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My name is HICCUP - Born in the wild!

Australian Shepherd/Border Collie Mix Puppy for adoption in Plano, Texas - HICCUP - Born in the wild
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HICCUP - Born in the wild's Info...

I am already neutered, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.

HICCUP - Born in the wild's Story...
**IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ - Due to the nature of our adoption process, this foster is only able to consider forever families within 30 miles from zip code 75082. A vet reference and trial adoption will be done before the adoption is finalized. Thank you for your understanding.

This is Hiccup (named after the main character from “How to Train Your Dragon”). He is a stunning 4-month-old red Border Collie / mini-Aussie boy and his story is heartbreaking and yet so beautiful. At 3 months of age, he was found as a stray with his mom and sister (Astrid) in an unincorporated area of Collin County and taken to the Collin County shelter. He was dirty, scared, coughing and with many patches of missing fur because he was suffering from Demodectic Mange (hereditary but treatable skin condition). He had bald circles around his eyes, a bald spot on his back, a bald neck and tail and very scattered spots of hair on his paws. He was also terrified of people and hid behind mom the entire time, which makes us believe he was raised in the wild with little or no human interaction. Because of his mange, he was scheduled to be euthanized when we reached out to the shelter and said we would take him and care for him with Furry Friends Animal Rescue. The first few days were challenging since he did not trust us to come close to him and the mistrust only grew with us giving him prescribed antibiotics and medicated baths every day to treat the mange. But he was the first of the 3 pups to seek out attention from us and want to be petted and within a week, he had relaxed and turned into one of the sweetest fosters we have ever had. The screams from taking him away from mom for a few seconds turned into barking sounds of him telling us he wanted us to come get him and cuddle him or protect him from his sister who was chewing on his ear. The anxiety of being a few feet from mom turned into curiosity to see the rest of the house and follow us around as he started enjoying our company. The mistrust in taking food and medication from us turned into a tail wagging like crazy when he realized the pills were wrapped in cheese, chicken and eggs given to him every day so he would grow a thick healthy coat. Soon the kitchen became the second favorite spot in the house as he realized this was the source of all yumminess in the world. The attempts to run away from the bath decreased once he realized they helped his skin not itch and cured his mange. And day by day, the 13lb shy little scared pup grew into a stunning 23lb young boy who enjoys being with people just as much as he enjoys being with his mom and loooooves to cuddle. What a way he has come from hiding in the dark in the backyard on the first day in his foster home, not to come out from hiding until mom was right there with him! He is still a bit of a whimp and doesn’t like rough-housing with the other dogs so when others start getting rough with him, he screams bloody murder in hopes that mom or we will come to his rescue. He doesn’t even stand up to the 8lb foster puppy we have. He has a very soft personality and is very sweet to everyone. He would do really well in a house where he is either an only dog with lots of attention from people or a house that has a small dog with a gentle play style for him to play with. He is sweet and loving and will give you kisses all day long if you let him. He is also extremely intelligent and learned to use the doggy door within a couple of days in his foster home. But most importantly, he is happy and loved. His health problems are now cured so with proper care and nutrition, he should not have to worry about being bald ever again. While we, his foster parents, are very VERY tempted to keep him for ourselves, we wouldn’t be able to keep fostering other dogs if we were to do so, so we are posting him for adoption to be with a family that will love him and care for him just as much as we would if he were with us. We are looking for a family that knows a dog is a forever family member and will give him all the love and attention he needs to keep developing into a wonderful dog inside and out. We are looking for a family that will play with him, pet him, and make him feel warm and cozy inside. If you think you are this family that can be Hiccup’s angel from now on, please fill out an application at furryfriendsanimalrescue.org and we will reach out to you to plan a meet & greet. Hiccup will be available for adoption by the first week of March.

Anyone interested in our dogs must be over 21. We are only able to adopt to homes within a reasonable driving distance of the dog's foster home (zip 75082) and please be prepared for a home visit by one of our volunteers. We do not adopt on first-come-first-served basis, we want to make sure the dog is right for the family and vice versa based on what we know about the dog's personality, habits and behaviors. Our adoption fee for dogs is $175.

You can complete an online adoption application on our website http://www.furryfriendsanimalrescue.org- we will get back with you asap.


Foster Homes are needed in order to help more dogs and cats. Please consider opening your heart and home to a homeless animal. Check out our website on how to become a Foster Parent! Visit www.FurryFriendsAnimalRescue.org and look under HOW TO HELP. Furry Friends provides veterinary care - you provide the home and love!.

We also need Volunteers for Adoption Events at Petsmart and Cage Cleaners.

Facts about HICCUP - Born in the wild

  • Breed: Australian Shepherd/Border Collie Mix
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut - With White
  • Age: Puppy
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male

Other Pets at Furry Friends Animal Rescue

Why Adoption is a Great Option

HICCUP - Born in the wild, a Plano Australian Shepherd/Border Collie puppy was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Australian Shepherd/Border Collie for sale in Plano, or seeking a Australian Shepherd/Border Collie puppy from a breeder in Plano.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Plano already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Plano breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Australian Shepherd/Border Collie breeders who help with Australian Shepherd/Border Collie rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Plano paves the way for another one to be saved.