Riley   Needs to be placed with a companion dog  Must have a Fenced Yard This Collie has Special Beahvioral Needs


 6  year old male



Maybe you can't be too rich, but you can definitely be too thin.  When Riley came to MWCR he weighed only 47 pounds - too little for a stately, male collie.  For this reason, adoption for Riley is on hold until we can beef him up a little.
But Riley is definitely a guy worth waiting for.  He is a very sweet, six year old, sable and white, rough coated, collie boy.  He has been neutered, fully vetted and is housebroken.  Riley is very well mannered, knows the basic commands, and walks well on a leash.  He gets along with pretty much everybody:  adults, older children, other dogs and even cats.  He is extremely mellow, but is always ready to play, frolic with his collie foster sister, and give collie kisses.  His eyes just light up when his foster mom talks to him, and he gets excited when he knows he is going for a walk.
Riley is the kind of collie boy who thrives on love and attention, without being overly demanding or hyperactive. He can be somewhat fearful of strangers, and shows his fear by barking when they try to approach him.  This behavior is particularly evident in larger groups of people or dogs.  His barking appears to be an expression of his nervousness and is not an indication of any aggressiveness.  Riley's foster family is working with him to help him become more comfortable with strangers, with patience - and lots of treats and positive reinforcement! - he will begin to warm up.   His foster family's patience has helped him trust them and it is very evident that Riley can trust people who give him love.
Riley's ideal, forever home would be with a family who would lavish him with love and attention with experience in dealing with fear issues (and a few treats now and then wouldn't hurt either!).  A fenced yard and a doggie companion would be an added bonus.  If you want a loving, mellow, quiet collie boy, Riley is your guy.  Contact MWCR or check back here to find out when Riley has put on a few pounds and is ready for adoption.  Remember, sometimes the best things are worth waiting for.
Riley is being fostered in the Twin Cities metro area.