My name is BARBIE!

Australian Shepherd/Collie Mix Dog for adoption in Pt. Richmond, California - BARBIE
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Milo Foundation

Facts about BARBIE

  • Breed: Australian Shepherd/Collie Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10686659

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Barbie is a bit shy, and needs some TLC and sweetness. She is a bit skittish, and would really benefit from a savvy foster, with time and patience and a calm environment. She is tentative around other dogs and afraid of being handled by her collar - and leashing up needs to be done slowly, but then she is okay - it's all new to her. She is lovely and will flourish!

; ; * FOSTER NOTES * 10/28/16- Barbie is definitely doing much better now that she has a kennel she can curl up in in a quiet house. She is still skittish and seeing a lot of things for the first time, like stairs (no way, ok maybe), umbrellas (WTF), pugs (weird), and the ocean (too big to escape), but she's gaining confidence everyday and learning that not everything wants to hurt her. She likes getting in the car now and is a great ride along. Her personality is still coming out, but she's very attentive, a quick learner, and a very well-behaved indoors. She kennels herself whenever she's bored, which is basically whenever I'm sitting down, but if I'm moving around the house she has to come with me to make sure I get there. She'll bark if people are coming over, sometimes, but I live in a pretty active house so she's getting over that. Out of the five people that live in my house, she's bonded with me and really likes one of my male roommates. The other three males she's pretty unsure about, but she isn't aggressive with them and I expect she will learn to like them. We've had a lot of people over and she's not comfortable enough to be touched by them, but she'll pass out and sleep.

; She is the clumsiest adult dog I've ever seen, and my family must of owned/fostered well over a dozen dogs while I was growing up. I don't think she grew up with any activity, as her feet are still quite soft, or she is younger than we think she is. She was just spayed on Tuesday so we're taking it very easy right now, but I'm hoping she'll really come out of her shell once we start doing much more active things.

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About Milo Foundation

About Our Rescue Group...

THE MILO FOUNDATION was named after an Australian Shepherd. Milo was five weeks old when Lynne Tingle discovered that her puppy was both deaf and blind. Despite concerns from friends and family, Lynne was determined to give Milo a good life.

It was a learning process for both Milo and Lynne, his "seeing eye person". Lynne developed a series of taps to communicate with Milo. A tap on the left or right flank would instruct Milo which direction to go. And a tap on the rear meant 'stop'. In the park, Milo's feet read the ground like Braille, where he bounded around in circles with his nose in the air, barking with joy.

Given a chance to live, Milo became a happy, beloved dog. The experience with Milo led Lynne to learn about other animals who needed a chance - abandoned and stray dogs and cats who fill city shelters - which led to the founding of the nonprofit no-kill sanctuary: The Milo Foundation.

After a full and happy life, Milo passed away in August of 1998. He was the perfect spirit and namesake for a sanctuary dedicated to saving the lives of creatures who deserved, like Milo, a chance at a good life.

Today, The Milo Foundation is an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization providing an alternative for homeless pets throughout Northern California, through education, adoption services, and providing sanctuary for animals until permanent homes can be found. Founded in August of 1994, The Milo Foundation is located on two hundred and eighty-three acres in Mendocino County - offering lots of room for the animals to run and play. Milo houses cats, dogs, puppies and kittens - occasionally farm animals and other domestic creatures find their way to the sanctuary.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We have mobile adoptions every weekend. Check our website for dates, time and locations.

Our Adoption Process...

You can download an application from our website. Adoption fees range from $125-350, depending on the animal and animal's age. Special fees may apply for some animals.