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Blue – Adopted

You must complete an adoption application with WBCR before we will consider you for one of our Border Collies (under the “adoption” link). Then go to our PayPal link to pay the $15.00 application fee. 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!

Note: Immediately before Blue came into foster care, there was an incident with a child. It was just a tiny red mark under the child’s chin, so it could have been a tooth nicking the area due to Blue’s overbite, or it could have been a nail scratch. However, the child’s mother filed a police report. The policeman stated that the dog was friendly, and the skin was not broken. WBCR has a copy of the report.

Please contact Lori for more information on Blue1 Year Old Male (Caledonia, WI)

March 24

Blue has graduated to being belly band free in the house after several weeks of being dry. His recall continues to be the best in the house and last week when he found a hole in the fence and went in to visit our goats. Luckily he immediately came when called. He was great with the goats and they didn’t seem to mind him either. Blue is a champ for foot-wiping and even got a bath yesterday, though he wasn’t too fond of that. We tested Blue with tennis balls the other day and found that he will retrieve and bring them back. He enjoys “herding” his buddies while they chase balls too.

My daughter took him on a walk recently and declared him a puller; we will be working on this, but currently, he is a “work in progress” on the leash. Blue continues to enjoy cuddling. He has met lots of people and has been wonderful with each person he has met. We continue to work on sit, down, wait, and kennel. “Kennel” is his favorite command because he loves his kong filled with peanut butter. Blue is still pretty low energy for a young Border Collie. He likes to wrestle and play, and gladly runs in the yard; but he settles very nicely in the house and seems quite content. He is looking for a forever home to keep working on his training. Moreover, he wants to spend some quality time with his humans.

February 14

Blue continues to learn and improve every day. He has graduated to sleeping on our bedroom floor at night with some of the other dogs and is (most of the time) good about settling down and sleeping through the night. His leg lifting has dissipated a great deal and is now very infrequent, and we are weaning him off the belly band.

Blue had a wonderful time with my 14 year old daughter and her 5 friends at a recent slumber party. Blue now will consistently respond to his name and is working on sit and down. He still lacks impulse control and has a hard time focusing on commands/direction when he is excited. He is treat motivated which makes him pretty easy to train most of the time.

Blue is pretty well behaved for a 10 month old and has been great about chewing on appropriate things most of the time so it is surprising occasionally when he grabs something he shouldn’t have to chew. Last night, he helped himself to a little Border Collie statue sitting on a side table and settled down to chew on it. He was totally fine with me taking it away and substituting a nylabone.

Blue is interested in chasing our 5 cats but doesn’t seem to want to hurt them and was actually trying to get one of the cats to play the other day, so I think he would be okay with a bold cat that wouldn’t run from him. He is a bit of a Houdini, able to slip through small areas, so he does require secure fencing and gating. Blue is fine in a crate and actually seems to want to get into his crate when we leave.

He interacts well with our other dogs, though he can come on a bit strong, so he seems to do better with a dog that likes to play and is willing to stand up to him when needed. We have not had him with young children but I do think he is a bit bouncy and pushy for a young child. He may want to chase a fast moving child too, so I would not recommend him with young children. We like Blue and find him to be a pretty easy dog to live with. He is looking for a forever home to help him continue to learn and grow.

January 27

After being in foster care for almost 2 weeks and being neutered we are pleased with Blue’s progress. He has calmed down considerably and has adapted to the rules and rhythms of the house. He went from having to be forced in his kennel to happily walking in on command. He has learned to interact well with his foster siblings and has started to read their signals. His “humping” behavior has lessened and he has learned to settle himself and even to entertain himself. When he first came we were worried he might be deaf because he acted as if he had not heard us when we said his name or asked him to do something but now he has shown that he will react to his name, can sit, lay down, come and now kennel on command also. He has not be aggressive with our cats at all and has shown only a mild interest in our goats.

After spending the first week or so obsessed with the other young male dog in the house and ignoring people, he now enjoys interacting with us and can be quite cuddly. Blue is still wearing a belly band in the house but we are definitely making progress on marking since his neuter. Blue is looking for a home with people who are willing to spend some time with him and work his brain and body. His previous owners say that although he was great with their young children that he had more energy than they had time to deal with and felt he needed a home where he got more stimulation than he was getting with them.

January 19

Blue is an energetic young Border Collie (11 months old) who loves to wrestle with and chase my dogs. Right now, he’s focused on the dogs so much, that when I attempt to work with him, he has no toy or food motivation, but rather he does not look away from my dogs.

Blue needs some mental stimulation so he can find his off switch and not get too over-stimulated with the other dogs. Blue is good with other dogs, and fits-in well with my pack, but Blue can come on strong. He doesn’t show signs of knowing his name or any commands, but he’s still getting over the change of living in a new house with new dogs. He loves to jump and run!

This cutie has a prominent overbite, but that doesn’t seem to stop him. He eats just fine, plays just fine, and loves life! He would love to find a home with another dog to play with!