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Special Shelties

Sometimes we have dogs that cannot be adopted due to major medical issues or advanced age complicated by medical issues. We keep them in permanent foster care as special care shelties as long as they need us.

Patsy –Patsy was a stray in nearby Live Oak. She is about 10 years old, up to date on all vaccinations, spayed, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. She weighs 18 pounds and stands about 14 inches tall. She has a perky attitude and gets along well with everyone in her foster home. Patsy has a grade 4 heart murmur and currently has an appointment with a cardiologists for further testing. Patsy also has no sight in one eye, it appears she suffered an injury some time ago to the eyeball and a cataract has formed preventing any sight from that eye. None of this slows her down, she is a happy bouncy little girl that is house trained and crate trained.

Wolfie –Wolfie is an owner surrender due to the health status of members of the family. He is 14 years old, neutered, and an adorable, laid back blue merle sheltie. Wolfie is about 14 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds. He is up to date on all of his vaccination, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. He is house trained and leash trained. He gets along well with the resident dogs at his foster home and enjoys being petted and brushed.

Macha – Macha is a spayed Sheltie mix, probably a bit of Husky but without the bark and talkativeness Huskies are known for. She is 10 years old, about 17 inches tall and weighs 37 pounds. Macha is up to date on all vaccinations, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. She is house trained and leash trained but not real thrilled with crates. She gets along well with the current resident dogs and loves to be petted and cuddled. Macha has some skin issues that may be caused by thyroid problems so we have her on thyroid medication. The hair is growing back in the shaded areas on her back but there are no hair follicles in the very light areas. She is anemic but it is like her body has learned to deal with it, she doesn’t appear to be making red blood cells. But even tho she is anemic she has energy, loves to encourage the other dogs to play and walks proudly around the yard. Macha has a tumor on her throat that appears to be slow growing, it does not get in the way of anything, she eats and rinks just fine. Her bark is a bit muffled but it is seldom that she barks. Macha is spunky, ever so sweet and gets along great with others. She is a love bug.

Wallie – We got a call from the San Antonio shelter requesting our help with a very senior little stray they received. They were calling her Walter due to 2 lipomas in her groin area. Our vet confirmed she is a spayed female. Ms Wallie is probably 13 or 14 years old and only weighed around 13 pounds at intake. She has terrible teeth, very limited vision, arthritis, high heartworm positive, very anemic and her liver values were highly elevated. She immediately started feeling better after a bath and thorough brushing…she loved the attention. She is improving in foster care, her tale wags and she loves attention. And foster mom happily reports that Miss Wallie has been known to bark.

Mia (was Mila) – Mia was a foundling in an apartment complex. Signs and posters did not bring in the owners and she was turned over to the local shelter. Mia is about 2 years old and has a congenital defect in her spine, she is missing a vertebrae. Also, x-rays show she has had a broken spine at one time that has healed incorrectly. Mia has been spayed and 2 large hernias have been repaired. She is housetrained and enjoys the company of other dogs, especially gentle dogs. Mia is able to get around with a scoot and a hop. A discussion with the neurologist tells us that any surgery on her back could cause her to be paralyzed. She is a happy, loving and trusting little girl. She weighs 15 pounds and will be brought up to date on vaccinations when she has healed from surgery. Mia is also heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive.

Party - Party is a little sheltie mix that came to us after she was left at the groomers…gee whiz, why would someone do that.  She’s about 2 or 3 years old, maybe 10 inches tall and she weighs 10 to 12 pounds soaking wet.  Party is up to date on all her vaccinations, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventative.  She has been spayed and is learning crate and house manners. Party is a special little girl as she is blind, the animal ophthalmologist  has checked her eyes and says she has never had an optic nerve in either eye.  Party finds her way around the house with relative ease, outside she listens for my voice and comes running when I call her.  She is a very quick student and loves to be held, snuggled, and loved on.

UPDATE:  Party had several visits and tests done with a neurologist after she started having seizures.  So far the seizures are under control with medication but we are not sure of this adorable little girl's prognosis.


Abbreviations: VETTING/CLINICALS (dog is in one of our clinics for work-ups); OR (Owner Relinquishment to our program); OTI (Owner Turn In to area shelter); HW+ (dog tested positive for heartworm disease and is going through treatments; should have a re-check 4-6 months after adoption); HW- (dog tested negative for heartworm disease and is on preventative; should have a re-check 4-6 months after adoption); UTI (urinary tract infection); UTD (dog is Up to Date on vaccinations and heartworm preventive); PB (the Sheltie is a purebred; all our Shelties are PB unless otherwise indicated); X (the Sheltie is a Mix, which we determine as best we can with our veterinarians).
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