she every minded after the first day or two. I still avoid sudden movements myself but my dog can be wild in her space and Timber doesn’t care.

December 14

Timber is starting her fourth week at her second foster home and is making progress regularly but she is still scared of doors and surprise movements. Here are some signs of progress:
I get kisses on my cheek when we are sitting together.
She comes to the middle of the living room (the scariest place of all because of all the doorways I think) to get leashed up before a walk.
She LOVES snow. The first day of snow she was nervous and didn’t pee for quite a few minutes. Usually she goes first thing when we get outside. Now she romps, eats, and prances through it with joy.
On walks she stops to sniff mailboxes and leaves. Before she was following the lead of my dog only stopping when he stopped or to go to the bathroom. Now we wait from time to time for her to sniff.
We went for another run (5 miles) and she loved it again. She wanted to go faster so I put a harness on her and she didn’t pull much at all. She still walks very well.
She has made a few ventures to the water bowl which is in a separate room by herself and without a thundershirt on. She only wears the thundershirt if I am going to be moving around a lot so she feels a bit more secure.
I heard her bark for the first time! My dog was barking at another barking dog. She turned to my dog and barked with a tail wag. I think she was saying “hey, I want to be part of this barking game too. How is this?” She didn’t look upset or demanding, just happy. I think I read this correctly. It was so funny and odd since the other dogs were not speaking nicely to each other.

December 2

This morning Timber joined us on a run and loved it! Most of the time she just trotted next to me with a smile on her face. She got excited from time to time wanting to run faster but the leash stayed loose the rest of the time. I was so excited for her to find a new sport and excited for me to have an easy dog to run with.

Tonight we hung up a few Christmas decorations in the house including garland and stockings near her favorite resting spot. This made her nervous to have something new above her but after a minute or so she settled on her bed and acclimated to the new decor.

Timby would really like a dog friend to play with. My dog just isn’t into goofing off and she is bummed about that but still appreciates his company and leadership.

November 26

Timby is still doing well. She is looking for a loving, patient, calm family who wants a loving, quiet dog. Here is a little more about her in her own words:

Dear Future Family,
They call me unique and that I am. I am working on being a brave girl since I am already cute. I am super brave and calm when I can be near my human and when she is still. Walks are cool. I am really good at them. I always stay on the human’s left no matter what. I like to meet new dogs and new humans on the walks. I met one who wanted to play but I just politely backed away. I met another who snapped at me twice so I politely backed away. I’m scared of being without the human nearby unless I’m in my crate. I can relax in my crate. I’m brave when I’m on a leash in the house so sometimes while the human is cleaning or doing the dishes or whatever else humans do, I just follow along because I am on leash. It’s all good but take that leash off and I get unsure of where she is going and I panic. Although today the human was out of sight doing dishes in the kitchen and I stayed on my dog bed in the other room. I think it helped that the other dog was next to me but I was confident without the human being near. I still get nervous going in and out of the door for my walks. Sometimes the human gets it right and sometimes she doesn’t. She has asked my first foster mom about how to do it the right way so I know she is trying. It’s all about training the human and I’ve got my work cut out for me. Also I am getting confident enough to take treats gently from her hand, I love treats I can chew on for a long time, and I’m doing well with getting my food out of different toys. She hasn’t outsmarted me yet.
Timber aka Timby


November 20

Timber transferred foster homes a few days ago now that her planned foster home opened up. She has been doing great adjusting to her new surroundings. We are keeping things quiet and calm for her transition which she seems to appreciate. She seems happiest when I am sitting so then she doesn’t have to concern herself with my movement.

Here are the things I am already enjoy about Timby: comes to her name, likes being near my dog, loves to be scratched by humans, tolerates being near my dog’s rough ball play, walks well on leash, knows how to get treats out of Kongs, is super quiet, comforted by being inside her crate, and looks to me for assurance that all is well.

Here are things she is currently scared of:
Going outside or inside through the doorway. The first two times she ran through and got tangled in her leash. Now we move with purpose in and out of the house so her leash avoids tripping her and me.
When I walk through the house she doesn’t know what to expect. I have her dragging her leash to distract her from jetting around. I also have been kneeling and calling her over to me mid-sprint which she is getting better at.
She prefers to be against a wall or in a corner to monitor her surroundings. This isn’t a problem; it is just good to know that she likes to avoid the middle of a room.

Even though I emphasized she likes quiet environments with predictable movement, she has done extremely well walking past a lawn mower, being next to a barking/running/jumping/fetching dog, and tolerating a yell or two from me to my other dog.

Timby is so sweet and loves to be near calm humans. CLICK HERE to watch a video of her first two days in her new foster home!

