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Adopt Willow

Female Australian Shepherd /Border Collie 


Willow is a Border/Aussie mix born on January 18, 2016. She is about 40 lbs and not only beautiful but super smart. She would love to find a home with a patient dog savvy person who understands her breed. Willow had a rough start and is NOT going to be an easy dog initially, so it's important to read this detailed information to assess if she is a good fit for you.

This poor girl spent her first year and 4 months with her former person who did not socialize her and hardly walked her. At first meeting, she did a lot of barking (fear bark) with strangers (especially men) making eye contact with her or walking towards her. She also lunged towards young children running around (could be herding) and some taller men who tried to approach her handler. She does MUCH better when people ignore her. For that reason, she is not the type of dog you can take everywhere with you. It took a week for her to get used to her new foster home, the dogs in the home and the routine.
Exercising her and getting her started on "nosework" is helping her settle in. She is super affectionate and loyal now BUT still not great with other people on walks. She has a lot of potential, but needs a very dog savvy home who is familiar with this breed and should likely not be in a home with children at this time. She can be destructive when left alone (chewed the corner of a wooden chair when left for 6 hours once) and may have some separation anxiety. There are still a few accidents but she is mostly housetrained. She is very alert and will take naps here and there and does bark and howl very loudly, so an apartment or condo could be problematic. Finally, she CANNOT be left in a yard with fencing less than 6-7 ft high, as she is VERY agile and would find a way to clear it. She can jump a 4 ft gate back and forth without touching the top...

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If you have questions about Willow please contact The Real Bark



Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
Hair Length
Shots up to date
Spayed / Neutered
Ok with kids
Ok with birds
Ok with dogs
Ok with cats
Ok with small animals
Contact Person

Shelter Description

The Real Bark is a dog rescue dedicated to helping homeless, abused and abandoned animals. We are committed to providing proper socialization, training and medical care for each animal we save, no matter the cost.
We do not specialize in any breed or type of dog. We reach out to and save all types of dogs, regardless of age, breed or medical/behavioral needs. We are committed to transparency with our potential adopters to ensure that once a dog is in our care, they will know nothing but love and safety for the rest of their lives.

Shelter Driving Directions

Please check our website for the next adoption event!

Areas Served

Southern California

Adoption Instructions

All of our amazing dogs are fully vetted, fixed, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption. They are then fostered by one of our experienced foster volunteers, who are able to assess temperament and personality and begin any necessary training. An adoption application, adoption fee, and home check are required for adoption.

Not 100% certain whether you're ready to commit to pet ownership? Consider fostering one of our amazing dogs. It is a crucial piece of the rescue process, and you can play a huge part in saving a dog's life, all the while deciding if that dog, or any dog, is the right fit for your lifestyle! If you know you can't be a forever owner but want to help out and get a little puppy love in return, this may be just the thing for you!

All supplies, food and veterinary care are provided to the foster by the rescue. No costs involved to you - just provide a safe and loving environment and we will do the rest! Fostering can be as short- or long-term as you would like, and we can place dogs with you that are conducive to your lifestyle and preferences (small, large, hypoallergenic, etc.)

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