(497) January 2012

Dahy (dah-hee) is an irish name meaning "swiftness or nimbleness". Dahy is a very athletic 1 year old male Border Collie. He is a slim, sleek guy with tons of ball drive and lots of energy. He will need a home that can keep him busy!

Because Dahy is so energetic, he would do best in a home without young children (he might accidentally knock a smaller child over). Dahy gets along great with other dogs, both male and female and loves to play with them! His favorite game is playing "tug the rope toy" with his "foster brother"! He will stand up for himself, but is not overly dominant with other dogs.  However, Dahy doesn't quite understand when another dog doesn't want to play, and continues to pester them with his play bowing and nudging.

Dahy knows sit, stay, come, and wait. He loves to play ball and is pretty good at bringing it back (unless he thinks he will get to play a game of chase with you!). Dahy is pretty good on a leash, he doesn't pull too hard, but could still use some work. He is highly food and toy motivated and is very intelligent, he can be taught just about anything with a little time and effort.  However, Dahy needs a firm owner, if he thinks he can get away with something, he will do it. Above all, his owner needs to be consistent with boundaries and rules. 

Dahy has very poor hips, and care should be taken to keep him slim and fit.  X-rays have shown that he is not at a point now where surgery is needed, but that may be in his future.  Dahy takes fish oil and glucosamine chondroitin supplements daily, which helps strengthen his hips.  Once he builds up a little muscle in his legs, he will be able to do just about anything, but should never have any exercise that involves any jumping (the best exercise for him would be lots of swimming).  With the right precautions, Dahy should live a normal, happy life without complications. 

Overall, Dahy is a great boy with a LOT of potential!  He would be the perfect running partner or hiking companion for an active owner.

Contact Jessica if you are interested in Dahy.

Bio Updated on: 4/18/2012
Photos Updated on: 2/5/2012