Introducing the CBCR Dogs

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If you don't see a dog that was here last time you visited, check our Recent Adoptions  page.

Our Adoption Procedure

To adopt a dog, contact one of the Carolina Border Collie Rescue representatives below. You will be asked to fill out an application and arrange for a volunteer to interview you in your home. You can apply online, too.

Our evaluation process stems from our desire that your new family member meet your expectations as closely as possible.

Our $225 adoption fee includes immunization. We also spay or neuter, unless the dog is deemed medically unfit for surgery.

"Activity Level" Categories

The following categories primarily refer to an individual dog's need for activity. Use them to locate listed dogs that fit your lifestyle and expectations. 


Available Dogs - Last Updated 27 Jul 2014


Trey

Trey

I have had Trey for almost a month now and we have become good friends. He is a terrific dog. He loves our long walks, not runs. He is perfect on a leash, no pulling. He is now learning to be off the leash and doing excellent. I have been doing his off leash training in a farm field where he doesn't know he's fenced in. Initially, he was not housebroken, but he learned quickly and has not gone in the house since day two. He is on a regular schedule for bathroom breaks and does great. Trey does not have the high intensity that Border Collies are known for and gets along well with other dogs, even when he’s in their home territory. He is a happy dog. I think with continued training he will be the best dog who would welcome being part of a family with kids, as he always seeks them out. He is very loving and loves his rubs on the belly before bed.

Trey will be neutered at the end of July, and will not be adopted out until he has been neutered.

Trey is being fostered in Winder, GA. If you are interested in more information about Trey, email Tommy at kenyon.tommy67@gmail.com.

Trey on covered sofa

Trey on the bed

Trey on grey sofa    Trey running in the grass

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Scamp

Scamp

Scamp is the sweetest senior boy! Rather gorgeous too, although he was recently given a 'buzz cut' for summer and will look even better in a few months with the return of his long, thick, wavy coat. He is a big gentle teddy bear and you just have to hug him! Scamp was much loved by his elderly owners, but they had to leave their home and are no longer healthy enough to care for him. They sadly took him to the county shelter where he would certainly have been killed. Since he is such a wonderful dog, a caring shelter worker offered to contact CBCR to help find him a new home where he will continue to be cherished. He is a youthful 14 and has spent his whole life outdoors with a pond to cool him off in summer, a barn to keep him warm in winter, and joy rides in the back of a pickup. Now, since his people are gone, his world has been turned upside down and though he's adjusting quickly, he was very sad and confused the first few days. No pond, no barn, no truck, all strange people - and he is learning to live indoors, though he still prefers to be out most of the time. He has decided he does, after all, love going for walks on a leash and is beginning to realize he can choose to come inside and be part of the family.

Scamp is easygoing with other dogs and seems a little afraid of cats. According to his former owners, he is good with children. He is a mellow and affectionate boy. Scamp was recently neutered. He is now completely housetrained, doing all his "business" outside. He is exceptionally healthy for an older dog with no noticeable signs of arthritis. He has healthy coat, eyes, ears and teeth. He's heartworm negative and up to date on shots. He was given a good dental cleaning a few days ago.

This wonderful older dog has several good years left and unlimited love to share! He makes no demands and just wants someone to love him! Could you give him a wonderful last few years? He will repay you with gratitude and devotion. Scamp is being fostered in Saluda, NC. For more information about Scamp, contact his foster, Jan, at jandaugherty111@yahoo.com.

Scamp sniffing deck

Scamp on the deck

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Gus

Gus - Adoption Pending

Gus is an 8 week old Border Collie Mix, he was found as a stray in Mount Arie, NC by Becca. Becca and a friend were trying to rescue some baby skunks - the mother skunk was killed - when they came across Gus. They temporarily named him Skunk. Gus is too cute to be called Skunk long term. Becca has several dogs of her own and could not keep him long. She contacted CBCR to see if we would foster him and find him a good home.

