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  • Samson

    New Name: Cody Casanova
    Adopted 12/04/2017

    AZ Border Collie Rescue is top notch. The adoption process was so smooth and thorough. I love how you came it did a home check before you allowed Cody to come here…. :) Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. Loved how you work with Wag-n-Train Dog Rescue (Jamie Wheelwright) here in Utah to help get the dogs from Utah in Foster homes. We are in love with Cody Casanova (previously Samson, but we changed his name, he liked “Cody” and LOVES the Ladies) He was part of the family instantly. He potty trained in one day, knows the lay of the land and is really good with our wild horses here I feel so blessed that we were connected, this is his FOREVER home :) He is a love bug and so chill and smart!

  • Ace

    Adopted 12/04/2017

    One month after adopting Ace, my husband has been diagnosed with cancer. Having this fantastic dog by his side has made this life altering event so much more bearable. Ace is a major source of love and caring. It's hard to always worry about yourself when you know this wonderful animal is depending on you. My husband and Ace go every where together.... the gym, restaurants, to Ace hardware store (where they gave the dog a special Ace nametag), to the dog park, on long walks.Ace sleeps in our room, and stays with us all day long. If we happen to go out without him, homecoming is being greeted by tail wagging, licks, and happy squeals. Thank you, AZBCR for bringing this wonderful animal into our lives.

  • Moser

    Adopted 12/03/2017

    After losing our beloved BC mix, Oreo, we waited. When we were ready to open our hearts and home again, I remembered the website and started to browse. We surfed all the sweet dogs and decided that with the area we have, a puppy would suit us better. Moser caught our eyes! What a handsome little man he was! We set up a meet and fell in love instantly. He is spoiled beyond compare. So smart, at 4 mos old, he can sit, stay, say "please", high five, it, and spin. He has puzzles that our daughter bought for him this Xmas and has mastered both. He loves his bath, pool and snuggling in bed with us at night. Everyone thinks their dog is the best, we are no exception to that rule! Your foster system is the best! His foster mom, Annie, had him house broken and had all ready taught him a few of the tricks listed. We have had such a good experience with Arizona Border Collie Rescue! We can't thank you folks enough for all of your hard work and dedication!

  • Arizona

    New Name: Freckle face red gir
    Adopted 12/01/2017

    Arizona was a young, owner surrender. She came to stay with us as a 'temporary foster' on her way to the Arizona Border Collie Rescue, but she never left. I can't imagine why anyone would have given her up! She immediately won over our hearts. Arizona has that effect on almost everyone she meets! The name Arizona fit her perfectly. Her coat reminded me of the Sedona mountains and she never made it to the AZBCR. The first two months she was with us, she was quiet sick with a respiratory flu. Now she is much better and this sweet little ball of lightning can't stop moving! Arizona loves going on adventures with her fluffy sister, Berlin. Thank goodness she loves snuggles and naps too! "

  • Grace pup - Van (Gre

    New Name: Moe
    Adopted 11/30/2017

    Moe (formerly Van) was in need of a loving home, and we were in need of a little brother for our playful 8 month old BC, Max. We were told he was usually outgoing, but wasn't very outgoing with the potential adopters he met before us. Lucky for our family, Moe chose us! He walked right up and fell in love, as did we. Moe is a lover and cuddler, but also loves playing with his big brother, as they are close in age. He learns a lot just from watching him. He is a mama's boy! He doesn't leave her side, ever. He has learned some commands, but is working on more. He's a little guy with a BIG heart, all he wants to do is love. We couldn't have found a better fit for our second BC addition to the family.

  • Grace pup - Jefferso

    New Name: Koda
    Adopted 11/11/2017

    We were so impressed with Arizona Border Collie Rescue from the beginning. Traci spent a lot of time on the phone making sure I got the best fit for our family. We went over to see Grace's pups and the little one with the red collar became our "Koda." He is now nearly 4 months old, potty trained and has lots of commands mastered. We are in training with him and both Koda and I love every minute of it. It is very rewarding. Koda is incredibly smart and loving and wants to be around people and other dogs. Kelly and Kara took such good care of these puppies before they were ready to find furever homes. We are very lucky to have Koda as our third boy in the house... our Band of Brothers!

  • Stella

    Adopted 11/11/2017

    We are loving Stella and Shadow. We never intended to adopt 2 dogs! They are a handful at times, but we still love them. We realized right away that we all needed training, so we hired a trainer to teach us how to train our dogs. The two of them together are a lot of dog power. I can now go out with both of them together for a walk and not get dragged down the street. They are very friendly to people, but I am not sure they have been around other dogs and animals, so we are working on all of that. I am not sure they had ever seen a bicycle, because they went crazy the first time they saw one go down our street. So we got ours out and let them see what it is. Baby steps! I still want to be able to take them out on hikes and up to our cabin. We just need to make sure they don’t go crazy on someone else’s dog. But the good...they are so lovable! We have 4 teenage girls at home and they all love them and my 2 youngest love to sleep with them.