November 17

Timber continues to make progress. We had some regression, but now have bounced back. Timber can now go out in a known fenced area and come back to the house when asked. She also has relaxed to play with some foster siblings both inside and outside.

Timber still is nervous/stress-y. She prefers quiet environments, walks at night when it’s quiet, and chewing raw bones. Timber does best with routine and slow introduction to changes. Timber clearly communicates when she’s uncomfortable and will also either remove herself from the situation or pace. That said, she has started to ask for attention and turn to people when unsure at times.

October 17

Timber has been with WBCR (our rescue) for 3.5 weeks (this Friday will be 4 weeks) and she’s making nice progress! Apologies this will get a bit lengthy, but Timber is making wonderful progress and we really hope that her people- whoever that ends up being– enjoys reading about her learning to be brave instead of wanting to cower in a corner or run away and never looking back. Enjoy learning about Timber and the sweet, smart girl that is in that cute little head of hers- she is definitely a ‘hidden treasure’ who with time, love, and patience will flourish.

Timber is a young adult (?1-3 yr?). She was a very scared lost/stray dog. It took some nice shelter workers in Iowa 3-4 weeks to catch her. When they were able to get her she then moved to the shelter for a few weeks before the shelter reached out to WBCR to see if we could help. On Sept 22 Timber moved up to WI and WBCR!

Timber is a shy girl who is re-learning what it is like to be safe and cared for. She is scared and slowly learning to trust and gain confidence. As you can imagine, Timber was a big ‘flight risk’ due to taking ages to catch when a stray and not trusting things around her. Currently, even in a fenced yard, Timber is on leash.

Timber currently lives with a kid and multiple dogs. She is fine around the child and dogs. Timber is scared/unsure, but not at all aggressive. She definitely will take ‘flight’ or ‘fight’. With the other dogs she has slowly started to sniff them or watch them more, but has yet to ask to engage with them. When they try to engage her she stands there and tolerates it, but does not reciprocate interaction beyond random sniffing.

Over the past 3 weeks Timber has earned time loose in the house and slowly decided that walks outside are good. In the house, Timber is unsure. She has a few places she prefers to sit, but has branched out to add another location and also start to lie down. Last night one of the younger dogs was trying to get Timber to interact. I couldn’t see all of what was going on and I didn’t want to get up since I know what interaction, if any, from Timber would stop once I was part of the picture. It sounded and appeared like she was tolerating the annoying younger dog, but wasn’t engaging. Timber took a bit to settle down (a bit of pacing– which for most dogs isn’t good, but for Timber was great– it showed she was unsettled and trying to calm herself) and then curled up in the bathroom until it was bedtime (she sleeps in a crate and is crated when we are not home).

Timber eats in her crate. At first she was unsure of eating and took awhile to finish her food. Then she would only eat when I wasn’t in the room. Now I can be in the room and she’ll eat, but I can’t be right next to the crate staring at her πŸ™‚ This is great progress! Timber also likes to chew. The first few week she didn’t and then as she adjusted a bit she chewed quite a bit for a few days. Now she chews less, but still will at times. Thew chewing gave her something to do when she was getting bored, but not quite ready to handle more. Now we are slowly introducing more into her life and it takes her a bit to mentally process and handle the changes. Timber does enjoy raw marrow bones, peanut butter kongs, and antlers πŸ™‚

There have been 3 incidents of possible resource guarding toward dogs. All 3 times Timber was in her crate and at least 2 of them had food and/or bone/antler and a dog approached near her crate. It hasn’t happened for 1-1.5 weeks, but I also have made sure the other dogs give her more space when she has things in her crate. She has never shown any resource guarding toward me when I take things in/out of her crate.

The first 1-2 weeks Timber was here she’d go outside for potty breaks and possibly a walk around the yard and then go back in. Noises, leash touching her, or who knows what would make her bolt- she’d run to the end of the leash and then swivel around like a whirling dervish. If she wasn’t doing that she would try to go b/t your legs. We quickly worked on those things so she could learn to stand in a quiet yard on her own and to pause before trying to bolt. She no longer does the between the leg hide. Her attempts at bolting are much fewer and also less intense. She will try to walk in a big circle around you and used to not be able to stop and go the other way; Timber now switches directions and will stop the circling if asked– wahoo Timber! this is all big progress!

But wait! there’s more! for the past 2.5 weeks we’ve slowly tried taking walks and succeeding! At first it was just getting out of the fenced yard and standing on the driveway. Then it was going down the driveway, then going to the corner about 60-80 feet away. She has built up to walking not only around the block, but around 2 blocks! She did so well with adding a 2nd block last week we started changing the path so now we sometimes head left to go around the block (and half the time will add in another block) and a few times we’ve headed right to go around part of a park.

