Age: 10 Years Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
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Leave a bone for Bandit - adopted!!
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January 1st 2006
Play with the ball, go for a walk, go for a car ride
Being brushed, touched by the paws, having the ball taken away
The black "8-ball" rubber ball
Greenies! but he also loves his Innova kibble and occasional people food
Anywhere, as long as he can go out on walk
tricks?? we're still working on that, but he does sit, and shake hands and can balance on small edges like a cat (don't know if that's a good thing though...)
Bandit is our most recent foster dog on behalf of the Northern California Border Collie Rescue Organization. He is our 6th foster dog and it will be hard to give him up. He is such a sweetie :-)
Update as of 05/19/07: Bandit got adopted today!
Update as of 04/25/07:
Our little Bandit boy has come a long way during the past 3 months since he has been living with our family. He now walks pretty well on leash and responds well to corrections. He also has reduced his barking significantly and except for when he wants you to throw the ball, he is a peaceful and quiet companion. When we're done playing, we simply put the ball or toy away and he lays flat on his belly and snoozes for the rest of the evening.
Although he loves to go on car rides, he is a little restless and gets extremely excited when he sees other cars driving by; but eventually he settles down.
He loves to sleep in his crate and sleeps quietly until we are ready to get up; he even sleeps in with us on the weekends!
And he has been absolutely great with other dogs, even males. Bandit is very polite with other dogs and perfectly understands the doggie language. He is neither overly submissive nor too dominant, just a perfect playmate who loves playing with other dogs and his balls.
He is still nippy when you try to brush or bath him, but with the help of a muzzle it really isn't an issue.
Bandit is not a "runner" meaning he has not shown any desire to romp off or run away. He safely plays in our front yard (could-de-sac) with our other to dogs and sometimes the neighbor's Lab. They all have a blast together and come back inside safely when we're done (or they're thirsty...).
I do however have to add that he is not suitable for a home with young kids under the age of 10. Due to his high drive and desire to get to his ball, he can easily knock down a smaller child or impatiently try to grab a ball from out of someone's hand. He does not herd the kids but he doesn't realize that he can't be as rambunctious as with an adult.
Overall: Bandit is a fun and very happy young dog. His tail is always up and wagging!
Looking for a "classic" Border Collie with all its pros and cons? Then Bandit might be your boy. Bandit is between 1 and 2 years old, neutered and on the smallish side; approx. 35 pounds. He came from the Dublin shelter as a stray. He has endless energy, but settles down nicely after playtime and running after the ball. Speaking of ball: he is an excellent retriever and drops the ball right in front of your feet ("throw-it-again-throw-it-again… .!").
Bandit is very affectionate with people, known OR unknown, and likes to give you a kiss and roll on his back to have his belly scratched. He gets along great with our two resident females; they happily share all their toys, and it’s such fun to watch them play tug-o-war or keep-away all around the house. He also got along well with the male Labrador that spent a few days of vacation at our house. However, although not personally witnessed, Bandit had a few run-ins at his previous foster home, with another resident male.
Bandit is fully house trained and likes to sleep in his crate at night. In fact, all three dogs are running free in our house during the day and use the doggie door to go out. While Bandit is not destructive, he is an opportunist and if you leave your freshly made sandwich on the coffee table to get something to drink, he’s the one snatching it and running away J Bandit is food motivated and has just learned to appreciate the abundance of flavors and treats there are.
Bandit is also pretty vocal. He expresses his desires and moods in an incredible variety of barks and other sounds. He reacts to strange noises, he tells to you throw the ball and he lets you know when he is ready to get up in the morning, because he’s no longer tired. I personally haven’t used any barking-prevention tools myself (it’s not that bad), but I have been told that the citronella collar didn’t have much of an affect on him.
It also takes a while until Bandit fully trusts you. He still doesn’t like to be brushed and bathing him is an adventure. He gets really mouthy, and while he knows that he is not supposed to nip, he can’t help himself and tries to get your hand off of him (I call him "Gremlin" when he does that). He doesn’t bite hard and it’s rather a nuisance than a serious problem.
