Maybe they should be called Bick and Biddy — the 2 latest guests in Carol’s place looking for a kind home. Thinking / knowing that dogs cannot last out on the street for a long time in OK shape, I was sure that Holly and Bear(y) were a couple of older shelties dumped on the street by some creep owner. They are very friendly – not what I expect from a dog forced to hide and go through garbage to survive. Yet, a real skittish nature – not sure they should be anywhere you might be walking toward.
Well, I’ve changed my opinion. OK, Bear’s teeth were worked on before I saw him, Holly’s looked — yuck.. Fortunately, I think, Carol put off Holly’s surgery with the doc, which included the probable extraction of several teeth. HA! Holly had been chewing on bones with the others and it looks like that knocked off a lot of plaque but, more importantly, toughened up her gums and NONE of her teeth had to be pulled! YEA!
I don’t think that I gave these 2 enough credit. I think that they have been out on the streets for some time – avoiding people, pretty much – very appreciative when they did run across someone who would give them a rub, a pat on the head. Why the change? Well, Carol found that each has a number tattooed in the ear. This is something that puppy mills sometimes do – why bother with a name, right? Holly has 294 tattoed in her ear and Bear has 293 tattoed in his. So, I’m thinking that a puppy mill decided that they weren’t producing puppies like they should and threw them out in the streets — I’d rather think that than what death trap the 2 might have escaped from the puppy mill “we are done with you” process.
I still have trouble understanding how they can be so nice and have gone through being at a puppy mill for most of their lives and then dumped to the street as their reward – and surviving that. But, I think that is what happened.
So, why Bick and Biddy? Well, if you turn the alphabet into numbers, B is 2, I is 9, C is 3 and D is 4 — 294 is BIC and 293 is BID(dy).. OK, well, at least I didn’t make them suffer by starting to call them Bick and Biddy, eh?
More info about Holly / Bear-y here.
You’d be surprised how well a blind dog can get along and be a great friend. We took Maggie to her permanent home and she plopped right in with all the other dogs and people as if she’d been there forever. Hardly even a misstep – that surprised me. These dogs are tough — don’t “feel sorry” for them as a way of life. These are “little” problems and **now** it is time to move on. That is how they look at it. Great heart – great friends – forever… Maybe she is the kind of pal you’ve been looking for? Always happy to be with you no matter what your day is like? — Joe
BENLD – Lorraine Jackson, owner of the Adopt-A-Pet no-kill animal shelter, is seeking a special family to adopt a special-needs dog.
“I know the right family for ‘Rainbow’ is out there, and I will find them,” Jackson said Thursday. “She is a beautifully natured little Sheltie-mix and has adjusted to her blindness very well.”
Jackson said the dog she has named Rainbow came to her from Gillespie. A resident noticed the dog running loose late one night about a month ago and was worried the animal was going to get run over by a car.
The man was able to get the dog into his house that night and found what appeared to be a severe injury to its eye.
“He called me the next day and asked if he could bring her to me, and I said yes,” Jackson said. “I called the vet and took her in. It was apparent that one eye was basically gone, and the other one was not going to make it, either.”
Jackson said the veterinarian told her the dog apparently had been struck by a vehicle, causing the severe eye damage that had to be very painful to the dog, believed to be about 8 months to 1 year old. The options were to euthanize the animal or remove both eyes, sew them shut and allow her to live her life, although blind.
“Blindness is not a death sentence,” Jackson said. “I don’t believe we should put down blind animals any more than we would put down blind people.”
Rainbow has adapted very well to her blindness, Jackson said, noting that 90 percent of the people that come to her shelter looking to adopt a pet don’t even realize at first that the dog is blind. Rainbow is fully recovered from her surgery and is ready for adoption.
“She goes right to her pen, her food and a friendly voice, and loves to play with her toys,” Jackson said. “And she is a sweet-tempered little girl.”
Jackson said she hopes to find a special family to adopt Rainbow, stating that the adoptive family would need a fenced yard and preferably no children younger than age 10, as young children can make sudden movements that would startle the dog.
Jackson said she is thrilled to have been able to help Rainbow, as she has thousands of other animals in her 25-year career as owner and operator of Adopt-A-Pet.
