Northern California Border Collie Rescue & Adoptions

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the welfare of the border collie
Serving the greater Sacramento valley and Sierra Nevada foothills

Sam • Male • 2-4 years  •  Adopted!  Please return to
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Meet SAM (aka Sammy), a 44-pound tri-color boy who is estimated to be 2-4 years old. SAM might be considered a McNabb as he walks on his toes and has a short-to-medium coat. He is very people-focused and food-motivated, and has fit in well at his foster family home. SAM is a happy boy, prancing and dancing when it’s meal time or time to take a run in the yard, and is also somewhat fearful and submissive when rebuked by either people or his pack mates. After 2 weeks in foster care, he is coming out of his shell and is readily accepting pets and hugs, with tail wagging. Click/tap to see SAMMY’S YouTube video.

SAM likes to chew on a good deer antler, and toss around the Kong donut, but gets a bit afraid when it squeaks. He may not have grown up with toys, but he does love to play, which at this point mostly includes running and dancing. He is really smart, crate-trained, sleeps well at night, and has had no accidents in the house. 

Even though his foster family considers SAM an easy house guest, he needs a home with savvy/experienced BC owners. All BCs have ‘quirks’, which is why we love them! SAM’s oddity is a reaction to seeing his own reflection in a window or other reflective surface, which escalates to a reaction. His foster family has experimented, taping black plastic over the house windows (at BC-sight level) and this has worked like a charm. Without that other strange ‘ghost dog’ staring back at him, the behavior has stopped and he has seemed to relax and be even happier. His response is only to the reflected image (of himself) and not to other dogs or people. It may have been allowed or encouraged at his former home, making a habit of the behavior, so his new family will need to block off the lower part of windows and not reinforce this ‘quirk.’ SAM will be a happy and loyal friend, and a loving companion.

SAM 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 SAM, 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. SAM is being fostered in Granite Bay in Placer County, California.

Click/tap to see SAMMY’S

YouTube video