Rescue Me Mondays: Once a week, we will feature a dog up for adoption at a local animal shelter. This week, we’re featuring Zelda, who is available for adoption at Whatcom Humane Society.
Australian Kelpie Mix
“Zelda is a super high energy, active dog looking for a responsible, permanent home. She is not a good match for children or cats, since she’s so jumpy and exuberant. It is mandatory that Zelda be signed up for positive based obedience classes before her adoption can be finalized. One of the smartest of all breeds, the Australian Kelpie can also be one of the most challenging to live with. Her superior intellect, combined with her independence, intensity, and passion for keeping busy, are her best features — and the ones that make her unsuitable for most homes. This sharp-eyed, quick-thinking, fanatical workaholic must be allowed to do her job with livestock, to learn advanced obedience or agility, to accompany you jogging or biking, or to chase balls or Frisbees. Without physical and mental stimulation, they’ll become bored and hyperactive and will drive you crazy with obsessive, destructive behaviors as they seek creative outlets for their energy. High intelligence means they learn quickly — including how to do anything they set their mind to. They are master escape artists (going over and under fences) and zealous gatherers of cars, bikes, joggers, cats, other dogs, livestock, and running children — circling, poking, pushing, and nipping if the person or animal or object doesn’t cooperate. If you are an extremely active person and looking for a dog who’s always ready to go out on adventures, Zelda may be the dog for you! We are accepting applications for Zelda and will be calling people back in for meet and greets.”