IMPORTANT: Potential adopters must first complete an adoption application and be approved before contacting any rep about available dogs.


Maryland has an ARPH license plate, contact aussieplates@yahoo.com for more info


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This cute little guy is Zane. He’s about 1 1/2 years old and came into ARPH from a rural area for chasing down chickens which is a story that has led us to many great dogs before him. Zane is a sweet boy who wants love and attention all of the time from his person. Sometimes he jumps up when he gets excited but is learning better manners from his foster home. He’s a smart boy but has a lot to learn yet.  

Zane loves other dogs and loves to play with them. He can be a bit pushy and rough about it like many young aussies but is very good natured about it all. 

He is very good about being in a crate and relaxing there. 

Zane is somewhat fearful of new people when he first goes to new places but adjusts well over time with exposure and patience. He’s comfortable with multiple surfaces and places but needs calm and time to meet new people. We believe this behavior will reduce significantly over time if he’s handled properly. This lovely young boy is looking for a forever home with an experienced dog owner who will help him mature into an even more wonderful dog than he already is.  If already approved contact


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Say hello to Merry!

Merry LOVES her humans and is such a happy dog when she's around them! 

Merry is just over 3 years old.  Who came to rescue through no fault of her own -- her owner sadly had to rehome her due to a change in living arrangements.
She's very smart -- she knows how to sit and shake.  She will let you know when she needs to potty, with a small bark or nudge.  Merry will go into the crate with a little bit of coaxing -- and cheese.  She's a lover of belly rubs and takes a treat very nicely.

Merry admits that she is overweight (the vet would like her to lose 30 lbs), so her energy level is pretty low right now.  Otherwise, she's healthy.  With a dedicated owner, regular exercise and a balanced diet, she'll drop those pounds and be a stunner!   Currently, Merry does fine on a leash, she enjoys her walks.  She pulls a bit, but really walks easily. She, like most Aussies, would appreciate some additional training.   Merry is great in the car and is always up for an outing or an adventure!

She's been good meeting dogs out and about -- eager to say hello, but can be a little over zealous with her greeting.   She's a bit of a diva and likes to have her owner to herself at home, so Merry would do best as an only dog with a dedicated owner -- and in a home with no kids.  She really LOVES her people, her favorite place is with them and she is very generous with her affection to humans.  She goes up to everyone for a pet.

Once she drops a few lbs, she'll be a tall bouncy girl! Right now she's learning how to be the best dog possible for her next family!

Merry is looking for a dedicated adult owner that will love her and help her reach her full potential.  Merry is being fostered in Alexandria, Virginia.  If you think you can provide Merry with the love and structure she needs, please contact
Karen .


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Meet Pip. He lived with one family from a young pup until he was 3 and came to ARPH. In his original home he lived with children, horses, chickens, cats and dogs and did fine with everyone there. He also loved baths, the car, and had been swimming.  Unfortunately, the family did not have time for him so he got overweight and had a lot of pent up energy. 

Pip is housebroken and does well on a leash and in the car. He is a super affectionate dog who loves attention. In his foster home, Pip gets along with all of the other dogs and though he started out a little rough in play, settled down and plays nicely with them now. He leaves the foster home’s cats alone when told to but he will chase them if they run. He’s also gotten lots of exercise and has started to trim down. He is a little unsure of strangers at first but warms up quickly and then loves the attention. Like many young aussies, Pip does jump up on you when he gets excited but calms down quickly. This active, sweet boy will make someone a great companion. If already approved contact


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Benji is a 2.5 year old Blue Merle male who came to rescue because his owners had no time for him. Benji is VERY smart -- he can sit, stay and shake.  He loves learning.  When he's tired he gives himself a "time-out" and goes to his crate for a nap!

Benji weighs about 50 lbs. He's your typical active male Aussie -- but he tires easily of his younger foster brother. So we think he'd do best as an only dog in an active home, or with an older more laid  back dog. Benji is a CAT CHASER and a CHICKEN CHASER -- it's a habit his foster mom cannot break.   He needs a little leash work - he's a bit of a puller, but he's working on it and as smart as he is, he'll be leash trained in no time! He loves to play frisbee and catch -- he does need to work on release. 

Cute Benji has one brown eye and one blue eye -- his previous owner shaved his beautiful coat him, so he will be even cuter when his coat grows back! Best of all -- Benji is kid friendly! Really a great dog! He is up to date on all vaccinations and is neutered.  Benji is being fostered in western Virginia. If you have an APPROVED application contact