Your heart really goes out to this handsome 6 year-old Border Collie/American Eskimo mix named Patches. He found himself homeless at an overcrowded rural county dog shelter last fall and while we don’t know whether he was a stray or an owner surrender, he was absolutely terrified there. Fortunately, a shelter volunteer took him under her wing and brought him home to foster. Patches had never been on a leash before and would scream and flail out of fear as soon as a leash was put on him. This kind lady worked with him for several months and got him to the point where he would accept the leash and walk right alongside her. Once she felt he was ready to start searching for a permanent home, she contacted us for help with him and Patches made the trip to Canine Lifeline to start the next chapter of his life. Patches was very fearful when he arrived but it’s clear that he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He is still handshy and nervous around people. It does take him some time to fully trust someone new but Patches craves routine and is a dog who needs a huge amount of structure in his life. He loves his crate and takes comfort in there as his secure area. He does fine with other dogs. He will need a home with a secure aboveground fenced yard and a calm mature confident canine pal to show him the ropes. This dog is going to be a project for his new owner but the rewards of seeing this boy gain confidence and start relaxing and enjoying his new home will be worth the effort. It will take him some time before he’s comfortable going for a walk in his new home so needs a new family who can be extremely patient with him as he adjusts to his new home at his own pace. Once he trusts someone, Patches loves affection and responds well to a kind voice and soft hand. Patches weighs about 36 pounds and his adoption fee is $250. He’s neutered, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations including bivalent canine influenza, wormed, on flea and tick preventative, and microchipped. As part of the adoption process, all adopters must commit to a two-week adjustment period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email if you’re interested in Patches. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. Please note that we don’t place our dogs in homes with children under 7 years of age. We try to respond to inquiries within 72 hours so if you haven’t heard from us within that time frame, please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there. 

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