Phone number: 4158705398
Pet’s Location: San Rafael
Pet’s Species: Dog
Pet’s Name: Nickel
Pet’s Breed: Australian Cattledog
Pet’s Color: Blue
Pet’s Weight/Size 72 pounds/ Large
Pet’s Age: 6 years
Pet’s Sex: Male
Spayed/neutered: Yes
Microchip: Yes
About the animal:

Nickel is a very sweet boy who has had a lot of change in his life in the last year. His owner of 6 years passed last August at which point he went to his owner’s children. They were unable to care for him along with their 2 other dogs and children. He was surrendered to a shelter where I came to meet him and bonded with him. Knowing how quickly cattle dogs deteriorate in shelters I adopted him with the intention of rehoming him and seeing his personality outside of the shelter environment.

After 6 months I’ve come to see that Nickel is one of the most loving, smartest, and loyal dogs I’ve ever come across. He has picked up commands such as sit, down, wait, leave it, side sit, & come through faster than most dogs. He is currently enrolled in Introduction to Nosework at Marin Humane which he absolutely adores, excels at, and would love to continue. Nickel enjoys going on walks, although he gets winded pretty easily (he needs to lose quite a bit of weight), he likes playing frisbee but his absolute favorite thing is playing with his stuffed toys and fetching them.

Nickel is currently what I call our ‘outdoor’ dog. His crate is located in the garage & he has access to our garden. This is only due to the fact that we have 4 cats and he has a prey drive, which we are working on. Currently, I would recommend Nickel being the only pet in the home, unless he is able to separated when no one is able to keep an eye on him. He could also possibly live with another dog as he has lived with my 2 dogs and is starting to understand their cues. Nickel does have anxiety when he is in new situations but can be refocused with his different items. We use puzzles, licky mats, snuffle mats, kongs, Prozac, and he is learning a settle/ place command in order to feel safe and calmer in new situations.

Based on what I’ve seen having him in my home for the last half year, I believe that with the right person who is willing to take their time and learn his cues, he will be a loyal, loving companion. He deserves a forever home where he can be fully loved and given the amount of attention he deserves.