Recent Success Stories

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  • Millie

    Adopted 10/09/2017

    “Little” Millie came into Rescue in June 2016 (short in stature, but a little chubby). After a couple unsuccessful adoptions and five fosters, Millie was finally home to stay. She and the foster’s Old English Sheepdog got out one night and went exploring the neighborhood. The two stuck together all evening until finally they were spotted by some neighbors in the next neighborhood. When invited to jump into their SUV, the OES gladly jumped in and Millie decided she needed to stay with her. The two are so bonded that the foster decided they really did need to stay together! The DNA test is on order along with a new collar, leash and ID tag. Millie says “Woo ooh!”

  • EM-Icey

    Adopted 10/01/2017

    I was looking for a campion for my 15 year old Jack Russell and me. I contacted Traci Johnson and described the type of BC I desired. She asked me to be patient. A few weeks later I received and email and pictures of a dog that was just brought to AZ from NM. I fell in love with her right away. I spoke with her foster Mom, Rita Loucks and we visited and decided that she may be a good match for Dixie and I. Within a week, I was headed to Prescott AZ. I meet Icey and visited with Rita and her family. The next step was to take Icey and Dixie for a walk together. They acted like old buds. I said yes! When I loaded up Icey there were some tears from Rita and her sister. She told me if she would have kept one foster dog it would have been Icey. If felt that would be the ultimate recommendation for a rescue dog. Icey loves her new home, figured out the doggie door and loves her grassy back yard. She made herself right at home. Icey is a great fit for Dixie and me.

  • Tater (Raider)

    Adopted 09/24/2017

    Hi, my name is Raider, and I just moved to Goodyear. I started out on a ranch in Arkansas, but didn't like herding cattle, so ABCR rescued me and brought me to Arizona. Here I am smiling in my new house and playing in the dog park. I've made lots of human friends, and I like to visit them every day so that they can take turns petting me.

  • Sammy

    New Name: Sammy
    Adopted 09/24/2017

    We were blessed to have Sammy join our family and our hearts three weeks ago. Sammy did not respond to his name so his new name is now Maverick. We have worked hard to help him learn having and responding to his name means fun and belly rubs. He is a sweet, sweet mellow boy ….. until he and his 4 year old Entlebucher brother, Goose (Top Gun ace pilots Goose and Maverick!), play and zoom around the yard. He does try to play with his 15 year old sister, Emma, but she is the queen and diva. We rescued Emma 14 ½ years ago and she has earned her position, happiest sleeping and being with her family, tolerating quiet play with Maverick . though she does love a good walk with her brothers. When not playing Maverick lays at my feet and is my shadow. We go to puppy agility class and he is gaining confidence in himself every day. I am grateful to Anita, Maverick’s foster mom, and AZBCR for the care and second chance they gave Maverick and so many more overlooked, loving dogs.

  • Tucker

    Adopted 09/17/2017

    Tucker is doing great and the perfect addition to our family. Our two boys are in love and enjoy playing and snuggling with Tucker everyday. Our family is adjusting to having a dog, even the cat, and it had made for lots of laughs and family time all revolving around Tucker! This is our first family dog and we are learning as we go together. Tucker is in puppy kindergarten with a local trainer which he loves and he is learning lots of things very fast.

  • Jeri

    New Name: Jeri
    Adopted 09/16/2017

    Jeri is a smart boy a mix of BC and Aussie. He wants to please us and we want to please him. He's learning fast and we love having him as part of our pack.

  • Stellar

    New Name: Stellar
    Adopted 09/15/2017

    Stellar, aka "Stella", as we lovingly call her, came to stay with us Sept 15 th. She was sweet loving right from the start, but afraid of wood floors, big doors any loud noise. Makes us wonder what this 2 year old girl experienced before we got her! She got daily forest walks in Flagstaff with Carson just loved running off leash. Carson was a good teacher she learned to come around when Carson was called. She Carson, our 2 yr old BC mix from AZBCR have become best buddies.They play sleep side by side. Stella is now adjusting to the desert with all the thorns,cholla other prickly things. She has learned to let me help remove thorns. She still needs some training with patience practice rewards, she is doing better each day. She has already been on group horse rides in the forest high desert. She also enjoyed horse camping all the dog buddies that came to play at our campsite. She shows lots of love affection receiving it too. Working w/ AZBCR was the best.

