Nina is a wonderful addition to our family! In january of this year, we lost a rescue Queensland healer, who passed away due to complications from Valley Fever. This left Hercules, our very timid Shepherd mix, with no canine companion. Almost immediately after we brought Nina into the family, Hercules became more outgoing and has even learned how to play "tug of war". We couldn't be happier with Nina.
New name Lo’ihi Aloha. We adopted her from a very nice foster family that took very good care of her. She comes from a rather larger family, Nina is her Mother and she is one of nine siblings. We went specifically to meet her and as soon as we meet we knew we had to have her. It’s fun watching her grow because we’re not sure how she will look once she reaches adult hood. She has very long legs, very short hair and a somewhat long nose. Regardless of her features we absolutely love her. She is playful and loving and a smart attentive young puppy. She already enjoys going for walks and has adapted really well with our other two dogs. My neighbors absolutely adore her and she greats them with energetic enthusiasm. Thank you AZBCR for the hard work you do to find homes for such wonderful dogs and thanks to the fosters that house, feed, and care for them till they find a new home.
Cooper is the brother that we have always wanted for our other Border Collie Miiko- He’s come into our lives and has really completed our family. We were originally drawn to Cooper because of his personality- when we first met with him and his foster family, our personalities immediately clicked, and him and Miiko began playing together immediately. That’s when we knew that we needed to adopt him, and we couldn’t be happier with our decision! Cooper is fitting in great to the household and loves playing with his two adopted cat brothers as well. Cooper is a little love-bug and has made a huge difference in our lives and we couldn’t that the AZBCR enough! Thank you for completing our family!
We adopted Arya (Darsy) about a month ago and she has been a wonderful addition to our little family! Ryan I waited a while to make sure we found the right dog and Arya is the perfect puppy for us!
From the first time we met her she was so sweet and friendly. She loves to make friends with strangers and always wants to play with her older sister, Miley-Cat.
She's loves to run in the backyard, play with her toys and go for evening walks. She's so smart, loves puppy treats, tummy rubs, and playing in the sprinklers.
Our family and friends love her and we have nothing but gratitude appreciation for the Arizona Border Collie Rescue for what they've given to us!
Sam and Fitz were in a shelter in Utah and running out of time. There was no way these gorgeous guys were going to be lost on my watch, so I offered to foster. They were flown from Utah to near Vegas by the awesome Pilots for Paws team and driven to meet me outside of Phoenix. I think I knew right away that I might be my first foster failure. Not sure how two awesome dogs like this end up in a shelter but I was thrilled to foster them, and these two “brothers from another mother” were clearly pals already and needed to stay together. They have gotten along great with my teenage kids and our three smaller dogs and quickly became true family members. They were potty trained and just wanted to be loved. I’ve had a void in my heart since I lost by beloved Border Collie mix Shadow 4 years ago, and these two guys have warmed my soul with their affection and sincerity. The only downside is that my house is really too full now to foster anyone else (for now). Thank you AZBCR!
rim Spirit is known as the "miracle girl" after traveling solo 30+ miles from Mount Lemmon to a ranch in San Manuel withstanding rough terrain, rugged weather and likely predators. She was lost during a hike with her new family on October 2 and finally captured on January 27th, 2017. I had fostered her in the Spring/Summer 2016, and I thought I had found the right family for her. During the search on Mount Lemmon in October, I realized I had released her from my care too early and she wasn't ready for a difficult transition. I told the new owner that "when we find her, I want to take her back" and she was in agreement. On return to my home, Prim happily ran laps around the house, and was greeted warmly by the entire pack who all welcomed her return. I knew she had chosen this to be her forever home and we were all happily in agreement with her choice! We love this little girl who has come from one frightened youngster to a more confident, loving companion!
Tuesday has turned our house upside down (in a good way) in the month we have had her. She is very active so she gets these two old people out of their rocking chair for walks and to throw the ball. She gives us laughs every day as she is so funny with the Frisbees she throws in the air. Tuesday was the first dog we saw and she reminded me of our long-gone Annabelle with the same dynamic personality. The cat is slowly adjusting. My other dog Ringo and 2 grand dogs (9 years) that come to visit do wonder where she gets all the energy. Sometimes they just sit and look at her catching the balls and Frisbees. I would love to know what they are thinking. Tuesday has decided she is part of the family now. When she was accidently locked outside, she just sat by the door waiting for us to let her in. It only took 10 minutes of quiet to realize she was not inside. Tuesday is an absolute joy is definitely good for us seniors. Gets our blood moving!
