Roy is one happy boy. He has leaned out with exercise and never ending ball chasing. He successfully stayed at his grandparents for a week where he got spoiled endlessly. He is still not a fan of baths or the nail clippers but if he would stop playing in the dirt he wouldn’t need constant baths. He will explore and search some trash cans when left alone and not zonked out on the couch. In all honesty, we couldn’t have asked for a better companion. He is loved and living his best life. We are thrilled to include him in our every step.
Ladybird (we call her Bella now because she is such a beautiful dog) is doing great and loving life. She quickly got used to her new home and older sister. She loves going on long walks at our cabin in the mountains and is fascinated with all the wildlife. We also take her to doggy daycare occasionally where she gets to run with the other big dogs. Thanks to AZBCR for connecting us with our sweet girl.
Cheyenne is a blessing for we two seniors. She is so calm, loves everybody she meets, and has become quite the popular girl in our hood.....we are delighted!
We adopted Lola on May 5th 2023, and she a very loved and happy pup. She is a younger sister to my 6 year old son and an older sister to my 6 month old baby girl. She gets wild and loves to play and rough house with my son and is the most gentle loving pup to my baby girl, only kisses and snuggles with her. Lola does well on a leash, does not like car rides, she gets car sick ?? something we can work on. Lola has truly completed our family and we love her dearly.
Today is Remy’s (aka Dash) one month gotcha anniversary! He is the best boy ?? We took him to the river last week to see if he likes to swim. He acted like he wanted to but was happy being Zack’s cheerleader on the shore. Remy is excited for our summer adventures! He helped us pack up the trailer, enjoyed hanging out with Zack in the backseat, and now is enjoying 75 degrees and a peanut butter bone in Santa Fe! We will be spending time in NM, CO, MT, WA, OR, ID UT over the next 4 months. Remy is a great trail dog when we are running and hiking and we are excited to introduce him to mountain biking!
From Mandy's perspective: My sisters are blind, and Aurora is real stubborn, so sometimes they need help getting around or coming inside. My job is to bring them to Dad. The trouble is that sometimes none of us are ready to! Even so, something in me wants to herd so I go from side to side to steer them to the house. Aurora the Husky loves to escape and has taught me lots of tricks! Dad worries when we get out and is always happy when we come back. Even though this makes him happy he wants us to stay in the yard, so part of my job is keeping Aurora home, or guiding her back if we are both outside the fence. Rescue people are different though. It's almost like they are part dog and are free with their love like us dogs are.
We adopted our Maya back in April of this year. We rescued our lab Ranger in January. They just love each other! They both have puppy energy and play all day long. Maya weighed 25 pounds when we got her and now she’s around 45 pounds and looks very healthy. She is so loving and cuddly. She was s really a beautiful girl! We can’t imagine life without these pups.
Thank you for letting us adopt Maya.
Back in August of last year, I saw an announcement of a Border Collie in Tucson scheduled to be put down if no-one claimed him. He had open sores, ears filled with wax that was overflowing, caked on dirt, teeth that were filled with tar, valley fever and showed signs of being beaten - and he was only two years old. My husband and I fell in love with him from just one look. A generous and loving woman picked him up from the shelter and helped with transport to us in Phoenix. After a bath, and a meet and greet with his new brother and sister, he became a member of our family. He has gone through so much, X-Ray, needle bone biopsy, and more...he has always remained happy and loving. He has become a big mommas boy and daddy's boy as well as a great brother.
In November of 2022, we took Erik in to foster, and we just knew he was here to stay. Shortly after he joined our family he was diagnosed with Valley Fever, mostly in his pelvis and back legs, leaving him weak in the hind end. It didn't slow him down one bit. He had such a great attitude and even a sense of humor. He made fast friends with his new pack of 5 canine siblings, and adopting a Chichuahua mix as his bff.
Unfortunately, he became weaker and the seizures became more frequent, so we knew it was time to say goodbye to him with dignity. We let him go in May of 2023, and is buried under the tree in his favorite shady spot. Our thanks to AZBCR for allowing us to foster, adopt and love Erik.
Here is that wonderful girl, Nala. She is doing well. We have been through a lot in three months but all is well. Nala has a regular schedule that includes a daily dog Walker session—to learn how to walk on a leash, and I take her out at night. On the weekend we go to the dog park where Nala loves to chase other dogs and bark at almost anything that moves fast—like bicycles. She has been to the vet for a check up and for a teeth cleaning. She has a clean bill of health. She loves to hang out on the tile floor, watch people out the window, and she loves to eat. But with all her exercise, Nala has actually lost a little weight. She is wonderful. Thank everyone at ABCR for taking good care of Nala and for giving her to me.
Well, we are foster fails! It was bound to happen eventually. Jake is 1-2 years old, the only info we had on him was that he had been thrown from a vehicle in the middle of nowhere. Late on a Thursday night we drove out to pick him up, and were told that he was a GREAT DOG! We agreed immediately! We were smitten with his love bug nature and velcro abilities! 10 days later our 16 year old chow/shephard mix had a second stroke, and three days later we had to put him down. The hardest decision that we have to make as pet owners! This sweet boy has chosen my husband as his person, and they are quite the pair! Jake had his neuter surgery on Valentines day, and he is almost back to his old HAPPY self (he just hates the cone!) We are adjusting to a much more energetic dog, but it's been easy with this sweet soul! If you're on the fence about any of the dogs up for adoption, GO and meet them! And if you have it in your heart, FOSTER! Jake as our 6th foster, but he is HOME for good no
Another member of the foster fail club. I knew pretty quickly that I could not let this sweet girl go, so I adopted her and she became my valentine on February 14th. She fit right in and loves snuggling and sleeping on her canine sibling. She loves toys and has one with her at all times.
