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Titan

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Please contact Drue for more information on Titan (Ti)3 Year Old Male (Bannockburn, IL)

February 13

Ti is a showman. His full body happy strut makes every place he is cheerful. The fun starts with his high stepping front gait and ends in the grand finale of his proud crescent tail. (That tail… along with the rest of his fur, that tail laughs at burrs, which get no further than the outer edges of his coat. No tangles – they flick right off. I expect the same will happen with mud and other stuff active border collies encounter.)

This boy is handsy (see the picture of him with the red Nylabone) and strong, so he’s been working on being gentle when he swings a loving paw over human wrists and arms. We’re starting to channel that action into some tricks.

He is blooming and starting to push the envelope a bit. This is expected because Ti has become comfortable enough to risk expressing opinions. He’s testing normal kid stuff – “I don’t have to [sit/lie down/wait] right away if I don’t want to. Oh, I have to? OK.” He’s trying some “me, me, me” behavior with barking from his crate first thing in the morning, but readily quiets when I tell him to.

His outdoor play with my dogs has a new gear because he’s getting more fit and building endurance. That play also has new intensity because he’s beginning to test dominance. He has heeded each dog who’s put him in his place. I halt play that’s getting over stimulated or rougher than I care for, and Ti listens, makes eye contact, and readily redirects to tennis balls. All has been easy to correct/manage because his true colors really are sweet.

February 6

Titan (“Ti”) has been cheerfully busy this first week in foster care. He loves running and wrestling in the snow with his foster siblings. On the days before and after the extreme cold, all of the dogs could safely stay out long enough to cook-up games, and Ti’s herding moves matched everyone else’s. His play-style is non-confrontational; he doesn’t resource guard, and he appropriately heeds my dogs’ corrections. That doesn’t mean Ti gives-up; he’s strong and persistent, he hangs in with his own demands. In the house, tennis balls are his favorite toy. Ti’s usually the first to follow a ball that’s rolled under the couch. He’ll return it and drop on command. We’re working on leave it when it’s time for play to stop.

On Monday, Ti got a great wellness report at the vet. He tested negative for heartworm and tick borne diseases. Our vet confirmed the Iowa shelter vet’s discovery, finding that barely noticeable “lines” (pupillary membrane) are in a small part of Ti’s left eye would have been there when Ti was born. This doesn’t cause him any vision problem and will not change over his lifetime. He was way bouncy during his exam, which included microchipping and shots, but he stayed his sweet self. The vet staff laughed at one spectacular “sit, spin and sit again” move; they dubbed him a very active goof!

Ti has mastered going up and down all stairs in the house except the basement stairs. It was interesting to see him work through that uncertainty. He didn’t want to pass the open basement door, but wanted the water bowl that was just beyond it. He tried and backed away several times, then thought a bit and decided to approach the water by circling widely to avoid the basement door/stairs. He passes that door without blinking now.

Ti has learned to sit and wait to go upstairs and through doorways. This is easier for him to do than lie down/settle down evenings in the same room with us. He loves engaging with his people. Even when he’s going to be right at our feet, lie down/settle down signals an unwanted (for him) disconnect. We’re making progress on this by transitioning with a Kong which he mouths like a pacifier. Like a little kid, he slowly relaxes and the off switch kicks-in. What a good boy!

January 29

Meet Titan, a fun, smart 3 year old Border Collie mix with a heart of gold!

A caring Iowa shelter had received him as a stray by someone who knew him from the neighborhood. She said she knew his name was Titan and thought she knew where he lived, but the trailer was gone from the site she took him to. No worries, because Titan’s luck was about to improve….

When the hold period ended and Titan was not claimed, the shelter contacted WBCR because they knew foster-homing with folks who know border collies would be best for this deserving boy. They also knew a pilot who agreed to fly Titan to us and arrived with him just ahead of the latest snow and cold. Titan cheerfully greeted everyone at the airport with tail wags and prancing, then eagerly jumped into his car crate and came home for fostering.

He’s a happy, steady boy! From the very first, he’s been quiet in his crate all night. He’s not a barker, although it’s a nice, deep bark when he appropriately alerts. He does make a variety of funny sounds when he’s been put in his crate and people are home.

He’s medium energy so far.There was very little fuss when he met our home’s Border Collies and cats, and none of it was coming from him. He’s playful and loves romping with other dogs and retrieving balls.

He’s house-trained and came knowing “sit” and “come”. He has great eye contact and quickly learned not to charge out of his crate when its door is opened. He mastered “down” in 4 tries. The only thing so far that’s made him nervous is stairs. That’s normal when a dog first encounters them and we’re working on it.

This adorable boy really loves people and is an energetic snuggler. 😄 His smooth coat is so dense and plush, it feels like a mutual massage when I’m petting him. Titan is a pleasure- a very fun dog who behaves as if he’s always been here.

January 26

Titan just flew in from Iowa. Stay tuned for details!