Hi there! My name is Jill but I also go by Jilly Bean and Jillian. They say I'm about 6 years old but I still have all the Border Collie energy. I've been with my foster family for a couple months so far and I've already come a long way. My foster mom says I'm really smart and very obedient. Before I came to my foster home, I already knew how to sit, lay down, and come on command. Since arriving at my foster home, I am learning to master the 'sit' and 'down' command with distractions around. It has been tough so far, especially since loud noises scare me and we live near a highway, but I am becoming a pro at it now. I am also learning new commands such as 'leave it,” “stay,” and 'heel.' I've also heard my foster mom say we are going to work on some more trick commands once I have mastered all of the basic obedience commands. I can't wait to learn more. When I do a good job learning, my foster mom pets me, gives me a lot of praise, and even a treat sometimes! I love making my foster mom happy.And I don't mean to boast but I have never once had an accident in the house since I've been in my foster home.
Since moving into my foster home, I've encountered these weird creatures that run around the house and make weird noises. My foster parents call them cats, whatever those are. I'm kind of scared of these creatures but intrigued at the same time. I like watching them from a distance but when they look at me with their beady eyes, it makes me nervous and I back away. My foster mom says they won't hurt me and that I can be friends with them but I'm not too sure I believe her yet. My foster mom says for now, until I improve further, I would be best in a house without cats or small pets. She also says I would be best in a home without very young children because noises such as crying intrigue me and I become too focused on what is making the noise and I get very excited.
Aside from 4 cats, I also currently live with another dog. His name is Sampson and he kind of looks like a sheep to me. He is big, white, and fluffy. When I first met him, I was very nervous because of his size. I am ashamed to admit it but when I first met him I did try snapping at him a couple of times, though I never made contact. He just ignored me and walked away when I did that. Now that I've gotten to know him though, I realize he is just a big loveable fluffball that won't hurt me. We get along great now and I have even tried to give him kisses a few times. I've also met some other dogs since I've been with my foster parents. These dogs were more my size or smaller and we got along great. My foster mom thinks I would be okay living with another dog as long as the other dog is willing to respect my body language and communication. I have no issue sharing bones with Sampson though I am a bit skeptical of having him or the weird creatures around my food bowl. My foster mom says I should learn to share better and she is working with me on this.My foster parents and everyone who meets me says I am a sweetheart. I love being the center of attention and if you are petting another dog, I will try to get you to pet me too. After all, it isn't fair if the other dog is getting attention and I'm not, is it? I am full of energy and never turn down an opportunity for an adventure or to get exercise. I love going for car rides and I am very well behaved in the car. My foster parents took Sampson and me to a few forest preserves so we could explore. I was told I need to work on my leash pulling but I just couldn't help it, there were too many good smells and fun things to see. My foster parents also take us on walks around the neighborhood and we usually see a lot of our neighbors outside. Sampson frequently barks at the neighbors for some reason but I always pull to go say hi to them. I like making friends with our neighbors. Who doesn't love more petting? My one neighbor even occasionally has treats for us! In addition to walks, my foster mom also takes us on rollerblades sometimes. I am learning that I cannot cross in front her while she is rollerblading. I love running full speed. After our walks, my favorite thing to do is to curl up right next to my foster parents on the couch, unless one of those weird creatures is there first. While I prefer my foster parents to pet me nonstop, I realize that this is not always possible and I am perfectly content to curl up at their feet while they work. As long as I am near them, I am happy.
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