Timber does better on walks in the evening when all is quiet and calm. She’s living in a quiet suburban neighborhood (even during the day), but there’s something about the calm of night that reassures her when on walks. We’ve started adding in some short walks during the day and she’s starting to take those in stride. This past Fri we went on the ‘new route’ during the day for the first time– while the High School marching band practiced (about 1/2 mile away, but you could nicely hear them), a neighbor 3 homes down was getting a new roof, and a garbage truck rumbled around the neighborhood. Yes, Timber went on a walk with all that noise and things going on. She was definitely unsure, but guess what she did? She showed stress signs! What?!? yes, this is great! You see, Timber was so tense, nervous, and unsure upon coming here she was always tense, never relaxing. Nervous/stress was her norm– she didn’t know what it felt like to feel like anything else. Now she does! Timber a few weeks ago would have walked tense and hoping the Earth opens and eats her. Timber last Fri did some bouncing strides, some slow, loose tail wags, and she shook off, she did giant yawns, she paused to look around. Instead of bolting she paused and scanned her environment! She felt herself getting tense and scared and she tried to de-stress by shaking off (full body shake/shiver like dogs do when shaking water off), she did giant yawns to release tension in her jaw and neck! This is HUGE! Happy tears that Timber is starting to know what relaxation feels like and can tell when she doesn’t feel good– from never feeling good to realizing she doesn’t feel good and wanting to feel good again! We cut that amazing walk short– it was a lot for her and she was doing Fantastic! Oh, and prior to that walk when she initially went outside to potty? She jumped on me! <3 yes, she jumped on me! I have tried to get her to do it again, but she hasn’t– I’m positive she will again πŸ™‚

When on walks if Timber looks like she’s getting nervous or just to check in to say “how are you doing Timby? You okay?” I stop and wait for her to turn and come into me. She often will and we do a light shoulder/neck scratch. If she doesn’t I say her name and she if she’ll check in. If she doesn’t we turn around for a bit and see if she will get more relaxed. Timber have fairly clear body language. Now that she’s not tense all over the main areas she caries tension are over her shoulders and on her hips (more toward the mid/back of hips). Her ears and eyes are very reflective of her state of mind too. As she gets more nervous the tension will transfer either down her entire spine or from her shoulder to base of neck and down to her elbows on her forelegs. As that happens she is also getting ready to try to get out of that situation so getting her attention and asking her to come into you before she decides she needs to try to escape/bolt helps diffuse the situation.

If she does try to bolt, I just stand still and wait for her to calm down From there I ask her to come with me and we move on like nothing happened. Leashes swinging/hitting her, moving a pooper scooper, accidentally dropping something near her cause her to be uncomfortable and want to get out of there. Before it was almost anything made her want to bolt so she really is learning to handle ‘things’ and start to think instead of just freak/react.

If you used a scale of 1-3 with 3 being the best Timber has more 2-3 days than she has 1s. What 2 or 3 weeks ago would’ve been a day that was 2-3 is now a 1 As Timber adjusts, learns, and starts to trust a bit the scale of expectations/ good-bad day assessment adjusts. What was a 3 ‘good day’ 2 weeks ago is now her average and sometimes even a 1 πŸ™‚ Timber is making progress. With progress and learning there is always regression. Any major changes in her life (e.g. going to a new home) will bring about some regression, but as she learns the new rules and schedule she’ll adapt and bounce back.

Timber is not quite ready to handle field trips. Lifting her up and into a crate in the car makes her very nervous. Right now I try to only put one change/known stressor in per day and also have at least 2 days of minimal stress/change for her so she has decompression days for her system. The stressors/changes are minor and calculated/adjusted by how she is each day. Last week she had a day of doing great (score ‘3’) so we did the new route for a walk and also left her loose for most of the evening. The day prior was a ‘1’ day (not so hot) so we didn’t do any changes, and asked less of her. As mentioned, the 1 days are fewer and what is now a ‘1’ would’ve been a 2 or 3 just a few weeks ago.
Since Timber will need to ride in a car we are starting to put her into the car and let her hang out for a bit and then come out and go into her crate with a peanut butter kong. Slowly let her learn that being lifted into the car and a crate in a new place isn’t bad and there’s no pressure/stress after, but good things.

Timber has yet to decide to take treats from my hand, but will now eat a treat if it is tossed to her in her crate and I’m a few feet away. Since she’s done a good job in starting to trust hopefully taking treats or eating treats tossed near her will be one of the next ‘happy tear’ moments we have with her. We now get daily tail wags and a bouncing step for part of every walk! πŸ™‚ Yay Timber- it takes a lot to go from taking almost 1 month to be caught to now learning that life can be safe and hopefully soon you’ll learn it is fun too πŸ™‚


September 23

Timber just came in yesterday. She’s a very shy girl. More information to come!