Well, we’ve been quite busy with summer plans and recently returned from a trip to NYC. We’re now getting back to our routine and picked up our newest foster dog this last weekend at the Merced County Animal Shelter.
Her name is Maggie and she’s a black & white long-haired Border Collie spayed female. We think she is about 5-6 years old, but she may be younger. It’s hard to tell her age by her teeth as they are worn down from either playing with a tennis ball or chewing. I’ve never seen her chew on anything other than toys and she always has a ball in her mouth, so it’s probably from the tennis ball. She is a beautiful, sweet dog and very active. Sadly, she was relinquished to the shelter by the children of her previous owner as her owner was an elderly woman who is dying of cancer. I thought it may take a while for Maggie to adjust and that she may be depressed, but she made herself at home as soon as she got here.
Maggie gets along well with our dogs, but wants to dominate everything. She was probably the only animal in her previous home. She gets very fixated on cats, so we have separated our cats from her until she learns to calm down about them. Dog treats and canned dog food seem to be foreign to her, but it didn’t take her long to get with our household program. However, she was certainly well taken care of in her former home.
Maggie has shown an interest in cows and horses and appears to have a strong herding instinct, although we don’t let her chase any livestock. She LOVES playing catch and is an expert ball catcher. She can catch them in midair and rarely ever fails. She brings the ball back religiously so that she can continue to keep on playing. She is just now getting used to being off-leash and we plan to try playing frisbee with her soon.
Maggie learned in a few minutes how to use the dog door and is calm in the house. She’s housebroken and never has had a mess. She is very polite on her leash and is gentle. She loves to have her belly rubbed and to sit on the couch next to you. She has bonded with my husband and follows him around.
Maggie is available for adoption through the Border Collie Rescue of Northern California. You must have an approved application to adopt her. She’s listed as “Maggie Mae” as there was already another BC on the site named Maggie.