I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and not good with cats.
BOOTCHY is a 5-6 year old gorgeous purebred b/w Border Collie. Found as a stray and in very poor aesthetic condition, it is our belief that he may have even belonged to a homeless person. He was wearing an old tattered collar, but was severely flea infested, missing fur as a result of it and very skinny. The fur that he had was some of the driest – albeit very long and full – that I’ve ever seen on a Border Collie. Fortunately for him, Bootchy ended up in the West L.A. Shelter and was very well taken care of while there. During the stray wait period, I went to visit Bootchy several times and he was so loving and patient through the cage doors – leaning up to me, giving me kisses through the bars. On the day when I was finally able to take him out, he was such a good boy, so loving and so sweet and quiet, followed voice commands well, was patient. The next day, I took my two little friends (age 7 and 12) to the shelter bail Bootchy. This time when we went to see him, he was very vocal and doing “swimmer’s turn” jumps and circles in this kennel. I warned the boys that we might not be able to take him home (quite yet) as it appeared that he might be a fence jumper and we already had one foster dog who was high maintenance. Long story short, this dog is not a fence jumper or barker at all - - he was simply telling the blond woman who came to see him for the fourth time “GET ME OUTTA HERE --TODAY!”
Wow is this dog sweet!! And absolutely total best friend material – a real heart stealer. Bootchy likes to sometimes act like a dominant male with some of the other boys, but Inside he’s actually a big wimp. He has no problem with female and dogs that are smaller than he is, but checks in a few times a week to see where he fits in the hierarchy with the boys. It’s funny because I swear every day I see Bootchy peek his head under Tookie’s belly to check to make sure if he still has “boy parts,” to which I respond “Yep, Bootchy, he’s still a boy.”
While at home, Bootchy leads a very quiet and simple life. He is a perfect angel whom you often don’t even notice is there – until he jumps up for a big bear hug or flies up on the couch to hunker down with you (this dog is one of theeee best to dogs to watch TV. with, snuggle with, nap with, hang out with, etc.). His eyes are a gorgeous brown and he looks at you with such love and dedication. Surprisingly, Bootchy is not into the ball, and doesn’t really interact with the other dogs at home, but boy, does he love to go to the dog park. The first time we brought him I would have laid a bet down that he would have hidden under my skirt the entire time, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Once we got there, he was on tour and barely acknowledged our existence! Not only was he determined to meet each and every dog there (and our dog park is huge), he especially loves the ladies – and will go up and wrap his arms tightly around many a stranger – but he doesn’t do it constantly. Because of this, he’s quite the heart stealer (he loves men too!)
Bootchy LOVES to go for car rides and is a perfect angel in the car. He is excellent with children, even little ones. Because of his sometimes acting like a dominant male (again, the other dogs completely ignore him), his new owner will need to be alpha enough to remind him to cool it. This behavior really ONLY shows up when there are humans on the couch and he’s there first and some of the larger boys come around. He just shows “ugly face” to them or growls, but has never once even made a move on a dog (hence the wimp label). I could be wrong, but I also feel this behavior could be the result of being with a homeless person, as it really only presents itself when his human is laying with him – I think he’s also protecting his master from the big bad world.
Bootchy is a very, very soft dog and can only handle a soft correction. He is a very sensitive boy who is very gentle. When handled too strongly or in trouble, he will sometimes have submissive urination. While I typically don’t test him off leash – as some of my dogs are runners, I can’t imagine Bootchy ever leaving your side – he’s like your shadow out in public (but he loves to meet strangers). He is great on leash and loves to go for walks. His coat is getting better with proper nutrition and he currently weighs 42.5 lbs.
No pocket pets or cats unfortunately for Bootchy – as he has some prey drive in him. He can stare at my chinchilla for hours on end and when tested on cats this weekend, did the same thing. He might do okay with a dog savvy cat, but since I don’t have any, I can’t really test this.
Bootchy is being fostered in Torrance, CA.