My name is Beren!

Border Collie/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Richmond, Virginia - Beren
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Save Our Herders Outreach

Facts about Beren

  • Breed: Border Collie/Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: ps_76365014

If you are looking for an amazingly well-balanced dog to join your household, you can stop the search because you've found Beren.

Beren is one of our "original" SOHO dogs - within the first 20 that we pulled into rescue back in early 2015. Beren was living happily with a family, but unfortunately they found him to be somewhat unruly, so he was surrendered back to SOHO. He has been in foster the last couple of months but asked us very kindly if we would help him get a home for Christmas.

Beren is a big dog, weighing in over 70 pounds. We think he is part border collie and part Labrador, but it's pretty much anyone's guess. He has a handsome, medium-length coat that is easy to care for with a daily brushing or so. He has kind, intelligent eyes and knee-high spotted "socks".

His favorite thing in life is his people. He wants to be with you almost all the time, though he does just fine in a crate if you ask him to chill in there for awhile too. He absolutely LOVES to snuggle and will bury his face in your arms, or snuggle up next to you, close enough to pet. Beren has been trained in the past not to get on the furniture, so he generally stays on the floor, but if you entice him enough with snuggles he will get up on the couch with you as well. He follows his foster family around the house quite frequently.

Beren also loves to play with people, but because of his size (and his tendency not to understand his size), he will only be placed in an adults-only home. He gets quite vocal and excited when he plays, and we are working on his mouthing when he wants to play with people. He also does want to bark at cars going by, but can be corrected with a stern word. He also is somewhat of a "guard dog" and will let you know when someone is at the door or the back gate, but he has always been friendly greeting them and lets his people know (loudly) that Someone New Is Here! Most of the time, though, he is a very mild-mannered and well behaved dog who prefers to spend as much time as he can with people.

Beren also gets the zoomies. After a bath, after a particularly exciting snack sometimes, or before a walk, he will zoom around like an enormous, furry bowling ball. He will growl as he's zooming and his foster family finds it hilarious. He is a confident dog with no apparent issues around other dogs, cats, or children, and who snores through thunderstorms. He does have to be walked with a front-clip harness to limit his pulling, but like many dogs, he usually settles into the walk after a bit. He doesn't particularly like having his toenails clipped at times, but will allow it if you are firm with him. He does not like to go to the groomer, but luckily he's pretty easy to manage at home! 

Beren has been an excellent dog in his foster home - easy to crate, mild-mannered, completely housetrained, and respects the boundaries you set for your "stuff". He does like a good chewy every now and then, and will sometimes try to destroy a stuffed toy or two, but all in all is a perfect dog for someone looking for a companion to walk and hike with, and a dog to chill out at their feet at home. Beren also makes the ideal dog-at-your-feet for those chilly nights, too, as he does not mind at all if you push your feet under him. Will you be a part of Beren's forever story?

SOHO is a registered 501c3 dog rescue and requires that your existing and past pets are up to date on heartworm preventative and vaccinations in order to be eligible to adopt. Titering in lieu of vaccination is acceptable with proper documentation. If you have any questions about Beren or any of our other dogs, please e-mail us at


About Save Our Herders Outreach

About Our Rescue Group...

Save Our Herders Outreach (SOHO) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to herding breed and herding mixed dogs in need. We concentrate our rescue efforts in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Most of our volunteers and fosters live in those states and share their homes with their own Border collies, Australian Shepherds, Australian Cattle Dogs, Working Kelpies, Corgis and/or Shetland Sheepdogs.

Our dogs come from several sources. Many come from high kill shelters where they were either found as strays or abandoned by their owners. Some were turned over to us by owners who could no longer care for them. Regardless of where they came from, our goal for every dog is the same - a forever home where they will be loved and considered a part of the family.

Come Meet Our Pets...

To meet our pets, we do require an application and an appointment as all of our pets are in foster homes.

Our Adoption Process...

The fee to adopt a dog is $250. We do require a vet reference, three personal references, and a home visit prior to adoption, and we require signature on a contract to adopt the dog. Your current pets must be up to date on vaccinations (though we accept titering records as well), and heartworm preventative.