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  • Tommy

    New Name: Paco
    Adopted 05/01/2022

    We got the pups Tommie and Rozzie from the NM litter (now Paco and Rey) and we are so in love! When we visited they were so darn cute together and we just couldn't bear to separate them so we decided we'd go home either empty-handed or with DOUBLE the puppy love...we chose the double dose:) They are doing great, adjusting very well to their new home, and still sleeping together in one adorable puppy pile. We love them so much and can't wait for them to grow (big!) alongside their human siblings.

  • Oreo

    Adopted 01/06/2022

    Well, the Riggs' family Foster Failed! Our sweet little puppy Oreo will be forever with us. Oreo has grown so much in the past 5 months, not as much as a BC should - DNA testing revealed that she is a mini-Aussie! Our family loves her just the same no matter what breed she is, she's our little pint sized cutie. Oreo has been a perfect addition to our household and loves her big brother Pete, and gave Pete a boost of life! She loves to spend time outside in her BIG backyard, running around chasing the birds, getting out her zoomies, and playing ball. She is learning how to walk on a leash so well, almost no pulling at all now! She loves riding in the car, going anywhere with us, and loves to watch her Reesie play softball. Oreo is going to start training to be a psychiatric service dog for momma and help her with anxiety and panic attacks. She is so smart and has so much love to give. We are happy to have her in our family!

  • River

    Adopted 01/02/2022

    River has settled in well and has learned so much in such a short span of time. He's already mastered sit, stay, down, come, shake, spin, roll over, and the toy. We've started an "intermediate" discipline class to strengthen his listening skills and attention span. We'll likely also do some agility classes just for fun in the summer! He runs with me 3-5 times a week and has managed up to 10 miles with no problem. After a long run, he comes home and is ready to play some more. He especially loves trail running and does nuts for car rides. He's still an absolute love bug, although he's doing better with personal space (progress with this is slow because his cuteness is our weakness). While he's an absolute nut and is often a challenge, River makes us smile and laugh every single day and has made our lives a joy. He's truly our dream dog, as cheesy as that sounds. He has even won grumpy old man dog, Frodo. A HUGE thank you to AZBCR for the work and dedication put into these dogs

  • Buck

    Adopted 12/29/2021

    We went to meet Buck and it was love at first site. After picking Buck from his foster home, he entered our house with his tail wagging - smiles and hugs are happening and love is everywhere. Yes, Buck your Forever family was out there and yes, Bean your BC brother was out there too. We found each other and our Forever Family is complete. Buck recently crossed the rainbow bridge, and he will be missed by so many.

  • Zelda

    Adopted 12/22/2021

    Zelda has been the Best addition to our family. She enjoys chewing her toys, playing fetch, bath time, snuggles and nap time. She loves working next to me when I am working remotely. We are looking into Zelda being registered as an emotional support dog for our family. I cannot say thank you enough to the AZBCR rescue for allowing us to adopt Zelda and for Garret Moreno and her family for fostering her. Our family is so honored and proud to be part of this wonderful rescue. We are so truly thankful and blessed.

  • Sheila

    New Name: Belle
    Adopted 12/20/2021

    "Foster Sheila came to my home on December 6, 2021. She had been caught roaming in Portales, NM and landed in the shelter from November 10-December 1. She was my first Senior Border Collie Foster and it was love at first sight! Adoption Day finally arrived on December 20, 2021, just in time for Christmas! Thus, Foster Sheila became "The Belle of the Christmas Ball"! Belle fit into the family immediately. She has 4 "siblings" - she especially loves Rowdy, my Chihuahua mix and Beau, my Shih Tzu mix. They too were adopted. She also has Molly and Annie, my Corgis, to call family. Belle loves to go on long walks as exploring is her "thing"! Belle also loves to help with the housework - folding laundry, baking, cooking dinner and especially eating! Belle has only brought Joy and Happiness to our family - we are so lucky to have fostered and adopted her through AZBCR. Thank you for entrusting us with her.

  • Jaxon

    Adopted 12/11/2021

    Jaxon was adopted and then we found out right away that he had heartworm (he was from New Mexico). AZBCR covered all the costs for treatment. He just had his last treatment. We just fell completely in love with him right away. He enjoys playing with our other dog, Lexie (also an AZBCR alum).

