BREED: Border Collie X Australian Shepherd
GENDER: Spayed Female
WEIGHT: 45 lbs
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active Companion
LOCATION: Cooksville, MD
Zoe is a big ball of love. Prior to coming to BRBCR, Zoe lived on a small farm where she was adored as the only dog. In a temporary placement before arriving with her current foster family, Zoe was around small cats. Zoe tolerated the cats and showed no signs of aggression towards them but would prefer not to interact with them. It took Zoe no time at all to find her place in her current foster home, immediately warming up to all the family members. All Zoe wants to do is please her current foster family and receive lots of love, affection, and attention in return. Zoe occasionally nudges or playfully barks when she wants more affection and cuddles. Even with people Zoe has never met before, she is the first to go up to them and wait for the people to start petting her. She is very friendly, loves all people, and her loyalty is unmatched.
Zoe loves to play with her foster family's Border Collie puppy, running off-leash in the yard and often matching the energy level, speed, and agility of the family's puppy. Zoe loves to play with toys, balls, and sticks she finds while roaming outside and is thrilled when one of her humans throws a toy for her to fetch. She loves her independence to sniff new things and explore while outside, and it takes a couple of times of calling her to come for her to listen. Zoe is special in that while she loves to play, run, chew on sticks, and receive endless affection and attention, she is also completely content with curling up in her favorite corner near the door and hanging out while her foster family does miscellaneous work around the house.
Zoe is fully house trained and will let you know when she needs to go outside with a simple bark. She knows basic commands including, sit, paw, lie down, and leave it. Zoe will occasionally give you her paw unprovoked in hopes of receiving a treat. Click here to see Zoe's treat-catching talents!
Although Zoe does well on a leash, she has good enough recall to where her foster family does not feel the need to have her on a leash while roaming around outside of the house in an unfenced area as long as it is within a specific 8-acre vicinity. On longer walks or deer and other wild animals around, Zoe is on a leash because she will chase after them, and all recall training goes out the window.
At night, Zoe will cuddle up with her family on the couch until around 10:30 pm when she is ready to go to bed. She takes the initiative to go upstairs and lie down in her bed and wait for the rest of her family. Zoe has never been crate-trained, and due to age, we feel it would not be fair to introduce something so foreign to her at this point. Zoe does great in a car, where she happily lies down in the back seat and enjoys feeling the air in her face with the windows down. Additionally, Zoe is not reactive to loud noises, vacuums, or other potential stress-inducing items, although she is very vocal and will bark whenever she wants or needs something or to alert you that someone is at the door.
Because Zoe loves to receive all the attention and her strong, loving personality, Zoe would do best in a home with no cats, no small children, and no other dogs. Zoe does not have an aggressive bone in her body, but she is used to being an only dog and the apple of her owner's eye for nine years and deserves a home where she can continue a similar lifestyle and live in a similar environment. Zoe would do best in a home with a few acres of land where she is free to roam and explore and in a home where she can receive lots of attention and love.
To start the adoption process, please fill out our application and contact Zoe's foster, Carly, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All potential adopters are required to have a home visit prior to placement of one of our rescues. Zoe's adoption fee is $300, and we offer a two-week trial period when you adopt one of our dogs.
Thank you for considering a rescue!
Applications are closed for Zoe.