Gus weighed only 5 lbs when we took him in 2 weeks ago (6/28). We took him to the vet the same day. He was in general good health, he only had a few ticks and pin worms. Gus has been treated for worms and has had his second round of shots. Gus is now in excellent health and close to 10 lbs and growing.

Gus is very smart and is almost house broken. He is a typical puppy full of energy one minute sleeping the next. He is in the oral stage - puts his mouth on everything, but has not done any damage. Really young children may find his oral stage a lot to deal with. Gus seems to gravitate to everyone, even children. He gets along well with our two dogs, so I feel he will be good with other family dogs.

Gus is an absolute wonderful dog. We want to see Gus go to an active family with a fenced yard. We want Gus to be treated as a member of the family. An adopting family experienced with raising a puppy and having a dog door would be ideal.

Gus is being fostered in Cary, NC. If you are interested in more information about Gus, email Gene at gat3853@gmail.com.

Gus sitting

Gus lying in the grass

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Dori

Dori - Adoption Pending

Dori is an exceptionally beautiful, gentle little girl! She wants to be near her humans, but is undemanding. She delights in affection and petting, and is well behaved when left, even for longer periods. We have never needed to crate her. She was turned in to a high kill shelter because her owners 'no longer had time to care for her'. Sad, because she demands so little care! She had been an outdoor only dog, but now in foster care, definitely prefers the comforts of indoor living.

Dori enjoys the company of other dogs, is gentle with children, and loves all adult humans (slight preference for the guy in the foster's home - but maybe because he's always telling her how beautiful she is!). There are no cats in the foster home, so her behavior with them is an unknown.

Dori has been polite through vet procedures and grooming, though worried. She walks beautifully on a leash and is working on beginning commands. She has not had a single accident in the house and is unfailingly quiet and well behaved. At this point, Miss Dori has not learned to play with other dogs or to play typical doggie games, but watches the others with excitement and tries to join the 'fetch' and 'chase' games. She's a little confused about the rules, but she'll get it quickly.

Dori is about 35 pounds - a more petite border collie - and is 4 years old. She was recently spayed, is up to date on vaccinations, and has been wormed and microchipped. She is heartworm positive (another bit of 'care' the owner had no time for...), but is nearly finished with her pretreatment and treatment will be arranged and paid for by CBCR.

At this point, Dori is fearful of riding in cars since her only experiences have been rides to the shelter and the vet, but a few happy experiences should change her mind. This little beauty would be ideal for most anyone, but might prefer to live with a gentle soul like herself. Once her heartworm is treated and exercise can be encouraged, she might learn to enjoy more athletic pursuits, but for the moment, she just loves being loved and appreciated.

Dori is being fostered in Saluda, NC. If you are interested in more information about Dori, email Jan at jandaugherty111@yahoo.com.

Dori sitting

Dori laying on the carpet

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Riley June

Riley June

Meet Miss Riley June! One incredibly sweet girl who breaks hearts everywhere she goes!

Riley is a 3 year old rough coat Border Collie with a clown-like personality who loves playing with children. She does fine with cats and will not chase or approach them at all and will actually give them a wide berth. We believe this is due in part to her run in with a skunk before being rescued by CBCR. Although Riley gets along with most dogs just fine in social settings, she tends to be a bit more selective in regards to the canines she resides with. Due to Riley being an ‘Alpha dog’ when it comes to canine roommates, we feel she would do best in a home that has experience with a strong Alpha or as an only dog.

Her favorite things are squeaky balls, squeaky toys, snuggles, walks and car rides. She will chase a tennis ball, but its ‘game over’ once the ball stops rolling. However, when her favorite squeaky ball is thrown, she’ll chase it, scoop it up and then put on an acrobatic performance which would challenge any puppy out there.

While at her Foster home, Riley split her day between the cool indoors and a 3 foot high fenced in backyard. She never tried to escape the fencing and loved to run the fence line while taking in all the smells of the outdoors. Riley does great on a leash now but finds it impossible to pass up a squirrel chase. She absolutely loves the outside and would do best in a home with a fenced in yard.

