BREED: Border Collie / Jack Russell Terrier mix
DOB: January 2018
WEIGHT: 23 lbs at 5 mos. old
COLOR: Red and White
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Sport Competitor
LOCATION: Owings, MD
Poppy is project dog — she has all the makings of a great dog, but with some assembly required. All puppies should come with this warning, but Poppy more than most. She came to us from a shelter in North Carolina. She had been found stray there at 8-10 weeks old. Imagine how terrifying it must have been for such a young puppy to find herself on her own. However, Poppy is not the timid, retreating type! Her response was to come charging out to face all dangers. Because her reaction to strange things was so strong, the shelter sought a rescue where Poppy could be given the extra socialization she needed.
Poppy has improved a lot in the past couple of months. She is becoming comfortable in more environments, but she will need an experienced new home willing to support her as she goes new places, meets new people, and becomes the confident dog we are sure she can be. Letting her hide at home is NOT an option; inevitably she'll have to face the world, won't have the skills and, with her take-charge personality, could make seriously bad choices.
Poppy is a wildly fun and impressive puppy in so many ways. She's solidly house and crate trained (though not old enough to be left all day). She bonded quickly with her foster family, and is relaxed and happy in her foster home—a real love. She gets along with the dogs there. She is interested in the cats, but doesn't chase (that might change if she weren't stimulated in other ways). She's super smart, learning most things with just a few repetitions. She's agile as a cat; she'll jump from couch to arm of chair to floor to avoid the other dogs in her foster home. She's perfectly at home perched four feet above the floor. She very treat motivated and has a great toy drive, charging after anything that flies. She'll leap three feet in the air to get a toy after her foster mother decides play time is over. She isn't quite sure about jumping in the pond near her foster home, but I think she could learn. She'll charge through the enormous puddles along the way. She's high energy, but (mostly) calms down in the house. She knows sit, down and come. Stay/wait, not so much.
It's really only with strange people and dogs that Poppy has issues. If she's challenged by either too abrupt an appearance or too much attention, she barks and charges. But she does warm up with a little space and time and really seems to like both people and most dogs--as long as they don't pressure her. She doesn't like to be restrained, so her behavior at the vet and for nail trims is still very much a work in progress.
Poppy would be a great candidate for a sport home. The extra exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization with other dogs and people would do wonders for her. Her foster mom took her to a few sessions of puppy agility and Poppy had a blast. She was fearless on the obstacles and had no troubles following directions and stringing together several obstacles. She was also appropriate with the other puppies and their handlers during class.
Poppy is fully vaccinated, is heartworm negative and is current on heartworm and flea & tick preventatives.
To start the adoption process, please fill out an application and then contact Poppy's foster mom, Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. All potential adopters are required to have a home visit prior to placement of one of our rescues. Poppy's adoption fee is $300. She is not spayed yet, so there will be an additional deposit of $150. We offer a two week trial period when you adopt one of our dogs.
Thank you for considering a rescue!