COURTESY LISTING> Meet darling Demi! Western Border Collie Rescue took in Demi over a year ago from a Utah shelter where she came in as a stray. Since then she has come a really long way! When she arrived, she was a timid little thing. She has gained much confidence since then and blossomed into a happy and playful girl! Although she is still somewhat reserved when meeting new people, she is a total love bug with her human friends. She was also pretty terrified of other dogs, but has lived and learned from her canine foster siblings that dogs are OK and she even plays with them. She'd probably love being the only dog in the home though so she can have all the attention! :) She looooooves to play frisbee, as well as swim, run, hike...she’s a great outdoor adventure companion. She is athletic but completely settles down in the house, and loves to lay right near her human buddy. Demi is a couple of years old and just stunningly beautiful - a split black and white face with unique brindle coloring.
We are not sure about Demi’s past, but we doubt it was a very good one. Since arriving at WBCR, Demi has become completely house trained, fully crate trained (she likes her crate and goes right in it on cue), and has learned some basic manners. She’s gained off leash privileges with her foster family, who she trusts, and travels wonderfully in the car, truck, RV...; she’s a solid road warrior. Demi sometimes still lacks confidence in some new situations, and she will benefit greatly from adopters who will continue her training using positive, gentle methods as well as continue to expose her to all the world has to offer – new places, new people, new dogs - safely and slowly and at a pace that Demi is OK with. Demi had health challenges as well when she arrived. We discovered upon spay surgery that she was born with a very rare birth defect - no reproductive organs! - and with only one opening for excretion. She has since undergone two surgeries at CSU to reconstruct her system so she does not have chronic UTIs any more. We also discovered that whoever docked her tail (yes she has a bob tail) did a terrible job so there is a vertebrae that puts some pressure on her colon. This leads to some inflammation. However, we have found the right balance of medications and she now is feeling great and doing really well! It is better if she has lots of opportunity to eliminate during the day so she will need someone who can be with her most of the time. (Plus, she'd love that!) Demi’s special needs at this point just include monitoring her condition and delivering meds. For more details, interested parties can be put in touch with her foster, who has funded her surgeries and who has fostered her during this last chapter of regaining her health. He has all the details about her condition, surgeries, and what Demi’s like to live with. Her foster can also attest to her loving nature, her skills, and the fact that she is now living with, running with, and playing with several dogs and she’s doing great!
All in all, Demi is a gem who is sure to light up the life of a special person. She splits her time between living in both Colorado and Texas, and adopters from regions beyond those will also be considered. If you are interested in learning more about Demi, contact Western Border Collie Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although we are no longer taking dogs into our rescue we are actively searching for the perfect home for Demi.