My name is Keeper!

Australian Cattle Dog Dog for adoption in Santa Rosa, California - Keeper
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Facts about Keeper

  • Breed: Australian Cattle Dog
  • Color: Gray/Silver/Salt & Pepper - With Black
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10808652

Keeper is a 50 pound, healthy, active, 13 ½ year old, male, who needs a new home. His people need to move into a senior, assisted living situation that will not allow them to bring Keeper with them. He has been in his current (and third) home for 6 years.

He is your classic cattle dog - an incredibly smart, devoted, perceptive, curious, thinking dog with a strong sense of right and wrong, and lot of personality. He is very human in many ways. Although Keeper is 13 ½ years old, he is still a moderate energy dog, who needs exercise and attention. He currently goes on several walks, totaling 1.5 hours of walking, each day. Keeper is a wonderful companion, and a velcro dog, who loves interacting and being with his people. He keeps busy throughout the day, following his mom around the house, or singing (howling) along with the accordion she plays, or alerting her when it’s time to start dinner, etc. At 6:00 PM, he finally begins to tire, and it’s his time to join his mom on the sofa and snuggle with her until bedtime.

He is curious about and friendly with people he meets while on walks, and is patient  when petted and poked by small children and adults. Keeper meets most dogs well, and is well socialized by regular visits to a doggie daycare and boarding facility. However, he is fearful of big dogs, especially German Shepherds and Boxers. He is also a bit intimidated by cats, and will avoid them. Although, Keeper is fine meeting other dogs, he should be an only dog, or possibly with a quiet dog. He does not know how to play with other dogs or toys. Playing dogs make him nervous and he will eventually try to stop other dogs from playing. He needs a very quiet and peaceful home environment, and seem more comfortable with women. In recent weeks, as his people have altered their daily routines, in preparation for moving, Keeper has observed changes and has become a bit uneasy and worried. When nervous he will lick his paws.

Keeper is very alert and likes routine and to have a purpose. He has decided that one of his jobs is to remind you of the expected daily routines, if you fail to follow them. When his people are not home, he sits vigilantly at the window waiting for their return and keeps an eye on things. Keeper feels that another of his jobs is, from his window, trying to bark away the mailman, all delivery vans, and the landscaper with the blower and mower.

Although Keeper is 13 ½, he is still a very quick learner and is very eager to please. He loves treats and training is a breeze if a cookie is in hand. When off leash, he has a good recall, and responds quickly to “Keeper Come.” He has resisted crate training, preferring to sleep on the bed with his people. Keeper is completely house broken and takes himself out the dog door to pee in the yard. Poos happen only on walks.

Keeper walks well on leash, and generally does not pull. He does often changes sides, to sniff or meet people. Keeper also likes to decide which route to walk and can sometimes be single minded about going in a certain direction. He does not chase bicycles, squirrels.  He hates white vans and will chase them if off leash.

In his home, Keeper has shown a bit of herding instinct. If visitors turn their backs and walk briskly away from him, he may lightly nip (NOT bite) the heels of visitors. His herding nip is so light and controlled, that it feels as if a small pebble lightly tapped the back of your shoe. When friends visit his home, he stays close to his person and will curl up under her feet as long as the visitor is there.
He loves getting into the car, and will ride quietly. He will ride happily in the car, as long recognizes where he is going. If the route is unfamiliar, or he is unsure of where he is being taken, he will hunker down and look worried. On the return trip home, he is clearly a happy dog. During a drive, he will bark if he sees other dogs as you pass them.
His health is good, although he has developed cataracts in both eyes, full in the right, partial in the left. It has not seemed to slow him much, but interferes with his accuracy in tracking the ball when you throw it.  

If you have questions or may be interested in Keeper, please complete our adoption questionnaire (online form or download a hard copy), at our website ( Click on the Adopt tab near the top of the page, and scroll down to find the online Adoption Form. For more information about Keeper, please contact Lou or Jan Toepfer 510-865-3163.

About Herd It Through The Grapevine

About Our Rescue Group...

Herding dogs are often misunderstood, due to their special nature (herding drive, high energy, and extreme intelligence). They are often surrendered or abandoned, and/or euthanized, when people realize they are unable to meet the needs of or handle these dogs.

Our mission: To rescue, care for, and rehabilitate unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs of herding breeds, concentrating on Australian Cattle Dogs and Border Collies.

Our focus is on their permanent placement into appropriate, loving homes, and informing the public about the special nature and needs of herding breeds.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

We are grateful for any contributions to help us rescue, care for, and transport animals. If you prefer to write a check, please mail it to: Herd It Through The Grapevine, P.O. Box 9585, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 Herd It Through The Grapevine is a 501(c)(3) approved organization.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We are a foster based rescue. As such, our dogs are located at different locations. Please contact us, by phone or email, if you are interested in meeting any of our dogs.

Our Adoption Process...

We ask potential adopters interested in one of our dogs to contact us or fill out our online adoption form, on our website: (click on "Adopt" tab).
We do our best to work with potential adopters to ensure that they find a dog that is a good fit for them. Our adoptable dogs are fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed/neutered (unless very young puppies). We request a donation/fee when dogs are adopted, to help reimburse us for all the costs associated with our rescue and care for each dog (veterinary, care, food, transport, etc.). We have an adoption agreement/transfer form when dogs are adopted to a new owner. This includes requiring that a dog/puppy be spayed/neutered, if not already done.