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Breckin ~ ADOPTED


Hiya! I'm Breckin. Hmmm... let's see... what can I tell you about myself? I'm 7 months old and what they call a rough-coated, tri-colored border collie... with lots of freckles! In fact, that's what Breckin means - it's Gaelic for freckled! I'm also "neutered", but I don't know what that means.

Before I came into NEBCR, I used to live with a pack of dogs and there weren't any rules, so I am trying to learn how to "behave" and "follow rules" like my foster brother's do. So far I'm doing pretty well if I do say so myself, but I have a ways to go yet. My foster mom says I am a "blank slate".

I've been doing some clicker-training, though and I really love it. I get so excited when I see the clicker in my foster mom's hand. I've even started offering behaviors now that I figured out this clicker game - my foster mom says I'm 'op-er-ant'. I'm not sure what that means, but she seemed pretty happy, so it must be a good thing!

So far I have learned to love my crate, wait, sit and come. I am also house-trained. I am learning to walk on a leash as well; right now I pull sometimes but we are working on that - there is just so much to see! And my foster mom is trying to teach me "fetch". I LOVE to chase after toys and when I get to it, my foster mom calls me back to her and I run back... but I don't always remember to bring the toy with me. She says "That's okay, the coming when called part is the most important anyway!"

I ride well in a car and I like to go places with my person. I even had a chance to go to a cool place called "the vet's" where I met a bunch of really nice people and animals. They tell me that's also where I was neutered, but I don't remember any of that. I like going to the vets.

I do have a few quirks that my new family should know about. I have loved everyone I've met so far, except some men with beards. I was scared of them at first, but now I've figured out that they can give treats and scritches just like everyone else, so they don't bother me anymore.

Also, while I meet dogs very well when "out and about," I take a little bit to become comfortable with dogs in my own home. I tend to start off acting all big and tough but if the other dog has patience with me I eventually calm down. Matter of fact, I've even become best buds with one of my foster brothers - we wrestle and play chase every morning.

I can be a resource guarder around other dogs at first, so my new family has to be committed to managing that. I have gotten much better about that though and I no longer care if dogs are walking by me when I am eating a treat, but I won't let another dog take it from me. People can easily take anything from me though.

I'm also just past my "puppy bubble" according to my foster mom and she said I am learning what correct doggy behavior is and what won't be tolerated by other dogs. I had a lot to learn but my older foster brother has been very patient with me and I have gotten much better at reading other dogs' body language.

What else? Oh yeah - I really like cats. At first my foster mom thought I couldn't go to a home with cats but after some more time has passed I have finally calmed down and can be loose around the cats in my foster home. I will likely still chase cats/kittens that run, but dog-savvy cats should do just fine with me. Whoever adopts me, though, will have to be committed to doing slow introductions to any cats they may have, to ensure a successful integration.

Future plans? Well, right now I am pretty open to ideas. I think I might like to do some agility 'cause I like to jump and run and tug - and I am pretty good at staying focused on my person. I also like to pretty much do anything with my person and love to make them happy... so hiking or playing fetch (if I ever get the hang of bringing the toy back with me) would make me pretty happy, too!

Well, that's all I can think of for now. You can learn more about me by following my blog:

Breckin is being fostered in upstate NY. He is positive for Lyme. He is up to date on his shots. Taking him through an approved positive reinforcement based training class will be a requirement of his adoption.

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