#2549 –Willie

Status:   Adopted

Status: Adopted
Type: Sable, and White
Age: 6 years
Birthday: September 24
Gender: Male
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Good with children: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Unknown
Housebroken: Yes!
Foster Location: Manitowoc, WI
Special needs: While not essential, I would LOVE to have another active playful dog to romp with
Adoption requirements:
Available for adoption with an application & home visit. Don't hesitate to complete our adoption application form
Adoption Fee: Click here for fee
Update: February 4, 2009
Willie has more than adjusted to indoor life and has seamlessly gone from being an outside dog to his temporary foster home with lots of other dogs to our chaotic home with three to six kids around everyday!  His favorite thing to do is to hang out in the backyard, bark at the ducks in the creek behind our house and keep watch over his backyard kingdom and "flock" of kids.   He has the best indoor manners and is never crated when we are gone.  He is just as calm as can be and only wants to be included in all the activity...which he is.  In fact, he is usually sound asleep by 8:30 every night along with the kids...and always with a loud groan.  He doesn’t even get on the furniture but prefers to lay on his dog pillow and chew a bone.  He is doing wonderfully at obedience class and has quickly learned all the basic commands, plus some.  He is truly a member of our family and we can’t imagine being without him.  Thank you MWCR!

Update: October 2, 2008
Now that Willie has had some time to settle into his foster home, he is showing himself to be “Willie the Willing.” Though his first few years were spent as an outdoor dog, Willie is quickly learning the ins and outs of living indoors. His foster mom says he absorbs new behaviors and information like a sponge. He readily goes into his kennel and never barks or misbehaves when he is there. He has shown none of the destructive behavior that you might expect from a dog that is just adapting to a new lifestyle: he doesn’t counter surf, jump on the furniture, get into the garbage or chew inappropriately. He has learned to signal to his foster mom when he needs to go outside for a potty break and is well on his way to being fully house trained.

Willie is an active, playful collie who is great with the other dogs at his foster home. He loves to chase and play, and because he is so fast and smart, he would be an excellent candidate for fly ball or agility training. He has lots of energy, but unlike some active dogs, Willie doesn’t jump up on people. Instead, he jumps up and down in front of them. It’s as if he is saying, “I don’t want to knock you over, but I’m just so happy that I have to bounce!”

Willie loves to be groomed and stands happily wagging his tail when his foster mom bathes or brushes him. He also enjoys going for walks and is so well behaved on his leash that he can be walked side by side with several of his canine foster brothers. He loves going for car rides and learned very quickly that when you go to the drive thru, they have treats!

Although Willie has lots of energy, he also has his soft, laid back side. He loves to curl up with family for a little TV time or to just hang out. He is good with children and always friendly and welcoming with visitors to the house.

Willie would fit in well with most family situations, but would particularly love to have another active, playful dog to romp with. His forever home could include children or active adults who would take him for walks or runs at the dog park. He is quick in both mind and body and would be a real stand out in agility or obedience training. If you are looking for a playful, active, loving collie, you won’t find one more willing than Willie.

Hello future collie adopters!  My name is Willie (or Will-man or William, as my foster mom affectionately calls me).  My world literally transformed overnight on Sept. 13, 2008.  Until that day, I lived with a family.  I loved my family and they loved me, but they realized that another owner could provide a better home for me.  You see, for most of my almost 6 years I lived the life of a partially kenneled/partially line-tied farm dog.  I wasn't able to run free like the other farm dogs or to experience the interactive lifestyle of a house dog.  I had no idea what was in store for me that day when two strangers in a truck pulled into my yard, loaded me into a wire cage and drove away with me inside!  I was confused as I watched my home disappear from view.  I had no idea that the night before was the last night I'd sleep outside or want for anything.  

  The next stop with these strangers was a personal spa treatment.  Wow!!  This stranger spoke reassuringly to me and then lifted me into a bathtub.  I wasn't sure about all of this but once that warm water and those gentle hands starting massaging that shampoo throughout my body, I had no choice but to relax and enjoy it!  So this is why all of those show dogs have their noses in the air!  It was great!  All of a sudden I panicked because some big, heavy weight detached from my body and fell on the mat - oh my gosh!  I'm coming apart!  But then the stranger (who I discovered later would be my foster mom) again reassured me that I was just shedding my former life as a kennel dog and sending it down the drain.  Amazingly to both of us, after the bath & a blow dry, this big, full-coated dog transformed into a meek, 60 pound, thin-coated sable/merle little man!  Whew!  Did that feel wonderful!  I couldn't wait to get back outside just to feel the breeze through my coat!  But where would this truck take me next on this mysterious journey?  

  Well, feeling a bit "full of myself," sporting a coat that flowingly bounced as I moved and sporting a new collar with bling, I was then taken from my travel cage through the door that I believe introduced my new life:  A huge fenced yard with plush green grass, trees offering abundant shade at all times of the day, multiple elevated bowls filled with fresh water...but where's the doghouse?  Where's my tie-out line?  Where's my kennel?  Why aren't you restraining me?  I'm gonna run, you know!  And then all at once, this stranger laughed, hugged my neck, and then unsnapped my leash and said, "Welcome to your foster home, Willie!  Go run!  Check it out!"  And then she let me go!  Free!  Oh my gosh!  It felt SO good!  If this is what rainbow bridge is like, take me now!!!!  Or maybe you already did!!!  

  I was introduced to all of my foster brothers and sisters within 15 minutes; they're awesome!  They've welcomed me into their home and I'm learning so quickly about toys, treats, group play etiquette.  I have the daily schedule memorized and I am just the BEST foster dog according to my mom.  I received a "good dog" treat at my doctor visit and I'll be returning next week for some "cosmetic surgery" (whatever that means...).  I'm adjusting quite well to becoming a house dog, so my mom tells me that I'll be housebroken in no time.  I'm very content in my cage; I don't have issues about anything. I loved being placed on her grooming table and being fluffed and brushed.   I just blended into this lifestyle and this home like a returning family member.  If you look closely at my photos, my facial expression says it all .  That's "me": the kind & gentle "Will-man."