Northern California Border Collie Rescue & Adoptions

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Serving the greater Sacramento valley and Sierra Nevada foothills

Henry • Male • 10-12 months • Adopted!  Please return to
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Introducing gorgeous HENRY, an approximately 10-12 month old male rough coat border collie. He is a shiny black tri with white and smoky highlights. He is 18+ inches at the shoulders, and although still on the skinny side – we’re beefing him up daily – weighs in about 32 pounds. This boy has no attachment to his rescue name as he’s just recently started responding to verbal communication, so his new family can feel free to start from scratch.

HENRY started out as a very shy and insecure fella (well, downright afraid) but in just a short time has worked through most of that and has settled right into his foster home with his foster sister dogs. He’s a tail wagging fool and loves up on his foster sisters and humans like he’s one of the gang. It will take some time before all his fears are put to rest for good, but wow, what progress he’s made. He is behaving more and more like a normal mid-higher energy dog, though beds down to sleep any time of day. HENRY joins in with our dogs’ welcoming chorus and dance when we come home and is clearly excited to see us.

HENRY is basically a puppy with little to no prior behavioral guidance and thus is working on his potty training. He is very comfortable being outside – alone or with company – and that is helping to prevent accidents. As HENRY has become more comfortable and trusting of his foster environment, he has started responding to simple commands and seems to be much more open to learning. Now that we’ve broken through that fear ceiling, he is absorbing “normalcy” like a sponge. It was clear that he was not familiar with a leash at first, but now walks/runs and loves all the sights and happenings on the daily neighborhood jog. HENRY still startles at most passing cars, but gets better every day. We’ve not seen any cats yet so don’t know what he thinks about those. Squirrels? You know that answer to that.

He’s discovering the joy of playing with toys but he is mostly into chewing them up, so chew-friendly or chew-resistant choices would be key. His forever humans should prepare to puppy-proof and be attentive to his whereabouts. HENRY is enjoying the affection and attention he’s getting and although still a little cautious, he is becoming increasingly at ease sidling up for a snuggle or a pet or a scratch, even with new strangers. His foster family has showered him with lots of love and support to continue his confidence building and it’s paid off.  

Given HENRY’S puppy-ish status, he has been sleeping in a crate for nighttime sleep and now stays completely calm throughout the night without needing to go outside. HENRY could be an only dog in a home that would give him some focused attention and love. He clearly enjoys playing with his foster sisters, so if he had a pal in his new home, that would probably been ideal. With a little more obedience and confidence building, we think he may become a rock star in dog sports, like agility or fly ball, and would be a great hiking and/or jogging pal.

HENRY is micro-chipped, neutered, heart worm negative and on preventative, and up to date on vaccinations. If you have an approved Northern California Border Collie Rescue & Adoptions Application and wish to enquire about HENRY please email us at If you have an approved adoption application with Border Collie Rescue of Northern California let us know and we will request it be forwarded to us for consideration. HENRY is being fostered in Redding in Shasta County, California.