  • Buster

    New Name: Tucker
    Adopted 09/14/2017

    I am happy to say that Buster (now Tucker) is doing fine. He is very healthy and full of energy. He love people, other dogs and small children. It is still an on going process trying to integrate him with our two cats. Sometimes they do great and sometimes he just likes to bark at them. We have had to divide the house so the cats always have a safe area. I think Tucker may have a strong prey instinct or he just wants to play with them. It is getting better I am happy to say.

  • Ralph

    New Name: Max
    Adopted 09/11/2017

    Meet Max. We don't know much about his past, but we were told he was found in a grocery store parking lot in NM and was brought into the shelter at only 4 months old. Little did he know, there was a woman and her husband on the hunt for a new best friend after purchasing their first home. You see, Max's new mom spent her life with Border Collies until she left for college. After years of being in apartments, I was finally in a house that we bought to start our newly-wed life. We had been watching the AZBCR website. Then we saw Max. We saw his picture and the look on his face, and we knew. My husband drove to Phoenix to get him. Max has brought so much laughter and joy into our home, along with some chaos and everything else BC, and we truly could not be happier. He is happiest guy, always eager to make new friends and impress everyone with all the tricks he's learned. Everything happens for a reason, and I was meant to wait as long as I did so I could find Max. We love him!

  • Hershel

    Adopted 09/09/2017

    We waited a long time to get Hershel because we rent and needed approval from the homeowner prior to us getting him. It was perfect timing all the way around. We picked him up from Tucson and headed back to Phoenix once home, Hershel integrated into the pack with Duke and Tippy quite fast, quicker than we had imagined. He is the sweetest, most mild mannered dog, who has brought a lot of calmness to the mix, but also a very fun and loving playmate for Tippy. He loves to go for walks and loves his daddy, waiting every day by the back door for him to come home. Hershel loves to eat, chew on marrow bones and Nyla type bones! We never need an alarm to wake us in the morning, because Hershel is up at the same time every morning, letting us know it's time to rise and shine! We fell in love with him quickly, and honestly, we can not imagine him not being with us.

  • Mandy

    Adopted 09/09/2017

    Marley (formerly Mandy) came to live with us a couple of weeks ago. She's a dear, and we are so attached to her already. Marley does need some extra attention, and so we'll have an animal behaviorist/trainer come to our home next Thursday. This is necessary before Marley will feel secure enough to attend basic training classes. We'll also work with the trainer to help Marley overcome her separation anxiety, so that we can leave the house together. We look forward to helping Marley feel more comfortable so she can have a full life ahead.

  • Tex

    Adopted 09/09/2017

    Tex is a big puppy who just loves everybody and every dog that he meets. He is gentle and playful. And has a huge goofy side. This is a great dog.

  • Finesse

    Adopted 09/09/2017

    On 9/9/2017, our family along with our animals, 1 border collie who was also adopted through AZBCR, named Lance, 2 chi’s - Pepper and Coco, 2 cats – Jynx and Veggie and 2 horses - Mayflower and Arizona, adopted Finesse, now known simply as Finn. We received Finn with the knowledge that he was deaf and that he had some OCD issues. Finn has settled in quite nicely with the other dogs. Lance and Finn have bonded so well, it seems as though they are long lost brothers. There has been some issues with the cats, however, over the last week, we’ve seen a turn for the better. Finn barks at the horses, but otherwise, just ignores those big beasts on the other side of the fence. We are training Finn on hand signals for heel, sit, down and recall on a long leash. He’s so smart and eager to learn. We are challenged with keeping his visual attention. He loves hiking, and gets very excited as soon as the leash and backpacks come out. Lance has even helped train Finn to stick with us.

