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Bree ~ ADOPTION PENDING
Bree has had her surgery
and she can see!
Thank you to everyone
who donated to help Bree.
Bree graduated from obedience school
and now knows leave it and sit/down stay along with crate,
go pee, down, sit, back up, touch and off. In just 7 short
weeks, Bree went from barking at the other dogs and training
behind a partial barrier to needing NO barrier and being
able to remain calm around 5-6 other barking dogs! This
doesn't mean she'll be able to do this in all settings with
strange dogs right away. But making such dramatic progress
in such a short time gives us hope that with further training
Bree will be able to remain calm around other leashed dogs.
Bree's foster mom will be thrilled to teach her new owners
the simple 'games' to play with Bree to help her continue
this success. The training is all positive so it's fun for
people and dogs. Bree is becoming more snuggly and loves
to give her people kisses. She is a very easy dog to live
with because she now listens so well, loves to play by herself
or with her person but also can settle in the house. Bree's
3 month post-op check at Tufts revealed that her eyes have
healed beautifully and there is no sign of inflammation.
Her vision is excellent and she will be finished with her
eye drops in January. Bree's new owners will be very lucky
to have this sweet, fun little dog.
is a 2 year old tri colored Border collie. Her name comes
from Brigit, the Goddess of Health and Healing (traditional
spelling Bri, we changed the spelling for readability).
We thought this was a fitting name for a 2 year old girl
who needed bilateral cataract surgery. When Bree entered
rescue in July, she was almost completely blind due to this
genetic disease. She was relinquished because this surgery
was too costly for her family; in addition they no longer
had time for her. New England Border Collie Rescue graciously
paid for this expensive surgery and allowed her to recover
completely in her foster home. Now SHE CAN SEE and is ready
to find her forever home!
Bree is a little spitfire of a dog. She is a uniquely colored,
Sable Tri. Tri meaning 3 colors (white, black and a golden
brown sable under her black fur and on her legs). She's
tiny in stature and only about 30 lbs. Inside the house
Bree entertains herself endlessly by throwing toys up in
the air for herself, flopping on the couch, and chewing
and pouncing on stuffed toys. She's always on-the-go looking
for someone to pet her, something to play with or someone
to feed her a treat. She eventually does settle and will
lay down near her people.
Outside Bree loves to retrieve a ball or Frisbee. She is
working on learning to drop it on command. Using 2 balls
works wonders! She quite often comes back with the ball
and a clump of grass in her mouth and barks at her toys
when she can't catch them right away. One of her favorite
things is to play in the hose, trying to catch all the water.
Silly girl! She is crate trained and rides well in the car.
Bree had both cataracts removed in late July of 2008. Her
ophthalmologist implanted a new lens into her right eye
and she now has beautiful vision in that eye. Due to a genetic
problem with her left eye, they were unable to implant a
new lens in that eye. She does have vision in her left eye,
but it's not as clear and may have less depth perception
than her right. The only manifestation of this possible
deficit is that she struggles to catch a Frisbee when thrown
from certain angles. The cataracts will not return. She
currently takes 2 different drops 2x a day and is very good
about them. We expect these to be phased out soon. She will
need to wear a harness that does not put pressure on her
neck for life (this harness will be provided by NEBCR).
She may also need a few follow-up visits to Tufts or another
Canine Ophthalmologist in the future.
Bree is eager to learn and will do anything to earn her
favorite treats (these include raw veggies!). She learns
things well with positive training methods. She is crate
trained, knows sit, down, touch, back-up and is working
on many more tricks in her weekly obedience class.
Bree is a bit of a party girl, zooming and bouncing her
way through life. She didn't have many manners when she
entered rescue, but is learning limits and rules. She doesn't
always want to give up bones/high-value food items and will
guard/send a warning with a growl. Her foster family manages
this easily by letting her have special chews inside her
crate only. With some training, Bree can learn to be more
accepting of giving up special items but she will need a
dog-savvy home where this can be managed. She likes children
too, but will only be placed with older children due to
her bounciness and guarding behavior. Party girls just want
to have fun, not always do what they're supposed to do!
Bree was not socialized with dogs or cats and reacts badly
by barking/pulling toward them if they are close. She responds
to her name/treat but has a hard time complying in close
proximity to dogs or cats. Bree's foster family has worked
with her on her dog reactivity for the short time she's
been in foster care, but this is not fixed by any means
and Bree may never learn to be relaxed around other dogs.
She truly loves to meet all people and she whimpers and
whines to get closer to them and licks their face. She often
gets a little too excited (jumps up, spins around). If new
people ask her to sit and pet her gently she can stay calm.
many herding dogs, Bree has an intense desire to chase cars.
This can be very dangerous for her, so her new family will
need a secure fence and to make sure she never is loose
within earshot of a road. A home on a quiet street or in
a rural setting would be ideal. She loves to go for walks,
but is interested in watching intently as cars go by, so
it's best that she's walked on very quiet roads or on trails/fields
on a long line.
Congrats on making it to the end of her bio! Bree will
not be a dog who can go to dog parks, hike off leash or
visit with friends' dogs. But she is a sweet, lovable, funny
girl who will be a great companion for the right home. Her
great qualities far outweigh the not-so-great ones! She
needs someone who wants to take the time to understand her
and develop a trusting relationship. This person will be
repaid daily for their efforts by this great dog!
Her ideal home would be with a family (or individual) that
who has some dog experience and will be able to appreciate
and be patient with all her 'quirks'. Her family will also
need to give Bree lots of attention, exercise and continue
the training begun in her foster home. She will need a family
dedicated to keeping up with eye drops and follow-up doctor
visits, or other modifications that may arise surrounding
you think you might be the right home for Bree and have
an approved application, please contact her foster family
for more information. Bree is being fostered in northwest
CT and is up to date on shots.
You must have an approved application
on file to be considered for any adoptable dog.
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BEFORE inquiring about a particular dog.