A Male Border Collie-x presently Adopted
UPDATE - January 4: Animatch is very happy to announce that Billy is the first adoption for 2019 and it could not have happened to a more deserving dog. Our sincere thanks to Virginie Forest and Alain Bonneau of FIC who never gave up on this boy. We wish him a long and happy life with his new family.
Update - November: Billy here, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I’m still an orphan. My wish is that I don’t spend another Christmas without a home to call my own. I arrived at Animatch in August 2017 and at this point, I believe that I have won the record for Adoptee who has been up for adoption the longest. Not a title that I care to hold on to for much longer. Most dogs are adopted long before this. Granted I do have a few resource guarding issues but the great people at FIC have worked hard at resolving the problem and will gladly help my new family understand what needs to be done. I am sad that I am bypassed time after time; if the right family adopts me, I know I can be an amazing companion. You won’t find a more grateful dog, that is for sure. So, are you the family who is going to give me the best Christmas ever? I will spend the rest of my life giving you my undying loyalty and devotion.
Update – April: Well, look who is back! Once again, I find myself homeless and it is situation that a dog never gets used to. Of course, the wonderful group at *FIC welcomed me back with open arms and will continue to work with me. If a new recruit (aka adopter) follows FIC instructions and does some training, you will have all the tools necessary to make our relationship work …. forever. An active lifestyle, patience, and a little more training will have me well on my way to becoming the dog of your dreams.
“A family is not just an important thing, it’s everthing!”
Update - Oct: Billy here and I don't want you to think that since I am not at the Animatch Centre I don't need a home. Out of sight, out of mind is not my mantra! All of the terrific people at FIC agree on one point -- I am an intelligent dog who must exercise my mind as well as my body. An experienced guardian would best suit me. I have made tremendous progress so far but I must continue; there is no such thing as being overly trained. I would definitely prefer being your one and only dog and insofar as cats are concerned ... let's not go there! The good folks at FIC are working diligently on my resource guarding issues; I protect my food and my toys. For that reason, an adult home or one with dog-savvy children over 12 would best suit me. I am super playful and would be so happy to accompany you on long walks or hikes. If you've ever thought about agility or another dog sport, I would be an awesome partner. I may have a few little quirks, but I'm okay with you having a few too! Although I've picked up a lot here, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty more I want to learn. I certainly have the time to dedicate to learning all you want to teach me if you are game! Sound like a pretty good deal? I’m waiting to hear from you, so please fill in the Adoption Form and ask for Billy.
Dogs that are given up because they are runaways or chewers or nippers or growlers or barkers or domineering or fearful or just plain difficult to control all have one thing in command. Lack of training. Meet Billy, a one-year-old, mixed breed who falls in this category. Billy was a stray. No doubt, he was a cute puppy but he grew up to be a dog who was unruly and knew no boundaries. Billy is one of the lucky ones and he is getting the training he so needed. When Animatch realized that obedience training would make him so much more adoptable, we asked (begged) Virginie Forest and Alain Bonneau of FIC (*Ecole de Formation des Intervenants Canins du Quebec) for their assistance. Under their care and with their guidance and that of the students who attend FIC, he will soon be on the right path. In no way does it mean that the family who adopts him will have a perfectly trained dog – the rest of the journey lies in the hands of his new guardians. Billy is a high energy dog who will require lots of daily exercise; he would do well with an active guardian who likes jogging, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. He needs exercise that will engage his mind as well as his body; mental activities and games are a great way to bond with Billy. Live by the philosophy that a tired dog is a good dog. The training must continue and be constantly reinforced for the rest of Billy’s life. He does show some resource guarding with his food and that is being addressed. For this reason, he would best suit an experienced adult family or one where children are over 12. Billy is a work in progress who deserves to spend his life being a loved and cherished family member. He will be worth every minute spent teaching him to be a calm, well-balanced, family member. Are you the one to offer him his happily ever after? Fill in the Adoption Form, ask for Billy.
More Details About Billy
- Status: Adopted
- Breed: Border Collie-x
- Size: Large (53 lbs)
- Age: 1.5 years
- Gender: Male
- Grooming: Medium
- Energy: High
- Children: 12 and over
- Cat friendly: No
- Dog friendly: No
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