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Border Collie / Australian Shepherd / Mixed (long coat)  : :  Female (spayed)  : :  Medium


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About Hope

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Species: Dog
  • Rescue ID: D052620
  • General Color: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
  • Current Size: 35 Pounds
  • Current Age: 5 Years 2 Months (best estimate)
  • Location: Ozark MO 65721
  • Fence Required: Yes (3 foot)
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Exercise Needs: Low
  • Owner Experience Needed: Species
  • Reaction to New People: Cautious

Hope is an approximately 5 year old border collie or Australian shepherd mix as best as we can tell!  Hope came to us extremely under socialized and terrified of people.  Her initial reaction was to bolt if possible and flatten herself to the ground or floor if she had nowhere to run. Hope also came into rescue very pregnant and raised five adorable puppies in her foster home.  

Hope has come a long way since arriving in rescue.  She has progressed from needing to be taken out on a long line and harness in a fenced yard to being able to go in and out with the other dogs without issue.  She enjoys being around her foster family and will often follow them from room to room during the day but she is not yet to the point of enjoying a lot of petting or cuddles.  She will let us walk up to her in the house or yard (usually) and pet her or put a leash on her but she does not really come up to us and seek attention.  She is getting less picky about treats and has taken a definite interest in “snack time” in her foster home.  She really enjoys playing with her foster brothers but also doesn’t mind living with dogs who don’t want to play.  She enjoys rawhide strips and nylabones but does not yet play with toys.  She likes dogs beds and would be happy to hang out on the couch if we let her!  Hope is good with cats as well as other animals. 

Hope walks quietly on a leash but but does still get startled and may balk or spook at times.  She is housebroken and crate trained.  She is getting better about being led by the collar and nail trims.  Things like being picked up or bathing or being restrained can still cause her to panic some but I expect her to continue to make progress. 

Hope is about 36 lbs but short and stocky.  Radiographically, Hope has significant hip dysplasia.  While she currently has no clinical signs she could benefit from joint supplements or joint diets and may need additional medication or therapy in the future.  Maintaining a lean weight will be important for her.  

Hope requires a secure, standard above ground fence.  She should still be considered a flight risk, especially in a new environment.  Her new family will need to leash walk her even in the fenced yard until she reliably can be caught or defaults to returning to the house when startled or is done being outside.  She is a low energy dog who has potential to be a nice companion or walking partner.  Young children are not recommended at this time as they could be scary to her.

Hope is being fostered in the Ozark, Mo area.

More about Hope

Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good with Adults, Good for Seniors/Elderly, Good with farm animals, Requires a yard, Leashtrained, Prefers cool climate, Timid, Skittish, Even-tempered, Gentle

Sponsors: Helen B.

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