Age: 6 Years
Height/Weight: 18" / 30 lbs
Fenced yard required: Yes
Location: West Michigan
Foster Home: GLBCR
Likes Car Rides: Yes
Good with cats: Learning
Good with kids: tbd
Commands: “Mowgli”, “Sit”
“Wow” is all I can say as a foster mom to the future, lucky adopters of Mowgli. A wise volunteer nicknamed him BC^2, the border collie bear cub, and we can’t agree more. He’s got the wits of a border collie, but the cuteness (a little wild...fiercely attached to his people, a jaw-dropping jumper, and lover of the outdoors) of a bear cub.
We don’t know much about Mowgli except he spent the last 8 months living outside on a chain. Despite this, he seems to be comfortable in a house, and has shown very little nervousness about furniture or household noises. We feel he probably was someone’s pet and had good interactions with people prior to his previous living situation.
Though he is estimated at 5-7 years old, his body and brain act like he is only 3 years old. He is quick as a whip and loves working for yummy treats (beef hotdogs and cheese are his favorites!) Though Mowgli is a new name for him, he is coming when called in low distraction environments after only 2 days of working on it. He is good around other dogs and reads other dog body language well. His increased interest in chasing cats is why we would most likely recommend a home without cats, unless they are really willing to put in the time to counter-condition this response.
Mowgli's ideal home would have the following characteristics:
-cat free, or have dog savvy cat(s) AND parent(s) willing to work on reducing his desire to chase them
-parent(s) interested in playing lots of clicker games and using positive reinforcement training methods (He is SO smart.)
-dog siblings with appropriate play (or be an only dog)
-parent(s) that enjoy a lap dog. Mowgli thoroughly enjoys laying over legs/a lap that is on the ground
-parent(s) that enjoy running and/walking (these are some of his favorite activities and he is a natural when it comes to running. We've made it up to 1.5 miles, but the snow and ice prevent us from going more.)
Mowgli's personality has really come to life within the last couple of weeks and know that he will make his forever family very happy.
A few things about Mowgli:
-He initially came to us unneutered and very interested in marking our backyard. (He tried twice in the house, but that was only on the first and second day we had him, and he hasn't done it since.) He no longer marks in the backyard, unless it is over a poo or pee spot of one of our other dogs. He does show interest in marking in new environments, but can also be persuaded to play a game instead.
-He is insanely athletic. He cleared a 3ft high baby gate this morning....like it was nothing. Any takers on sports for an old(er) guy? Masters Agility?
-He is good with dogs, but is slow to warm up. We would not recommend taking him to an off-leash dog park. He really enjoys playing with our dogs, but it took a couple of weeks and lots of supervised play. He does a good job of being called off in a low distraction environment (our home), but a free-for-all dog park would be an impossible task for him and the other dogs. That place would not be his cup of tea.
-We would prefer Mowgli to have a fenced in yard because he enjoys walking the perimeter of new places, fence lines, the edge of sidewalks, etc and marking. Without a fence, the world would be his perimeter…He did escape an open gate once an we found him walking a neighbor's fence line.
-Mowgli is good with kids, but does jump. Ideally, kids would be older and not frightened by a jumping dog.