Cass’s story all starts with a phone call. Called “Pretty Girl”, she was an emotionally shut down, six year old, petite Border Collie whose owner had passed away. Four women would be part of her freedom story - one of them would be her forever mum.
When Cass was picked up from the shelter she was completely shut down. Like a baton in a “relay race”, she was passed from car to car until she arrived at her foster Mum’s home. It was here she became Cass. Her foster mum learned she had slight blindness, a few broken teeth and phone cameras scared her. But in all, Cass began to trust and come out of her shell.
Then one morning, Cass looked up to see one of the “relay” women in the backyard. Cass rushed to her foster mum to get the ok than snuggled up to the woman to get her belly rubbed. Hours later, the woman left. Soon Cass would find herself at a new front door and when the door opened Cass would look up to see the “relay” woman again. Cass would be forever home.
Poor Smokey was left behind by his former owner when he moved. This sweet guy didn't deserve any of the bad things that happened to him. Since being fostered by AZBCR, he has learned that people can be loving, walks can be a joy, and that home is a wonderful place to be.
Our daughter Grace decided she wanted a Border Collie after seeing them on the dog show on tv. She liked that they were both soft and smart. When we got a chance to meet Lucy, we found that she had a sister, Sky. Both had been feral dogs rescued from Colorado at the same time. They had been through a lot together, and were clearly very attached to each other. Grace’s favorite was Lucy. Naturally, Mom liked Sky the best. While we were not looking for two dogs, we did not have the heart to separate them. We took them both and feel very blessed to have them. They have lots of energy and love to herd each other in the back yard. They know how to sit and shake. Our next goal is to teach them to jump thru a hula hoop. Considering they are currently afraid of the hoop, it should be quite a challenge.
On December 26, 2016, I had the pleasure of adopting little “Merlin” (renamed "Scout") who was one of 9 puppies in the famous Witches Wizards litter fostered by Donna.
In January 2016 I adopted Frankie from AZBCR and have enjoyed him so much that I knew I would adopt a sibling for him. Along came Scout and our family has never been the same! Scout is full of energy, curious, loves his owners, his brother, loves to play fetch, wrestle with Frankie, digs up backyard irrigation, and most of all he's a joy to have in our family.
It's hard now to imagine my and Frankie's lives without Scout. The fun is just beginning because Scout has just had his last set of shots so we will go on our first walk in the neighborhood this weekend. Can't wait!
Thank you, AZBCR for another wonderful companion!
Maggie (was Medea) is an awesome puppy from the Fia's litter who now adopted an awesome family who she will cast her magic spell over so that they love her forever.
Moxie is a super smart girl who is learning fast about living the good life with her new forever famiy.
Layla, formerly Circe, is part of the Witches and Wizards litter. They were born October 26, 2016. On Halloween, foster Donna Kelly introduced the 9 puppies on the AZBCR Facebook group. I was immediately drawn to her. She was the only tri-colored puppy in the litter, besides her one sister who looked more BC than Layla. I instantly fell in love with her and put in the adoption paperwork. I ended up #10 on the waiting list for 9 puppies. Amazingly, we ended up #6 and Circe became part of our family. She is a great pup, full of spunk, high energy and a bit precocious. We are learning how to train her and get her to follow house rules. We keep in touch with foster mom who continues to provide support in good times and rough spots with raising Layla. It's a lot of hard work, but I know it is worth it. The important work, support, rehab, foster and placement AZBCR provides for Border Collies young and old is truly remarkable and I am so proud to be a part of this Border Collie Nation.
Baxter started off as a foster in September, 2016. He was the sweetest boy from day 1 of him coming from New Mexico. I lost my heart dog Meg on Halloween and he was so in tune to my pain. Baxter did not leave my side for days and was constantly cuddling with me. I did not realize for another couple of months that Baxter had already picked his home and who was I to argue with him. Baxter and Talley (another AZBCR alum) get along great. They love to hang out and just enjoy their surroundings together. I finally adopted him in January and could not be happier about it. There are times I think he is Meg when I look at him, but he is my shadow and goes everywhere with me. We go on walks, car rides, and adventures. Baxter is always up for the next adventure. Even though I will always miss Meg, Baxter sure has eased that pain and I could not be happier with my new addition.