“I wouldn’t be able to do this without the generous help from veterinarians, volunteers and donations, and I am truly grateful to all those who helped in the past and will in the future,” Jackson said. “I am committed to saving animals, but all we do with the help of those I have mentioned, it wouldn’t matter if we didn’t have loving families adopting the pets we care for here until they find their ‘forever’ home.”
For information about adopting Rainbow or other animals waiting for a family of their own, call Jackson at (217) 835-2538.
Daisy Mae is a tri-color Sheltie meaning that shes primarily black in color with some tan and white coloring. Shes a small sized Sheltie weighing in at about 20lbs. Daisy Mae has a bubbly personality and is really a joy to have around the house.
Daisy Mae belonged to a family who let her run around the neighborhood and it seemed as though they didnt really take care of her or any of the many other dogs theyve had over several years. When Daisy Mae was hit by a car and injured, neighbors picked her up and took her to the vet for care. This is how she ended up with a brand new family who cherished her and cared for her as she never had been cared for before. Unfortunately, this loving family has hit some difficult times and were unable to keep their home or their dogs. Luckily they found Sheltie Rescue.
When sweet, three-legged Daisy Mae arrived at Sheltie Rescue we took her off for a vet visit very quickly to assess her health. She was found to have a raging bladder infection which we wanted to clear up before doing a spay. At the beginning of June she was was spayed and had her teeth cleaned at the same time. A full blood panel shows no indication of any disease or hidden medical condition.
Pup Date August 2008
Teddy cannot go to a home withchildren under age 12. Even though he has been around them a lot,we don’t feel that it’s a good idea. Believe he needs to be with another dog as well ~ one that is older & past the puppy/young dog “superplayful energy stage” [i.e., one that won't bother him as much as 1-yr old Bailey].
Find Teddy on NJ Sheltie Foster Moms
Roxy came to Sheltie rescue after living in a car with her owner and another small dog for several months. She was overweight and very timid with people she did not know. She has been in a foster home for some time now and gets along ok with other dogs (if they are not wild and aggressive).
She is also good with cats. We can only guess that previously Roxy was not around very many people ~ so she can be shy when first meeting someone, especially men. But when she gets to know you, she is willing to please (food has helped her shyness and trust). She is 11 years old now, weighs 24 lbs and has a nice, healthy coat. We do not have updated pictures since she is very camera shy.
Roxy would do well with someone who has had Shelties before and who will give her the time and love she so deserves.
She has a lot of energy and will require a fenced in yard, as she likes to pull when on a leash.
Find Roxy on NJ Sheltie Foster Moms
Shelby is a ten year old sheltie who is looking for a calm and relaxing home where he will get attention like no other! He enjoys long walks on the beach, food and most importantly, belly rubs. (OK, I didn’t read this closely until I put it in… has Shelby been going through the personals to write his description? How about reading a good book by the fire, too? HA!)
Peanut is a quiet and loving two year old kitty who needs a home where he will be spoiled and adored. He loves to spend his time frolicking with his frisky feline friends and nuzzling up to a friendly face.
(yeah, I left in that a cat needs a home, too…. — Joe)
Smiles is one of the Lancaster 11. These shelties were rescued from one of those nasty puppy mills. Usually, these dogs are very skittish – initially. Afraid of people – don’t even know what grass is because they’ve lived their lives in rabbit hutches – small cages with wire for floors.
Glory B is one of the 11. We should push her more to socialize, but she is doing fine anyway. It is clear that she would like to be with you but something in the back of her brain tells her to go hide. All of these dogs seem to be that way. I don’t know if the others react in a funny way to microwave tones like Glory B does, or whistles, etc. — I’d like to know what these sounds represent. Glory B also seems afraid of anything thrown — to anyone.
Well, Smiles went “on the lamb” for a while living in the wild. The were able to capture her again. Frequently, when a dog like this gets out, she doesn’t know how to survive and something, a coyote, truck, other, ends up finishing things. We were lucky in getting Smiles back, I think.
I’m sure she is like Glory B – same group, a lot a like. If so, Miss Smiles will make a great pet for someone. I was thinking that with Gory B’s shyness, she would be super with someone who wants no running around but really wants a companion to stay close. Glory B is like that – you know she likes attention but just can’t ask for it. She is a gentle dog. I think Smiles is the same..
Petfinder.com seems to be a great place to find these pets. Smiles’ info is at NJ Sheltie Foster Moms .