My name is Bear!

Border Collie Mix Dog for adoption in Plymouth, Indiana - Bear
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Come Bye Border Collie Rescue - Northern Division

Facts about Bear

  • Breed: Border Collie Mix
  • Color: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 5361483
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Bear is a 4 1/2 year old smooth coat male Border Collie mix being fostered in Plymouth, Indiana.  Bear will need a family who will be patient with him as he is slow to warm up to new people and places.  Please contact if you have any questions about Bear.  You can complete an application to adopt Bear or any of the dogs on our website at

Update 9/15/16

Bear has recently attended a flyball class and seems to LOVE it!

Update 1/21/16

Bear – suspicious of strangers with likelihood of nipping if not with a dog savvy human. Will chase cats. Is good with dogs off leash but very defensive with unfamiliar dogs on leash or in a small space. The best athlete I have here! Would make a fabulous agility dog with an experienced handler. Needs at least 5 foot fenced yard.


Bear is a tennis ball fetching machine, good in crate, good with other dogs, has been introduced to agility, will stalk the cats but hasn’t ever tried to hurt them. He is stand-off-ish of new people. Bear needs to be placed in a home without children, needs an advanced dog savvy human. (5/2/15)

Bear LOVES to fetch tennis balls and will do so for hours each day. He also enjoys have a good chew on a hard bone, antler,  nylabone , etc… He is good with other dogs – however when he is in an unfamiliar environment and there are dogs that he doesn’t know….he cannot meet them while on leash, he is very defensive and doesn’t like them in his personal space. Same goes for unfamiliar people when he is in an unfamiliar environment….he can be a little fearful. When he is at my place where he is familiar, he doesn’t know a stranger and once they start throwing his ball then all in his world is swell! 

He is great in the car and on leash, however he will pull on his leash so he is belly wrapped when I walk him on leash. He enjoyed his limited time learning about agility and I’m sure would love to continue his lessons. He is very foodie and loves toys and is a quick study. He will chase my cats but hasn’t tried to hurt them. He will on occasion have disputes with a dog over a chew bone…..but it never escalate (9/24/14)


Bear is now about 2 year 2 month  of age. He is a tennis ball fetching machine and has earned the name 'Air Bear' around here for his ability to get  some sky when jumping for tennis balls. He also very much likes to play with other dogs. He is fine with my cats but is very interested in them when he has time to be around them...lots of starring ;)

Bear is a fun dog to be around and is pretty easy to live with. He does get worried when he is in a new environment and this makes him a little worried about new people and dogs. When he is at home and in a familiar environment he generally warms right up to people and is one of my most reliable dogs with other dogs. At my doggie daycare Bear is often used to test how other dogs are with dogs because I can usually rely on him to be appropriate when meeting a new doggie.

There are some dogs here that he opts to agree to disagree with and oddly enough it is always a dog with a similar temperament and structure as him... It never results in anything other than noise and his is easily stopped. He is a young, fun doggie that is very much ready for a home of his own, so that he can get all the lovin and not have to share with his foster siblings ;)(Updated 1/25/14)

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About Come Bye Border Collie Rescue - Northern Division

About Our Rescue Group...

Come Bye BC Rescue is an Illinois-licensed, not for profit rescue organization dedicated to the rescue of border collies. Our western boundaries extend as far west as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and as far east as Ann Arbor, Michigan. Started as an all breed rescue in 2002, we soon found ourselves devoting most of our efforts to saving border collies. Incorporated in Illinois as Animal Protective Association of So. Illinois, we are also known as Come Bye Border Collie Rescue to more accurately reflect our passion for the border collie breed. Our mission is to rescue and successfully re-home border collies. It is our belief that dogs of sound temperament should be given every chance to lead a happy, healthy and fruitful life. In support of our mission, we also offer training resources and support to current owners experiencing behavior issues with their border collies. We do this in the hope that these dogs are able to stay in their existing homes and do not end up at a shelter or in a rescue. Unfortunately, there are far more wonderful border collies in need than can be saved. We are an all-volunteer organization staffed by individuals committed to saving this wonderful breed. Some of our volunteers have little experience with border collies, while some possess over a decade of working with border collies. We work extensively with many other border collie and all breed rescues.

We rescue border collies. We educate people. Each dog we rescue is placed in a private foster home. It is the role of the foster family to provide love, veterinary care and training to each foster dog. Once in foster care, the foster home will arrange veterinary care (paid for by Come Bye BC Rescue) to ensure the health of the animal. Each dog is given a complete exam, spayed or neutered, heartworm tested, brought up to date on vaccinations and treated for any medical problems they may have. Some of the dogs we rescue have significant medical issues. We are very proactive in addressing any diagnosed or suspected medical problems, including the recruitment of specialists to treat the condition and, if necessary conduct surgery and advise on rehabilitation. Dogs are not discriminated against based on health issues. Many of the dogs we rescue have never lived in a home or know what a toy is and need to be taught to play. Foster homes provide the training necessary for each dog to learn manners, housebreaking and basic obedience. Many dogs have had little to no human affection and attention. One of the most important jobs of the foster home is to teach a dog to trust humans. Our rescue strives to find the perfect home for each and every dog that we accept. Our volunteers screen every potential adopter to ensure the safety and happiness of each dog placed. Applicants are thoroughly screened via telephone interview, reference checks, veterinary history and home visit. We have a high rate of success in our placement of border collies in adoptive homes.

Many people are interested in adopting a border collie because the breed has been labeled as the "smartest dog." With intelligence comes responsibility, and it is this lack of responsibility on the part of the owner which results in many border collies ending up in a rescue or a shelter. The volunteers at Come Bye BC Rescue all have a love for dogs, but a particular passion for border collies. It is this passion that moves us toward our goal of finding loving forever homes for these wonderful dogs, while continually serving as an education and training resource for both current and prospective border collie owners.

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Our Adoption Process...

Come Bye BC Rescue takes great pride in placing our foster dogs in a home that is best suited to each dog's individual personality, temperament, and activity level. We will do a phone interview with you, a veterinarian reference check, personal reference checks, conduct a home visit, and do whatever else is needed to verify all the information on your application. We want to be sure that you and your new dog are a good match, so that each placement is a permanent one. The adoption process is our way of getting to know you, your family, and your lifestyle. First and foremost, the Rescue's main responsibility is to our foster dogs. Additional information on our adoption process may be found at