  • Milo

    New Name: Dice
    Adopted 12/09/2021

    Since we brought home Dice, December 10th, we have been hiking, swimming, camping, doing beach walks and training flyball. He has graduated to bed sleeping, too. He has 2 Border Collie brothers and a mini Aussie sister. He is a natural flyball dog with amazing work ethic-he loves to tug! Running on the beach is probably one of his favorites things here in San Diego. We owe so much to his amazing foster mom, Jessie Frank...he came to us crate trained, tug trained and potty trained. He is a happy and sweet soul. Thank you AZBCR for this wonderful little boy.

  • Carson

    New Name: Ollie
    Adopted 11/27/2021

    Ollie loves to take daily walks, and the occasional hike with the family. Although he is too young to compete, he enjoys being a spectator and watching his Sheltie brother compete in agility (his dream one day is to compete along side his brother). He loves to sit politely even when he’s not asked, and really enjoys barreling into your lap when playing a game of fetch in the hallway. Oh yeah! Mika the cat is not too sure about him yet, but there is always hope for the future.

  • Patch

    Adopted 11/26/2021

    Patch has settled in great to his forever home. He loves playing tug, keep away, and wrestling with his big border collie sister, Bonny. He’s still trying to win over his older dachshund mix brother, but he doesn’t mind as long as he gets snuggles and playtime with all of his human siblings. We just started basic obedience training and Patch seems to be a quick learner. His current favorite game is performing de-stuffing surgery on all of his toys.

  • Pudge

    New Name: Riot
    Adopted 11/21/2021

    Riot is a big fan of Frisbee, which is great! All my other dogs do frisbee every day and he's showing like he will fit right in. He LOVES kids, which is a good thing as he has three to keep up with (a 5 year old, 3 year old, and a 10 month old) He always hangs out where the baby is eating, as there are always goodies that fall from the sky. Funny story about Riot is that the dog has A LOT of go! The family (including three kids and two dogs) went on a hike and WOW, everyone made it - a total of 4 miles! Everyone slept well that night. He is living the good life and will have many adventures ahead.

  • Freyja

    New Name: Luna
    Adopted 11/07/2021

    Luna is a very happy puppy, and is learning appropriate behaviors rapidly. She plays with her toys and enjoys the backyard, where she chases rabbits. Thank you for your help in finding our newest family member.

  • Dakota

    New Name: Darby
    Adopted 11/07/2021

    We adopted Darby as a companion dog for us and for our older Border Collie named Gracie. Gracie is 11 years old and Darby is around 1. Earlier this year, we had to put Gracie's best buddy down due to complications from epilepsy. That pup was an AZBCR alum as well. Since the loss of her constant companion, Gracie was so despondent. We contacted AZBCR and they found the perfect match for us with Darby. Like us, Gracie has completely adopted her, and they are inseparable. Even though there is a big age difference they play together constantly and are never far from each other's side. Darby is part of our family and goes for hikes, walks, and truck rides to the mailbox. We live out in the country and going to the mailbox is a 16-mile round trip! :) She loves sitting up on the back porch and overseeing things going on with the horses out in the pasture. Just the life of a country dog! Thank you so much AZBCR for all that you do for these beautiful creatures.

  • Shadow

    Adopted 10/26/2021

    Shadow is a snuggle bug. He is shy and timid until he is comfortable. Once he is settled into the situation he's playful and smart. He likes puzzles and running games. He would rather chew the ball than chase it, but he may just need a role model because his fur siblings don't know how. He likes to help himself too sticks from the unlimited supply he discovered in fire pit wood pile. He is not a fan of walks or car rides but practice is helping. He is the quintessential baby brother - he starts all the shenanigans and rough housing, gets the group riled up to run zoomies, he makes a mess destroying squeaky toys and is adorable when sleeping. He fits in like he's been here all along!

  • Rhett

    New Name: Luna
    Adopted 10/23/2021

    Rhett (now Luna) had been adopted and unfortunately returned to the rescue, but luckily she was adopted and is now sharing her new home with AZBCR alum Remy (previously Chanel #5). They enjoy wrestling, a good game of chase, going on walks with the family and being spoiled with lots of love and a good bone. The organization has been kind, thorough and amazing to interact with throughout the adoption process. Our family is so grateful to AZBCR. Thank you so much!

  • Gnarly

    Adopted 10/19/2021

    Gnarly is a beautiful, rough coat, 8 year old border collie who was an owner surrender do to a move. He is slow to warm up to new people and has taken on the role of family protector - no one gets away with anything on his watch. He loves adventures and recently took a family trip to the wineries in Wilcox. Stay tuned to the facebook page to see more of his adventures.

  • Sol

    New Name: Buzzby
    Adopted 10/10/2021

    Buzzby is now 5 months old and weighing in at 50lbs. He loves to go on walks, playing with his doggie friends, running warp speed laps around the backyard and cuddling with his humans on the couch. He is working hard to share the house with his two cat siblings. He did a great job in beginner puppy school and his family is looking forward to hiking with him in the future.

