My name is Norman!

Beagle/Border Collie Mix Dog for adoption in Mt. Prospect, Illinois - Norman
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Adopt-A-Pet, Inc.

Facts about Norman

  • Breed: Beagle/Border Collie Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Howdy! My name is Norman and I am an awesome little guy. There's some disagreement about my age, but I think it's safe to say I'm somewhere between about 2 and 5 years old. I look like a beagle maybe mixed with some border collie, but that's just a guess. I'm the perfect size at 32 pounds, not too big and not too small.

So, let me tell you about me and my story. I somehow found myself in a pound in rural southern Illinois (they called me an "unclaimed stray".) So then one day I was put in a van and took a long car ride so Adopt-A-Pet could find me a new home. When I first came to Adopt-A-Pet I went into a foster home and I loved to play with my foster family's other dog, go to the dog beach, and then come back and watch tv with my family. My foster mom told me I am a bundle of gorgeousness and fun! After all the activity, I loved cuddling too! I am perfectly house-trained and very brave (I didn't cry at all in the last storm!). At night, I slept on the sofa or on my mattress downstairs.

My foster mom said I was the perfect dog . . . well, except for one thing. When I was on a leash and came across another dog on our walks, I became "reactive" - meaning, I guess I didn't behave very well and barked and pulled and tried to act like a tough guy. My foster mom started working with me to teach me not to do that.

Soon a nice family came along that wanted to adopt me and would continue with my training. Unfortunately, that didn't work out so well. One day on one of our walks we encountered some other dogs, and like a dope I did my pull/bark/bully trick and almost got into a scuffle with another dog, and in the midst of my owner trying to reign me in I accidentally bit her. I say accidentally because I would never intentionally have bitten her - or anybody. Really, it's just not my nature. Her arm just kind of got in the wrong place at the wrong time kind of thing.

So, yeah, now I'm back at Adopt-A-Pet, and yeah, I have a rap sheet. But you see, the thing is, I really am an awesome dog! Everybody -- and I mean everybody -- who meets me falls in love with me. I'm happy and charismatic. Just a fun-loving little guy! I am the most loving dog imaginable inside the house. It's just my outdoor leash manners that I have to work on.

So ... in order to become a more perfect dog, I am living at a training facility now and they've promised to whip me into shape so I learn to behave myself on a leash too! Once I get that trick down pat, I WILL be the perfect dog.

Because of my active nature, I'll need an active, engaged family who will keep me exercised and mentally stimulated. I am extremely kind and gentle and love kids, adults and -- believe it or not -- also other dogs, (as long as we're both not on the end of a leash!) But that, of course, will be changing. My new family will have the benefit of a lesson from my trainer and ongoing support if needed.

If you're willing to put in a little work to continue with my training in helping to overcome my little, um, 'problem', then I promise I'll work just as hard. Please come and meet me - I just want to be loved and I promise I'll give you all my love in return. Love Norman

Norman's adoption fee is $300 and includes: vet exam, heartworm test (neg), distemper combo vaccination, rabies vaccination, bordetella vaccination, flea/tick control, routine deworming, heartworm prevention, microchip, neuter, and professional training.

About Adopt-A-Pet, Inc.

About Our Shelter...

ADOPT-A-PET is an all-volunteer non-profit animal shelter/adoption agency dedicated to saving the lives of lost, abandoned or otherwise homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and placing them into permanent, loving homes.

ADOPT-A-PET provides a safe refuge and a second chance for unclaimed animals from various municipal pounds and, space permitting, accepts other homeless, neglected or injured animals from their rescuers.

ADOPT-A-PET was founded in 1981, and has since saved the lives of over 15,000 animals. All animals at Adopt-A-Pet are found permanent loving homes. Animals remain with us for as long as it takes to find them a suitable permanent new home.

ADOPT-A-PET does not own a shelter facility. All of our animals are boarded at co-operating animal hospitals or in volunteer foster homes until they are adopted by their new families.

ADOPT-A-PET provides all necessary medical care for every animal. All animals are health-checked, vaccinated, treated for medical problems and spayed/neutered.

ADOPT-A-PET is available for educational speaking engagements to schools and community groups in Chicago or the suburbs to promote proper pet care, compassion for animals, and the importance of spaying and neutering.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Adopt-A-Pet does not own a shelter facility. Because all of our animals are in private foster homes, they are shown by appointment only, after an application has been submitted.

Occasional public weekend adoption events are posted on the Home Page of our website:

Our Adoption Process...

Our adoption process: Adopt-A-Pet does not own a shelter facility. Because all of our animals are in private foster homes, they are shown by appointment, after an application has been submitted.

How to start the process: Contact us by email or phone. An adoption counselor will return your message within 1-2 days. You will be asked to fill out an application that will ask for personal information about your family, your home and about the kind of pet you're looking for. Vet references, personal references and landlord information (if applicable) is required. You can also download an application from our website. Once you return the application, an adoption counselor will call you back for a more thorough interview, again within 1-2 days. Sometimes it may take a little longer as we're all volunteers and sometimes it gets very busy. Assuming the pet you're interested in appears to be a match for you, a meeting will then be set up. For some animals, a home check may be required. If an adoption takes place, you will be asked to sign a contract and pay an adoption fee. Each animal's individual adoption fee is posted in its description on our websites.