OPIE, and dogs like him, are the reason we exist and why we do what we do. This darling boy came to us badly injured and in need of lots of help. The vet could not let this boy go without a fight, so he reached out to us and it was a no-brainer to take OPIE in and get him the surgery he needed to repair a broken pelvis. He looked so sad when we picked him up, but he was on the road to recovery. His surgery was performed mid-October and his progress was steady. All he wanted to do was join in all the Border collie games. We progressed from carrying him out and back in, to short walks on a leash which became progressively longer, until being cleared for all activity. While content on a leash we could see he really wanted to run free. Then one foggy December Eve Daddy came to say, OPIE with your eyes so bright, time to go off leash tonight. Oh how the others loved him, and they shouted out with glee; OPIE the Blue-eyed BC, let’s find your forever place to be.
OPIE is a playful and active smooth coat of medium size (37 lbs). He loves to run, jetting all over the yard with (or without) the other dogs. OPIE gets along well with all his foster mates. He’ll chase and pick up whatever tennis ball is moving. He isn’t much for bringing it back but is smart and should learn with time and patience. Cats don’t seem to be a problem but we don’t know how he’d react if a cat runs. He is fine with our indoor cat and when on a leash gets along with our outdoor kitties. They actually join us on our walks.
OPIE is potty trained but very subtle indicating he needs to go so we do get him out regularly. We have not yet crate trained as his limited mobility to start had him housed in an X-Pen in the living room. He eats all his meals in the X-Pen and that is where he sleeps quietly all night. He is free most of the day but is returned to the pen as he is a bit mischievous. We keep lots of toys and bones around to properly direct his chewing.
OPIE loves to be praised and petted. He is more praise than food motivated, though he is getting used to the idea of treats. He loves the couch. Once he got to the point where he could climb on it’s his go to spot. Can’t find OPIE, look on the couch. If he’s not there look on the other couch. He enjoys cuddling, is a bit of a wiggle-worm, but ultimately settles in. He is loving yet needs time to warm and feel comfortable. He is vocal with regard to activity and new experiences. Patience and bonding time (play, cuddle, play, feed, play) will go a long way to gaining his trust.
OPIE 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 OPIE please email us at Adoptions@norcalbcrescue.org. 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. OPIE is being fostered north of Corning in Tehama County, California.