Meet my beautiful boy, Scout.
He was a rescue dog that changed our life forever. He did not come to us through the traditional rescue path. Instead, Scout was not adopted from a shelter, but from the woods.
He showed up in our yard on April 12th, 2014. He was beautiful, skinny, and covered in fleas and ticks. He was very skittish and shy. He clearly had not had a loving family in a very long time, if he ever had one. He also demonstrated a desire for closeness and love. I ran back to the house and grabbed my sliced turkey. We fed him the entire pound of turkey and he ended up on our porch. We got him de-wormed, flea & tick free, cleaned, and fed. It took a while but we got him all cleaned up and healthy but we did it!
Please forgive the poor photo quality.
He was so anxious in the beginning. He was nervous around other humans and dogs. We spent about 3-4 months working with him on riding the car. He got car sick and drooled excessively during our drives. He hung out behind a recliner in the living room when he got stressed out. Despite all of his struggles in the beginning, he was the most loving dog from the beginning. Once he was able get control of some of his anxiety, he was cuddly, snuggly, and adorable. He was also house trained, which was a delightful surprise.
After a month, this was the new Scout, cuddling with/climbing on me.
Obviously I’m biased, but I think he’s beautiful. My then-fiance and I constantly discussed what breed or breeds he could possibly be. Thankfully, we received a Wisdom Panel for Christmas and were finally able to find out he is:
50%: Border Collie
We were able to use this information to better work with him on his needs and better understand his behaviors (like checking on us every 5 minutes). Because he’s predominantly Border Collie, he’s a working dog with high energy and a need to herd. He’s loud, obnoxious, needy, and super clumsy. I would not trade him for the world.
Here he is laying on me as I write this:
I could gush about Scout forever, but I’ll leave it at this: I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to be able to call him mine and come home to that beautiful face every day.