Bandit loves to go for walks, but he doesn’t really understand the concept of politely walking on a leash yet. He is getting better on his own (with the help of a choke chain), but it’s not much fun walking him together with my other two dogs. But we do it anyway J
Bandit was also a spectator at a recent agility trial in Turlock. He was a very good boy all weekend long and behaved well in the Motel for two nights. He was sitting nicely in his crate and watched all the dogs and the commotion during the day, interrupted only by long episodes of chasing the ball, the Frisbee and running with the other dogs in the exercise area. He was very friendly to everyone who wanted to meet him, humans as well as dogs.
Bandit would love to live in a very active home, maybe with other dogs or at least someone who will be willing to work with him. He still needs some obedience training and help on his verbal recall, but he is so smart that he will learn all that stuff in no time. I don’t think a home with young kids would be great; however, on the other hand, he has been very good with the neighbors’ two young boys and he doesn’t seem to care whether it’s a kid or an adult. By the way: he seems to be more affectionate towards men; how unusual! My husband always gets the big welcomes when he comes home and the first good-morning kiss when Bandit gets out of the crate. I guess I’m just the feeder ;-).
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May 17th 2007 2:16 pm
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Yeah!!! I'm getting adopted on Saturday!!! My buddy Buster's family likes me so much that they decided to adopt me!!! I spent a long weekend at their house a few weeks ago and another full day last weekend. And I love hanging out with them.
And Buster and I get along great and I like Larry, the dad, and Beth the mom, and Grandma and Steven.
They have a huge backyard and I can play ball and Buster is hearding me.
And I even like eating with them, even though I've been a very picky eater at my foster home.
"Sigh...."...I will miss my girls Jersey & Sheila, but I'm hopefully see them often during our morning walks.
(I'm so excited!!), and mom's so happy for me.
Bandit, the Gremlin
May 8th 2007 11:20 am
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Last weekend was fun: I spent all weekend with Buster! Buster is a neighborhood Border Collie that we meet almost every morning when we go on our walk. We've gotten to know him and his dad a little and always stop for a while to chat.
When mom told him a while ago that they would go to another weekend long agility trial, including daddy, Buster's dad offered to take care of me for the weekend. I went there beforehand for an hour to see whether I would get a long with Buster, and it went great! Mom was so happy when she saw us playing: I go after the ball and Buster is hearding me. And we both are happy!
So I was dropped off last Friday evening and spent all weekend until Sunday evening! Buster and I went for walks, stayed up late with the teenage boys, went to the hardware store and they even took me along to the coffee shop to get cookies!!
Mom was a little concerned about my recent pickyness about eating, but it appears that I just didn't like our own kibble anymore (Innova) because I sure ate Buster's Food :-) Buster's dad also game me my Antibiotics in the mornings and evenings that I have been taking for the past week because of that little sore on my back. Mom took me to the vet and wanted to know that it is, but they didn't know either. It's just a a pea-sized sore of some sort. I think it's healing now.
Anyways: was a good weekend and I didn't miss Sheila & Jersey at all, but I sure was all excited when mom picked me up again.
....Buster is probably happy that I'm gone....I think I'm too busy of a boy for the long run for him; after all, he's already 7 or so!
Bandit, the Gremlin
March 29th 2007 10:48 am
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When Mom comes home from work, the fun begins! I'm such a good boy hanging out at home with my two sisters, Sheila & Jersey, but once mom comes home, the chaos begins!!! I don't give her much time to change into her casual stuff because she has to come outside with us and throw the ball or go for a walk. After all, we were sleeping all day and to tired at all!
I love those black rubber 8-balls and I like to carry one in my mouth and run with Jersey to get the other one. Sometimes, mom makes me give up the one I carry and then she throws it for me too. I'm very very fast and sometimes mom worries that I insure my pads because I run so fast on the concrete and sometimes I even slide.
Bottom line, mom and dad don't get a lot of rest when they come home because I keep them occupied. But they say that I settle down nicely once the energy is out and I sleep like a baby all night without complaining.
Over and out,
Bandit, the Gremlin
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