Monday, November 29, 2010

I'm ready to run into your heart!

Hi, I'm Darby and I'm available for adoption! I'll be up on the website as soon as it cooperates! In the meantime, my foster mom will put it here along with my purty photos!









Well, as you can see I love to run and race around with my foster siblings, and I also love cuddling with my foster mom, too!  Read on to see the bio she wrote up for me!
Darby is a beautiful, sweet young female Australian Shepherd with a tail, possibly with some Border Collie in her as well.  She will be a year old in February, but has had a very rough start in life.  Born at an isolated home in the woods, she lived there with her parents and brother and met very few, if any, new people.  One day, her owner apparently needed to go away for the day, and left the 4 dogs tied to trees with their muzzles duct taped shut!  Darby's mother escaped and found help, resulting in the pups eventually making their way to shelters.  Darby unfortunately was struck by a car when she slipped her collar when out for a walk, resulting in a collapsed lung and internal bleeding.  Fortunately, she has healed up completely and shows no lasting effects from her ordeal.  From the shelter Darby made her way to NEBCR and she is being fostered in NY state, on the border of southern VT.  

Due to a lack of proper socialization when she was younger, Darby is very shy and avoids interacting with new people.  It takes her a couple of days to completely trust someone new, but once she does she becomes a little shadow, wanting to be right with you, go wherever you go and hang out as close as possible.  Outdoors, she enjoys chasing after the other dogs in her foster home, and occasionally chasing after a toy, though she hasn't learned to bring them back yet but will pick it up and carry it a few steps so far before dropping it.  

Indoors, she loves hanging out right with her person, snuggled up close and relaxing until the next trip outdoors to play.

She is a bit nervous as first meeting new dogs but quickly becomes comfortable and at ease with most dogs.  She has had a harder time meeting very large, boisterous dogs, understandably.  She is great with cats, completely ignoring them, unconcerned about them lying next to her, or running about playing in the house.

Darby is a bit of a talker, outdoors she will sometimes bark with excitement during play, although not too often.  More often, she whines a bit when she's excited or needing a little extra attention, although this has grown less as she's become more comfortable in her foster home.

Darby is crate trained, and is learning some basic training, although mostly working on feeling brave and comfortable in new situations.

Her adopter will need to be patient working with her to continue to raise her confidence.  She is very lovable, sweet and endearing, and certainly makes working with her rewarding and fun.  She's going to make a lovely addition to the right household.

It is unknown how she is with children however due to her shyness we would probably not recommend her to a home with kids unless they were very dog savvy.

A fenced yard is preferred, but depending in the applicant's situation may not be required if we can be assured her adopter's are able to meet her exercise requirements, while ensuring her safety.

Completing an approved positive reinforcement based training class will be a requirement of her adoption. 

Contact: Amy for more information.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wren's Special Talents

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving because I sure did! We went to my foster grandpaws' house and I got to be very thankful for being able to eat turkey necks and goose poop, run in snow, nip my foster sister's butt while running and snugglez with new people! Anyhow, you already know that I am very, very good at agility. But did you know I am also great at other things? Check this out!

I can flip my tongue like this:

I can make my head disappear like that:

I can make my foster sister dance:

I have a great balance:

Well, maybe not so much (but I am working on it):

And that's all! Bundle up and stay warm everyone!
Luv, Wren aka Little Peanut

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Zip! is a fun, young, purebred sports prospect! He will be available in December...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Roosevelt Needs New Wheels!

Roosevelt's cart has been wonderful for him! He loves the freedom he has in it, running and racing.

Unfortunately, no one had any idea just how hard a young, healthy, extremely active and smart border collie would be on a cart! Even with multiple adjustments from the wonderful folks at Eddie's Wheels, it has become apparent that Roosevelt needs a heavier duty cart! It took them 3 hours to adjust his current cart on Friday, to get it back into alignment so it could be safe and usable until the new one is built.

The new cart will be much heavier duty, able to withstand the abuse that Roosevelt throws at it on a daily basis. It will still need routine maintenance and such - for example he has worn the tread off the tires! This will be something his adopter will need to monitor regularly and replace as needed. But, the idea is that with the heavier duty cart the structural integrity will be maintained, and not require so much adjustment so often.