THE SYMBOLS LISTED
WITH EACH DOG (BELOW) MEAN:
OK with Kids
OK with Dogs
OK with Cats
Sierra ~ ADOPTION PENDING
PREFERRED (see below)
Sierra, a purebred border collie, was born April 14, 2015 and is as active and intense as she is pretty! Purchased as what surely was an adorable little pup, she quickly grew into a real border collie, and found herself in need of a new home as she was simply too much for her originally family to handle.
Don't let her beautiful looks fool you, she is definitely not for the faint of heart. This girl needs a job, and she needs structure. She doesn't seem to have had much in the way of rules with her first home, but she is a bright girl and catches on quickly. She thrives being an integral part of the family, and is eager to learn new things.
Sierra loves other dogs, but she did not enter rescue with good dog skills. Luckily, she's had some excellent teachers in her foster home and she has shown marked improvement, however, she can be extremely pushy in her playstyle which is not tolerated by all dogs, and she doesn't appreciate them letting her know that. However, she will play for hours with dogs that will put up with her slightly pushy play style, and is very good about leaving the older more sedate dogs alone.
She is crate trained but can be rather vocal about spending time in her crate if she thinks there is fun going on in the house without her, but she is quiet and calm when the house is peaceful and also when her foster mom is out of the house. She is housetrained and is happy to hang out chewing on a bone and playing bitey face with her friends after a good day's exercise. She will bark at cats when she is in her crate but when loose does ok with them. She would surely chase a cat that ran but she is good with dog savvy cats.
Sierra was introduced to sheep and showed great interest in working.
She loves being with her people, is very bright and is food and toy motivated. She enjoys playing tug and chasing toys, not always bringing them back yet but that will come. When she came into rescue she wasn't convinced people were of that much use to her but she has been learning it can be rewarding to work with humans as partners.
Sierra's new home must have a solid plan to meet her exercise needs - both mentally and physically. A fenced yard, while preferred, is not necessarily required - each applicant is looked at on a case-by-case basis, and we are truly looking for the best fit for Sierra, where she is going to be able to thrive. A home with other compatible dogs and a desire to be actively involved in training of some sort is preferred. Sierra is being placed with a positive reinforcement based training class requirement as a condition of her adoption.
Check out Sierra in action!
Sierra is being fostered in New York state about 30 minutes south of Albany.