Riley is somewhat thunder phobic, but not in a destructive way at all. She just likes to find a nice spot to tuck herself away in quietly while the storm passes by, then it’s back to business as usual for this girl!

Riley responds to "No", "Sit", "Lay down" and "Give Paw" and will do about anything for a treat!. She recognizes her new name now and will come when called inside the home.

This girl is HW negative and on preventative, up to date on shots, spayed, crate trained and ready for her forever home!

Riley is currently at on scholorship at Teamworks Dog Training in Youngsville, NC. For more information please contact Michele at michelegodlevski@gmail.com.

Riley June straight on    Riley June sitting

Riley June with ball

Riley June left side

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Daario

Daario

Meet Daario! Daario is 8-months old and still very much a puppy. He is learning all the things he probably missed out on during regular puppyhood. He is a healthy boy, up-to-date on his shots, neutered, and weighs in at 37 pounds and gaining, as he was quite underweight when rescued. Daario came from a shelter in Greenville, South Carolina and little is known about his time before he was rescued.

Daario is a cuddle bug, showering puppy kisses on me at every opportunity. He was probably subjected to some abuse early on in life, and can take a little bit to warm up to new people and dogs, but once he does, he will be your bestest & sweetest buddy for life. When meeting new people and dogs, Daario just needs a proper introduction as he learns to trust. He has no aggression, he just chooses to ignore or stay with his trusted friends for a bit, until he gets to know you a little, or maybe gets a few treats! Daario needs a person that will help introduce him to new situations and people to build his confidence, but I think he will learn this quickly as he warms up fast and when he does, he is one of the most loving, cuddly, friendly, sweet and silly dogs I have ever met. As soon as he is confident you’re his buddy (which usually just takes a few treats and maybe a walk) he trusts you, all the way.

Daario is being fostered with three female dogs, and loves playing with them. He is good at reading other dog’s intentions and knows which want to play and ignores the ones who don’t. He has shown no food aggression to people or dogs. Daario spends most weekdays outside with the other dogs in a large yard with a five-foot fence. He respects fences and is not an escape artist but he does have lots of company to play with in my yard. Daario’s adult teeth are still coming in and he is still teething, so a bone or Kong is always kept within his distance to satisfy his urge and as long as he has appropriate dog toys, he does not mess with non-dog items in the home. Daario loves to learn and is very smart; he is also food motivated. This makes him easy to train. He will sit for feeding time, and we are working on other commands with him too. He has mastered sit and is working on down, stay, lie down and "out of the kitchen" while I’m cooking. He is very eager to please and catches on very quickly. He is quite "velcro" with me, and he loves lying in or near the kitchen while I cook or sitting outside the door while I’m in the shower. Daario really just wants to be near you and take it all in. He is not a big barker either.

Daario is almost completely house-trained, and has only had an accident when a sitter had him for the weekend and his schedule and place were different. He is still a puppy so a schedule is important. He will go into his crate with some food coaxing, but once there he settles right in; however, it is not recommended that Daario be in a home where he will be crated a lot of the time. He has a very active foster home, and does not adapt well to being crated for long periods. He sleeps quietly throughout the night on the floor with the other dogs and seems to prefer the floor and positioned slightly under the bed to a dog bed. Daario occasionally is allowed free roam of the home unsupervised, for short periods, and is generally well behaved. He was left with free roam of the house yesterday while I was at work for a full day and was a perfect gentleman. I think that with just a little more time, Daario will be fine to have the run of the house with no supervision.

Daario is already excellent at walking on a leash, better than most of my own dogs. He loves walking and running and would make a perfect running or hiking buddy. Daario enjoys playing in water, too, and he has big, webbed paws. Daario also is a completely perfect car rider, sitting quietly in the back seat and getting in and out on command in a patient, calm manner.