Scout (previously Spot) has become an integral member of the family! He plays all the time with Lizzie, our other small collie rescue. Sleeps on any piece of furniture he wants including the bed. We trail walk for approximately 5 miles every morning and I am hoping to take him out trail riding with my horses in the winter this year. We love him to bits... he is a very smart, gentle, sweet boy! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make him a new member of the Murtagh Clan!
Another member of the foster fail club - Tuxedo put on the charm and made his foster family fall in love with him. He is now a permanent part of the family. His days are filled with ball zoomies and being chased by his oversized canine siblings. He is a great travel buddy and loves mommy snuggles. Huge thanks to AZBCR for rescuing him and his siblings.
Tito has been such a wonderful addition to our family and has quickly become our 8 yo son's (Cillian) best buddy. Tito loves playing catch with the ball in the backyard, his walks and hanging out at the soccer field for Cillian's practices and games. He has loved our elderly cat, Buffet, from the moment he arrived home with us, and after a few months, Buffet has finally come around to his new family member :) We couldn't have asked for a smoother adoption process and are thankful to AZBCR for all they do. A special shout out to Tito's foster parents, Nancy and husband, for raising such a sweet, smart puppy!
Midnight (now Tessa) has joined our little family. She now has a sister, Ellie (deaf and blind) my foster fail from Amazing Aussies. They were immediate fast friends. She is happy go lucky and her inner Border Collie puppy shenanigans are starting to come out. We are waiting for DNA results and ready to start puppy classes.
Louie's happy place is on the trails, thanks to his foster family. We’ve had our love bug Louie for just over a month and he’s definitely part of the family. He looks forward to his Super Chewer Bark Box, to fill his days when he's not on a hike. Thank you so much AZBCR
Jett, previously known as Groot, has settled right in to his forever home. He loves going on adventures or just staying at home with his human siblings (he follows the boys around all day long). He spends his days tiring out his canine sister, sunning himself in the backyard and just being awesome. He is growing into a beautiful boy.
Dexter has brought such joy to our home. He is super smart - learning the dog door after just one day. He and Sophie love putting on their own puppy bowl. We are so grateful to add Dex to our pack and a special thanks to his foster mom AJ for preparing him for his forever home.
I adopted Penny in January and she didn't know much at first, but she's progressed immensely - has had obedience, beginning agility and impulse control personal training. She's a happy, playful girl and is continuing to grow her confidence and comfort with socialization (especially with strangers and new places). The goal is to further our training to being able to successfully control her off leash at distance and with distractions towards mastering Herding and other dog sports. She has a high chase and run drive. I'm looking for any references on good BC trainers. She's currently in classes at AZ Dog Sports but I'd like someone who specializes in training BCs for sport and canine good citizen/service obedience skills.
Shayla is now known as Freya. She started off shy, timid, and not sure. She was not a fan of how loud of a family we are and that was definitely a hurdle. She really had a hard time trusting. Someone in the AZBCR group on Facebook said "it take 3 days to decompress. 3 days to start to know a routine and three months to start to feel at home." And that could not be more true! She now gets excited when we get loud and playful. She hides next to us when she's scared and trusts us. She's my baby's best friend, my son is her safe spot and my daughter is her friend. She is truly a family member and just blends right in. She learns fast and trys so hard. As long as she is reinforced with love she will follow you anywhere. We love her so much and it has been incredible to watch her confidence build and see the real pup behind her beautiful different colored eyes. Thank you AZBCR
Keanu is the perfect fetch buddy, walking companion, office assistant, and couch potato all rolled into one. Keanu LOVES playing fetch with his ball. He enjoys hiking, swimming and anything that will keep up with his active lifestyle. He is a velcro dog inside the house who will lay all day with you. He has become our office assistant as he lays in the office and naps while we work. Enjoy your new life, Keanu.
Kevin is doing great. We are so in love with him. He gets into some mischief but he's still a kid. He adores our other dog, follows her everywhere. She's older and his spunk had livened her up. He loves the grandkids, and loves to go on golf cart rides. You can definitely close his file up, as he is here to stay.
Ben, formerly Clem, is doing really well and is a full-fledged member of the family. He gets along great with his AZBCR sisters Pearl and Journey, and I think he's become quite fond of having a soft bed, good groceries, and some predictability in his life. He knows breakfast is coming, he knows what time treats happen, he knows he's safe, he knows he's loved. Ben's energy level has improved, and he actually trots around now instead of his earlier slow stroll. In short, he's a normal dog. Here's a secret - he sometimes shares his bed with his lunatic feline sister, but don't let that get around town - he has an image to uphold.
Calla (formerly Starlight) loves hanging out at the pool more than anything! She's still learning to trust her swim skills and won't swim far to chase after the ball, but she wants to get it everytime! The good news is 'when' she falls in she's learned to swim to the steps. Maybe by end of summer she'll be racing her brother Banner to get the ball. Calla loves her walks, chew toys and treats, she's always surprising us by jumps onto the arms of chairs and sofa's for pets and attention, and she curls up on the bed with us at night. She's alert too and will let us know with a few barks if something isn't right. Ok, sometimes it's a far away dog bark she's responding to!
Calla's such a fun free spirited pup, who has carved out her own place in our family.
We're looking forward to more adventures with Calla and we are so thankful we found her through AZBCR.