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Karo is a 6yr 40lb Aussie Mix Female. She is a cuddler and loves attention and a good belly rub. She has got along with our other pups in our household with no issues. She loves to play with our full size aussie and is very submissive towards him. She enjoys going for walks and running around the backyard with her playmates. Karo enjoys her food very much, so much, she doesn't like to share it very well. She is fed separately and knows her boundaries as long as she is corrected. Karo will not try to steal any food from our other dogs. She just does not want them near her food. We can pick up the bowl while she is eating with no problems. Karo knows to sit before eating and waits for her command.
Karo tends to get very anxious when we are going to go out the door. Did we say she loves car rides! She has to be corrected and we are still working on her manners at the door, but it's not her fault she LOVES car rides. Karo will pull on the leash but she is manageable. She does listen on recall off leash. But let's not test this around other strange dogs or people. Karo loves to chase small animals and children if running around. So Karo will not be ideal for young children at this time. Karo may be best with a larger, more dominant dog as a companion. Or in a household all to herself with her master. She knows her crate very well but she will sleep on a dog bed beside you. Or if you allow she will be a neck pillow!
Karo needs a strong leader to guide her and mold her into the dog she will eventually become. Which will be a loyal and fun companion to go on adventures with. She will be available for adoption after spay at the end of December.
Karo is fostered in Barclay, MD. NS3710
This dear girl is 3 years old, and a red merle, with true working type dark liver red. No tail and two bright blue eyes. She's 46 lbs which is a good weight for her, but she appears smaller. Her coat is a little threadbare right now because she had puppies in the recent past.
Right now she is pretty nervous about indoor living—we suspect she was always an outdoor dog. She lets herself be handled with no problem so she's nervous with people but not hostile. She passed her cat test at the shelter, and is lovely with other dogs. She is quiet in a crate and comes when called now in a securely fenced back yard, which is a necessity for her as she gets scared and avoids human contact sometimes.
She needs to be walked on leash even in a securely fenced area for at least the first week in a new home, and as with any dog new to your house, will need to be leashed to you or crated when you are opening and closing doors to a non-fenced area.
Bailey Blue has gotten the hang of doors now and comes in when called from the fenced yard and has figured out which way the door opens. This is nice progress for her. Being scared of coming inside and doorways and not getting which way doors open is a classic tip-off to a dog that has never lived indoors. She really loves being indoors now.
Bailey Blue does love her food and, after feeding her in the crate so other dogs didn't steal her food when she wasn't eating right away the first few days, she now comes to the kitchen when she sees dinner dishes being handed out and will eat closer to the other dogs and doesn't need to have her dish sequestered-- the food disappears fast!
This girl is a flower waiting to bloom and it will just take some common sense management till she learns no one is going to hurt her and she doesn't need to bolt out an open door or leap over a gate and escape. She may never be a very social dog with people she doesn't know but it's clear she will learn to love and trust at least one or two people.
Bailey Blue is fostered in Collegeville PA.
Apply here for her. NS3780
Beaux is a spritely, but chill, 9 year old, 55 pound male who just loves all people. He is up to date on all shots and neutered. He knows a number of commands and is house and crate trained. While he is energetic, he is not high energy. He'll happily play fetch for 20-30 minutes, take a slow walk, or just chill with his toys and people.
Beaux loves everyone he meets, from adults to children. His favorite part of the day is when the kid of the house brings his friends over and they all love on Beaux. He gets so excited when his people get home that he vibrates. He just wants to be loved. He is well-behaved in public spaces and in the car. He is happy to run around in the backyard with other dogs, lay down for a brushing, or snoozle on the couch with his people. He walks nicely on a leash and loves to sniff and explore. Beaux greets people and other dogs nicely and understands when it's time to settle down. He will paw at you or nudge your elbow when he wants attention, but takes corrections easily.
The ideal home will be a social family who will take him places. His perfect day is a nice walk, some ball throwing, and cuddling on the couch. Kids and other dogs are good, although he tends to be a bit grabby with toys around dogs (never people). A fenced in yard is ideal, as he does like to explore. He is not a big barker on his own; he tends to take his barking cues from other dogs in the home. Beaux will chase squirrels and is untested with cats.
Fostered in Roanoke, VA
Apply here for him. NS3774
Princess Sheba is a youthful-looking, 13yo, 40lb. black tri Aussie girl that is looking for a single dog home. Although she gets along wonderfully with all dogs, people, kids and cats, at home she thinks it is her job to keep all the other dogs in line. In other words she is bossy with dogs she lives with.