Daario would be a wonderful, loyal, and active companion, and his perfect world would see him placed with another friendly dog sibling for companionship as he loves playing and curling up with his foster siblings. His perfect home would also have a patient, confident pack leader to help him build his confidence with socialization with people and animals, and who can give Daario an active lifestyle and training classes, including possibly some fun dog sports like agility which would help to build his socialization skills and confidence. Due to the need to build his confidence and trust with new people, Daario should not be placed in a home with young children. Daario has not been tested with cats yet, but we’re hoping to do that soon.

Daario is being fostered in the Asheveille, NC area. If you are interested in more information about Daario, email Julie at kayaismydog@yahoo.com. Please put "Daario" in the subject line.

Daario smelling the flowers

Daario headshot    Daario after a bath

Daario in the woods

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Macon

Macon (aka Mako)

Macon has used his time in rescue with CBCR remarkably well. He had a rough start as a puppy, purchased to work cattle but initiated prematurely on a large, intimidating breed of livestock. Disappointed in his performance, Macon’s owner consigned him to a barren life in solitary, just when a young dog should be exposed to a variety of experiences.

Macon came to CBCR terrified of men, shy around people in general, and unschooled in niceties with other dogs. He huddled in a corner or in his crate in his first foster home, frightened of the man of the house.

During a year as an In-Board Scholarship with Teamworks dog training in Raleigh NC, Macon acquired a solid set of obedience skills and showed talent in Agility. Recently, he was transferred into a new CBCR foster home so that he could learn what it is like to be part of a household. At first, he employed his guarding instincts, driving other dogs and people away from treasured objects and trusted people. As time has gone on, Macon has felt safe and secure and has made friends with the resident Border Collie and regular visitors to the house. He is cautious but curious about men and boys and has shown willingness to accept their presence. He loves a leash walk and, seeing signs that a walk is in the offing (boots, hat, coat, leash), he offers himself as a ready companion by sitting on his foster’s feet and waiting for leash to be clipped on his collar. At mealtime, he trots confidently to his feeding station. When he must be confined to his crate, Macon accepts the command "Go to your room," and crates himself. He enjoys a bone or kong stuffed with peanut butter, and remains quietly crated for long periods of time, sometimes up to 9 hours per night.

Macon is a true athlete. He likes to fetch squeaky toys or a Jolly Ball. His bounding leaps over stone walls and high grabs of a bouncing ball are a delight to see. During down time, he particularly enjoys a good scratch up and down his rib cage and rump. He often chooses to be in the midst of family life, stretching out on the couch (if that is allowed) with a bone. His prey drive is far too high to be trusted with a cat or a rabbit, but his favorite play buddy is a little 15 pound puppy who comes for a play date twice a week.

Macon is a great car dog ("Ride in the Car?" "Yes!"), and will bravely accompany his foster on leash around a shopping center or residential park. He sometimes crouches low to the ground when strangers appear, but he has learned to alter his course or shelter in a safe location to avoid confrontation. From his safe place, Macon will soon venture out and explore a new person, eventually accepting a scratch on the neck or a treat. He is impeccably housetrained, has excellent recall, and is instantly responsive to his trusted people. He knows Come, Sit, Stay, Give Paw, Down, Drop it, and Go to Bed.

Recently Macon was Instinct Testing for Herding Drive. He performed beautifully with a group of sheep. He picked up "Come By" and "Away," in his first lesson.

This young smoothie, with his striking yin-yang split face could be a real asset to an active individual or family who wishes to interact with a bright, willing and very loyal Border Collie. Macon is looking for an owner who is interested in working with him with positive reinforcement training as he continues to discover that the world is not the scary place he first knew.

For more information on Macon, email Ellen Pearson in Pittsboro, NC at pearson522@embarqmail.com or call 919-933-9184.

Macon on a gather    Macon fetching

Macon running right side    Macon running straight on


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Cooper

Cooper

Cooper and his sister Clara were purchased as puppies. For many years they lived a quiet and contented life with their doting owner. In December of 2011, their owner passed away. No one in the owner’s family was able to keep them so they were sent to their veterinarian who tried to find them a new home.

