He was simply to be number 6 – The sixth foster we took under our roof as volunteers with AZBCR. “Spike” had been relinquished at a clinic held in northern Utah and hopped a ride with other rescues being transported to AZ foster homes. This big guy came to us with medical issues, recovering from surgery and desperately in need of a bath. It was obvious that this diamond-in-the-rough had not had any real attention or been inside a home during his 3-4 years of life. We worked diligently on getting him healthy, healed up and preparing him for his future adoptive home. Over the standard few weeks that a dog is “fostered” we started to see the goofy, easy-going “comfortable being himself anywhere” kind of guy he really is. When it came time to write up his biography in preparation of sending him to his forever people, we couldn’t bring ourselves to come up with the words necessary to send this devoted snuggle-buddy to anybody else. He had already thoroughly meandered his way into our hearts
Yoda (formerly Spyder) because of my awesome large ears. Sometimes I use them to listen well. Most of the time actually I'm a pretty good guy. I am learning fast and am pretty smart. I sleep quietly in my crate and start the morning by tossing around my favorite toy. I hunt gophers out in the yard but haven't gotten one yet. I'm sure that I will succeed and figure out what a gopher tastes like one of these days. I love playing with the dog who lives next door. He's my best buddy. Life is really good here with my new mom.
Tuxedo, AKA Tux McNab is a great addition to our household. He settled in right away and just keeps getting better. He is super intelligent, possibly the smartest dog we've ever had. You only have to show or tell him something once and he gets it. He's also bilingual. He responds to commands in English or Spanish equally. He's a pretty high energy boy. Several sessions of fetch, tug and a couple of walks a day help keep his energy in check and his humans in better shape. He has a very expressive face (especially the ears). He communicates how he feels and what he wants very well. The only glitch we have is some fear aggression when meeting new people or dogs but we're working on that and he's getting better. He is the 2nd dog we've adopted from AZBCR. You guys are awesome and I highly recommend you to anyone looking for a dog.
My journey began when I decided to open my home to foster or adopt. I inquired about a specific foster and did application, etc. I had recently lost my 12 year old red aussie to uterine infection and sepsis. Although I have 2 other rescue dogs, goat, 2 horses and 3 cats my home felt the loss and I wanted to help in some way. Upon my home inspection interview, Tamara fell in love with my Aussie/St. Bernard mix. She told me about a newer foster, Daizee. She said her disposition was similar. Daizee is a Great Pyrenees/BC mix, 8 yo. She was surrendered by her original owner due to their expecting a baby and they felt her to be too needy. Well, the rest is history. She smiles, loves, fits into my environment like a glove. She was quite shy when company came...well no more! She loves company and running in pasture and is trying to understand my mini goat rearing. I still may try to foster, but pretty sure I'd be in the foster failure mix. She's a welcome member of our household
Olive is truly living life to the fullest since joining our pack. She came into a full house of two kids, two active adults, 2 cats and 2 other dogs, one of which is an AZBCR alumni (Roxy.) So she’s always got someone to entertain her. she was quick to learn the rules...and then test their boundaries, but she has settled in like she was always here. We immediately began getting her used to trail running which she loves. Lots of hours spent on rugged trails seems to be the only thing that wears her out. She’s already hit a half marathon distance win trail and had a blast! We love her childlike spirit and her silly Chewbacca call when we take too long putting the dinner bowl down. Olive is right where she’s supposed to be. We love her so much.
We should have known from Ruger’s friendly immediate greeting at the foster home he would change our lives. He is the 1st dog we’ve had that seeks and needs continued human interaction. Rescued from Camp Verde as a chained outdoor dog he now happily sleeps on our bed, nuzzles till he’s petted and insistently plays ball. He very much makes himself a constant companion.Besides being petted his obsession is to play ball. When its time to play ball, he reminds us by bringing his ball to where ever we are. If we are unloading or loading the dishwasher, “in goes the ball”, if we are getting items out of the bottom freezer – “in goes the ball”, if you are sorting clothes from a basket – “in goes the ball”, and if you are just sitting down, you guessed it, the ball goes on your lap.On our walks in the evening, if he sees someone, he wants to go over and say hi and especially if there are young children. He is so gentle with them. He's so smart, so loving, and so ball obsessed. Great dog!