  • Grace pup - Mac (Ty

    New Name: Dax
    Adopted 11/11/2017

    Dax is the most amazing pup so far ,the potty training is going very well , he comes when you call him. Retrieving the ball is going very well.and he loves us as we do him.

  • California Shadow

    Adopted 11/11/2017

    We are loving Stella and Shadow. We never intended to adopt 2 dogs! They are a handful at times, but we still love them. We realized right away that we all needed training, so we hired a trainer to teach us how to train our dogs. The two of them together are a lot of dog power. I can now go out with both of them together for a walk and not get dragged down the street. They are very friendly to people, but I am not sure they have been around other dogs and animals, so we are working on all of that. I am not sure they had ever seen a bicycle, because they went crazy the first time they saw one go down our street. So we got ours out and let them see what it is. Baby steps! I still want to be able to take them out on hikes and up to our cabin. We just need to make sure they don’t go crazy on someone else’s dog But the good…. they are so lovable! Especially Shadow. He would let you scratch and cuddle 24/7.

  • Kansas

    New Name: Ruger
    Adopted 11/10/2017

    2 of our dogs crossed rainbow bridge in the last 11 months. One was a 12 year old border collie. When we saw Ruger’s picture and story we knew we had to have him. From day one he has been such a lover and snuggler. He lets me hold him like a baby and gives kisses on command. He fits into our pack like he’s always been around. He has expanded our hearts after they had been broken by loss. Ruger is too smart for his own good at times! The vet said he’s going to be a big boy as he is already “big boned”. We love him and couldn’t be happier! This rescue has been so supportive and a great place to adopt from. They care about the animal, not the money, unlike other rescues. Thank you so much from us all - Dennis, Samantha, Payton, Scout, Groot and Ruger!

  • Grace Pup - Steele

    Adopted 11/10/2017

    One of eight male pups from loving mom Grace, this boy got off to a great start in life and is now living the good life and growing fast with his new family.

  • Grace pup - Bon Jovi

    Adopted 11/10/2017

    Ian and I had a tough time choosing just one of Grace’s pups when we met them, but Tapeats, formerly Bon Jovi, stood apart fairly quickly. He would come sit on your feet but also had a lot of personality and was quite active. He and our aussie/cattle dog mix, Sycamore, immediately bonded and play all the time. Super Bee, our border collie, takes a little longer with puppies but she has already come around and is now joining in on the fun. Since this is a question we receive often, the name “Tapeats” derives from Tapeats Creek in the Grand Canyon National Park and is also one of the Canyon’s sandstone layers. Tapeats comes from Ta Pits, a member of the Pai Ute tribe who showed Major Powell the creek in 1871-1872. Tapeats is only four months old at the time of this writing, but he has already traveled through 16 states. Thankfully he’s a trooper in the car! Thank you Arizona Border Collie Rescue!

  • Scout

    Adopted 11/08/2017

    Wow, I’m Scout and I can't tell you how happy I am in my forever home in time for Christmas. This family and home life is amazing stuff. There are beds on the floor everywhere. I didn't know about these toys in baskets, but found out they squeak and get tossed for me to chase and return. My older sister is unsteady on her feet, so I'm very careful not to bump into her. I lay down on my back and let her choose how she wants to play. I have her moving around more, so she follows Mom and me to the barn more often where we lay in the sun. I follow Mom around while she does horse chores. I just lay down around the barn when Mom gets on one of those horses. Sometimes I go exploring the creek and check out where all the birds live. There are four cats that live in the barn and I don't mess with them, cause they swat me on the nose, OUCH! My little sister is a cat too, but she lets me sniff her and basically ignores me. Life is so good!

  • Gemma

    Adopted 11/06/2017

    This beautiful girl came from Utah to our rescue where she learned alot in her foster home about how to get rid of her crazy BC energy. She has lovely manners now and is living with people who do have time to love her and train her. She's gonna be a really good dog now.

  • Rico

    New Name: Oakley
    Adopted 11/02/2017

    Oakley (previously known as Rico) is a precious, sweet, loving, funny, goofy, adorable, and charming addition to our family. He is both a momma's boy as well as a daddy's boy! He fits in just perfectly. He was working on his fitness when he came to us, and we are quite an active couple! He's learning that he LOVES walks and exploring. He also is slowly (but surely) becoming a fan of hiking as well. He's so fun to take with us everywhere we go - coffee shops, restaurants, family functions, etc. He has the cutest "skip" hopping-run (and that's saying something because he loves walking over running, that's for sure!) when he gets really excited when he sees his family. That's even when we've been gone 1 second! He truly is a charmer, and has worked his way into our family and friends' hearts, just like ours. He is a safe dog that we trust around people, kids, cats, and other dogs. Oakley loves leaning on you to show you how much he loves you, and always loves to be as close you a

  • Axl

    Adopted 10/30/2017

    Axl is an awesome boy and a busy puppy. He is settled into our home quite well and learning alot about being a good dog.