CBCR took in both dogs but found it necessary to separate them into two different foster homes. Clara, who it was assumed would find it difficult to adjust without Cooper, blossomed in her new home. Cooper seemed lost without his sister. He was also suffering from a painful ear infection, and, a terrible skin infection which caused him to loose most of his hair. Treatment involved daily ear washes and twice a week baths. Coop didn’t enjoy either one. The second day in his foster home, he snapped at me, his foster mom as I was petting him under the chin, (he approached for the contact). There have been subsequent incidences of snapping at my husband and me under the same conditions. He has never bitten.

Interestingly, the vet techs and veterinarians have never had any trouble examining him. He has required multiple check-ups and they are always happy to see him and Cooper is always happy to see them. Visitors to the home are able to pet him without incident. We initially believed that the snapping was due to his painful ears but are at a mystery to explain why he seems fine with everyone but us. With many sessions and many treats, he has been trained to accept a basket muzzle. Whenever he sees it, he will lie down next to it. We use it for baths or if he needs medication.

Cooper has many good qualities! He gets along with all but one of the other dogs in his foster home. The exception is a male who initiates conflicts by growling and posturing. He is very playful. He likes to find unusual objects and drag them around the yard. Lawn ornaments, a plastic heron that was sitting on the edge of a pond, and an empty baby swimming pool, (very funny). He loves taking walks and he is in very good shape. In the last few months he seems to be a much happier dog.

We know he still misses his old life. When I picked up Clara and Cooper from the vet they had a lot of stuff from their owner. Medicines, bowls blankets, collars and leashes. One of the leashes was one of those that has a leather handle connected to a chain. I kept it in a basket with other dog stuff. One day I took that chain leash out of the basket. It made a noise and Cooper came running from another area of the house and put his paws up on the table to sniff the leash. It broke my heart. I felt so bad for him. A year and a half after his "mom" died...... So sad.

Cooper is being fostered in Durham, NC. We believe he can be adopted to the right family. He cannot go to a home with children under 16. For more information about this complicated boy, contact Ann Miller at annMiller@nc.rr.com, or 919.682.6125, (prior to 20:00 please).

Cooper Left side    Cooper lieing down

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Mattie

Mattie

UPDATE: Mattie is currently in training at Teamworks Dog Training in Youngsville, NC. This is what her trainer has to say about Mattie:

This is the original posting written by her foster mom:

Mattie was emaciated and her feet were raw when found in the shelter, I suspect she had been stray for quite some time. Even though she has scars on her neck from some kind of collar, this doesn't stop her from loving and trusting every person she meets! Mattie absolutely adores people. She is happiest to just be near someone.

Her favorite thing is to wrestle with her people. She has a big, silly grin on her face while she hops around and play bows, very gently putting her mouth on a person's arm. Softest mouth I've ever seen a Border Collie have. She stops immediately if you stand up and is happy to get petted.

Her second favorite thing is playing with her kong! She doesn't seem to know how to play with other toys, but she sure loves her kong. She carries it all around the house and will throw it down the stairs so she can chase after it. Even when it's full of peanut butter she will let anyone take it away from her with no problems.

Mattie would do best as an only dog. A potential adopter would have to do very extensive, slow and positive introductions for her to accept another dog. Unfortunately Mattie is not all bark, and will very quickly back up threats with actually getting her teeth into another dog. She is extremely smart and a quick learner, so with the right person and a LOT of patience I think she could make some progress.

She cannot go to a home with cats. I have not tested her with children, but she is so gentle with people that she should be fine with older children. She is noise reactive, particularly to the sounds of sirens and cars honking.

She is such a sweet dog and very smart. She now knows all the basics like sit, down, stay, heel and wave. We are still working on leash training; I don't think she ever walked on a leash until I brought her home.

Mattie is very good in the house; I have never needed to crate her. She is very neat and clean and would be mortified if she urinated in the house. I have never seen any evidence of her getting into any trouble in the rooms she's kept in, even when she is left alone for several hours. She is such a good girl!

