Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue
Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue

ZZ Top, now Zeke
Gender: Male
Age: 16 Months
Height/Weight: tbd / 43 lbs
Fenced yard required:
Location: SE Michigan
Foster Home: GLBCR
Likes Car Rides: Yes
Good with cats:
Good with kids:

ZZ Top was adopted in March, 2016 and is now known as Zeke. Here he is with his new family!

I must say that this dog is a true gem and never ceases to amaze me each day.

Plus he is unbelievably handsome!

He started his foster time in a home with 2 energetic dogs and consequently really enjoyed the rough & tumble times –sometimes having to be reminded that he was bigger than they were so to play nicely!

Because of the discovery that he was heart-worm positive, the need arose to move him in order to have as much rest as possible while the medicine did it’s work. He seemed to immediately adapt and adjust his lifestyle to one without another dog. Initially he would go in his crate with minimal tempting and was accepting of this without much complaining – just the expected little whimper at the injustice of being left. Because of mistakes on my part, such as forgetting to lock the side door on the crate, he quickly gained our trust and has not shown any interest in chewing forbidden items. (Although his other foster mom did report that he mistook a remote control for a chewy in his very early days at her house!)

He will play happily by himself by bouncing a ball and then pouncing on it. He loves to chase a ball outside but is not driven to have it thrown and fetch constantly. We have not tried Frisbee as that was a bit too energetic but I suspect he will be no more interested than in the tennis ball.

ZZ is a really well adjusted young man with absolutely no psychological hang-ups! He doesn’t stir during thunderstorms and there was a loud one last week! He knows many commands including sit, down, wait, stay (sometimes) and responds instantly to his name. Our local UPS driver pulls his truck up right alongside us and ZZ climbs in to say ‘hi’ even before the biscuit offer. He has also visited the library and happily walked through the big electronic doors and greeted everybody in a calm way. I think he would make an excellent therapy dog.

He will bark at someone unexpected at the door but quickly stops when he realizes they are friend not foe. Today I watched him do a very classic Border collie stalk with a squirrel that wasn’t paying attention and he does love to watch the birds but I have not seen evidence of true prey drive. In fact, he is definitely not interested in the cat that shares this home.

He eats his food like a typical dog – no waiting to test the flavors – but will also sit and wait to be given permission. He has allowed me to take treats from him without problem but has shown a little possessiveness with another dog and a new squeaky toy.

He weighs about 50lbs and has sturdy legs and paws that will serve him well on long hikes or runs. His most favorite things are belly rubs and he will turn himself inside out to greet me when I have been gone for a couple of hours. I have also noticed that he often gets hiccups which only last for a couple of minutes but make me laugh!

Did I mention that his name is ZZ Top and he most definitely is “A Sharp dressed man!"