  • Kelsey

    Adopted 10/29/2017

    Kelsey is such a great puppy. She is curious about everything and just so sweet. She's learning fast and we are just in love with her. Thank you AZBCR.

  • Apache

    New Name: Elton
    Adopted 10/25/2017

    Elton (formerly Apache) follows us everywhere. He likes to snuggle and we love that about him. He has learned commands quickly and just a really great fit for our family.

  • Charlie

    Adopted 10/25/2017

    Charley has never met anyone he didn't like or a situation he couldn't handle. He is an amazing dog and we are so grateful for the 2 rescues that helped save him and get him to us.

  • Lulu

    New Name: Lady
    Adopted 10/24/2017

    We've named her Lady. She is still a very shy dog and we are working hard to help her overcome some of her fears and settled into a loving home.

  • Connor

    New Name: Barkley
    Adopted 10/21/2017

    I decided to adopt a border collie after I lost my previous border collie a year ago. I have a Corgi mix who had been missing her buddy. I became a foster failure when Connor came into my life. He was an owner relinquish who's owner had become ill and could no longer care for him. I brought him home and it took him a few days to settle in. He quickly bonded with my Corgi mix and began a daily life of eating, playing and napping in the sun. He is incredibly affectionate and loves to get into mischief. He has since been renamed Barkley (as he is always barking at me as if he is having a conversation). He will look me directly in the eye and start talking to me and he always lets me know when he wants something. He loves to play and look out the window and breakfast time is his favorite time of day. I am a foster failure and happy to be that way.

  • Jane

    New Name: Maya
    Adopted 10/21/2017

    In early October I saw a photo on the ACBCR Facebook page asking for foster/transport. The eyes in the photo went directly to my heart and I felt I had to have this girl! My husband and I had lost Kylie, our beloved 12+ year old rescue German Shepherd, in June of 2016 leaving us with our 6 year old Mini Aussie “Saba” and 5 year old shepherd mix “Layla”. They were best friends and I wasn’t quite sure how a new dog would be accepted. ) When the photo popped up of Maya and her brother from the Tuba City Humane Society, we both loved her sweet face and felt she was the one for us. We adopted Maya on 10/22 and this sweet girl has been the perfect fit since day one. She is very playful, sweet, intelligent and we love her dearly! She loves squeaky stuffed toys and is very proud of herself when she is carrying them around- talking/growling and prancing. Thanks to everyone that helped save this girl and get her to us!

  • Steel

    New Name: Blue
    Adopted 10/21/2017

    We first spotted Blue (was called “Steel” at foster house) on AZBCR facebook, he had just arrived from shelters in New Mexico. We noticed something looked different about him, then we learned he was husky mix. The foster couple was great and very quick to answer our questions and told us everything they knew about him. During the week prior to us taking him home, they even took care to call him by his new name ,“Blue” . Blue is very low key in the house , however once he is outside and has an open area to run, he does as fast pace .. faster than we can keep up! We are so grateful to have Blue in our family , and thankful to AZ Border Collie Rescue and to the fosters (the Buss family) for such an enjoyable adoption process!

  • EM-Sam

    Adopted 10/21/2017

    It was six months after the loss of our first BC that we were emotionally ready to adopt another dog. There was no doubt that only a Border Collie would do. I discovered the AZBCR website and was thoroughly impressed. We completed the application, had a home visit, and began to consider which dogs we would like to meet. Sam was the third dog we met. He is three years old, and was described as “low drive,” an unusual combination. He’s also unusual because he is tan and white. He has been with us now for two months, and he’s been a great addition to our lives. Due to some past experiences, he was extremely skittish at first. When he stole the cat’s food for the first time, we knew that he was starting to feel at home. He now seems to be comfortable and happy. We’ve observed that he enjoys visiting new places and even meeting people for the first time. Our lifestyle has definitely changed. We walk Sam frequently and enjoy his desire to be near us whenever we’re home. Thanks AZBCR!

  • Owen

    Adopted 10/20/2017

    Owen is a puppy who shows us what rescue is all about. He is a special needs boy but he doesn't act any differently than my other dogs. He plays all the time and he just wins over the heart of every person and dog he meets. His best fur friend is his sister, Kiera, who also came form AZBCR. Owen does wear out sometimes and then just loves to be cuddled and snuggled.

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