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Zoey (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 $250 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 Zoey (Adopted!)

March 25

Zoey is getting more confident and more independent every day yet men and cameras still scare her. She loves squirrels which means if there is a squirrel that runs across the road or is climbing a tree, she is focused. I try to distract with a treat but she doesn’t care. She looks at me to acknowledge I called her name, but she often doesn’t care that I am offering her a treat. I think she is thinking: I don’t have time for that right now! Note to self: I will get better treats.

The other change I am seeing is she is standing up to my dog more. Even if I have 5 balls they both only want the same one. A few days ago, if she caught it, she gave it up right away to him. Now she runs with it a little more or moves her head away from him so she can show she is the winner for that round. She still doesn’t care if he chases her to get it back. She thinks that’s a fun part of the game.

A male friend came to the house to meet her. She was much more scared of a man in the house than on our walks. I instructed him to just stand there and not try to pet her. She liked that at first but then started to pace. I put her in her crate where she was able to relax and smell him closely while feeling safe. When she came out he rolled the ball to her. Within five seconds she wasn’t scared and was only focused on catching and dropping the ball so he could roll or throw it to her again.

We received Zoey’s complete file of vet care papers covering her entire life. She comes with official ABCA Border Collie papers showing her lineage. She also shows a descent history of urinary tract infections over the last few years, possibly due to not going outside enough during the workdays at her previous home.

March 19

Zoey has been with me for a week and she is doing fantastic. She seemed a bit shy the first two days but since then she is just cool, calm, and sweet. We have met a few neighbors and their dogs. She walks up to them with her tail wagging. The women were able to pet her right away but the men needed to let her sniff more before she allowed them to pet her head. If they reached out before her approval, she backed up without any rude behavior.

She let’s me brush her, clip her toenails, and put a harness on her without issue. She just stands there and lets you do as you need. Zoey was the same way at the vet. We had a heartworm test done (which was negative) and the vet tech said she was sweet for the blood draw.

I like that she is confident yet cautious with new situations. She can play fetch with my dog who plays rough. Zoey still goes for the ball and tries to get it but if my dog beats her to it, she is cool with that because she will try again next time. If he tries to take it from her, she doesn’t let him. If he tries harder, she backs off because she isn’t about the drama. She just wants to play.

Zoey is a counter-surfer. I found her standing on a dining room chair trying to lick out of the bowl I left on the table. When I told her “off” she just jumped down without issue.

She is just a cool girl because she knows what she wants but doesn’t push things too far. She is Miss Independent because she will put herself to bed or make herself comfortable in a different room. She loves her naps, ball play, and treat balls.

March 12

Zoey moved to her new foster home yesterday and began adjusting quickly to the new place, new dog, new yard. She has been playing fetch with the tennis ball and playing on her own with a stuffed animal. She is very sweet and kind to me and my dog. She has been on high alert with new sounds but that’s understandable in the new place. She settled nicely in her crate at night time. She pulls ever so slightly on walks but seems excited to look for squirrels.

Zoey comes with her own bed in a basket. I’m not sure this cuteness level can be handled.

March 9

Hi! My name is Zoey. I’m shy, yet I have enough confidence to adapt to a new home quickly. However, I do need patience with the scary things, like when the human sticks a phone out to take my picture. That thing will steal some of my soul, and I just can’t have that, because I want my new family to have all of my soul! I like to lay it on thick! By the way, I’m nice and quiet in my crate. Every now and then, I’ll whine to get out, but that’s just for a couple of minutes, and then I’m quiet the rest of the time, even when the humans go to work. You see, I’m a very good girl!

I’m currently in a home with four other dogs. We all get along, and I’ve never shown my teeth, and I’ve never growled. I like other dogs. I was a little scared at first, but now I’m chasing and playing with some of the other dogs! Speaking of playing, boy howdy, do I love to play fetch! I’m especially good at it in the house. I’ll play fetch outside, but it can be a little scary out there, so I’d rather play inside at this point. I’m getting better every day about that outside stuff!

I’ve never had one accident in my temporary foster home! Also, I now have no problem with the humans petting me, grabbing my paws, etc. The first night, no one could touch me much, because I was so scared. I’ve come a long way, baby, and it hasn’t even been a week! I love trusting humans, and I’m anxious to gradually meet more of them, even if I’ll be scared the first couple of days. I’ll do my best to get more confident so my forever home loves me at first sight!

March 5

Zoey just came into foster care today. She’s a sweet, shy girl. She will be 7 years old in April. She came from a loving home that couldn’t devote enough time to her and had to downsize to living quarters with a dog limit. Zoey is in good health and is slowly adjusting to a routine that is foreign to her. She didn’t leave the home much at all at her previous home, so she will likely need some socialization, but so far, she’s doing very well! More information to come soon.