Hannah’s Bio

Judy McCalla does a wonderful job of writing up the bios for the collies. I send her a summary of what I know about the dog, how they’ve been at my house and quirks and personality of the dog and she goes to work. Here’s what she’s written about Hannah. It’s perfect! Sorry about the formatting, weird line breaks in the copy/pasting process.

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Do you like NASCAR?  Do you also like Collies?  If so, we have the perfect Collie for you.  Hannah

is  a shorter Collie (compact and low to the ground, just like a race car) who loves to do high-speed laps

around the the picnic table at her foster home.  She also enjoys showing off her speedy moves at the

dog park where she is clearly queen of the track.  Her foster mom calls her NASCAR doggie.

Hannah came to MWCR as an owner surrender.  Her family loved her very much and took great care

of her, but when they were faced with some health issues, they were forced to move into a smaller

dwelling.  In their new home, they felt that Hannah didn’t have the space that she needed and wasn’t

getting as much exercise as she should, so they made the heartbreaking decision to give her to MWCR. 

Hannah is a very sweet and well behaved girl who is fully house trained and crate trained.  In fact,

she loves her crate, and when she knows her foster family is going out, she will open the crate door,

go in and wait for the treat that she knows is coming.  Hannah rides well in the car and is pretty good

on her leash unless she sees a squirrel – then all bets are off.  Perhaps she thinks that the squirrels are

challenging her supremacy as the fastest creature on the block.  Hannah will bark to alert her family of

any strange sounds or when people pass by the house, so she makes a great watchdog. 

Hannah gets along nicely with everyone she meets.  She is currently living in harmony with a cat and

gets along well with the resident dogs.  She loves the dog  park and when she approaches she barks

furiously as if to alert the other dogs that the queen of the track has arrived.  Once there, however, she

is not at all bossy or aggressive and plays happily with the other dogs. 

Hannah will fit beautifully into almost any family.  She is energetic, but not hyperactive, and enjoys

walks with her family and trips to the dog park.  She loves just about everyone she meets with the

single exception of squirrels, so it might be better if her forever home did not include small rodents

like rats or guinea pigs.  She is a happy, healthy, loving girl who is hoping that her forever home will

include either a race track or a picnic table where she can show off her moves!

Dog Park Success!

Dog Park Success

I usually wait until the foster dog has bonded with my dogs for a week before I take them to the dog park. I feel like it gives the new dog a bit more security when they enter the park. Not to mention bonded with me, so they don’t just wander off without any sort of guidance. But with Hannah, my instincts told me she would be okay right away.
We went early yesterday to beat the heat. There were several people there and as we walked toward the gate Hannah started barking with enough alarm to make me wonder if this was a good idea. I continued into the entryway, unleashing the dogs and opening the gate. Off they went! Hannah was fine. She was wagging her tail and doing all the proper greetings. She also LOVED the place. She took off running all on her own and looked so happy. I love watching the dogs run. It is a vision of pure joy. Hannah even went with Woodson on his perimeter check (something he has to do each visit).
Today is much cooler so we plan to go again this afternoon. I’m hoping KJ can get some decent pictures.
Hannah is doing great. She’s a very well-adjusted dog. Fitting in perfectly. She’s more than a little obsessed with squirrels. I have to hang on tight when we’re going down the driveway and in the park. The little rodents are everywhere right now. The babies are grown and they are gathering as many acorns as they can.
It’s nice to have a foster who is used to being on a leash and knowing the main reason we are outside. especially when it’s raining!
I wish I had video of the incident last night. Hannah is short and I’m guessing can’t see the top of my bed. She freely jumps up onto the bed, by the way. Lily (cat) was sleeping on the corner of the bed when Hannah jumped up very close to her. Lily went straight up (as only cats can do), flipped over and landed on the floor. It was so funny!