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Update 3-7-15 - Cdar is scheduled for neutering and microchipping on 3/12.  

If you are looking for an easy, ready to go dog, this IS NOT the dog for you.  But if you are looking for an excellent "project dog" that will take time to gain his trust and help him blossom into the great little dog that is inside, then read on.  

This dog is believed to be around 10 months old.  Best guess is that he is an Aussie, or possibly an English Shepherd (farm collie).   

He was picked up as a stray in the hills around Yakima where he had been observed running loose for several weeks; seen getting chased by coyotes, and other times moving range cattle and sheep around in the hills. There is evidence that he spent time chained up. He followed the animal control person sent to get him around, but that person could not get close to him, so had to catch him in a trap. He is very wary of humans reaching for him, and will dart away.  We are overcoming this by keeping a leash on him much of the time and letting him drag it around so we only have to reach for the leash, not him.  He actually walks quite nicely on leash (see video).  UPDATE 3-7-15 -   Cedar is making great progress in trusing humans and is starting to enjoy being petted and brushed by his fosterers.   

In spite of his rocky start, he is a nice little dog that is showing great improvement in his comfort around people, and is starting to look to me to interact with him.  He is not housebroken yet, but is making good progress.  He is quite a barker when he is excited or frustrated or impatient (like when he sees or hears the other dogs playing and he cannot get to them) but he is learning self control and now remains quiet in a crate all night, will get quiet before he is fed, and we are starting to be able to watch movies in the evening without relying only on subtitles :) as he remains quiet for longer periods of time in the crate.  He has a relatively high pitched puppy or Aussie bark, the kind that penetrates to the core of your brain.  :)  

He is good with the other dogs, but if one of them challenges him, he will growl back.  He is not a submissive dog, rather somewhat pushy (hence the need for an experienced owner).  He bounces back quickly and doesn't hold a grudge if rebuffed by another dog.  He is loose in our house much of the day, and is happy to mingle with the other dogs (especially another young dog we have that he loves to wrestle with indoors and play chase games outside).  However, we are keeping him separated from the other dogs as much as possible so that he spends more of his day around people.  He needs to bond better with people, not dogs.  So I am looking for a home where the owner has a lot of time to spend with just him

He is still intact, as we wanted him to settle in more first, but he will be neutered.    

He is currently around 40 lbs, and is still a little on the thin side.   I'm guessing he will be around 50+ lbs when fully grown.  You might call his coloring either a black tri, or a saddleback sable. And he came out of the Yakima area with a tail!!   He recevied basic vaccinations after he was trapped, and will likely need another round or two as we must assume he was never vaccinated as a puppy.  He has had his rabies vaccination and has been wormed now too.  

Because of the observation of him around stock, he will receive a preliminary evaluation on sheep on Feb 21, so check back for an update.  UPDATE 2-22-15 - Herding evaluation was negative.  Observations of this pup showed him more interested in the other dog in the pen than the sheep.  What interest he did show was more just chasing them rather than thoughtful movement.  So this evaluation did not show any herding potential.  If I still have him in a month, I will try again.  Here is a long clip on youtube of his exposure to sheep.  

This is a nice dog that is now greeting me with a wagging tail, and climbing up on the sofa to lay next to me.  He is becoming food motivated and willingly goes into his crate to be fed.  He is starting to fetch toys, and will play with toys by himself too.  He spent a month in the backyard of the people who trapped him, where he had the company of several other dogs, and he tried to herd two puppies they had.  They reported he showed a lot of interest in their cats, and would give chase if they ran, so no cats or only very dog savvy cats.  And since he nipped at the heels of the kids in the home, a home without young children is in everyone's best interest.  In the interest of full disclosure, when he was transferred from Yakima to Issaquah, he was stressed and scared, and bit two people who were chasing him around the yard trying to catch him.  In the 6 weeks he has been at our house, I have seen him in a number of very stressful situations and there has not been any indication of biting, so that was likely an extreme situation of mishandling that caused those bites.   

Here is a link to a clip of him trotting on leash,

and another clip of him wrestling with another young dog.

This dog is fostered in Issaquah, WA.  If you would like to find out more about this young dog, give Joan Hitchner a call at 425-391-0450, or e-mail  His requested adoption donation are the costs of his neutering & microchip.   


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