Perry was discovered in an animal shelter in Taiwan by dog rescue there. I saw him in some pictures
that were sent to me, and although they said he was a border collie, he looked very collie-ish to me.
Oops! I did not know that border collies came in sable and white! Come to find out they do, but sable
and white is a rare color for B.C.s I hear. When I picked Perry up from SFO, that is when I realized,
yes, he is a pure bred B.C. after all. And what a sweet little guy he is. Almost perfect! And only 39 lbs.
If you know collies and border collies, you know that usually collies have a few less batteries than
border collies. In other words, usually collies are a bit less charged up. But Perry is calm. He might
have one more battery than most collies his age, but for the most part he is very laid back. And smart
of course. Because that's how border collies roll.
Perry is approximately 7 years old. He had all of his vet needs taken care of in Taiwan. He was heart
worm positive and had a tick born illness, poor guy, but all of that has been fully treated and cured.
One thing though is that Perry walks with a limp. We had full body x-rays done to rule out things like
bone cancer and arthritis. The x-rays were looked at by a specialist who found that Perry had broken
both bones in one front leg at some point in his life. His leg was allowed to heal on its own, with no
medical treatment. Well it did heal, and he is in no pain, but it did not heal properly so he will walk with
a limp possibly for the rest of his life. The good news is that we learned from the full body x-rays, that
his heart shows no sign of damage from the heart worm, and he has no arthritis or any other skeletal
issues. His x-rays will be available for review.
Perry is good with other dogs, great with cats, and even live stock and chickens. He has no desire to
chase or bother any of them, which is surprising for his breed. He doesn't seem to have much of a
herding instinct. He has not been evaluated with children, but he loves all people, so older children
would probably be ok. He does love to play chase with other dogs, and sometimes gets the zoomies
in the yard. He likes toys, and to play with other dogs. He is quite submissive.
As far as we can tell, he had no training prior to being rescued, but he now sits on command. And he
does come when called usually, but that needs work as well. He may have had more training, but
because he doesn't understand very much English yet, its hard to tell. One thing he does do, which is
very cute, he likes to hold your hand. He literally puts his paw up and uses his nails to hold on to your
hand. Not in a harmful way, but just letting you know he doesn't want to let go.
Perry does need leash work. He does pull some, but because of his small size its not a huge deal,
and it can be addressed with training. He loves to go for walks, and gets excited when he sees the
leash. He doesn't require a lot of exercise. Just daily walks, and occasionally playing with a dog friend
and toys. He is not the type that needs to be worn out everyday to be well behaved and happy. He
does prefer to be with people over other dogs. And is content to just be petted and loved.
He is a couch potato when we are relaxing. He loves to lay on the couch and cuddle. Very
calm and good in the house. He never gets into things, and is not a chewer. He is a
complete Velcro dog. He wants to be with his human at all times but is totally fine being
left alone. He was a little needy at first, but after a month in foster care, he now will play
on his own without his human. He is crate trained and uses a dog door at his foster home
to go out to do his business. He is house trained, but will mark in new situations. Which is
normal for a lot of males.
Perry loves to go in the car. He travels very well. Very relaxed in the car, never makes a
peep. No car sickness.
Perry is a great little dog that needs a loving home with people who have time to spend
with him, and preferably, access to another gentle dog friend, either in his home or through
play dates. He would love a cat friend as well. He must be allowed on the couch. He would
not be happy otherwise. He sleeps on a dog bed or on the couch at night. All night, never
moves. He will sleep in a crate too!
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