I Adopted a Leroy Dog!



I let Elvin grow and waited for him to tell me his purpose.  Elvin’s match found him and it is a wonderful relationship!  Nice work Elvin and Robert! – Vivian

Elvin and Robert1My wife and I simply adore Elvin, he’s our baby. He makes us laugh with some of the comical things he does which has been a blessing with this Coronavirus and the shelter in place order. He is the most faithful and loving dog I’ve ever owned. He talks to us with his eyes. Elvin gets one to two walks a day with a lot of ball tossing in the backyard; however, under the present conditions it gets difficult.
Before Vivian will sell you one of her dogs she makes sure that you and the dog you’re looking at are a match.
An older Irish gentleman I know once told me, if your looking for a Elvin46dog the right dog will pick you. Elvin picked me. The funny thing is Elvin doesn’t go to strangers.
Vivian did a great job training him. There are a few commands she taught him that are particularly useful for me when I’m in my electric wheelchair and we are out and about town. Elvin is a character and a lot of work, as Border Collies are; but, he is worth it and we love him.

– Robert, May 2020


Tony and Willy are True Kindred Spirits!  Nice work with him, Tony.  You are just what Willy needs 🙂  Vivian


To all at Leroy’s,
I adopted Willy,in March of 2018,and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.29404695_10215717230513566_1187173826_o
The adoption took place in Winston-Salem, NC. I was a long haul truck driver at the time.
It took us a short while to get used to each other,but now we are virtually inseparable.
We have since quit driving,and have moved back to the Pacific Northwest.
I moved home to help my parents,both of which are now over 80,and they love him.He has become more of a family dog,than just a companion.To say he is spoiled rotten is an understatement.
He is well cared for,fed,regular vet visits,and plenty of squirrels and rabbits to chase.
I just want to thank you for allowing us to meet.

– Tony May, 2020


These two friends are out having fun.  Looks great Keith and Scout! -Vivian

Keith and Scout
I took Scout downstream from my house about 4 miles through some easy rapids. That was his first time going downstream so we took it easy, nothing big yet. Scout was really relaxed and well behaved.  Although Scout doesn’t like to swim out in deep water, he goes crazy running up and down the beach by my house chasing after sticks. He’ll chase after a stick into about chest deep water before he hesitates.
He’s also getting a ton of exercise just running around on my property. He loves to chase lizards and quail. I did weigh him the other day and he’s 48 lbs and looks great.
-Keith May, 2020

Rex & Bailey


“I would say the most important factor for us in relation to Rex and especially Bailey was the careful selection process. Which prospective adopter would be the best fit for the dog…That said, we know we were the right people to have her… They are perfect together. They have made a great pair and we believe it was the best decision to bring them home together.


We are thankful for them.  We do wonder what they would be writing to you if they had the opportunity.”

– Ann and Ralph

This is a special adoption.  Rex and Bailey were adopted as a pair to a very loving couple who understand how to raise these guys to continued success. What a wonderful experience!  Vivian


Jimmy is working so good with Nina!  She left Leroy’s a timid, little girl and now she is blossoming and soaking up that Love. Vivian

Nina 1“I had a great experience adopting Nina from Vivian. I live in Nebraska and the process getting Nina from California to Nebraska was a simple process thanks to Vivian and her husband. When I was looking for dogs I knew what breed I wanted (Border Collie). I was having issues with the adoption process at other adoption places. I had no fence at my house due to just buying it in October 2019. I found Nina on a website and called Vivian immediately and had a phone call with her the following day. Nina 3

Her process was very different from any other process. She wants the best for her dogs but understands that somethings cannot be changed right away. Vivian did a great job training and her price was very fair. I am very happy with Nina. I highly recommend her to anyone. I stay in touch with Vivian all the time and share pictures with her. I highly recommend Vivian and Leroy’s Dog’s 2nd Phase Working Dogs!”

-Jimmy Kazalski



“We go on walks every evening, rain, snow, or whatever. She likes wearing her raincoat. So much less to dry off after our walks in the rain.” – Richard

“Good luck with all your rescues and please let the ranchers and herders know how much we appreciate Them giving a new life for their working dogs!” – Richard and Tammie

Jasper –

Jasper2“We had a great experience adopting Jasper from Vivian.  We were looking for another Border Collie as we have a both large recreational ranch and live in Silicon Valley.  We did not want a puppy and needed a “started” dog.  Jasper is the perfect town and country dog!
Vivian did a great job matching us to Jasper.Jasper1  The training was helpful, the hand off simple, and her pricing very fair.  We got him as a 15-month old and now that he is almost 3 years, we could not be more pleased.  He is a beautiful, intelligent, and obedient Border Collie!”

Tim –

I love this guy!  He’s a little shy and timid, but so am I.  -Tim and Tim


Erin’s doing a Fantastic job of keeping up with Murphy’s training.  Nice work Erin and Murphy!

“..(Murphy) started b-lining to the road because he was focused and thought his ball was M4headed in that direction. In a panic where he was getting close to the road, I just yelled DOWN and he immediately stopped and downed.” -Erin


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