Mattie is currently an In-Board Scholar at Teamworks Dog Training in Youngsville, NC. For more information please contact Michele at michelegodlevski@gmail.com.

Mattie outside   Mattie outside2

Mattie with Kong   Mattie on the bed

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Beau

Beau - Adoption Pending

Beau came to his foster family in very poor condition. He was underweight, heartworm positive, and had a mangy coat. He was very unsure of himself and was quick to growl when he was uncomfortable. He is a new dog now! His coat is beautiful. He has been treated for heartworm and is in good health. He is crate trained and knows basic commands. He is currently intact but will be neutered soon.

He loves to snuggle and is happy to spend time with people and other dogs. He especially loves playing with the two teenage boys in his foster family. However, he would not be a good choice for a family with small children. He is good with children 12 years and older.

Beau is ready for his forever home. He will make a loyal companion. He gets along well with other dogs. He has not been around cats but does well around chickens. He is older so he isn't high energy and is does not have any puppy bad habits like chewing on shoes. Beau is an all around great dog!

Beau is being fostered in Wake Forest, NC. For more information on Beau, please contact Cheryl at 919-270-4246.

Beau left side

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Sweep

Sweep

He is such a sweetheart that the Crossroads Veterinary Hospital technicians want to change this handsome boy’s name to Sweet. We call him Sweep, Sweeper, Pinecone Boy, Weed Eater, or Handsome. He is great at entertaining himself and us in the process. His favorite thing to do is watch the other dogs and shake a pinecone in his mouth. Occasionally he will leave his post and race over to a tree, jump up and grab a leaf. He is never without something in his mouth.

Sweep gets along very well with his large foster dog family but he is a little possessive of his food. Although he is not much for playing with the other dogs, he can be enticed occasionally. He prefers to focus on one dog and watch that dog’s every move, from a distance. He definitely has the obsessive/compulsive characteristic of the breed. Because of this trait, he will need a home that has the time to refocus his attention to more productive endeavors.

UPDATE: After several months in his foster home, Sweep has begun initiating play with several of his foster siblings. He is enjoying this new dimension of life!

When Sweep attended NCSU Veterinary Hospital’s open house, he attracted kids of all ages with his gentle manner. He lay down, closed his eyes and seemed to fall asleep as group after group came by and stroked his hair and talked to him. Because of his food possessiveness, he would need to be watched around children with food. He allows adult humans to remove his food but this may be an issue with young children.

Sweep was rescued from a SC shelter. When he entered the shelter, he had a puncture wound in his lower right leg and was limping. Initially, it was felt that the limp was due to this wound but after the wound healed, the limp persisted. Radiographs were taken and a dislocated elbow was discovered. Several veterinarians were consulted. The wound is an old one and the chance that surgery would successfully correct the problem is very small, might make it worse. An option is to amputate, but, right now, Sweep uses this leg, doesn't seem to be in pain, and isn’t hindered in the least so we will leave it alone. In the future, he may require an amputation.

Sweep’s recall has improved since he first arrived at his foster home. It seems that, in his past, coming when called did not lead to a good time. He now will come to us spontaneously just to say hello.

Sweep will not be adopted to a home with an invisible fencing system or any other shock type training system.

Sweep is being fostered in Durham, NC. If you are interested in this sweet boy who will serenade your clothes dryer, please contact Ann Miller for more information: annMiller@nc.rr.com or 919.682.6125, (prior to 21:00 please).

Sweep with daffodils

Sweep right side    Sweep left side

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Lancey

Lancey - Adoption Pending

It is often difficult to get a picture of this little girl dry. She loves the water and if not in the pond, she is in the baby pool and if not there, in a rain puddle. She even manages to get wet from playing in the grass!

Confident and fearless, Lancey jumped right into the pond after her foster siblings without hesitation. It was evident, from her surprised expression and dog paddle stroke, that this was a new experience. It did not take long for her to become a proficient swimmer. Now swimming is her favorite activity along with retrieving toys thrown into the water.

