Yesterday, I picked up our second foster dog, Leinie. He’s a short-haired red and white border collie (possibly a mix) and I don’t think he could be more than a year old, if that. He’s a small dog and very sweet, but he’s a little shy, nervous and scared.
Leinie (named after one of our favorite beers, Leinenkugels), came from the Stanislaus Animal Service Agency’s regional shelter in Modesto, CA. He was found as a stray in Oakdale with no collar or tag. The Border Collie Rescue snapped him up just as soon as he was ready to go and now he’s home with us.
Leinie was very timid when I met him at the shelter. He was in a block with four big dogs who spent their time barking very loudly and he was hiding in the corner of his kennel. He was peeing nervously when the shelter attendant brought him out to me and even pooped when I took him into Petsmart to get a new a collar. When we got home I spent time acquainting him with his new digs, walking around our ranch and letting him hang out with our three dogs. He is scared and unsure of most everything and spent most of his time on our porch. He doesn’t have an interest in livestock, frisbees, balls or toys yet, but I’m hoping he will open up once he has time to rest and relax. I believe he’s gone through some traumatic experiences prior to being rescued and I am going to give him some time to rest before we start working on any training. I hope it doesn’t take him long to open up and become a playful dog. He is very friendly and sweet, so he definitely has potential.
This morning, Leinie went to our vet to get neutered and vaccinated. The shelter had already given him his rabies shot and microchipped him. Hopefully, Leinie, will check out to be as healthy as I think he is. 🙂