I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, in need of an experienced adopter, up to date with shots, not good with kids, and not good with cats.
Conway's ideal home is one that has: 1. No small children 2. Either no other dogs, or submissive/non-pushy dogs 3. Border Collie experience - he is a true high-energy high-drive BC! 4. Active family members 5. A fenced in yard 6. Someone who will continue to monitor and care for his condition by exercising him properly and carefully Conway is an adorably sweet 3-4 yr Border Collie who truly has all of the classic Border Collie traits that they are well-known and well-loved for. He is incredibly smart (both in problem solving and in learning capacity and speed), very focused, very intense, and really lives to be with his person (and his ball/Frisbee). He loves working and having a job - his favourites are catching his Frisbee and fetching his ball. If his foster parents aren't playing with him he will either hang out or herd his foster siblings. Occasionally, he will do big "zoomies" and race around the yard and let them chase him. He has this goofy side more typically when people aren't around because when people are there, being with them is his number one priority. Conway is remarkably well behaved and is crate trained, but can be trusted completely in the house. He has (at least to his foster parents' knowledge) never torn up or gotten into anything in the house. He has excellent recall - because what's more important than making his person happy (?!?) - and he knows a variety of commands including but not limited to sit, down, stay, come, get your ball/frisbee, touch, look, wait, leave it etc... He is highly trainable and very focused. For example, when his foster mom puts him on his mat and tells him to stay she can walk in the other room, open the fridge, go outside, bring other dogs into the room, feed other dogs and he stays on his mat. Conway's relationship with other dogs is on a "case by case" basis. He gets along well with his 3 foster sisters (especially the Aussie) and his foster brother (he has had two different ones). He is fairly dominant, so other dogs, especially males who like to "challenge" him, tend not to be his friends. He does fine with most females and non-pushy males. However, he is not a "dog's dog" as he does not live to please them and playing with them always comes second to being with people so he would not be a good dog for someone wanting a 2nd dog to play with their dog. He would also do best in a home where he is the only intense fetcher. While he can get used to fetching his ball with other dogs also chasing it, it takes a good bit of work to train this with each new dog. Conway is super athletic and frequently goes for runs with his foster mom. He is a very good running partner and very attentive to her when she wants to cross the street or turn. He is also trained to run along side a bike. He loves hiking and swimming as well. Basically, he's a triathlete! He is currently enrolled and doing well in an intro agility class and is taking his first dock diving lesson soon! Despite all this exercise and the need for it, Conway has a condition called Border Collie Collapse. It is similar to Exercise Induced Collapse commonly seen in Labs and other breeds. When it gets warm out, and he is exercising in a very intense way (fetch/Frisbee), he can have a seizure like episode where his brain doesn't regulate his body temperature well enough and he becomes hyperthermic. These episodes seem to have no lasting affect and last approximately 10 minutes. While there is no cure for this, Conway has only had 2 episodes so far - both of which involved fetch when it was warmer out. To that end, he prefers to play fetch either early in the morning or later at night when it is warm or near a body of cooler water. He seems to do fine with runs in the late afternoon evening and can hike/walk all the time. Conway is UTD on all his vaccines and neutered. He is currently training his foster parents in Durham, NC Please visit the website at www.prbcr.org
Please visit the website to apply for adoption. PRBCR typically adopts to homes in NC, SC, and GA. The adoption fee is $250.00, we do a home visit, and would need a satisfactory vet reference.