My name is Jake.
I am McNab.
A McNab is a breed that was originated by Alexander McNab in Northern California. He crossed some exceptional Border Collies with some Basque herding dogs to produce a herding line that became highly sought after by ranchers for their expertise in herding cows. If you want to read more NcNab history, you can visit
I am 3-1/2 years old. For the first three years of my life I was kept in an apartment without much exposure to the world beyond. When my family moved away they didn’t take me along and I was turned over to rescue at the last minute. There I discovered the outdoors in its wide variations. I was anxious when the wind blew and moved the leaves. I was reactive to anything new and it took me a long time to realize that those common things were just a part of life. So things got better, but I’m still on the lookout for squirrels that have to be examined from the bottom of the tree, for low-flying birds and I listen for noises that might indicate a distant dog.
Speaking of other dogs, I don’t get along with most of them. There have been a couple of exceptions, but make sure you understand the word “exceptions”, if you get what I mean. I am a typical McNab, like other herding breeds, I become loyal to my person or maybe my persons. I am not adverse to meeting another person as long as it’s done properly. I can be very protective of my people and their environs. For example if stranger invades the space suddenly and without proper circumstance, I will immediately begin barking loudly and will protect against the intrusion – surely my handler would not have knowingly put me in the position of Chief of Security unless that was the desired scenario.
I am very smart, if I do say so, and I quickly learn routines and cues. I can stay for long periods quietly and look forward to my handler’s appearances. In fact, I have heard it said that I am a pretty sweet dog – a comment that perks up my ears. But remember, sweet doesn’t mean that I will forsake my heritage – If I see a neighbor walking a dog, I immediately take umbrage and want to send that dog away with a display that will accomplish it. So we don’t go for off leash walks on trails that other people use, even if it’s early in the morning and “no one would be out that early” .
If you’ve read this far you probably feel that I’m not the dog for your lifestyle – BUT – Perhaps you know of someone that is in a salubrious situation as my partner. So I’ll summarize the things that I’d like you to pass on to that person.
What would work is:
1) The person or couple (hereafter known as the prospect) have experience with the vicissitudes and strong tendencies of a true herding breed.
2) The prospect lives in a rural area with land space as a buffer to interaction or exposure to other dogs and is not interested in trying to have me meet some neighbor’s dog after I’ve lived there comfortably for a while.
3) The prospect wants to enjoy me as I become a trusted companion and will do the proper handling and management and understanding to nurture that trust. As an example of what NOT to do – don’t expect to achieve results by simply giving me treats or to teach me to sit or lie down and think that constitutes proper handling.
4) The prospect doesn’t have a bunch of folks or grandkids pop in for a visit and thoughtlessly exposes a herding breed to the noise and immediate gratification sought out by these strangers who want to “pet the dog”. Can you imagine their response in a mall if a stranger walked up and stuck a hand in their face? Give me a break and let’s do it gently.
5) The prospect simply wants a companion that will be a source of smiles and quiet satisfaction when watching the results of their involvement.
Oh, you can tell the prospect that I weigh 36 pounds, am neutered, up to date on my shots and can enjoy the safety of a crate overnight. Maybe even show the prospect a picture or two.
If the prospect is interested enough to contact Bob Lee by phone (253-229-2623) or email (), he will fill in any blanks. Bob will transport to the right prospect.
Thank you for thinking about connecting me with a proper prospect. You have been pretty patient in getting to the end of my poem.
I am Jake.
I am McNab.
If you are interested in Jake and would like further discussion/information, please contact Bob Lee: