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14 Month Female Border Collie For Adoption in MD

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Hi,

 

I have a 14 month old female spayed Border Collie that I would like to find a home for. I have a business and a great need for herding dogs. I currently have 4 border collies and Millie was supposed to be next in line. Unfortunally herding is not in her future. To confirm this, I took her to a well known trainer 4 hours away who kept her for 6 weeks and ended up agreeing with me. The trainer who is much much better than me said Millie is "not a team player" when it comes to herding and very hard headed. In the trainers eyes, there are 3 types of border collies, the show dogs, agility and fly ball and the herding/working dogs. Her opinion is that Millie would thrive as an agility dog. I do know Millies mother was a champ Frisbee dog so I believe its in her genes.

 

Millie has basic obedience but still has that puppy excitement. She gets along fantastic with my other dogs and made friends fast at the trainers so other dogs are not a problem. I have a 2 year old son and she is fine with him. I have them together when I have millie on a leash only though as millie still likes to jump when she gets excited and I don't want her knocking into my son. I've never been worried about biting and have never seen aggression out of her. If Millie is worked with every day and exercised I think she would be a fantastic dog. Me keeping her here as a pet though would not be fair to her as I do not have time for anything but herding/training and our business. If I kept her, all she would be is a yard dog which wouldn't be fair.

Millie is an excellent indoor dog however the past few months she's been living in our indoor/outdoor kennels and thrives.

 

This is my first time trying to adopt out a dog and I feel awful. I do know I will only give her to an experienced owner who has the room and time for her. I also want to make sure she'll have a shot at an activity such as agility, Frisbee, flyball or something. She needs attention and exercise for sure. I paid $700 for her as a pup and have almost that much in her in training and am giving her away for free to the right home.

 

If interested, please email me with your background and return email and information on your current situation and I'll get back to you asap. Thanks for the time and for looking

 

Rich

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I don't believe most realistic people would criticize you for trying to rehome a dog that just did not work out in your situation, particularly since you are trying to do so in the dog's best interest. I hope you do find a good home for her that is well-suited to her needs.

 

You might also try a reputable rescue as some of them will take on owner-surrenders, foster them, and look for suitable new homes. Mid-Atlantic BCR is one that comes to mind. Also Blue Ridge BCR. Some of them may also do "courtesy listings" where they do not take in the dog but rather post your listing on their website, which is a good way to get your information out to people who are looking for a nice dog for a pet or sports prospect or active lifestyle companion.

 

Best wishes finding her a loving and suitable home!

 

PS - Just a comment on something you mentioned, though - you said that Millie's mother was a Frisbee dog. You will find the greatest likelihood (never a guarantee) of getting a pup that will work out to be a good stockdog (I'm assuming that's what you are looking for versus a goosedog) will be from a breeding of working dogs, and not a breeding that involves one or both of the parents that has not proven him/herself a good stockworking dog or that has been bred for another reason (like performance sports). Most people that I have been acquainted with who do goose work do so with working-bred dogs. But perhaps you were already well aware of that.

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I second contacting Sarah at Mid-Atlantic BCR (MABCR). She may be able to help you find a perfect home for Millie.

 

FWIW, I've met Millie and I think she could make someone a great active companion or sport/performance prospect. She's definitely agile and quick (and friendly)! I think that if someone could devote one-on-one time with her to provide consistent training she would grow into a very nice partner at whatever her owner wants to do.

 

J.

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Thanks for the recommendation for Mid Atlantic Rescue. I never thought of contacting them and will be sure to do it.

 

My previous 3 pups were from working dogs and they worked out fine. I was kind of convinced to take the frisbee pup and noticed the personality difference at once. Won't make that mistake again :). She's the first dog I've ever had to place which makes me very uneasy.

 

Thanks for backing up

My description J! I didn't realize you had a chance to meet Millie when she was in training. What a small world!

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Hi Rich,

I live at the farm, so got to know Millie a little bit. I know how you feel about placing dogs. I've done it twice, both times recently, but in both cases it was more a situation of a wonderful person looking and me having a dog that wasn't quite working out (in one case the dog's working style didn't suit me, and in the other, the young dog was picking fights with my old dogs). Still, I know it's hard, and if there's anything I can do to help, I'll try. Sarah really may be able to help, or list her for you, or just provide some good advice.

 

J.

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Hi, None of my business really. But if you don't know the adopter well, I'd ask for small fee, like a C note. Some brokers will trick owners, make them think they are a good home, then sell the dog to a science lab. They frequent the free to good home situations, since there is the most $ to be cleared. Awful thought I know, but just a heads up from someone with lots of previous years in "rescue world".

 

Best of luck, I'm sure you're sad. But if it isn't right for you, it probably isn't right for her either, no point in either of you enduring it. It's great that you're getting her to the right situation so she can be truly happy. I've passed lots of rescue dogs on. Some I wanted to keep, (for selfish reasons, like I loved them), but I never did. I always put them in the best situation for them, which usually wasn't me since I already had a responsibility to my own resident dogs. Only so much $ and time to go around.

