Despite Jess' history we think she is a GREAT dog. We almost kept her when she was in foster care the first time, but felt she might enjoy a home w/less commotion. Hindsight is 20/20, right? Jess is great w/livestock and is a nice working dog. She hasn't had any real formal training but it wouldn't take much to get her ready to do AKC/AHBA type trials. She's respectful of the stock and responds well to pressure. She's a very fun dog to work. We've only had her on sheep. Jess also LOVES to play disc w/her floppy frisbee.
Jess has been fine with our dogs since returning to foster care, but given her history we are recommending she be in a single dog home, or POSSIBLY a home w/a non-dominate male dog. We were told Jess has severe storm phobias although she's been totally fine since returning to foster care. We keep her crated when it storms and she may dig for a minute but will stop when you ask her too. She's not done any damage or tried to get out of the crate or anything like that. When Jess was returned to us she was on a LOT of behavior-modifying medications...we don't use those types of things so we took her off the meds. We wanted to see her for who she is and try to work w/the issues that were explained to us. Thus far- in over 2 months of being back in our care- we've not seen ANY of the issues we were told she has. We were told she doesn't like loud noises (fireworks, gun fire, etc), while we live in the country and don't really have those things going on, we don't doubt that she is likely not a fan (but then again, most dogs aren't....). I think you should take extreme caution with ANY dog when fireworks are going off- Jess is no different.
Ultimately we feel like we failed Jess. We want her next home to be PERFECT and to be her last home. Jess is still a GREAT dog. She will flourish in a home as an only dog. She would love someone to throw her floppy disc, take her to a (non-dog) park, etc. She'd probably love to learn different games (maybe some nosework, or tricks?). She does have an old farm injury and will occasionally limp on her front shoulder (this is noted in her medical records, we've not actually seen her limp). She came into foster care quite overweight so we've been working on the diet plan. With proper exercise, feeding and nutrition it's possible she won't limp at all. Jess is fully house and crate trained. She rides well in a vehicle when crated (we are told she can get a little car sick if loose).
Jess is looking for an adult home who can treat her as amazingly as she deserves. She is fine with cats and recently lived w/chickens. Other then trying to herd them, she was fine. Jess has lived in a home with and without a fence- we may consider a fence-less home for her if it's the PERFECT home. Jess has been through two not-great homes. No dog deserves that. We want nothing but the best for her! Could your home be the right fit?