Border collie/heeler Mix|female|5 years old|35 lbs|Adoption Fee $275
Updates from Foster Home:
Pupdate 1: Rumi is a very sweet border collie mix who loves walks, attention, belly rubs, sitting next to you on the couch, and car rides. She’s a smart girl who’s eager to please, since she knows that will get her even more attention and pets! Rumi is an expert at sitting and giving me her paw when I ask, and she walks very well on a leash. She can get distracted by interesting things to sniff outside sometimes, but will come back to you if you tell her to come. She’ll look back at me during walks to make sure she’s still on track with what I want her to do, and will happily jog alongside me a bit if it’s cool enough outside.
Rumi loves fetch, and would be ecstatic to have someone who could throw a tennis ball around for her - either in an empty tennis court, a yard, or even inside. As long as she gets some exercise, play time, and attention every day, she’s the happiest girl in the world.
We’ve been working on her leash aggression, as Rumi can be a bit growly when she sees other dogs on her walks, or if people come up to her unexpectedly. Some space between the other person or dog and some cheese has been working wonders to distract and calm her down.
Rumi will be an excellent, loving addition to any home. I’m able to leave her at home alone uncrated when I’m at work, and haven’t had problems doing so. One of her favorite hobbies when I am home is looking at me adoringly and showering me with love and “chompy kisses”, especially when I wake up in the morning or get home from being gone for a while. Rumi has gotten good at not jumping on people as much, and knows to sit when she gets excited to see me. Sitting is hard when she’s as wiggly and excited as she is, but she does as best as she can! She’ll usually give you a submissive grin to let you know just how excited she is. It’s hard to resist a silly, grinning wiggly dog who is beside herself with excitement to see you!
Things Rumi could get a gold medal in, if she were competing in the doggy Olympics:
- Playing fetch
- Walking on a leash
- Sitting for brushing
- Not being afraid of my Roomba (especially useful after brushing!)
- Going up and down stairs like a pro! She’ll stop and look to me for permission to go up or down another flight of steps J
- Thunderstorms / fireworks don’t phase her – she’ll find a quiet place to lay down and ignore the loud sounds
- Getting all of the peanut butter out of her Kong
Things we’re still working on:
- Leash aggression
- Separation anxiety: her purple pig is her go-to comfort toy when she knows I’m leaving. Otherwise, feeding her right before I leave has been a great distraction.
- Greeting guests and being comfortable with new people coming in to her space. Putting her in a separate room for the first few minutes when people come over has proven to be a good strategy.