Blue's Adoption Picture

Quick Bio

Age: Young (1-3 years old)
Gender: Male
Breed: Border Collie
Size: Medium (7-20kg)
Colour: Grey
  • Good with dogs
Adoption Status: Adopted

Blue is a male Blue Merle Collie living in KAPS Daegu Shelter. He is maybe 2-4 years old.
He is beautiful but is having trouble finding a new home due to his loud voice.
Blue gets very excited and barks when he sees people, dogs, or pretty much anything exciting happening that he isn't involved in! Which is always the case when he is caged up at the shelter. He was fine on the walk, it is possible once he was out of the shelter and getting exercise his barking would hardly feature.
He is a lovely dog but we suspect hasn't had much in the way of training or socialization. He tends to jump up and has no awareness of where his teeth are, or that they could be dangerous. He pulls on the lead (you know in that nearly horizontal way that collies are so good at!).
He has tremendous potential but unfortunately non of that is displayed while he is in a cage in the shelter.
Best case scenario would be an adopter/s without children who was very active and looking for a running or hiking buddy. With lots of exercise we have no doubt Blue would be a great best friend.

Oct 29th:
Blue went out for a walk this weekend with one of our regular volunteers. He is now becoming a firm favourite with everyone at the shelter. He lives outside with the little dogs and really enjoys attention and playing with his ball.

Adoption Fee: ₩100,000
Location: Daegu - 대구
Living Situation: In a shelter
Adopted From: KAPS: Daegu


mainoussa's picture

What a beautiful boy!

megs's picture

I walked Blue today. I agree, he's going to be a great dog for a very active person/couple. He's very friendly, but he does NOT get along with other dogs when he's tied up. (When I was walking him, I didn't let him get near anyone else's dog.)
He was super excited about some boys that came up to pet him.
Regarding the barking, I believe a combination of regular exercise (he's meant to run after herd animals all day, not sit around and look pretty) and some proper training will fix this. Regarding his disposition towards other dogs, this can be dealt with, too. He knows "ball" and will bring it over. He wasn't possessive about it, and gets the idea that bringing you the ball = getting to fetch it!!!!. He's very quick, and it's easy to envision him in a frisbee catching competition.
Again, he's got a good core. He likes people and he's going to be a great companion for someone active with a willingness to work on his problems.

Katherine Magnotti's picture

This guy is very sweet! He didn't seem to enjoy the other dogs when I was playing catch with him... But! At one point, I was getting ready to throw the ball and he was so focused that he didn't even acknowledge the bothersome Shih Tzus literally barking in his face! I was impressed. I think he mostly needs a lot of play and activity. But such a great dog! So beautiful and good.

emmat191's picture

Blue was adopted on Friday last week by a Korean. I have attached the adoption picture, he looks pretty happy! We are so glad that he is out of the shelter and into a home.

mainoussa's picture

Yay for Blue!

marlajoy's picture

Out of curiosity, what sort of screening process does KAPS Daegu have? Is it pretty decent or can pretty much anyone take a dog home if they want?

emmat191's picture

There are unfortunately two different procedures. KAPS was struggling with foreigner adoptions because they would lose track of the animals when people left, so those adoptions are now run by a foreigner volunteer team. Several people have put a lot of work into getting these policies and forms up to the standards used in America and the UK. However our Korean workers have not, to this point, had any interest in adopting the same forms. They have been working at KAPS for 30 years and are a pretty good judge of character now, so they talk a little with the adopters and if they like them, the adopter gets an animal.
There is one very big culture difference which is the cause of this disparity. Most foreigners really hate the idea of their dog going into a shelter and if they have to leave it behind, they tend to give it to a friend rather than return it to the shelter. This tends to create many animals who have had multiple homes and eventually get behavioural problems. It also means we lose track of the animals and can't help out with those problems or ensure the animal is happy. Koreans have no problem returning the animal to the shelter (it is part of the contract they sign) if they no longer want it. So this means that where as foreigner's animals tend to just disappear, Koreans animal get brought back to the shelter. For the workers they feel this is fine and means they can personally put the animals in a better home and care for them in the mean time.
Hope that helps. I'm the Volunteer Co-ordinator at KAPS so let me know if you have any further questions.

marlajoy's picture

Thanks so much for the detailed info!! It's so sad that so many people don't see adoption as a permanent, life long commitment and end up sending their animals either back to the shelter or off to a friend's house. I currently have 3 foster animals in my home. Two of them have been with me for some time now - in large part because I want to know with near certainty that my animals will find a wonderful FOREVER home! If I have any doubts at all, I turn down the potential adopter. Anyway, I was just curious how it worked at KAPS because I've fallen in love with some of the animals (even though I've never met them) and really want to see them end up in a wonderful home! Thanks for your hard work!! :)