My name is Adri, I am 19 years old and I love Border Collies and photography. I fostered for my state’s Border Collie Rescue from 2011 to 2014, and have been into photography since September of 2012. I currently foster for Shine On Animal Rescue in Redding, CA.
I own one dog, a brown and white Border Collie named Nelly, and will have a foster dog or two almost all the time. I also have chickens, fish, and a cat called Buddy. He lives with my mom.
I adopted Nelly when I was 15 years old, she was my first foster dog. I fostered her with the intent of adopting. She had a lot of behavior problems when I got her, including wanting to attack every dog she saw, not being able to settle, and just in general very bad manners. There were some other issues that I won’t get into.
After adopting Nelly I fostered a couple more dogs for the SPCA, then started working with Border Collie Rescue at the age of 16. I am starting college soon and will be staying with my parents while in school, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to continue fostering while I’m in school. I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes!
I initially became interested in dog behavior and training as I started to discover more and more of Nelly’s behavior issues. I knew my parents were not going to pay for a trainer for a dog I had just gotten, so I was forced to learn on my own how to fix her problems. It took a lot of work and studying, but I have been able to turn her into a great dog. She still has more than her fair share of issues, but they are manageable. Living with a dog like Nelly means having to understand her limits and deal with her problems on a day-to-day basis. It can be very trying at times, but I would not trade this girl for the world.
I worked with Border Collie Rescue for over 2 years, and in this time I encountered many dogs that had behavior issues. It’s been anything from simply jumping up, to biting and/or herding people. Most of my dogs lately have been “project” dogs that require more training than most. It’s a constant learning experience, each “problem” dog presents me with new challenges that lead me to learn more about canine behavior and training. Before I started working with dogs I had no idea how complex training was – the professional trainers all make it seem so easy! I do not plan on becoming a professional trainer, I just don’t have the patience for it. I would say that training is more of a hobby for me, one that I’m constantly learning more and more about!
I plan on posting articles about dog training on this blog at least once a month, maybe more. If there’s anything specific that you’d like me to write about, feel free to leave a comment with a suggestion!
Regarding stuff not related to dogs:
I was verbally/emotionally abused my entire childhood, which has led me to attempt to raise awareness of child abuse. I think that most everyone knows that it’s happening, but they don’t do anything about it. They don’t want to face the fact that millions of children are subject to abusive and/or neglectful homes. I am also an advocate for LGBT rights and equality – I believe that unless a person is doing harm to others, what they do is none of anybody’s business.
I am a vegan, and no, that does not mean that I am a PETA-worshipper! In fact, I am extremely anti-PETA. They are a despicable organization that preaches animal rights but kills almost every adoptable animal that they get their hands on. Learn more about that by clicking HERE. PETA claims that unlike most shelters, they take in every animal that is brought to them, and that is why so many are euthenized. What people don’t realize is the majority of shelters are required, by law, to do the same. And yet one of the shelters I work with euthenizes less than 10% of their animals. There is no excuse for how PETA acts.
Be sure to check out my “My Foster Dogs“page to see some of the nearly 30 dogs that I have fostered since I was 15 years old.
I’m not really sure how to end this post…I wanted to end it with a bang! but I am seriously drawing a blank right now.
That’s the best I can do.