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Save Our Herders Outreach Inc

, VA, 23112

Shelter Description

Save Our Herders Outreach (SOHO) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to herding breeds and herding mixed dogs in need. We concentrate our rescue efforts in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and parts of Tennessee. Most of our volunteers and fosters live in those states and share their homes with their own Border collies, Australian Shepherds, Australian Cattle Dogs, Working Kelpies, Corgis and/or Shetland Sheepdogs.

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Border Collie

Say hello to Sherlock! Sherlock is a young border collie x black bear that showed up in a shelter in North Carolina. Fortunately, one of... show more

Say hello to Sherlock! Sherlock is a young border collie x black bear that showed up in a shelter in North Carolina. Fortunately, one of our devoted rescue ladies in that area ended up pulling him and his brother-from-another-mother, Watson, from the shelter for us, and now they're making Richmond home. While Sherlock, true to his namesake, was a bit shy and retiring at first, this guy is a spitfire once you get to know him. Bold, energetic, friendly, confident, and athletic, Sherlock is going to make one heck of a companion down the line. Right now, Sherlock is about 16 weeks old. He's been exposed to dogs and cats and has no problems with either. Because of his exuberence, he will not be placed in a home with young children as he is a BIG BOY... 16 weeks old and already tipping the scales at a hefty 33 lbs. He is also tall, and goes right over a baby gate if he thinks there is something interesting on the other side. He loves women (he's SUCH a ham) and will nibble gently on his foster mom when he's happy. He loves This guy is kind of the perfect little puppy. He chews (mostly) his own toys (will steal shoes if allowed... he's got a little bit of a shoe fetish), picked up housetraining in a hot second, and plays well with other dogs, though he is at the age where terrorizing other, older dogs is a new type of fun. He is learning respect for other dogs but does back off when absolutely requested. He is crate trained and sleeps well in his crate all night, though he will promptly wake up at 6:30 to tell you to let him outside. Sherlock is going to be a big boy, and has already been exposed to clicker training and some agility equipment and done well, so may make a good casual sport prospect. He is HIGHLY food motivated and has been exposed to a variety of rewards (dried fish is his favorite so far). He also loves playing tug and does "the big stompy feet" when he gets excited. He is still learning that the leash is okay and will need someone to work with him on obedience. He also loooooves other dogs and would love to have a very playful brother or sister. This guy has a big personality to go with his big stompy feet, and is a little bit of a trickster along with always being open for a snuggle. He is fairly well adjusted and is learning about new kinds of people. He is up to date on vaccinations and ready to go to a new home who is going to treasure his amazingness. To apply to adopt Sherlock, please go to and click on the adopt button. show less

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Labrador Retriever

Don't let this regal creature fool you - this puppy is full of silliness, sneakiness, and love! Meet Watson, Sherlock's adopted brother.... show more

Don't let this regal creature fool you - this puppy is full of silliness, sneakiness, and love! Meet Watson, Sherlock's adopted brother. Truth, we weren't supposed to pull two puppies that day, but Watson was so shut-down and scared that we couldn't resist. Little did we know we were getting a combo couch shark, cuddle bug, and clown. Watson is one of those puppies that has a sense of humor and absolutely loves to sneak up behind you and "boop" you with his nose when you're least expecting it. He will also hide under the couch or around the corner when he's feeling mischevious and shoot out, nip at your feet, and then hide again with a loud bark. There are some caveats that come with Watson. He is going to need a friendly dog in his home to pal around with - we can't send him to a home without another dog because he will shut down. He will also need a home with adults ready to work with him and continue his socialization work. While we have tried to make up for his lack of early socialization, he did not have good experiences very early in his life and will need people committed to helping him continue to come out of his shell. Any prospective adopter will also need a fenced yard with a sturdy fence (this is not normally a requirement for our dogs, however, for Watson it is). For all of this, you get a dog that is going to be a big boy but that is absolutely the sweetest snuggle bug you've ever met. Want a dog will play play play and then snuggle while you're watching Game of Thrones? Meet Watson! Want a dog that will greet you with a big, enthusiastic "WOO WOO!!" and full-body wiggles? Watson's your guy. And guess what!? He's mostly housetrained and prefers to chew on his toys, not your furniture, though he will steal your shoes and stash them under the couch (check there first if you're missing the left shoe). He has absolutely no regard for your personal space and loves to be all up in your business once you've won his trust. Watson is going to be a bigger guy as he's already almost 40 pounds at 4.5 months old. We think he may be between 85-90 lbs full grown. He does need to build on his basic obedience but fortunately is very treat motivated! He also loves belly rubs and being held (we know... not a sustainable practice!) and his favorite treat is dried fish skins. He loves to play with squeaky toys and balls and most of all, other dogs. If you are interested in bringing this shy guy into your life, please submit an application at sohodogrescue dot com. An application is required to be submitted to be considered for adoption. Watson is up to date on shots and heartworm preventative, and SOHO is a 501(c)3 dog rescue operating in Virginia. Any questions about Watson can be sent to saveourherdersoutreach at gmail dot com. Your personal pets will be required to be up to date on vaccinations and heartworm preventative in order to qualify for adoption. show less