  • Keeley

    Adopted 10/10/2021

    After being found on the reservation with several puppies, Keeley hit the jackpot with her forever family. As she is known to be skittish in new surroundings, her adopters are very patient with her and is showing her that the world isn't so scary. She spends her days going for car rides, 2 hour walks (or hiking), or just being lazy on the couch with her humans. Although her DNA test came back as 0 Border Collie, her family loves her to the moon and back.

  • Pua

    New Name: Boo
    Adopted 10/04/2021

    Boo is a purebred Border Collie who is just over a year old. He is the sweetest, smartest dog and loves to go for hikes, catch butterflies/chase birds and snuggle up for lots of love! He has so much energy and is fun to play with. He knows all his basic commands and is eager to please and learn. Unfortunately, Boo suffered severe anxiety and it has been challenging although he is well on his way to conquering his fears. He likes ‘most’ dogs and people but there’s a transition when he first meets them, especially men. With the help of a professional dog trainer, we have learned many techniques to overcome fight or flight. Boo is a quick learner and is well on his way to a healthier being! Yep, another foster fail!

  • Darby

    Adopted 10/02/2021

    Darby loves spending as much time outside as possible. Her favorite spot is on the patio loveseat snuggled up next to mom and going for the occasional car ride. She’s gotten to go up north to Uncles house twice and has gone hiking. She is happiest when she can be touching one of her family members. She loves snuggles and sleeping curled up in bed next to any of us. She has lost 5-10 pounds since we got her and now jumps up, plays tug of war and loves to run with Derek (until she gets tired). She loves her treats and any taste of bacon someone accidentally on purposely s. Darby has added so much love and laughs to our family! I sure hope she knows how much she’s loved!! We are so grateful to AZBCR and her foster parents for bringing her to us!!

  • Arya

    New Name: Salsa
    Adopted 09/25/2021

    Salsa now has a canine sister, Cookie and brother, Charlie who she loves to wrestle and play with on a daily basis. Although she was a little leary of men when she came into rescue, she has attached herself to her human boy. She is enjoying life to the fullest, and her family loves her to death.

  • Kona

    Adopted 09/19/2021

    We adopted Kona about 3 months ago. We love kept his name!!! He loves loves loves to play with our other rescue dog (Sierra). Right from the start he adjusted quickly to his new life!!! He is our "velcro" dog, sticks to us like glue loves to be part of the family! He has brought us so much joy, and unconditional love. We absolutely love him :) He barks at all the passers by that walk by to let them know he is here, and guards "his" homestead!! Kona definitely has "rescued" us, and brought life back into our sweet Sierra's life. I just want to take a minute to thank you as well as all the volunteers that help these wonderful, loving animals find good homes that will love them, and take care of them!! This is our 3rd rescue dog from AZ Border Collie, and what they do is just AMAZING!!!!

  • Riley

    Adopted 09/19/2021

    Riley had a rough 14 years, but he finally found his forever home filled with lots of love and soft beds to lay in. He is a constant shadow to his human mom and after a few months, realized that kisses and snuggles aren't so bad (but only from mom). Unfortunately, after just 6 months, Riley took that journey over the rainbow bridge and is now watching over his forever family from above. RIP sweet boy.

  • Remi

    Adopted 09/12/2021

    Remi is fitting in perfectly with his new pack! He is so smart and he is adored by all. We are planning on playing frisbee with him as we do with our other rescue Lexi who also came from AZBCR. He loves the frisbee but we have to wait a bit longer and give him a chance to grow before we can start playing with him.

  • Nahe

    Adopted 09/05/2021

    I adopted Nahe 9/5/2021 and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! I kept her name since it suits her so well (it means “gentle soul” in Hawaiian). Together we LOVE to go on hikes and roadtrips and adventures, but especially we love FETCH! Anything fetch or tug of war is Nahe’s favourite pass time and we spend hours every day playing frisbee or fetch or tug at the park with her best doggy friend, River. When we’re not running around burning off her endless energy, Nahe is asleep in her chair (which is my nice, expensive arm chair that she promptly stole the day she came home with me) or on her bed snuggling her teddy bear, or supervising the cooking! I want to say thank you so much to her foster family, Sally Rae and her partner, her previous family, for helping me find her! She truly is the light of my life and my best friend - she came into my life right when I needed her. She is finishing up her specialized training to become my service dog, and is the smartest girl.

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