#2945 – Gertie

Status:   Adopted

Status: Adopted
Type: Sable and White
Age: 7 years
Birthday: Early 2005
Gender: Female
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Good with children: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Probably not as she has a high prey drive.
Housebroken: Yes
Foster Location: Menomonee Falls, WI
Special needs: She needs regular exercise to make sure her back remains limber.
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
Description: Okay, we all agree that Collies are the most beautiful dogs in the world. But coming in a close second are Bernese Mountain Dogs. So what would you get if you crossed these two, lovely breeds: you'd get Gertie.

Gertie is quiet, easy going, sweet tempered and described by her foster family as having perfect house manners. She is fully house trained and can be left unsupervised without any fear of misbehavior. She is not crate trained, because there is never a need to crate this laid back girl. She knows the basic commands of “sit,” “stay,” and “halt” and she is practicing “come.” Gertie is not a particularly playful dog, but she loves spending time with her people just hanging out and enjoying their company. She walks very nicely on a leash as long as there are no distractions, but he does have the Collie herding instinct and will lunge at passing cars, bicyclists and other dogs when she encounters them. She rides well in the car.

As a puppy, Gertie's desire to herd cars got her into trouble and she was hit by one. She sustained a back injury that now causes her to favor her right leg. It also causes stiffness and lack of flexibility if she does not get regular, daily exercise. Her foster dad takes her on two daily walks of more than a mile each, and this seems to work perfectly for her. Like many folks, she also has to watch her weight and regular exercise helps with that too. Because of her bad back, she will need a forever home that does not require her to walk up more than a couple of stairs.

Gertie likes people more than she does other dogs, though she would probably get along fine with a submissive, male, canine companion. Her herding instinct would almost certainly cause her to chase cats, so a feline-free environment would be best. She is currently living with other dogs, but needs to be fed separately because she has been known to steal food from her dinner companions.

Gertie came to MWCR when she was surrendered by her owner after an incident where Gertie's litter mate allegedly “nipped” a neighbor. Apparently the neighbor was afraid of dogs and ran when approached by Gertie's sibling. That action triggered a typical Collie herding/nipping behavior which was misunderstood by the neighbor. Even though Gertie herself was not involved in the incident, it was thought best to remove her from the area.

Gertie would love to find an adult home with either a single person or a couple. She does not dislike children, but because of her back issues, kids would be too much for her. She is a sweet and loving dog who would make a wonderful friend for someone who would take her for her regular walks and then settle in for a good snuggle in front of the TV. She does not need a fenced yard as long as she is supervised when outdoors. Her good looks and her gentle manner reflect the very best of the two breeds that make up her heritage.