DoB: April 19, 2011 (estimated)
ISSUES: Frustration/barrier barker
For more pictures of Thomas, please visit his photo album on our facebook page.
Thomas is a very handsome, traditional border collie. He is polite, if a bit hesitant, on leash and seems to be generally insecure about what is expected of him.
He has shown no interest in toys but he does like his food/treats and is quite gentle about taking them from your hand. We have the impression that he was not a house pet - he was initially hesitant about coming into the house and he does not have any kind of signal to indicate when he needs to go outside.
He meets other dogs politely and then usually goes off to enjoy his own company. He would rather avoid than confront, based on the introductions seen so far.
If there are words that describe him best, it would be country gentleman. We suspect he is used to the farm life and may show herding instinct in the right setting (ie: around livestock).
His main issue is barrier or frustration barking, when dogs (or people) rush by his crate or, if he is in a pen or dog run, they are working or playing on the outside of the pen. He usually stops with a simple verbal correction, though. He also goes a little berserk around the lawnmower (tries to dive in to grab at it) or if we use compressed air.
Thomas was picked up as a stray in Leduc County and transferred to us when he was not claimed.