It's so good to hear your guys progress with your dogs. With the 20 total we had only 2 that are failing to connect. The ones that are in homes are doing great. The 7 that are still with us 1 needs a high energy home with lots of directions. She was wild from the start and she was way too much for an a pet adopter. 2 poss 4 are ready for special needs type adoptions they are needing understanding homes who will encourage them. They prefer to still be somewhat invisible if they can. The other 2 are different not willing to accept humans. 1 will tolerate it if you can catch him. The other takes 2 people to try to get him if get away in the large yard which is often and really doesnt care to be part of the dog pack. Routine is not for him.
Does your guy stick his tounge out between his teeth? almost all our dogs do that. It's pretty endearing in a way. Originally I thought they had undershot jaws but, they dont.
Kelso doesn't stick his tongue out the way the others do. I agree that it is a cute trait. What he does do, though, that I love, is he likes to lie with his front paws crossed. Very appealing. He's such a cutie- pie, but no one except me really sees it because when others are here he won't relax.
As bad off as Kelso was (and the others who were shut-down were) at first, it is very sad to me to hear that there are those who still will not connect at all. Gosh, I think I got lucky to get Kelso. I think I would be pretty discouraged by now if I had not been able to connect with him at all. Still, I have to say that I have truly believed in Kelso since day one, and I believe also that those dogs who are still unwilling to connect at this point, will come around with time. Blessings to those people who are giving them that time and love.
Although he has been running around for many weeks now he still has an extremely stiff gait. I do not think there's any pain, but he does not move in the fluid, easily athletic manner that we are accustomed to seeing with border collies. When he runs he reminds me of one of those African gazelles, who run with their legs stiff, and almost hopping. It is not an efficient run, nor does it look comfortable, but he always looks very happy when he is running about so it is normal for him. I don't know if this is the result of simply bad genetics, or having been cooped up in a cage for his whole life until 4 months ago, or both.