Border Collie Rescue

Grays Harbor County, WA.

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Rescue Group: OTHER
Date: 09-04-2017
DogId: COOPER (WA#4386)
Gender: M
Age: 1 yr - 2 yrs
Location: Grays Harbor County, WA.
Special Needs: none


COOPER is a Maremma Sheepdog.  He will be 2 years of age in November.  He is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and house trained.

COOPER was purchased by a family when he was a puppy.  He lived with them until May 2017 when he was given to a family in Humptulips, WA.  It wasn't long before he escaped and his first round of being at-large in the forest started.  He was captured in June and brought back to Humptulips where he escaped again.  COOPER traveled south through the forest and eventually ended up in Ocean Shores.  After several weeks of trailing him, I was able to safely trap him on July 12.  The Humptulips family surrendered him to me. 

COOPER was underweight and dirty but otherwise healthy.  I had him neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and had his rear dew claws removed. 

As I do with all my new fosters, COOPER was initially not left unsupervised.  He dragged a long line on my fenced property.  He made feeble attempts to dig out the first 2 days but began to settle in soon after.  He was happy to have regular meals and companions.  As with all fosters, except for vet visits, I don't take them off my property for at least 2 weeks.  The dog needs to know this is his home.  COOPER wears a Tagg GPS collar tracking device, just in case.

COOPER has made it clear that he would prefer to sleep indoors, in my bedroom with the rest of my pack than anywhere else.  I don't think he would like to live in a barn or outdoors with sheep.  He is very much a social boy that likes to be with his pack.  He gets along very well with my dogs.  He has an awesome temperament.  He does not have separation anxiety nor is he destructive.  Given his past history of taking advantage of not being kept safe while being acclimated to his new home, he is considered a special needs dog and a flight risk.  A securely fenced yard is required.  When he escaped his home the second time, he was dragging a 6 foot leash, which he chewed in no time, likely because it caught on something. 

As time passed, my trust in COOPER increased and the long line while at home was removed.  We began to take walks on forest land that I lease.  He still wears the long line, but as you can see in his pictures, I've let Jump the Border Collie walk him.  Although I don't think COOPER will run away, he is a very big boy who walks very fast ~ much faster than I do ~ so I am very cautious when walking in the woods.  I highly recommend his adoptive family use the long line and a GPS tracking device on his collar.

COOPER is a big boy, weighing in around 90 pounds.  He is very strong and can easily accidentally knock over a child or smaller adult or pull the line out of their hands.  He will need an equally strong person with a good grip.

COOPER crates well and is crated during car rides, although he would rather ride up front.  He is just a little too large for the front seat.

I have been fostering for Border Collie Rescue, since 2002.  COOPER, not being a Border Collie, was owner surrendered to me, and I am responsible for vet bills incurred [roughly $700.00].  An adoption donation of between $200-300 would be greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in meeting COOPER and think you have what it takes to give this gentle giant a great home, please first fill out the adoption application on the Home page and then send me an email at

A home check is required.


Thank you,


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