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 15 Apr 2014



Max was rescued along with his sister Annabelle who is also listed on the CBCR site. Max is approximately 10 to 12 week old Border Collie mix. He is a very sweet and affectionate puppy. He loves to be held, fall asleep on your lap and give many kisses.

Max gets along well with other dogs, wants to plays tug, fetch and chase. Max is also very smart. He has already started to come to his name and is doing well with house training. He is also doing well with crate training. He goes right into his kennel with a small treat and will sleep all night.

I feel Max would do well in a home with other dogs, the younger the better, because he loves to play. He does well with our 2 dogs and they are 5yrs and 6yrs. I believe he would do well with an active family. So far Max has had little exposure to small children. On our walks he seems to take some interested in them and he allows himself to be petted. Max does well on our walks and does not mind being on a leash. I have taken Max along with my dogs on a few short runs. He also does well running on a leash.

As a puppy he is very active one minute then out the next. He loves to play with our other dog, wrestle, tug of war over a toy, chase a ball, chew on a stick, etc. When he sleeps he is out, nothing seems to bother him.

Max has been to the Vet and is up to date on his shots and in good health.

Max is currently in the chewing phase of being a puppy. "He never saw a stick he didn’t like." Loves to bring sticks, leaves, pine needles into the house. Any new loud noise startles him and he has to investigate. Likes to look at his reflection in a window or mirror and barks. I think he is finally catching on that the reflection is his own.

Max is being fostered in Cary, NC. If you are interested in more information about Max, email Gene at or call him at 919-880-4842.

Max with plant

Max chewing stick

Max playing with Casey

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Annabelle is very friendly and loving Border Collie puppy. She is energetic and very outgoing. She loves everyone she meets. We have nicknamed her "wiggle butt" for how vigorously she wags her tail. She likes to be held and will settle down in your lap fairly quickly. She readily responds to her name being called and is a quick learner. She is very attentive to everything going on around her. She is not very vocal and rarely barks.

Annabelle is almost crate trained and sleeps through the night without a problem. She is not housebroken, but we are working on it with her. She travels well in the car. We have not had her on a leash much.

She is a confident and adventurous girl. We have a spacious backyard that she explores without hesitation. She walks around regularly with her tail at attention taking in her surroundings. She is no wall flower!

Our other dog, Carly, is a rescue mix (Shepherd/Lab) that is somewhat energetic and even tempered, as well as substantially larger than Annabelle. She and Carly play chase games in the backyard and will get into playful wrestling matches. Annabelle regularly will playfully engage Carly by nipping at her. When she is excited, Annabelle, will nip at people as well. This is normal puppy behavior and we are working on redirecting her to an appropriate behavior such as chewing on her toys instead. She is a quick learner and she already knows she should only chew on her chew toys.

Annabelle is being fostered in Cary, NC. If you are interested in more information about Annabelle, email Greg at or Karen at

Annabelle lying on deck, head up

Annabelle lying on deck, head down

Annabelle lying on deck, on side

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Cody is a super sweet, beautiful, friendly, gentle boy who was a stray in a local high kill shelter. He is two years old, should weigh around 45 pounds (still slightly underweight), is outgoing and affectionate, and medium energy level for his age and breed. He is calm in the house but gets excited when getting ready for a walk or a romp outdoors. He likely spent his first two years in serious neglect. When pulled from the shelter he was painfully thin and dirty and had a host of minor medical issues related to neglect. Now free of infections and parasites, he's gaining weight, has a good appetite, is neutered and up to date on shots, house trained, enjoys long walks on a leash, crates at night without protest, LOVES to ride in the car, enjoys the company of other dogs (though he sometimes tries to herd them), and loves all people. He is friendly with children, but could get overexcited around small ones and might overwhelm them. Cody sniffed noses with the vet's office cat and was eagerly curious. This proves nothing, but might indicate he could coexist with a dog savvy indoor cat. Cody is highly intelligent and very attentive. He's eager to learn and has mastered some basic commands. We recently had him instinct tested with sheep at a local herding dog training facility and he passed with flying colors. The tester was initially convinced he was already trained because he handled so well and had all the "right moves" but he doesn't appear to know all the specific herding commands, so would need formal training. She did feel he would make an exceptional working dog with sheep or cattle.

Cody's remaining issues are separation anxiety and a tendency to eat inappropriate objects (mostly paper and cloth). He is well behaved when with his people (and is a true velcro dog). He will usually curl up at your feet wherever you are until it's time to go for a walk or a ride, then he's ecstatic! We have left him regularly for several hours at a time and he does become anxious, though less than in the beginning. If tempting objects are within his reach, he will try to eat them and is a gifted counter surfer and trash diver. These behaviors have improved as he's adjusted to the home routine, and will continue to improve with further training. He has recently begun taking fluoroxine to reduce his anxiety levels (hopefully this will be temporary), will soon begin attending a non-kennel daycare two days a week to give him a chance to interact with other playful dogs (two dogs in the foster home are not playful), and will be soon begin working with a qualified trainer to deal with the separation anxiety and inappropriate eating behaviors.

This boy would make a wonderful companion for someone who has time to be with him (or can take him to work as his foster mom often does) and continue working on his two issues. He will need a job involving mental stimulation, not because he is overactive, but to dampen his fears of abandonment and starvation. He has not shown any other anxieties (doesn't mind thunder, gunshots, etc.) and has never been aggressive. He would be a good candidate for agility, or possibly even therapy or service dog training and would be spectacular in a herding home or true working environment.

Cody is being fostered by Jan in the Hendersonville, NC area (Saluda). Jan can be contacted at or call 828-749-3617.

Cody standing on deck

Cody close-up    Cody standing on leaves

Cody and daffodils

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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 or call 919-545-2014.

Macon on a gather    Macon fetching

Macon running right side    Macon running straight on

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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, or 919.682.6125, (prior to 20:00 please).

Cooper Left side    Cooper lieing down

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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

Mattie outside   Mattie outside2

Mattie with Kong   Mattie on the bed

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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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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: or 919.682.6125, (prior to 21:00 please).

Sweep with daffodils

Sweep right side    Sweep left side

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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: or 919.682.6125, (prior to 21:00 please).

Lancey swimming

Lancey Up 7    Lancey Up 10    Lancey Up 1    Lancey Up 4   

Lancey Up 6    Lancey Up 8

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Maverick sitting

Maverick - Available to experienced Border Collie owners

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 with any questions.


Maverick with ball    Maverick sitting2

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Independent Fosters

These dogs are being independently fostered by CBCR Volunteers. They are not in the CBCR program. Please use the contacts at the end of each dog's biography to obtain more information about the dog and the procedure for adopting him/her.

We currently have no independent fosters.

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