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Hogan

Male, 10 months old (born in April 2023)
Tri-colored
Reason in Rescue: Owners relinquished due to their age and ability to care for a young dog.

Hogan is being fostered in Caledonia, WI. For more details, CLICK HERE to contact Hogan’s foster home.

If you are interested in meeting Hogan to see if you are a match, complete an adoption application with WBCR. This must be done before we can consider you to be matched with one of our Border Collies. Click the Adoption link and read the full application instructions.

February 16, 2024

Hogan has made many strides in the time he has been in our home. His housebreaking is now quite good and he is able to go right away when he gets outside instead of getting distracted and “forgetting” to go. While he still has teenage boy moments, he does seem to be more aware of his body and is less likely to run into you when you are walking. He still loves to be with me and, when calm and relaxed, is an excellent cuddle buddy. His fear of new people (normally men) has improved dramatically. Interestingly enough he has reacted fearfully (backing up and barking) to my daughter’s boyfriend every time he saw him when they were home for Winter break. However, if her boyfriend would sit down, Hogan would immediately be in his lap and acting like they were best friends. We continue to try and expose him to new people and experiences.

Hogan is extremely agile and loves to leap onto the couch from halfway across the room. I think he might really like agility if someone was patient with his occasional goofy boy moments. His recall is quite good and he is mostly a very good listener. Hogan continues to love wrestling with other dogs but will take exception if someone is too rough or pushy. He has a delicate relationship with our male Corgi (who can be a bit of a jerk) and they are either best friends having the best time of their lives or mad at each other. He has been fine with our cats and surprisingly good with the goats when the Corgi showed him the secret hole under the fence.

Hogan is still very much a work in progress but he has learned to be a pretty good house dog. He is quiet in his kennel, he never chews anything but appropriate dog toys and he fits into the household very well. He would love a home with someone who will enjoy teaching him new things and will use his energy and active body for some fun positive games or sports.

January 7, 2024

Hogan has settled into his new foster home and has made many strides.  He now happily trots into his kennel ready for a treat and a peanut butter Kong.  He is quiet and content in his crate even when we are home.  His housebreaking has improved and he is very reliable now.

Hogan enjoys the company of his foster siblings as well as the 7 month old Labrador that belongs to the boyfriend of our daughter.  The two “teenage” dogs seem perfectly matched and Hogan is always happy when Hendrixx comes over to play.  They can have so much fun wrestling and running together. He is generally quite friendly and sweet with people but does occasionally act fearful with men.  Interestingly enough he has decided to be fearful of a common male visitor but only when he is standing up.  If he sits down, Hogan is all over him and wants to sit in his lap. Hogan does tend to want to be in your personal space, and occasionally needs to be reminded that he is not a lap dog. 

He has gotten much better at settling and will find a nylabone in the toybox and plop down to chew it or even just quietly relax.  Being food motivated has helped with working on his basic obedience skills and we are even starting on a few tricks. Hogan can be a little dense about reading body language of other dogs so he is best with dogs that are good with other dogs. 

Hogan will benefit from a home where he is getting regular training and exercise.  His lack of socialization early means his forever home will need to be thoughtful about exposing him to new people and events.  We have not had him tested on livestock but he has shown some interest in our goats. Hogan is a nice boy with the potential to be a wonderful family member with some more training and time.  We are impressed with how far he has come in the time he has been in rescue.  

November 26, 2023

Hogan is a 7-month old purebred, smooth coat tri-color BC who came into rescue because his elderly owners realized he was too much for them. He’s a typical adolescent BC who needs lots of patience, lots of activity, and lots of training. He has been staying in Rochelle, IL while his foster home is travelling over Thanksgiving, and he’ll be transferring to Racine, WI soon to get updated veterinary care and find his forever family.

In Rochelle, he has gotten along well with the other 6 BCs in the home, although he annoys them often with his constant insistence that they wrestle and chase him. Less patient dogs would certainly take exception, but Hogan means no harm. He does need to work on self-control and focus instead of being distracted by every little thing, so we introduced food puzzles this week. He’s found some to be easier than others, but we’ve been impressed by his effort. He’s quite curious, which helps in introducing new things like stairs. For the first 2 days, he needed to be leashed in order to find the confidence to go up or down the stairs. By day 3, he didn’t need the leash anymore, but he went down sideways for another few days. It took him a bit to adapt to visitors too. Hogan was overwhelmed at first by all the extra people who came for Thanksgiving, but he adapted quickly and was very appropriate with our 2- and 4-year-old grandkids who were here.

Hogan is a lover. He wants to sit on your lap or lean against you, and he loves to be pet. He plays with all kinds of toys – and things he THINKS are toys – and he loves treats. He’s learning that we go outside to potty and that he shouldn’t herd people. Border Collie puppies are not for everyone, but he’s going to make someone very happy as long as they enjoy staying busy.

November 18, 2023

Hogan arrived at his foster home.