Fit and healthy for her age, Princess Sheba enjoys daily walks. Able to manage a good hike, she is perfectly happy with a leisurely walk also. She has good manners except for excitedly announcing the arrival of anyone to the home. She doesn't jump on people however. Her leash manner are good although she may pull a little bit at the beginning of the walk or when she sees another dog she wants to meet. Of course she is perfectly fine being left at home alone, is fine with using a crate, loves to be brushed and cuddle. She's great in the car, can be kenneled, and is a happy dog who just likes following her person around and getting all the attention!
Princess Sheba will do anything for food! She has no significant health issues except a little arthritis that is typical for the age and a slightly low thyroid level (inexpensive meds take care of this). She is mistaken for a younger dog frequently when she is out and about. Please giving this delightful dog a home for the remaining years of her life. She will reward with lots of love, easy going care and undying devotion.
Princess Sheba is being fostered in Spring Grove PA.
Apply here for her. NS3291
Boris Junior, aka BJ, is an 8 week old, male, Australian shepherd. He is a black tri but with minimal copper. Out of the litter that entered foster, BJ was the smallest and friendliest. He snuggled up with his foster parents and fell asleep moments after his arrival. He is very sweet and calm. He is very gentle and actually seems to enjoy being held. He is your normal 8 week old puppy. He weighs about 10 lbs. He loves company, eating, napping, chewing, and cuddling. He is working through potty training, but picking it up quickly. He has a full tail and it is always wagging. He will steal your heart like he has everyone who meets him. He is being fostered with his sister, Babs, in Pittsburgh, PA. NSxxxx
Babs is an 8 week old, female, Australian shepherd, black tri. Out of the litter that entered foster, Babs was the bravest. She wanted to meet all the dogs living in her foster home and was first to interact with them. She was the first to try using the stairs. She is more vocal because she loves being with people and dogs. She is your normal 8 week old puppy. She weighs about 10 lbs. She loves company, eating, napping, chewing, and cuddling. She is working through potty training, but she is excelling. With the correct routine, she has not had an accident since her second day in foster. She has a partial tail, about half length. She is ready to make more first memories with her forever home. She is being fostered with her brother, BJ, in Pittsburgh, PA. NSxxxx
Roxy and 2 puppies, just born 11/16. Roxy is a sweetheart, very affectionate, likes her foster family, and is a lap cuddler. She is a young mother, with a nice disposition. Roxy is housetrained. She is nursing her two male Blue Merle puppies. One is lighter colored, while the other is a bit darker colored. Roxy is aware of the home dogs and cats and curious, however at this time she doesn’t want interaction, which is completely normal for a nursing mama. Once the puppies are running around and playing, that should change. We’ll post more information and pictures as the puppies grow. Puppies will be ready for adoption in mid-January 2023 and mama shortly thereafter. This little family will be fostered just south of Pittsburgh. NS3792
Weezy, named after her favorite animal the weasel, is a 30 pound, 10 month old, female, Australian shepherd mix. She has a red tri coloring with a gorgeous full length tail and the cutest pink nose. She is not expected to get any bigger, but maybe gain some extra weight.
She loves everything. She is very friendly. She is submissive with other dogs, and will play relentlessly. She is very high energy and requires a fenced in yard. She is good with cats. Her party trick is standing on her back legs like a human. Her back legs also let her bounce around the yard all goofy.
She is being fostered in Pittsburgh.
Apply here for her. NSXXXX
Howdy is a male, black tri Aussie mix that is approximately 14 weeks old. He weighs 20 pounds. He's full of tail wags and enthusiasm.
Howdy is great with cats; he likes to sniff them but isn't aggressive about it. He hasn't tried to engage mine in play. He loves to play with other dogs. He has just found his voice while playing tug and is learning about balls and other toys. He's pretty much a medium on both energy and "Velcro", but has a high food drive and will follow anyone that has something that might be shared. Because of his food drive he has learned "sit" very quickly! He's working hard on his housebreaking but will still have an accident now and then. Howdy stays dry at night for up to 6 hours. We don't know how he is with children yet, but hey. He's a happy, healthy puppy. If the kids are nice, he'll want to play. He is learning about leashes. He does much better with a harness for walks, and having a collar just for his ID.
Because Howdy is so young, Howdy hasn't had a chance to develop any bad habits. He's just busy being adorable.
Howdy is fostered in Pittsburgh, PA
Apply here for him. NS3797
This sweet , gentle girl seems very Aussie in look but on a very petite scale. She's red with buff underpants and feathers, but is very fine boned. Her tail is full with the classic white tip. Valerie comes to us from Puerto Rico. She's 6 and weighs only 31 lbs, but that seems right for her. She walks well on leash, and crates quietly. It's all very new in her foster home which is rather boisterous with seven other dogs, and she likes to have a quiet corner to watch it all from so far, but she has loosened up nicely n the few short days since she came off the plane.
Valerie is fostered in Collegeville PA.
Apply here for her. NSXXXX