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I am already spayed, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, good with dogs, and not good with cats.
Gay is making some great strides and feeling more comfortable in a domestic situation. She is a smart little lady and has given her new situation a lot of thought. I do not think she is as timid, as she is strong willed. She is becoming more and more comfortable in the house. She now spends very little time in her crate even though it is open. She will go to a crate to chew on a bone for a bit. She now is comfortable enough to walk around the kitchen, hallway, bedroom and she is not phased at all by the laminate floors. She has also started following her people to see where they go in the house - she doesn’t follow too closely, but enough to see where you’ve gone.
She is still hesitant about human touch, but will tolerate it. She has gone from “NO WAY”, to “Just for a minute”, to “Ok, but I still don’t like it”. She is not timid, but cautious. She will still move away if you walk directly towards her with any speed. If you go slowly, she will usually stick around to see if anything good is coming her way. Although Gay has been very slow to bond to people, she is starting to learn that human touch can be good! She will come up close to get a treat and allows some petting on her back or side. She is now sometimes allows a little petting around her neck without moving away (previously she has been very worried when you tried to pet her neck or head and she would quickly turn away). She will also allow someone she knows to SLOWLY and gently take her by her collar, and clip on her leash or long line. She has also recently taken treats from complete strangers while sitting in her open wire crate. Gay is pretty food-motivated and this helps a bit with getting her used to new things and situations.
Her recall is only about 5-10%, however she will walk beside her foster mom in the yard off leash with some coaxing. She has earned the liberty of running free in the yard as long as she has a 6 ft leash or a longline to drag with her. When the other dogs are called to come in the house she will trot right along with them and come in for a treat. The other night she was out by her self and came up onto the deck after she was called “Gay what’re ya doin’? Gay where are you?” She is making some great progress! She is quick to learn a routine, but still thinks it through before acting. Gay is crate trained and so far she has not had any accidents in the house. Gay has a blanket in her crate and hasn't really chewed on it. She enjoys a soft place to lay whether it is a blanket in her crate or the rug in front of the sink. She likes to play in the outside water bowl sometimes, but has never played in the water bowl inside, good girl!
She recently started doing "puppy things" like "sneaking" away with and chewing on items she shouldn't. While we love seeing this personality coming out, Gay is quickly learning to chew on proper things like bones and nylabones - she loves chewing on her nylabones! She is already starting to learn that if she is bored, she can go lay in her crate and chew on a bone. Gay respects the other dogs and loves to play with her 4yr old BC sister! They play in the yard and in the house, running around and having a blast. She is still much a puppy when she plays and is pretty goofy. It only took one correction from her 9 yr old sister to learn that her older sister does not care to play.
The jury is still out on Gay and cats. She is very curious about the house cat and keeps an eye on him at all times. Gay does show some stalking behavior around the cat now (just the stance, no movement). She has not shown aggression, but then again she has not been given the opportunity. Gay is quick to spot and react when a rabbit dares to enter her yard. She is very focused on rabbits outside the yard. Gay has not tried to go over the four-foot wood and chain link fences, however she did find a weak spot in the chain link and scooted under it twice. Once out, she just stood there and did not go far. The first time her foster mom went on the outside of the fence and Gay scurried back under. Gay is a smart girl and went back to the same spot in the fence. (the fence has been secured now) Gay will need a secure fence in her forever home to keep her safe; especially considering her 'love' of rabbits.
Gay is slowly progressing. Her biggest hurdle is learning to trust humans and that people can mean good things. While she loves other dogs, she is only very slowly bonding with her foster mom (not for lack of trying!) Gay is a neat and very smart dog. She’s going to be a great dog for someone. She would probably do best in a home with another dog who likes to play.
Contact Karen if you are interested in Gay.
Bio Updated: 11/15/09
Photos Updated" 11/15/09
Contact Karen if you are interested in Gay.
In order to be considered for adoption you must submit the completed application found at www.nebraskabordercollierescue.com
Bio Updated: 10/09
Photos Updated" 10/09