Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue
Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue

Gender: Female
Age: 7 Years
Height/Weight: tbd / 40 lbs
House-trained: Yes
Fenced yard required: tbd
Location: Mid-Michigan
Foster Home: Sandy
Crate-trained: Yes
Treat-motivated: tbd
Toy-motivated: No
Likes Car Rides: Yes
Good with cats: Yes
Good with kids: tbd

Halo was adopted in January, 2017. Here she is with her new family members!

Halo came from Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County in Indiana. GLBCR was contacted because she was very scared in the noisy shelter environment. She was sent to the shelter after her owner passed away. When she was turned over to me, she was very scared and skittish. The location where I picked her up was busy with traffic and she did not want to get out of her crate. We removed the crate from the vehicle and set it on the ground. She came out of the crate after some coaxing and then allowed me to pick her up and put her in a crate in my vehicle. She was very quiet on the trip home. She allowed me to give her some treats and pet her.

She warmed up to me right away when I got her home, but it took about an hour before she would allow Larry to touch her. (Now heís the apple of her eye!) When she met my neighbor, she took a while before she warmed up to him. I had 10 of my relatives over for Christmas dinner. She was barking and scared at first. We just ignored her, and she was begging for handouts and pats after about an hour and a half. I thought she did quite well considering that I donít think she has been exposed to very many people before this. Halo was nervous around the vet and technicians at the vetís office, but she allowed all of them to handle her and was cooperative.

Haloís coat was very dirty and her skin was quite dry when the shelter received her. She had a lot of flea bites on her back. Her back teeth were probably the dirtiest I have ever seen, and she had bad breath. Halo has had two baths since I have had her. She was a little scared of the first bath, but she took it like a champ. She was a little more relaxed for her second bath, though still not in love with it. Halo still has a little dandruff from sluffing off her dry skin, but her coat and skin are looking much better. I have her on a good dog food and supplement it with both fish oil and coconut oil. Her flea bites have healed up and her coat is quite shiny now. She has a good healthy appetite. She had her teeth cleaned when she was being spayed, so her breath is much better. She did not have any cavities.

Halo was not a big fan of her crate when we first got her. She would go in after some coaxing, but not on her own. After a few treats and lots of praise, she figured out the crate was not a bad place. She now goes in when asked with no problem. She sleeps in the crate at bedtime and we donít hear a peep from her all night. She will whine a little if we are leaving the house, but she settles right down once the door is closed. Halo rides quietly in her crate when in my van.

Halo was scared to use the basement stairs when she first got here. I had to coax her up and down the first time. The second time I took her down, she hesitated only slightly. Now I have to slow her down when she uses them. I donít think she has been exposed to a lot of things, but she seems to get over her hesitancy easily.

Halo lived with two dogs and several cats at her previous home. She gets along with my female dog fine, though she will bark in her face sometimes when she gets excited about going outside. She ignores my young cat for the most part, though she tries to play with her once in a while and bumps her with her nose. She met my neighborís male dog once when he decided to invite himself inside the house. Halo sniffed him a few times and then pretty much ignored him. One of the GLBR volunteers brought her female BC over and they got along fine.

Halo is not food aggressive. I can walk around him and pet him while he is eating. I can put my hand in his bowl. The cat and dog can stand by him while he is eating. I do not feed the pets next to each other though, because I think it can make them eat faster than they normally would. She takes treats nicely for the most part, though I have to remind her to take it easy if the other dog is around.

Halo is a medium energy dog. She likes to run around in the fenced yard with my dog, but she is very low-key when in the house. She is not a chewer. She does get quite excited when we ask her if she wants to go outside and will do a few BC spins and bark. Halo will try to catch a ball if you throw it by her, but she does not seem to be very toy driven. I have not tried her with a Frisbee yet, because I had to keep her fairly quiet after her spay surgery. Halo has never attempted to climb or jump the fence.

Halo is a real cuddler. She loves to snuggle and leans on you like she canít get close enough. She gives gentle kisses without slobbering all over you. She is a very happy dog and loves her people.