This is our 4th AZBCR dog Heartbroken after losing one, we contacted the Rescue and filled out another application letting them know we would be in the market to bring another BC into our lives when the time was right. We expressed the nature of our household and what type of personality we thought would integrate best into the rhythm of our home and be a good playmate for Benny. We got a call that they had two female puppies that were rescued under a trailer - one of which they thought would be a good fit for us - each for their own reason. We brought Benny and the whole family to meet the Mercedes and Porsche, and what do you know - they were right! Both girls told us in their own way they were a fit for totally different reasons. So now we are now a 3 Border Collie family and couldn't be more excited about it. We have since renamed the girls Indiana and Winslow.
Remi is a sweet 5 year old princess who is super smart and super loving to our kids. She is home!
Galen is a kind and well adjusted girl that loves all people and dogs. I lost my right rear foot in an unknown accident but I get along fine. I enjoy walks, cuddling with my people and going out to explore. I listen very well and really enjoy watching horses. I would like to herd something, so chickens, cats and small critters is too much temptation. My adopters are my best friends.
Zeus is a kind and gentle soul, a well-mannered sweetheart. A pyrenes/BC mix, he is a big boy at just under 70lbs. Zeus loves to be brushed and pampered and has really adjusted well to being an indoor dog after living his early years tied out in a yard. He loves all dogs, both big and small, and loves to run and play. Although he is a super big dude, he is gentle and mindful of his size when playing. To know him is to love him. Thanks AZBCR for rescuing him!
I cam from Oklahoma but now I rule the roost in Arizona. I was named Victory and life is everything good that you could associate with my name. I'm living large!
Harlo is a beautiful, sweet, fun loving, gal! She was born deaf and an accident on the ranch she came from eventually led to having her right front leg amputated. None of this stops this little girl from living her life to the fullest. She is great on a leash, gets along with other dogs, cats and people, loves baths, cuddling, toys and treats!
Out of the blue one day I decided to check out AZBCR’s FB page. There was a picture of a smiling Hooey (as she was called at the time) looking adorable. You know that feeling when your heart flips and you know you’re meant to do something? That’s the feeling I had. Since I’d already submitted my application and been approved to adopt, I messaged her foster mom. She was wonderful! She offered so much information and never failed to respond to my million and one texts. Within two weeks, Busy was in our car riding to her forever and ever home. Busy spent the next eight hours exploring every square inch of our home and yard. At the end of a long, busy (get it?) day she came to me, looked up with those soulful brown eyes, placed a paw on one of my knees, her head on the other and sighed. It was the happiest sigh I’ve ever heard. This sweet girl knew she was finally home.
Patriot was one of our sick puppies who was nurtured by his foster mom and now off living a wonderful, full life.
Duke is such an affectionate and loyal dog. Hard to image he was ever a stray that wasn't wanted or loved. All he wants to do is please and we are thrilled with him.
When our first AZBCR rescue, Sam - age 13, passed away just 9 months after we adopted him we were heartbroken. We were glad he did not suffer but he left a void in our lives. After a few weeks of grieving, we decided to contacting AZBCR about adopting again. We decided this time, we'd still adopt an adult dog, but maybe not a senior dog. We saw "Skunk" and when we went to see him it was love at first sight. He is such a love bug. He is happy to sit or lay by me for hours with his head on my lap. I have never seen a dog who actually gives hugs the way he does. The only thing we changed was his name. I decided "Scout" was a better fit for him. He loves tennis balls and kong toys. Talk about smart, he learned to use the doggy door perfectly within 2 days. After he was settled in, we took him on his first road trip in the RV. He was so calm and well behaved. We took him to dog-friendly restaurants where he layed quietly at my feet. He loved the beach too. He's been a great additio
Who wouldn't fall in love with this face?