Lancey had no trouble asserting herself with all the dogs in her foster family. She tends to be bossy with most of the other dogs and her style of play can be too much for some. She has learned to give begrudging respect to her elders. She loves to romp and play with her siblings, especially, equally bossy big brother Jacks.

Lancey was pulled from an animal shelter so her past is unknown. It seems that she had been in a house before as she knew how to look out windows and "knock" to come inside. She may not have had a lot of interaction with her human family as she took some time to bond with the humans in her foster family. She was quite aloof and stingy with affection for the first two weeks. At this time, she is still quite independent but she will seek out affection. She will likely take a little time to bond with her new person.

Lancey is a very bright girl. She learned "sit" and "wait" in less than 2 sessions and was housetrained in 3 days. She understands that she is not allowed out certain doors and in certain rooms. Recall is still a work in progress. Lancey is completely trustworthy in the house, she does not chew on inappropriate items.

Lancey has no respect for baby gates inside the house, which she jumps with ease. She is capable of jumping fences under 5 feet. She is a very strong willed girl and will need an experienced dog owner and a home with children over 14 years. She responds very well to positive training methods and not at all to punishment. With a patient hand, Lancey will develop into an amazing companion.

Lancey will not be adopted to a home with an invisible fencing system or any other shock type training system.

Lancey is being fostered in Durham, NC. If you are interested in Lancey, please contact Ann Miller for more information: annMiller@nc.rr.com or 919.682.6125, (prior to 21:00 please).

Lancey swimming

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Lancey Up 6    Lancey Up 8

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Maverick - Available to experienced Border Collie owners
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Maverick has done extremely well with his behavior modification training and is now accepting unfamiliar people much more easily. We are thrilled to see his progress. He has also become an extremely affectionate dog. Maverick is still only available to experienced owners that would commit to continuing with his training, but we are now much more confident that he will succeed with the right family.

Maverick is a purebred, ABCA-registered border collie who was surrendered to CBCR by his owners due to their lack of time to properly train/exercise him as well as his behavioral issues. Maverick is certainly not a dog for everyone. He is an extremely high-drive border collie (one may call him hyper), and is as intense as border collies can possibly get. He is obsessed with his ball, he'd play 24/7 if you let him) and also with herding his canine siblings (needless to say, to their discontent). At the same time, he is very insecure around people, and due to various reasons does not trust people outside of his immediate family. When he sees a "stranger," he reacts by barking, lunging and showing teeth, which can look pretty scary. By acting this way - most likely out of fear and insecurity - he only wishes to get away from something that scares him most (that is, new people).

Being so reactive towards people, it is almost shocking how good and affectionate he is towards "his" people, that is, his foster parents. He loves to be petted, would nudge your hand to get your attention and would lick your face before you fall asleep at night. Maverick responds to basic commands like "sit," "down," "come," "drop the ball," "go to bed." He will maintain a nice "stay" and will release on command. He is also mastering mat work and figuring out how to properly work with his foster parents during training sessions. A professional dog trainer has started Maverick on a behavior modification program and Maverick has actually made some good progress towards becoming less reactive to some of his triggers. However, he still has ways to go.

Maverick cannot be adopted to families with children or families that plan to have children; he would also not do well with someone who will spend only a couple of hours per day with him. Maverick requires lots of consistent, day-to-day exercise and his future family must commit to continuing with his behavior modification training.

We strongly believe that despite all the challenges, Maverick is 100% worth all the effort. There's a great dog behind his fearfulness and reactivity, and we just need to help bring this dog out. Besides that, nothing can feel better than see him stop playing with his ball, run towards you, give you a quick kiss on your face and run back to whatever he was busy with. Like this is his way of saying I can be really, really good - just give me a chance.

Maverick has been neutered, is up to date on vaccinations, crate and house-trained.

Maverick is being fostered in Durham, NC. If If interested in adopting this handsome, energetic guy, please contact Maverick's foster parents at iyevs13@yahoo.com with any questions.

Maverick

Maverick with ball    Maverick sitting2

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