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  • Louise

    Adopted 06/06/2017

    We no longer have the shy little puppy we met just last week. She is now super bold and has no problem arguing with us when she feels things are unfair...literally. This week she learned to go up the stairs! Our apartment is on the second floor, so for the past week we have been carrying her up and down them. After some coaxing though she overcame her fear/confusion and has conquered them. At first she had to take them one step at a time, but now she has progressed to running up and down them. She is also doing great on the leash when we take her outside. She still pulls a bit and has her feisty moments but we'll be able to go farther soon.We have been working on "sit" and "down" commands with her so when we can enroll in puppy class, she will be a star pupil. She has gotten really good with "sit". I'm also working on "wait" and "come" with her. She is such a smart little pup. We feel so lucky to have her.

  • Beretta "Retta"

    New Name: Scout
    Adopted 05/27/2017

    Mike and I were just married this past January and purchased a house in May. Yet, with all the exciting new changes in our lives, we still felt incomplete. Both of us were raised with a dog in the home and were greatly missing the love of a furry family member. As soon as I knew we had the green light on our new home, I immediately contacted AZBCR. And I am sure glad I did! Within just a few weeks we meet Scout (previously Beretta), and she has been a perfect fit. Her spunky attitude and cuddly disposition make her the perfect pup for us! She has adjusted to her new home and is already living like the princess that she is.

  • Opie

    Adopted 05/26/2017

    Opie stayed in the family, so to speak, because our friend Ashley was his foster mom and she will still get to see him. This shy boy is going to learn confidence with us and likely learn alot from our cat about how to be brave in the world. We look forward to seeing him come out of his shell and really be a confident dog.

  • Flo

    New Name: Noodles
    Adopted 05/18/2017

    Checking in with Noodles (formerly Flo)! We're still working on her anxiety but she's come a long way and she is such a happy zoomy girl. She's been doing really well with her sign commands (she's deaf), and she loves us and we love her very much. She enjoys wading in the pool with her dachshund bro Banjo and hanging out in the yard with her kitty sister Matzo Ball who also has a nub for a tail.

  • Jersey

    Adopted 05/13/2017

    Foster Jersey has gotten a great furever home. She will have a sister from AZBCR - Stella! I predict those two are going to love life together chasing balls and having so much fun.

  • Happy

    Adopted 05/08/2017

    Happy needed a new family when his owner died. We are 'happy' to give him a fresh dog and totally appreciate all that he learned in his first home about manners. He's such an easy boy who loves to walk and ride. He listens well and is always smiling. Happy is indeed the perfect name for him.

  • Romeo

    New Name: Chance
    Adopted 05/08/2017

    I am so happy to have Chance in our lives this goof boy puts a smile on our faces every day. I know that my other dog is still trying to adjust with her brother but they play really well most of time. His daily activities includes walking, playing fetch at the park, training, playing with his sis, and - the recently discovered favorite activity- swimming. I feel blessed to have him around and I hope he loves his new family as much as we love him ??.

  • Zen

    Adopted 05/03/2017

    Zen was adopted this morning by the nicest family that travels between New Mexico and Arizona so he will be having a very active life. He's going to gain confidence and enjoy all of the adventures that lie ahead.

  • Scotch

    Adopted 04/30/2017

    I adopted two dogs from AZBCR in the spring of 2013. Sadly, one of them passed away last year and Saxon, my remaining border collie became very lonely and depressed with the loss of his friend. I had fostered a couple of other dogs during that time and although they were terrific dogs, there was no spark between them and Saxon. Several months had gone by, when a plea was put out asking for a foster for a red and white, male border collie from Portales, NM. I didn’t immediately respond to the plea, but something about it kept nagging at me. The following day I offered to foster him. At that point, I really had no intention of adopting him. But sometimes fate intervenes and when I was finally able to pick him up, I knew within a few hours that he was never going to leave. He and Saxon hit it off immediately. The next day they just played and played and played. Scotch is truly very special. He is loving and gentle and has made our family complete again! I just adore him!!!

  • Arrow

    Adopted 04/15/2017

    Hi I'm Arrow. I love being loved and I will love you in return. I wiggle my butt when I'm excited to see my people. I might be 8 but sometimes I act like I'm only 2 and run around like a nut. It's the best.

  • Nina

    New Name: Nina
    Adopted 04/04/2017

    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.

  • Sadie

    Adopted 04/02/2017

    Sadie is my first ever dog and I hit the absolute jackpot! I've had many difficult life changes this past year but Sadie's unconditional love and constantly wagging tail always makes me smile. I'm an endurance runner and horseback rider and love bringing Sadie into my active lifestyle. I take her everywhere I possibly can and look forward to many wonderful years with her. Thank you AZBCR for bringing this precious being into my life!

  • Molly

    Adopted 04/02/2017

    Molly is doing really well and has settled in so well with our other border collie. They have become the best of friends! Molly enjoys long walks or runs, playing ball or tug-a-war, and chewing on bones. We are constantly trying to teach her new tricks and keep her busy as she tends to get bored easily. We have had a few instances as of recently where she has chewed up some shoes, pulls the trash out, ripped a whole in our comforter, dug holes in the backyard and tore up two throw pillows. Aside from this we love her and are so thrilled that we adopted her!

