You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, there’s something missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we suggest Montanans lasso themselves a Lassie.

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Montana is a state with significantly more cattle than humans, with frontier counties of merely six people per square mile. With such a low population density, it’s no wonder Montana wildlife thrives. On scenic hikes through Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, you can spot elk, grizzlies, and eagles in more abundance than any other state. Dog lovers in Montana need a pet that will keep them company, that loves the outdoors, and that has an adventurous spirit. We suggest a Collie to round out the Montana family.

Montana’s state motto, “Oro y Plata,” Spanish for “Gold and Silver,” refers to the Gold Rush, when gold-seekers flooded the state in the mid-19th century. Indeed, Montana has an adventurous history. Evel Knievel, the nation’s most popular daredevil, is a Montana native. Collies, too, are a courageous breed. Remember Lassie, the loyal, life-saving TV dog? Collies were bred as sheep herders, so they thrive in the countryside. Highly sensitive, Collies are amazing at sensing danger. They make great watchdogs and, with all the wildlife that roams Montana, their instincts could be potentially life-saving. They are great farm dogs, making them a perfect match in a state with such a high proportion of livestock.

What Lassie also made clear is the Collie’s undying loyalty to its owners. Easily trained, they make great family pets. If you’re ready to add a Collie to your Montana home, here are some adoption resources to help you in your search.

Montana Collie Rescue Resources:
Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue
Montana Collie Rescue Group Directory
Montana Collie Rescue


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