When AZBCR called and said that they had a dog we may be interested in, THEY WERE RIGHT! We had contacted them looking for a companion dog for our other rescued Border Collie, Gracie. We drove to Mesa from Prescott and just as soon as foster mom Karen brought this wonderful little girl out, we knew she was a perfect match. We had brought Gracie along and both dogs hit it off right from the start. Now the two are inseparable! Katie loves going on our two mile walk each day and is always intrigued to see cows, rabbits, deer, and lots of lizards. She is ALWAYS happy and literally smiling every time she sees you whether it’s first thing in the morning or after she has spent the whole day with you. We couldn’t be happier and are so glad to have had the great good fortune that Katie found her way from Oklahoma to Arizona and on to our family. Katie’s found her forever home! This makes us and Gracie happy campers! A very special thanks to her foster family for getting her ready for us.
March 5th I lost my best friend. I adopted her on March 5th exactly 12 years earlier. We were inseparable and traveled the country together. I knew it would be impossible to replace her but hoped when I was “ready” I could find a dog that would fill a void and become my constant companion. I visited shelters and met dogs from rescue groups. I could not find the right fit. I began to work with Traci at AZBCR and was very encouraged. I met a few dogs and missed a few. But I knew Traci would find the right match. Then I saw Macy on the FB page. Roz and Tom were Macy’s foster parents. I immediately knew when I met Macy , that if I didn’t adopt this dog who roz refers to as “love on 4 legs” that I may as well not adopt. Roz knew we were the perfect match and she was right. After 3 months we are in love. This group is so dedicated to not only saving and fostering dogs. But giving of themselves so people like me can benefit in such a huge way. Thank you all for your incredible volunteer work
Remy (formerly Rilee) is a wonderful sweet girl with a through the roof herding instinct. She would ha e been fine in an active home with lots of structure, but really, herding is her obsession and if we can teach her that less is more, she will be awesome. Mind you this is working herding, not competition. She will be introduced to cows next and lastly my goats. She plays well with other dogs and fortunately my cat is a saint who seems to actually like her. Intensity and all.
Lilly (formerly Quinn) was part of a littler of 7 pups that came to us from Willcox, AZ. She is active and a little bossy. But you have to respect that she knows what she wants and, look out world!
Now I'm named Penny and that's fine with me. I'm loved and have a great family and tons of room to run. Life is great!
We are so happy to have Reba (formerly River) in our home, she has adjusted beautifully to our routines and is a real sweetheart. She is somewhere between 11 and 14 and and I think she is very happy to be here with us retired folks. We just recently lost our border collies that we've had for 14 years and didn't want to start over with a puppy. A lot of credit goes to Andy Knutson who was Reba's foster Dad, Andy was so accommodating in working out a time to get together as we are 3 hours away from where he lives. Reba and our cat get along great. It took her about 1 week to accept this as her home, then she started patrolling her space and let everyone know it was her home. I am really grateful for the website that provides a story about your rescues, and glad we could give a home to a great dog. I'm sure she misses her friends at Andy's house, but here she is the queen.
evy came into my life a few weeks after my beloved Collie passed. I was so down in the dumps and heart broken ! Happy,spirited, and very sweet, Revy brought new joy to my life and helped me to move forward.
Revy is a little shy at first with someone she doesn’t know, but warms up quickly. She gets along well with other dogs. She has a special dog buddy that she regularly walks with and plays with afterwards. She is a very smart and learns quickly. Also very affectionate and loves to snuggle! A good watch dog as well. I feel so blessed to have this wonderful sweet girl in my life, and am grateful to AZBCR for making it possible Thank you!