  • Lili

    Adopted 09/04/2017

    Lili is doing awesome, we love her and she loves being with us.

  • Diesel

    Adopted 09/03/2017

    Diesel must be keeping his new family very busy because we haven't heard back from them. But when you look at that face, you know they must be in love with this sweet boy. Happy trails, Diesel!

  • Maisey

    New Name: Maisey
    Adopted 09/03/2017

    Maisey seems to be doing great and we think she has done a pretty good job adjusting to her forever home. She did get into trouble the first week that we had her, but that was at least partially our fault for not setting her up for success. We know things will just continue to get better and she will be part of the pack.

  • Maya

    Adopted 09/03/2017

    Things with Maya have been going pretty smoothly. She’s a good low maintenance pup. She’s getting along great with the cats, and seems happy hanging out doing whatever I am. Walks and runs are still probably her favorite activity (especially running after bikers or runners going the opposite direction at Tempe Town Lake!)

  • Tangle

    New Name: Tango
    Adopted 09/02/2017

    Oh my goodness, I cant tell you how much we love Tangle! We have renamed her Tango because the boys (3 son's) thought it was easier to say. :) She is so sweet, playful, loving and plays with our other dog constantly. They are a perfect match as companions. She loves running around our property and playing in the irrigation and playing catch with the boys. We are so grateful for her and couldn't have possibly found a better match for our family. Thank you so much

  • Riley

    Adopted 08/30/2017

    We have had Riley for almost a month now. He is the sweetest guy and a real snuggler. We can see his fears slowly going away. He had his first bath while with us yesterday and did really well. His foster mom described him as "quirky" and I think I know what she means. He insists of laying down and rolling over so I can put his leash on. We are so happy to have Riley. We fit each other's life styles perfectly.

  • Sam

    New Name: Sam
    Adopted 08/30/2017

    When we were ready to add to our family after losing our last dog we searched and searched for the right rescue to fit our family. Through AZBCR, we found Sam and have quickly fallen in love with him. He is definitely a smarty pants and when he barks it's like he talking right to us. We've started training at Top Dog and now speak the same language most times. He's a loving dog who loves to get lots of pets and make sure our kids are snuggled too. He's a great addition to our family!

  • Pepper

    Adopted 08/30/2017

    This lovely senior girl gets to live out her golden years in a safe and loving home. This is what rescue is all about!

  • Louie

    Adopted 08/28/2017

    Louie is a ball playing fool. He is well trained and wants to please. He keeps us moving and that is just what we wanted from our new dog. Thanks AZBCR.

  • Brooks

    New Name: Cooper
    Adopted 08/26/2017

    We have renamed Brooks as Cooper and he is doing great. he gets along great with the kids and loves to run around in the back yard and go for walks.

  • Dottie Girl

    Adopted 08/22/2017

    Dottie had been abandoned when her former owners had to move they left her behind in the apartment by herself. She was in pretty rough shape and was barely able to walk, plus she had other medical problems. AzBCR put out a request for a hospice foster. We had just lost our beloved Gracie to lymphoma 2 weeks earlier and I thought that helping someone else out might lift our spirits. When we first got Dottie, I thought that she might just have a few good months with us. She has amazed us, though, and although she is still frail, seems very determined to live longer. She has become the matriarch of the household, tending the cats and bossing the other dogs. As the months passed, I knew that she considered us to be her forever family and wanted to honor that trust and affection. So, despite the fact that she had come into our family as a hospice foster and we have no idea how much time she has left, I knew that we must adopt her.

  • Sadie

    Adopted 08/13/2017

    Sadie is doing wonderful. She had her 2nd doggie spa day today and looks amazing. She also had her first training session today as well. She is doing so much better at socializing with other people. She's like my shadow, where I go she goes. She loves going for car rides and I take her every chance I get. We have 2 cats and she's always trying to herd them from one room to another. She has been a wonderful addition to our family.

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