Lily is doing extremely well with us. She is just a doll and loves all the hugs and petting. Lily is as loving a dog as we have ever had. She reminds us so much of their former Border Collie - it seems like she came back in Lily's body. Thank you again for letting us enjoy Lily.
JD is now Tex. His fosters did such a wonderful job keeping this little treasure alive through his illness. I can describe Tex in one word JACKPOT! Tex loves to train and settles beautifully in the house. My five-year-old BC is so happy to have a young playmate, and my eleven-year-old BC is so happy to have a break! My husband and I are so happy to have this sweet little smarty. Thanks again, ABCR!
Willie Nelson here! Just wanted to let everyone know that LIFE IS GOOD! About a year ago, my now FUREVER Mom saw me at Pima Animal Care Center. Things were not looking good for me there since I was scared and I didn’t want anyone coming near me. My Mom volunteered for AZBCR and got them to agree to get me out and give me a chance. I went to Board and Train for a little while where my Mom came to see me a couple times a week. After that I went to a foster home. I wasn’t so sure about the foster people, but after a couple weeks decided they were good people and we became good friends! My Mom came to visit me at my foster home several times and she decided that since I could be a bit difficult with new people that maybe I just needed to come live with her. I now have a new dog sister, Jorja who my Mom also adopted from AZBCR (who is GREAT!), a new dog brother, Toby (who is OK) and 2 cat sisters too! My Mom says I am the perfect example of a dog that truly got a second chance.
We weren’t sure we were ready to adopt another dog after losing Belize, our 16-year old Border Collie mix earlier in 2016, but when we saw Fia, we just had a feeling we should meet. It was an instant connection. She blended in to our home with ease, and she quickly won us over with her quirky faces and ‘growl’ talk. Best of all, she has brought joy back into the house – a joy we didn’t realize we were missing for so many months. Sometimes we swear she is a reincarnation of Belize…but also with her own silly spirit. I can’t thank AZ BCR enough for its devotion to rescuing this amazing breed, and for bringing sweet Fia into our lives.
Cedric came for dog training at the office where I work. I knew from the first time I saw him that he was special. I was told he had been abandoned and then brought to a shelter and been in and out of foster homes. I saw him in training and that he was a bit overreactive but other than that he was a very sweet and obedient dog. I was so glad to find out he could come home with me and knew that he would gets lots of love and understanding from me. Having him has been easier than having to train a new puppy and we have continued to work on his issues- we all have those! But all-in-all he continues to be a loyal friend and companion to me and my son and has made a great addition to our family. I am really thankful for the AZ Border Collie Rescue for bringing us together!
Bear (all black), formerly Segar, won our hearts the moment foster mom Kellie opened the door and he raced outside to greet us. He is goofy, playful and the ultimate cuddle bug. Not only has he brought joy to us, but to his BC big sis Bailey too. Kellie wanted Bear to live a life where he has a furry companion, and he and Bailey are two peas in a pod!
Bear loves to bark, whine, and tell us exactly what is on his mind. He is a great hiker, camper, and gets to go on all of our adventures because our pups are truly a part of our family. With every kiss and laugh, we’ve realized how blessed we are that our family grew with the addition of Bear. He really does complete our family and we are so lucky AZBCR found us and matched us with Bear!
Charlie is a super awesome lab/BC mix that loves to walk and hang with his people. Charlie now has awesome people and they think they have an awesome dog. Win-win!
Our family had been wanting a dog for some time we were just waiting for the perfect one to come into our lives. Seva is indeed the perfect one. A dear friend and neighbor, Joanne, was fostering Seva and her seven brothers and sisters through AZBCR. She invited our family (my husband, myself and our three year old son) over to see the puppies. We all fell in love with Seva. Her sweet disposition and cuddly, yet playful nature stole our hearts. We went home that evening and couldn't stop thinking about her. My husband even dreamed about her! The next day we called Joanne and the rest is history. Seva fills our home with love and our son often refers to her as his "best friend." An enormous thank you to Joanne and AZBCR for helping us find such an invaluable addition to our family.