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Holy cow I never thought of that! Thank you for the input and kind words.

I spoke with Sarah at mid Atlantic rescue and they don't do courtesy listings mainly due to liability but she did offer to take Millie as she has room. I was strongly considering it and after reading this I think it might be best. They have much better resources for screening I believe than myself plus in the meantime Millie will get the attention she needs. Thanks to all, if I decide to give her to Sarah I'll post my decision.

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Sarah has placed many pups/dogs successfully over the years. I would have no hesitation using Mid-Atlantic BCR, in fact, I have done some transport for her occasionally and my daughter has evaluated and pulled dogs from shelters to go into her rescue.

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I thought Sarah might have room. She has been doing rescue for a long time and is well suited to finding Millie a perfect forever home. It's what she does. I would trust her if I needed to place a dog and also if I were looking for a rescue for myself. Please do keep us posted.

 

I liked Millie and would love to know she landed in a great, safe spot.

 

J.

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Hi Rich,

 

Obviously I didn't mean that could happen with a reputable Rescue Org that could be researched and checked 9 ways 'til Sunday. But; have heard/seen of that before. Asking a C note from private party, not unreasonable if they cannot be checked out though.

 

I still remember 2 pet dogs in CA, (Labs), who were stolen from a backyard while human "parents" were at work. They looked and looked for them. Found them, and proved it, per tattoos they put on them, (back before micro chips were available). One was salvageable. Other was too far gone. Vocal cords, were, ...well lets just say no one at the science lab wanted to listen to them. Won't go into details, I don't want to think of it again. The salvageable one had wires coming out of it's heart, had been on a treadmill, don't want anyone else to have nightmares, so won't fill in the blanks. Just, BE CAREFUL , you've heard the old adage "put your money where your mouth is". If you cannot verify it to be a notable rescue Org. Suppose I said too much, but if anyone is a good prospective pet owner, they'll be excited about the "new little kid", and expect to spend some bucks. If you have a rescue org that charges some bucks on THEIR end, and helps you find a good home, that is GREAT. Otherwise, if you are going private, ask for some $, no need to explain why.

 

You might "Google" it just for your own knowledge, I don't know what the Science Labs are paying brokers these days. In the old days, a hundred bucks kept them completely out of it. Sorry to post this, it's awful I know, but sent a shiver up my spine to see your caring free to a good home situation. Ugghh. A happier topic, anyone? :-)

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Thanks to everyone for all the advice and help. I've decide to go ahead and place her with Mid Atlantic BC rescue. My only reason for this is all the positive things I've heard about the via this site and other avenues. It really put my mind at ease. Thank you everyone once again for the help and kind words.

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Sounds like you made a decision that you are comfortable with and I would have no problems recommended Sarah and Mid-Atlantic BCR.

 

No choice is ever 100% guaranteed but checking things out and making the best choice you can does improve the odds tremendously that there will be a very good outcome.

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If you keep in touch with them, I would love to hear how this turns out and where she ends up.

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Please post and tell us where Millie ends up. You need to give yourself more credit. You have a dog that won't work for you and you are really concerned that she gets a good home. Most people would dump her without a thought. From what you have posted you have given Millie a really great life so far and she will make a wonderful dog for someone else.

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Keep in mind that rescues won't always tell former owners where a dog ends up going. There have been too many instances of FOs changing their minds at a later date and wanting a dog back, or just stalking the new owners for info.

 

Not suggesting that the OP would do that, but it's happened often enough that many rescues just feel more comfortable with people making a clean break and keeping adoption information private.

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Fair enough - there's no pressure. It'd be interesting to hear if he does happen to know, though.

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Of course, it's quite possible the rescue would be willing to give some nonspecific information, like "Millie was adopted by a nice family with 3 kids and a cat and it seems like it's a good fit all around."

 

In that case, yes, it would be nice if that information were shared here. :)

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I am so glad she was sent through the rescue center. I have also heard of free dogs being taken and sold and used for fish bait for big fisherman, makes me sick every time I hear of it.

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I have GREAT news! I was at the vet last Friday for one of my other dogs and told her about Millie. Her face lit up and she called in a vet tech that has been there for 20 years. She loves border collies and had one pass a few months ago and she's looking for another to keep her current one company. This lady also lives 10 minutes from me. What a spread! 15 fenced acres, 2 ponds and nice kennels. Her neice does 4-H with the dogs. Her husband is retired and always out on the grounds with the dogs in tow. I took Millie there over the weekend and first thing she did was go for a swim. After that she met the other dog and I swear they frolicked all 15 acres.

The family loved Millie and the tech even had a tear when I said they could have Millie.

 

The whole situation is perfect for her between the property, the other dog and someone going to be with her daily for huge chunks of the day. I was sad giving her up but I'm also real real happy for her. She's going to like it so much better there.

 

Thanks to all for the suggestions and help. Just wanted to let all those who were interested know Millie found what i think to be a great home and is close by....and I have an open invite to visit anytime :)

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