Recent Success Stories

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  • Spy/Spyder

    New Name: Yoda
    Adopted 10/15/2019

    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.

  • Mona

    New Name: Maya
    Adopted 07/26/2019

    Maya was used as a back-yard breeder in El Paso but you would never guess it now. I renamed her Maya (aka Mona), after the poet Maya Angelo, another bright lady who made incredible strides after a rough start. MaryAnne Coleman, an amazing trainer at Mac’s Diamonds in the Ruff in Tucson, agreed to help me find and train a Border Collie as my Service Dog I agreed to listen to her professional opinion rather than simply rely on my heart. MaryAnne “flunked” several fosters because of the unique temperament required for a Service Dog, then Maya passed all of her tests with flying colors. Kuddos to foster mom Dawn Legenzoff for the great job she did helping Maya. People like Dawn make this happen. Maya moved into my RV and heart, and the rest is history. Maya and I travel cross country in my RV she’s learning the world is a varied and beautiful place. She brings joy to my life every day. Service Dog training is going very well. I’m delighted to be part of the AZBCR village.

  • Hooey

    New Name: Busy
    Adopted 06/28/2019

    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.

  • Skunk

    Adopted 06/23/2019

    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

  • Chloe

    New Name: Katie
    Adopted 06/17/2019

    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.

  • Macy

    Adopted 06/11/2019

    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

  • Rilee

    Adopted 06/09/2019

    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.

  • Quinn

    New Name: Lilly
    Adopted 06/08/2019

    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!

  • River

    New Name: Reba
    Adopted 06/01/2019

    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.

  • Revy

    New Name: Revy
    Adopted 05/31/2019

    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!

  • Chewbaca

    Adopted 05/31/2019

    Chewie came from a backyard dog situation where he was not well socialized and not super used to nice people. He got some great training from his foster mom and she figured out lots of the things he needed to work on to become a very good boy. Then he met his forever family and we trust that he is getting the rest of the training and love he needs to be a great dog and not just a pretty face.

  • Ponkey

    Adopted 05/31/2019

    Ponkey came into AZBCR as a surrender from Houston, TX because his owner was diagnosed with a terminal illness and wanted his beloved pet to be placed in a home that loved and understood Border Collies. We were excited to start fostering again and I remember walking across the parking lot to meet him with anticipation to help him adjust and find the perfect forever home. As he settled into our backseat and snuggled next to me, I knew he was going to be OK and we were probably in trouble. He made himself at home almost immediately and our two females thought he was pretty special. He already knew basic commands, was socialized, and learned to use the doggie door after watching the girls run through. We received several inquiries about him but the callers were not interested in adopting an 8 yo dog. Big mistake, folks. Ponkey stole our hearts, our friends' hearts, and our neighbors' hearts with his loving, friendly nature, and wanting to learn and experience new things. Ponkey is home!

  • Dalek

    New Name: Miles
    Adopted 05/26/2019

    Resilient is the word that sums up Miles. After the death of our beloved Border Collie Noble, we began a search for a new member to our family. AZBCR rescued an 6 month old puppy that was found in the desert full of cactus needles and about 1/4 of the skin on his back missing. AZBCR healed his wounds and posted him for adoption. As soon as I saw Miles’, I fell in love with that one blue eye, brown eye face. Miles immediately hit it off with our dog Ginger and we realized right then that Miles belonged in our family. Miles is a delight, loves everyone and every dog. He is a major person magnet! He is extremely intelligent and learned all his obedience commands. We walk every morning with the neighborhood dogs, which is his most favorite ritual. His best toy is an orange frisbee. He is learning Rally Foundation Dog Agility. He is a marvelous addition to our family, he makes us laugh, he keeps us going, and he eminds us that life is a constant journey. Thank you for saving him!

  • Han Solo

    Adopted 05/24/2019

    Han Solo came from a backyard in a rural place where he didn't know much about nice people or living in the house. He's got a couple of quirks that need to be worked on but he's a loving dog who is making his new family very happy.

  • Gabby

    Adopted 05/19/2019

    Gabby is super cuddly and very lovable. She loves walking and swimming and anything active. She's also a wonderful alarm clock and has alot to say first thing in the morning.

