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Mr. Willie is a 5-year-old neutered male. He appears to be an Australian Shepherd or an Australian Shepherd Mix. Mr. Willie weighs 65 pounds and has an ideal body condition. He is a very goofy boy, with a super sweet personality. It does take him a bit to trust and interact with new humans that he does not know. He is both deaf and blind. In his first home he often had visitors force interactions which has caused long term effects regarding how he initially interacts with new humans. He will need an adopter committed to getting to know him and making a few visits to allow him time to warm up.
Mr. Willie has been introduced to cats and initially was ok with them. The cats eventually scared him, they are highly dog social and would approach him to rub against him. He growled and walked away, putting himself in a corner. He would be best in a home without cats or small animals that might startle him. He is now interacting with most dogs in a social manner and soliciting play. He will match well with playmates that are very dog tolerant and won't be offended if he bumps into them or trips over them while they are sleeping. He would also prefer playmates that are not over the top rough and tumble players. This play style is hard for him because he cannot hear or see the other dog coming at him, he is unable to brace or move out of the way of an incoming dog which can be scary for him. A dog intro or two will be required to make sure new housemates are compatible.
He is shy with both women and men and will need someone willing to help him acclimate to a big change at his own pace. We are recommending a home without children at this time. He will occasionally try to play with toys but due to his impairments this is a challenge, however he loves a good game of hide and seek/chase and follow with his foster human. He walks well on leash but does need to be guided as to when to step up on curbs and when to go into doorways. Mr. Willie is both house and crate trained and recently completed an obedience class. He does well loose in the house, separated from other dogs. He loves napping in the sun by the patio door. He adores his crate and seems to get the best sleep with periods of crate time. He is medium velcro and will sniff you out to hang out with you. We would describe him as low to medium energy. Mr. Willie recently had an eye removed because it was causing him some discomfort.
A fence is required to adopt Mr. Willie due to his impairments. He has shown no attempts to challenge the fence and loves to nap in the sunshine. He does have hereditary cataracts and has been determined by a veterinary ophthalmologist to have no functional vision. His remaining eye will need to be monitored for changes should it also become uncomfortable and need to be removed. Mr. Willie is also hearing impaired, although he does appear to acknowledge very loud noises with a head tilt. We consider him deaf because any hearing he has isn't functional and appears to be very minimal. He does take a bit of time and help to warm up to changes (strangers, new routines, new homes) but overall is a very resilient, sweet dog who just didn't get the best start in life.
Mr. Willie is fostered in Wichita, KS.
Apply here for him. NS3440
Tiny Baxter is only 13 lbs, and was rescued with his brother. They are very shy and we’re working with them. He is located near Dayton Ohio NS3524
Mini Mary is 2-3 yrs. old and is from a hoarding situation. We are not taking applications at this time. NS3525
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Meet Dune, he’s a 1 yr old very active young dog (DOB 7/25/21) who has a great disposition. He is quIck to learn and friendly with everyone. He needs lots of room to run and a fenced yard. He has lived in a house and is housebroken and crate trained. He needs to learn your house rules, and will need a lot of leash work, which we have started. He previously lived with an 8 yr old and a teenager.
Because of his activity level, we suggest no children under 5. He is up to date on all shots, HW negative, neutered, and his hair will get longer ( before turn in the owner had him shaved) he previously has a fabulous coat. He does have one blue eye and one hazel eye. He did not react to cats when tested, but each dog/cat combo needs to be checked.
He is available In Maineville Ohio. Click below to fill in an application or contact Aussie@aol.com for more information. Apply here for him. NS3692
Bodiee is a Black Bi male weighing approximately 57 pounds. We estimate he is 10 to 14 months old. Bodiee is a social boy who rarely meets a stranger. He is affectionate and goofy when interacting with people. He loves to hug humans. Compared to other members of the breed he is highly social with people.
Bodiee has not interacted formally with cats while in foster care. He is fostered with many dogs, all males, without issue. Bodiee is very playful and has a rough & tumble play style. He prefers tolerant and rowdy playmates. He can be rude at times but takes correction from housemates well. Bodiee is medium to high energy and will appreciate an outlet for his energy. He exhibits a normal energy level for an adolescent Aussie which may level off some with maturity. He likes to be included in everything. Bodiee is high velcro although he will lay down at your feet, he is definitely a dog who will want furniture privileges as he likes to be close. Bodiee has some understanding of house training, he will pace when he needs to go out. Bodiee has had some accidents in his foster home and in new environments. He will need supervision at first in any new environment, picks up house training quickly. Bodiee has been friendly with all adults he has encountered; he has not been introduced to children at this time. Bodiee can be bouncy and reckless with his body weight so he would be best suited for a home with children over 10. Bodiee should always be supervised around people he could easily knock over. Bodiee loves toys and will chase thrown toys. He doesn't bring them back but will entertain himself by bouncing and rolling his toys around the house. Bodiee walks well on leash most of time.
Bodiee appears to have lived primarily outside and is learning about indoor life. He is crate trained but will whine and get anxious. We recommend crating him in areas where you spend the most time when he cannot be watched, if he can see you, he is better. He has not been destructive in his foster home but there is a potential he may chew on items if not supervised. He chews his toys and appropriate items on his own. Bodiee is usually crated at night but he has been left out overnight with no major issues. He will move things around the house when he isn't supervised. He primarily moves fabric items such as towels and blankets, sometimes he will move pillows. He has not damaged these items but likes to put them in a pile for safekeeping. Bodiee doesn't show and guarding tendencies and has no health concerns. Bodiee can be vocal but there is usually a reason. He barks when he plays with other dogs, when he is soliciting play from dogs or humans, when new people enter the home, when he wants out of the crate. Overall Bodiee is a typical adolescent Aussie; friendly, affectionate, busy, and goofy.
Bodiee is fostered in Wichita, KS Apply here for him. NS3801