THE SYMBOLS LISTED
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OK with Kids
OK with Dogs
OK with Cats
has had an eventful 2010 so far! In the past several
weeks, Cy has had 2 seizures. We have had him tested
for everything the vet could think of and all tests
have come back negative.
We are keeping a close eye on him, but as of now
the vet is not recommending any medications for Cy.
Since his history is unknown, it's impossible to say
if this is a new or chronic condition.
Cy continues to be nonplussed by this and charms
everyone he meets with his easy-going, loving manner.
It will be important for his forever family to be
sensitive to the possibility that seizures could be
an ongoing condition with him, possibly requiring
hasn't been the easiest few months with the multiple
trips to the vet and all the testing, but Cy is just
amazing with how sweet and gentle he is. He even let
the vet technician's take x-rays of his chest without
needing any sedation or restraint. He just laid on
the table, thumping his tail and waiting for some
cuddles. He is truly an amazing guy and will be a
wonderful companion for someone!
Cy has now reached a good weight (he was quite thin
in the original photos shown) and his housetraining
has gone really well! He's also crate trained and
is picking up some basic obedience. Cy is just a lovely,
smart boy that's looking for someone to appreciate
his good looks, and happy-go-lucky, sweet dispostion.
This beautiful dog is named Halcyon. We call him 'Cy' for
short. Halcyon is an awful fancy name that really just means
things like serenity and peace and good times. Cy is looking
for a forever home that will, first and foremost, give him
a more fitting name. ;)
Although the name for this 4 y.o. border collie is lovely,
it doesn't really fit his characteristics. This guy is exuberant!
Excited! Animated! Loving life! Cy is the eternal puppy.
lanky 4 year old with freckles and the softest coat ever,
he is a sparkling presence with everyone.
He loves dogs.
He loves people.
He loves the indoors.
He loves the outdoors.
He loves eating.
He loves peeing.
a matter of fact, when he first came into foster care, he
liked to pee on everything. He was the Mighty Marker. But
with the help of a belly band and good supervision, he stopped
marking indoors under supervision almost instantly. He is
ever so eager to please. He is very good about housetraining
but will continue to need supervision, and a belly band
will make this quite simple.
Well, Cy came into foster care very thin and continues to
need extra calories. He obviously knows this because he
is quite eager to participate in the mission of helping
him to gain weight. He will hop on to a countertop, stick
his nose into the bottom of the trash barrel and about anything
else that would lead him to food (or a crumb, as is sometimes
the case). He thinks he is very savvy and does this when
people aren't looking. Under supervision, he is the very
picture of good behavior. So, hey, keep the counters clean
and that solves that issue, right? Well, one time he did
climb into the kitchen sink to get some bones that were
thawing out so, really, don't underestimate his James Bond
abilities for acquiring food.
see, what else is important to know about sweet Cy? Outside,
his favorite activity is to chase other dogs and pretend
like he is a master sheep herder (and we're pretty sure
he's never seen sheep). He really is rather silly and cute
in this endeavor, although it could be annoying to other
dogs. In foster care, his two companions could care less
and even like to play with him and his exciting chasing
Likewise, we have mixed reviews about his behavior with
cats. Any cats he lives with should be quite confidant and
assertive, the type of cat to say 'knock it OFF' with a
swat of the paw. A cat that runs from him will only be proving
that cats are cute little toys to chase!
Cy is fine in a crate although he will tell you he doesn't
like it if he is crated and you are there. But give him
a bone to chew on or something fun to do and he won't even
notice you're not there. At night, he can sleep in a crate
or just loose in the room. He is well-behaved (remember,
he's got that belly band on!) and only gets antsy when he
thinks it's time to get up and the people want to sleep
a bit longer. However, he is happy to stick his wet nose
in your face and cuddle for a while if you like that sort
Cy gets nervous or restless, he will circle or pace. He
needs a home that is able to offer him some calming and
supportive measures in this area. He is easily redirected
with activities (there is definitely a theme with this!)
and loves massage and just to snuggle with you if he's anxious.
Cy is in good health except for needing to gain some weight,
although he has very worn teeth. This doesn't affect a lot
of things, but can be startling to see. He needs to refrain
from chewing on things that could cause further damage.
His forever home will need to enforce this, as Cy is only
4 and needs to get a LOT more years out of those teeth!
is fine with handling. OK, actually he is great with handling.
He is an absolute love with any sort of touch - including
bathing, brushing, and annoying things like picking burrs
out of his fur or pulling a tick off his ear. He hasn't
expressed any interest in things like chasing cars or any
sort of aggression - at all!
He is a bit wild and loopy and needs work with training
if you hope to have a dog that doesn't demonstrate his James
Bond abilities at every opportunity. Although, that's not
so important for some people. If you are looking for a dog
that is the absolute definition of happiness and love, then
this is your boy. Maybe his name should be Snugglebunny?
Seriously, we need to find a forever home that can give
him the name that suits him because clearly foster care
has failed in this ambition. Luckily he doesn't care.
It's true. Cy absolutely has no preference for what you
call him. Or when you call him. Or how loudly you call him.
Cy is deaf! Well, maybe deaf or perhaps just very hard of
So, what does it mean to have a deaf dog?
Nothing too different than having a regular ol' hearing
dog. With a deaf dog you need to make sure that he is always
safely contained. If he was not safely contained it would
be very impossible to call him to you. In foster care, he
is kept on a leash at all times (except bedtime). He can
play in a hard-fenced yard and is very good...but will start
to dig if he gets bored and there's no one to play with.
In the house, you use hand-signals for commands instead
of verbal commands.
There are lovely things about a deaf border collie. For
example, when he goes to sleep, he is out! You can get up
and do whatever you like and he doesn't twitch or even consider
the idea of getting up and following you around.
the other hand, there are things that his forever home needs
to be sensitive to. When you go out of his sight, he is
left not having any idea what is going on. He needs some
extra care to make sure he is not anxious or worried in
his silent world. This is simple, like making sure he has
a yummy chewy to occupy him or just ensuring that he has
the ability to follow you around.
Cy deserves a loving home that will respect his abilities
(James Bond and being adorable and adoring) as well as the
fact that he is deaf. He needs a hard fence so there's no
chance of him getting loose (no invisible/electric fences
please). He would be fine with children as long as they
are supervised enough so that they can't startle him when
he is sleeping. Being deaf, it can be quite scary to be
woken up in an abrupt manner. He should be fine with assertive
loves people and other animals, he would be fine with a
home that is active or on the mellow side. He is very accommodating
Although, of course, he is a border collie and he definitely
needs a lot of exercise. Exercise helps him with not to
pace or be anxious. Daily hikes on-leash, romps in a fenced
in yard, or other forms of active, active play would be
good for him. Training is always good for border collies
and Cy is no exception here. He is currently living like
a crazy happy puppy in a 4 year old body.
Cy has spent his young years tied outside in a situation
where there was no time or love for him. Now it's time for
the party to start and he's bringing the fun! If you have
the safety and the savvy and the room in your heart, then
it's a true match!
Cy is being fostered in western Mass.
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