  • Jet

    New Name: Jet
    Adopted 05/19/2019

    Jett adopted us at first sight ! We brought bacon and a new ball for our first meeting and it was all good from there. Like many rescues he came with a little baggage but with just a little love and confidence Jett has become a fantastic member of the family. He is always so eager to learn a new trick and will work hard for either food or his "tenny ball". Most of the day he shuts off and just hangs out, but is ready to go any time we ask. He's a lover, a learner and sometimes a barker, most importantly he's now one of the family. Check out his own facebook page, jett davis, for his latest trick.

  • Peeps

    New Name: Patreecia
    Adopted 05/18/2019

    Peeps is now Patreecia. She at first was a holy terror, chewing, biting, digging, anything to get my attention. Now she is the love of my life. I have one other cattle dog and got Peeps for her, since my oldest dog had passed. The dogs and I are inseparable, and give each other kisses all the time. He makes my own dog food and Peeps coat is as glassy and it can be. She has grown so much and wants to be in my arms all the time. She has the cutest smile when she looks at me.

  • Sneakers

    New Name: Josie
    Adopted 05/15/2019

    Josie (formerly Sneakers) was given up because she was having seizures and her owner didn't want to invest time or money into her dog. Thankfully, AZBCR was willing to take her and work on her. She's an amazing girl. She loves her ball, she plays nicely with other dogs, and she makes friends wherever she goes. She's so cute and so smart. And the seizures? She's never had one that we are aware of. So this gorgeous girl is a real treat.

  • Jelly Bean

    New Name: Zoey Bear
    Adopted 05/14/2019

    We happened to fill out the adoption application just as a litter of pups became available and when we went to visit the little monsters we instantly fell in love with Jelly Bean (now Zoey Bear). It’s been many years since we’ve had a puppy but she brings something so spunky and special to our little family. She knows all basic commands and only took about two weeks to potty train. She loves playing in the water and is crazy fast AND gets along great with her sister and brothers. After losing our 13 year old BC our house just wasn’t the same, she turned it around for all of us. Thank you AZBCR for bringing her into our lives!

  • Cadbury

    New Name: Otto
    Adopted 05/12/2019

    Otto (was called Cadbury) is just a fun pup that came with a little of 7 from Willcox, AZ. He's the biggest guy in the litter and just a love bug.

  • Tully

    New Name: Tully
    Adopted 05/12/2019

    Tully is another sweetheart who just adores people. She also came to the rescue from Utah along with her sister. She is a wee bit on the shy side but that's okay and she will stick close which is also a charming quality.

  • Travis

    Adopted 05/11/2019

    Travis came into our lives several weeks after we lost our beloved BC Charli. Travis had a big hole to fill in our hearts and he did that withing 5 minutes of meeting him! I knew right then and there this fella was going home with us. One odd fact is he shares the same Birthday as my father! He has adapted to his new home very easily, gets along with our older dog, Dobie, who is blind. Matter of fact, Travis's energy has given Dobie a bit of a spark in himself. Travis sleeps with us at night on the bed, keeps the back yard free of rabbits and lizards, and provides us with non-stop amusement. He traveled with us to Grand Canyon, sleeps at my feet when I'm working in the office and is the biggest love bug you ever met. There isn't one person who he has crossed paths with that does not fall in love with him. When he looks at me with those big brown eyes whatever previous hardships he endured, he KNOWS the best has happened to him...and to us!

  • Thumper

    New Name: Cosmo
    Adopted 05/05/2019

    Cosmo (formerly Thumper) is a beautiful brindle puppy who came from a shelter in Willcox, AZ with his 7 brothers and sisters. His foster family said he was a smart one and figured out the doggie door and potty training very quickly. He's got a new family now and we wish him all the best in his life.

  • Ginny

    Adopted 05/02/2019

    Miss Ginny came to live with me and two other splendid canines in May. She and I are 'of an age.' Ginny is 13 years old and I'm only slightly younger in people years. She and I joke that we will be racing each other to the rainbow bridge. For now we are in good health and we enjoy taking walks together, though our agility sports and counter surfing days are past. Here we are trying to master taking selfies at the end of our first walk. Ginny copes with our younger dogs very well, though she still values her privacy at times.

  • Bunny

    New Name: Koko
    Adopted 05/01/2019

    Do you believe in love at first sight?...well it's true!..we adopted this little cutie from the Easter bunch on Monday....this was Koko...she doesn't have the look of a typical BC but she certainly is as smart...she barks to go outside, sits on command and plays ball like a retriever! cuddly but full of personality...and sharp teeth!...frozen Kong's help!...would have loved to seen her mom or dad!...that whole litter was just as adorable...thank you fosters Karen and Dave and AZBCR!

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