Fostered Shelties and Other Friends
There may be only one Kelsey,
but there are lots of wonderful Shelties.
Sunny was our first foster Sheltie. She was so full of
life that we knew we had to find her a home that would appreciate her.
We did. She now lives with the family of a co-worker and their older Sheltie,
an 80 lb giant of a Sheltie. The two dogs hit it off well and have become
best friends. Sunny has even made peace with the cat in the household.
Congratulations on your new family Sunny!
This is Chassie, one of two Shelties turned in to the shelter
by a family that was moving and didn't want to take the dogs with them.
A neighbor took the older Sheltie but Chassie was left behind. She was
a one and a half year old spayed female with a wonderful personality. It
looked like she had never had a bath in her life and her hair was a mess.
She was quiet, but not shy. She had never been allowed in the house and
it took a little work to assure her it was OK. Several hours of cleaning
and a trip to the groomer and she turned out to be very attractive, if
a little overweight. She was adopted by an elderly lady locally and now
enjoys the good life.
Keno, was an AKC registered 2 1/2 year old. When we got
her she was waiting for her new coat after having a litter a couple of
months ago. Her family had to move and couldn't keep her. We were lucky
to find a perfect home for Keno, now called Carley. Carley is the center
of attention in a loving environment were she is a companion to a woman
that is a full time caregiver for her elderly parents. Her new owner is
thrilled with her and is doing everything we recommended to make her feel
at home. I did realize, however, that there was the possibility that she
might become spoiled when I told the new owner that she could try putting
some peanut butter inside a chew bone to get Carley interested in it. The
new owner turned to Carley and asked her if she would prefer peanut butter
or cashew butter.
UPDATE: Carley is doing fine and her hair is looking good.
It's starting to come back in but it looks like it will be a while before
she's all dressed up. She is spoiled, as predicted, but very well taken
Konan was turned in the shelter because his owners didn't
have enough room for him. He is very overweight but a perfect gentleman.
He never barked, growled or had an accident in the house. He had a very
heavy coat from sleeping outside which made him look even fatter. We worked
on getting him to go up and down the stairs as an excercise program and
it seemed to be working.
Konan now has a new home with a great family that already
has one Sheltie so they know how special Shelties are. He now gets all
the attention that he could want. We had to find him a really
great home because we were getting so attached to him. The
new owners have promised to trim him down so we look forward to seeing
him this summer.
Samantha was a 7 year old spayed female Sheltie that was
very overweight. (50 lbs.) The good news is that the vet discovered she
had a thyroid problem and we started her on it soon after we got her. She
was a very sweet dog and loved everyone, especially women. She was turned
in to the shelter with her companion, Socks, a 12 year old German Shepherd
because her owners were moving to a no-pet location. With a body that seems
to fight her every move, losing her family and even Socks, she was a confused
little lady. Even through all this she did her best and waged her tail
Samantha is now in her new home and working on becoming
a properly sized Sheltie. She was adopted by a grandmother and her granddaughter
who have set up a strict exercise program and diet for Sam. After just
a week she had already lost 4 pounds and was getting up and down easier.
The Thyroid medicine really helped her attitude and gave her more spirit.
We'll be posting an update later on her progress. By the
way, Socks got adopted also!
Bridgett is not a foster dog, just a welcome visitor.
She visits when her mom can't be with her. She looks remarkably like
Kelsey, just the next size up. She's a rescue Sheltie that is still
a little shy, but she has improved remarkably during the last year.
It was hard to get a picture of her because she would turn away everytime
I pointed a camera at her. On the other hand, she loved to run and
chase me around the house. It was wonderful to look down and see
Kelsey and Bridgett curled up together at the foot of the bed.
Shep was turned in because "there was not enough room".
He is a two year old, thin, happy boy. He required the standard Sheltie
cleanup and he suffered through it without complaining. Shep has a wonderful personality
and looks like he would be an excellent obedience dog. He works very
well on a leash and constantly watches you to see what you are doing.
Shep came from the same breeder as Keno/Carley (above), so we had a small
family reunion over the weekend. By the way, Carley is very happy
in her new home and is doing wonderfully. Shep shares at lot of the
same traits and some of the same features. Let's also hope he shares
the same happy future in his new loving home.
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