  • Dixie

    New Name: Dixie
    Adopted 03/31/2017

    When my husband and I first met Dixie, we just knew this was going to be our dog as long as our first two dogs liked her. Luna (another AZBCR) loced being there with not just Dixie but ALL the BC's!! She was instantly at home!! Lady was enjoying the other dogs but was a little overwhelmed by 8 BC's running around!! But they all got along great. A month later we brought Dixie home she just fit in our family perfectly!! Everyday she gets more more relaxed and knows we are never going to leave or get rid of her! She loves everyone and is so great with the grandkids (10 15). And she doesn't "heard" our other dogs much anymore! She is also a great watchdog!! A worker came into our yard unannounced and she was not having that! She let him know that he wasn't supposed to be there just by barking nipping at his heels! This is our 2nd adoption from AZBCR and our just thrilled with both our "babies"!! If we had the time space we would definitely adopt more from them!

  • Guernsey

    Adopted 03/30/2017

    Guernsey came to us as a foster that I picked up out of my desire to help more with the reacue and before the night was over she melted out hearts and my husband didn't not want to see her go. We adopted Guernsey from AZBC as or second dog from the organization, Manny, ou Big giant black and white BC is out senior goof. We love them both so much. Guernsey gets to go for runs with me every day at the park (early pre-dawn mornings now). When she isn't running she's at home chilling on her bed with out 17 yr old chihuahua (another rescue) and SEVEN cats. Yes, I said 7 indoor cats. Guernsey and Manny have learned to control their curiosity and both get along wonderfully with out cats. Guernseys favorite cat is our black kitten, they play all day, and Guernsey is VERY protective of both our one eyed FIV cat and our senior chihuahua. Guernsey favorite human is my husband, but that doesn't stop her from following me around all day with a goofy smile and lots of licks.

  • Bailey

    New Name: Gilly
    Adopted 03/26/2017

    Gilly (formerly Bailey) is such a sweet girl. She is smart and loves to play. She's learning new things everyday. She's super special and just couldn't be more loving and grateful to have been saved by the rescue.

  • Drake

    Adopted 03/21/2017

    The day I saw Drake, now Dennis on the AZBC Rescue side, my heart went out to him ??????. That photo of Pilots and Paws who flew him and another dog from Utah to Phoenix. His sweet face, those eyes .... I knew that I wanted to make this little boy happy and give him a loving home. My husband and I are proud owners of 3 Border Collies. 14,9 and 2 years old. They all welcomed him and love him very much. His personality shines, his confidence grows with every day. Dennis is very playful and smart. Enjoys his daily walks, Frisbee and Kong Ball play. We feel so lucky to have this little boy in our family. He brings life and joy. Thank you AZBC Rescue for all you do. This is our story, happy life for a little puppy named Dennis

  • Skye

    Adopted 03/21/2017

    Skye came to us a few months ago from Utah after a 5 hour car ride and two airplane rides from the great people at Pilots and Paws. She had obviously been neglected and lived on the run. All we were told was that she was about 1.5 years old, been in the pound at least 6 times, was hit by a car, could jump a 6ft fence and liked her eyes kissed (weird but true). This girl just needed some love (and to gain some lbs). After a slow introduction with our AZBCR boy Gunnar, regular meals, and vet care, she was settling in with us. We started working on her reactiveness with other dogs, leash training and basic commands. It was not an easy task as she could care less about food or treats of any kind but it is wonders what a ball can do! A wonderful family came along to adopt her and we did what fosters are suppose to do. We let her go. But her new family soon realized that her issues might be too much for them. So we were asked to foster again.We said "of course but she's staying"

  • Aloha

    New Name: Lo’ihi Aloha
    Adopted 03/14/2017

    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

    Adopted 03/14/2017

    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!

  • Tia

    New Name: Arya
    Adopted 03/13/2017

    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!

  • Fitzgerald

    New Name: Fitzgerald
    Adopted 03/11/2017

    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!

  • Sam

    New Name: Sam
    Adopted 03/11/2017

    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!

  • Suki

    New Name: Wrigley
    Adopted 03/08/2017

    We currently have 4 fur children, 3 being rescues from AZBCR. Our most recent addition is Wrigley (formerly Suki) joining AZBCR alums Kyra and Elvis and big sister Haley from the Sedona Humane Society. Wrigley is one of Nina’s 9 pups that came from the reservation. He was the largest of the litter and we were told that he often would quietly go off on his own to sleep – boy has that changed! He brings laughs and new adventures to our home Daily. Wrigley and his big brother Elvis are like two peas in a pod, playing non-stop. Wrigley has been watching Elvis jump in the pool after his tennis balls and is now beginning to get quite comfortable in the water. He is starting to learn the ins and outs of flyball so hopefully he can join his big brother on the Blazin’ K9’s team. Thank you AZBCR for allowing us to add these special dogs to our family.

  • Dakota

    New Name: Storm
    Adopted 03/05/2017

    My name is Storm and I was a pup rescued with my mom from the Rez. I might be one of the smaller pups but I'm always busy and I'm full of energy. I love all of the other dogs and cats. I'm a fan of every adventure that I've had so far and I'm gratefully for all of the ones yet to come.

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