the cookies, Keebler is uncommonly good and very sweet!!!
But all that good does come with some problems. Keebler
has a serious phobia to certain noises particularly motor
sounds from certain engines, air brakes, and the sound trucks
make when backing up. When she hears one of these sounds,
which can happen unexpectedly at any time, she makes a frantic
attempt to escape. When trying to escape she does things
that can put herself in danger. This means that for own
safety she has to be crated when she can't be watched.
This presents another problem as she hates to be crated.
She also has separation anxiety and must know where her
person is at all times. Keebler has been for a consultation
with the behaviorists at Tufts, and is presently on meds
for the sound phobia and the separation anxiety and we are
starting to see an improvement. In combination with the
meds we are working to get her to gain a bit of independence
and are attempting to desensitize and countercondition the
sound phobia. It is a long process and will have to be followed
up on in her new home.
Keebler's adopter will have to be a very special person.
He or she will have to make a huge commitment to help Keebler
become just a normal Border Collie.
On the plus side Keebler is a great athlete. She loves
to retrieve and has great reflexes. The link below has a
little clip of her playing Frisbee when she had been in
rescue for just a short time.
Keebler loves kids but may be a little too determined in
her ball playing to be safe for the little ones.
She is living with a male and female dog in her foster
home. Although they get along fine she shows no interest
in playing with them. They are willing to let her have all
the toys so living with another dog that liked toys as much
as she does might be a problem.
Because of her issues, Keebler cannot live in an urban environment
nor can she be left at home for long periods of time. Her
ideal home is someone who lives in a quiet environment,
is home a good deal of the time and is willing to spend
the time and effort it will take to help Keebler be the
happy, well adjusted, fun, active companion she can be.
While this may not be an easy task, in the long run sweet
Keebler will pay off your efforts with her undying affection.
Keebler is being fostered in upstate NY. A positive reinforcement
based training class is a condition of Keebler's adoption.
You must have an approved application
on file to be considered for any adoptable dog.
Please submit your application
BEFORE inquiring about a particular dog.
And don't forget to check out the NEBCR
Foster Dog Blog for even more updates on the terrific
dogs available for adoption!