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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Prim (AAWL girl)

    New Name: Prim-Spirit
    Adopted 01/29/2017

    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

    Adopted 01/09/2017

    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

    Adopted 01/07/2017

    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.

  • Colorado Sierra

    New Name: Lucy
    Adopted 12/26/2016

    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.

  • Skylar

    Adopted 12/26/2016

    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.

  • Merlin

    New Name: Scout
    Adopted 12/26/2016

    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!

  • Baxter

    Adopted 12/17/2016

    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

    Adopted 12/10/2016

    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

    New Name: Tex
    Adopted 12/07/2016

    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

    Adopted 12/05/2016

    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.

  • Fia

    Adopted 12/03/2016

    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

    Adopted 11/17/2016

    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!

  • Seger

    New Name: Bear
    Adopted 11/13/2016

    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!

  • Seva

    Adopted 10/29/2016

    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.

  • Sharkie

    Adopted 10/28/2016

    I initially came to visit another puppy when I met shark, but after a few hours with him I slowly started melting. We decided to keep his name because it suited his personality all too well. (Loves to chomp his teeth) He's been a handful at times but always makes us smile when we get home! Our other dog Heidi, can't get enough of him and they are inseparable they even cuddle each other at night. He loves hiking with Heidi, rolling around in the dirt, and eventually we hope he will like swimming with us (he is a "shark" after all). He's incredibly active and very people-oriented so he comes with us to a lot to run errands. I am definitely happy that I decided to take him home with me and I'm so impressed at how well the people associated with the rescue made this journey easy and enjoyable. Thank you guys for everything and thank you for shark.

  • Tyson

    Adopted 10/27/2016

    We loved Tyson as soon as we met him, when he greeted us at the door and stole our hearts! He is a very social dog and loves playing with our two kitties (they love that they have a big friend, they just don’t understand his barking!). Tyson is very food motivated, which means he has been very easy to train (and he is quite the counter surfer and will grab anything within reach!).We love having a dog to play with, snuggle with, hike with, spoil, train, and love on. Tyson has been a wonderful addition to our family, we are so happy we found one another everyday. Thank you to the Border Collie Rescue for all of your work rescuing these sweet pets so they can find their own furever homes!

  • Corazone (Corey)

    New Name: Ace
    Adopted 10/27/2016

    I had been searching for a dog for about 5 months, and no matter what, I always found a reason not to get one of them. Eventually I came across AZBCR, knowing I wanted a BC, put in my adoption application and it was soon approved. After deciding I wanted a puppy, I went and visited Kiwi's litter of pups and decided on Ace. I also have a rescue cat who is very skittish. After only a few days of hiding she started investigating Ace. Now they're buddies. Although I have only had Ace for a short period of time, he has been such a blessing in my life. He has the greatest little spirit and is the sweetest dog ever. He loves everyone he has the chance to meet and everyone loves him. I couldn't ask for a better dog. AZBCR is such an incredible rescue. If you look at their Facebook group you can see everyone genuinely loves and cares for these dogs, as well as each other. The way these people come together to help make a difference is truly inspiring. I am so happy to be part of this communi

  • Miles

    New Name: Ranger
    Adopted 10/23/2016

    This lil guy had some big shoes to fill he wears those shoes with great pride! Having lost our Bandit we so much needed a border collie again at the ranch. We first saw him at 2 wks. John got to visit him at 5 wks. Miles came home become known as Ranger. He met his big brother Boomer big sister Shadow with GREAT VIGOR. Them not so much haha. He was determined to show them how fun he was within days they were his protectors, playmates, teachers snuggle buds. Ranger has made us smile laugh every day since his arrival. He has learned respect for the horses. He has learned where the swimming holes are. He loves to hike. He is becoming a protector still being almost 6 months has advanced from porch security all the way to the fence, as long as it is still daylight. Porch patrol is his job when it is dark. His prancy step unique bark can’t help but make everyone grin. He has become family home would not be home without him now. He lives happily ever after as Ranger Smith!

  • Amelia

    New Name: Mia
    Adopted 10/19/2016

    Amelia (now Mia) was so sick as a puppy that she spent 5 days at the vet with a very guarded prognosis. How could we not make a promise to this puppy that if she pulled through we would give her the best home ever? Now she is healthy, happy, and full of fun. We never meant to have a puppy in the house but can't imagine not seeing her grow to her full potential. We are just in love with this little ball of white fur and that irresistible face.

  • Duke

    Adopted 10/16/2016

    Duke was skin and bones, loaded with ticks, had cuts all over and had been placed on the "kill" list of a local shelter. He had been picked up by the shelter as a stray. A very caring lady adopted him, took him home and cleaned up his cuts. Once he was better she then relinquished him to the Arizona Border Collie Rescue. He was then placed with a foster family who fatten him up and gave him lots of love. After that he was placed up for adoption. I had been looking for a border collie for over 6 months. Once I saw Dukes picture and his profile I knew he was the dog for me. I have now had him for 4 months and we have made great progress but still have a long way to go. People have to understand that when they take a rescue dog they may be getting a lot of baggage that the dog is carrying and that they have to be patient and loving with these types of dogs. I want to thank AZBCR for giving me the chance to be part of Duke's life.

  • Ryder

    Adopted 10/10/2016

    This is our “success story” regarding the adoption of Ryder (new name: Boo). We have had Boo for four months now, and we couldn’t be more delighted. She fit in immediately with our family, including our six-year-old border collie. AZBCR made the adoption process easy and simple.

  • Viper

    Adopted 10/03/2016

    It's just amazing how perfectly Viper has fit with our family. When we learned that Viper's litter was a BC and probable Labrador mix, that seemed especially perfect to us as previous Labrador owners. We'll never forget what it was like to see those 10 adorable black puppies tumble out of their foster mom’s door! We picked Viper, and he seemed to also pick us! He is the most loving, smart and playful dog and has been shockingly easy to housebreak and train. He has just turned 6 months old and is much bigger than we thought he would be. But we love that about him so much too! He sure loves his kids, and it just feels like he has always been a part of our family. We can't say enough about how wonderful it was to work with AZBCR every step of the way. Everywhere we go people compliment us on how beautiful Viper is and what a great dog he is. We are always eager to tell them that we got him through AZBCR and couldn't recommend the organization more highly. Thank you so much, AZBCR!

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