I know I am not supposed to play favorites (and I sort of can’t, since I seem to want to take all the dogs home), but Tabitha is one dog that is hard to forget.
She’s a gorgeous 3 years old Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix with incredible self control. To give you an example, when I come over to her kennel to walk her, she gets very excited and wags her tail madly and bounces off the walls of her kennel. But when I actually open the door and put on the leash, she doesn’t pull or jump on me- she just walks out very calmly, though you can see her legs quivering with the possibility of a good walk or play session.
She’s also very energetic, given our play sessions, but she is amazingly nice on leash- she doesn’t pull or get frustrated, and always looks back to you for directions. If she wants to play, she’ll pick up pinecones or sticks, though I suspect that habit will disappear when she learns that you are going to give her regular play sessions.
Isn’t she so very soft and furry in these photos? In addition to being a athletic superstar (more to follow below), she’s also very affectionate. When she likes you, she really likes you and indicates so by trying to burrow her head in your lap, or under your arms. She loves it when you scratch her nose or behind her ears and she somehow lies very still for those petting sessions.
Tabitha loves toys, particularly tennis balls. She’s really good at catching them, and she loves chasing them down and bringing them back- she knows “drop it.” She may know “fetch” but she’s always in a hunched ready-to-go pose that it’s not really needed. She also knows “down” and probably other commands I haven’t thought of– it appears that she may have been really well trained and had a flyball/agility background.
More photos of her playing:
If these photos aren’t enough, try this video to see her skills.
If you are interested in Tabitha, keep in mind that a dog of her energy and skills requires a dedicated training/exercise program, such as flyball, agility, frisbee, or even sheep herding. Most border collie owners have been told to exercise their dogs at least three hours everyday. I am not sure if Tabitha needs that much exercise, but she will most certainly benefit from it. Because of her intelligence and high motivation, she would also make a good assistance dog.
To meet Tabitha, come visit her in Kennel 26 and ask to play with her- she’ll love you for that, and will impress you. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.