Name: Obi-Wan
Age: 2 year
Breed: Mini-Aussie/Sheltie mix
Gender: Male
Weight: 8 lbs

Hey! My name is Obi-Wan. I’m a 2-year-old black-tri Miniature American Shepherd. I’m almost 8 pounds now and love to eat, play, and work for treats.

So, let me tell you a little about me. I’m the total package. Adorable, well-groomed, little yet fierce, athletic, and loyal.

But first, we have to get to know each other and I take my time with that because I’m worth it. Okay, and also new people are scary. They want to touch me right away and I’m not ready to move so fast. So, what’s a guy to do? I bark but they keep coming. It’s like no one wants to listen to the little guy but I have a lot to say if someone would just listen.

When I met my foster mom for the first time, she ignored me and I appreciated that. She got me right away. It took me about 30 minutes to get her but now she is the coolest person I know.  She says she’s going to get rid of me (adopted she calls it) and that eventually I’ll think someone else is even cooler, but I’m nervous about that. She’s yet to disappoint me so I’m going to try to have faith.

Now, once we are cool with each other, that’s when the real Obi comes out.

Are you looking for a couch potato? NOT IT!

I am feisty and full of energy. My foster sissy is a border collie and she doesn’t even hold a candle to my drive and speed. When we play fetch, I always win and she’s left eating my dust. I love to play whatever you want to play. I’m learning something called flyball right now. There’s a ball and I get it and run back with it and then the tug drops and it’s then there’s a tug party! The tugging is the best part. The ball is fun too but I could tug all day long.

You might be thinking, but you are so little Obi! How do you have so much energy?

I was born this way! Nothing keeps me down. Sometimes my foster mom will say that I have no self-preservation and we need to sit and catch our breath but that’s torture. There are toys to squeak, balls to catch, frisbees to toss, and squirrels, bunnies, cats (gently!), and other dogs to herd! Waiting is awful but she makes me do it even if I protest.

My foster mom said I have to tell you these other things too, but imma also explain my position and hopefully, you will understand.

So…my mouth. It likes to touch hands and feet. And toys too, and the moving vacuum. Oh, the vacuum. I could bite her for days. Anyway, I digress…so sometimes hands and feet get in the way of toys or other things and I can’t help myself. It’s confusing and I’m still trying to figure it all out. What is okay to bite and what isn’t? There’s a fine line and get blurred. We all have issues.

I also like to be the center of attention (not the worst thing!) and I can be a little pushy about that. I’m learning about boundaries and trying really hard. I live with 5 other dogs right now and they get a lot of attention too. And I need attention. And what if my foster humans run out of attention. It’s a lot to worry about.

And that brings me to this last little thing.

I have anxiety. I said it. A lot of us little Aussies have this issue. But I’m told that it doesn’t make me “bad”. I just need people who can understand me and be patient. Then I will reward you with the best kisses and cuddles in the world + total and complete trust and loyalty for the rest of my days.

Maybe my foster mom is right and an even cooler mom and/or dad is out there right now reading this. Could it be you? If you are interested in meeting and ignoring each other, reach out to CHAR and they will hook us up.

Obi Wan is available for adoption to an experienced home. He requires patience, on-going training, some type of fitness/sport regime, and a friend to play with. Obi takes time to open up to new people and does exhibit fearful tendencies (barking/lunging) with new people, this makes him unsuitable for a home with children.

Obi gets along with other dogs and cats. He does show a strong herding instinct and will chase cats if they give chase but he’s never hurt them. He’s a lot of “all bark, no bite”.

He is very mouthy and will mouth hands and feet. He needs help working on impulse control and boundaries.

Obi is crate and house trained. He is neutered, micro-chipped, and up-to-date on vaccines.

Overall, Obi is a high energy herding dog that needs an output for his energy and some training for his reactivity to new people. He has the potential to be a great little dog.