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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.

Dottie – Dottie is a 13 year old female sheltie that found on the side of a very busy highway in San Antonio. The finder tried to find the owner but was unsuccessful and asked us to take her. Dottie is a small girl at 15 pounds and 20 pounds. She is up to date on all vaccinations, heartworm negative, and on heartworm preventive. She recently had a very needed dental and lost most of her teeth. When she came I she had lost a good bit of her hair but it is rapidly growing back. Dottie is a small girl with a sassy attitude, she is house trained and walks well on a leash. Dottie gets along with other dogs and loves to snuggle.

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.

BuffyBuffy is a 13 year old owner surrender because her health care has become too much for her senior citizen owner.  Buffy has a variety of allergies that require medication and frequent baths.  Buffy is a darling sable and white sheltie.  She weighs 28 pounds and is 14 inches tall.  She is house trained, gets along very well with other dogs and cats.  She is very quiet but loves attention.  She walks well on a leash.

Lucky Lucky is a sable merle owner surrender from the hill country. His owner recently lost her husband and is having to move into an apartment in another state and could not take Lucky with her. Lucky is a larger than normal sheltie and many apartment complexes prefer only smaller dogs. Lucky is 8 years old, 16 to 17 inches tall and weighs 30 pounds. He is up to date on all of his vaccination, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. Lucky is housetrained, crate trained and loves to take walks, He gets along well with other dogs and has given up his bed to the resident cat, his new best friend. Lucky, like many shelties, has a low thyroid and is taking an inexpensive thyroid supplement. Thanks to his previous owner he has not been allowed to gain a bit of weight like most low thyroid shelties.

UPDATE - When Lucky visited our vet, they found a tumor in his colon area. He has undergone surgery to have the tumor removed and it has been sent off for a pathology report. During the recovery Lucky’s bladder burst and had to be quickly repaired. He is now on the mend and is recuperating at his foster home. His vet bills have been extensive but we have faith that Lucky will live up to his name and is soon going to be a happy, healthy sheltie. If you would like to donate to his surgery and recovery expenses it will be greatly appreciated. You can donate via our Paypal link on our home page or you can mail a donation directly to us, the address is also on our home page. Prayers are also appreciated.

AgnesAgnes is a 15 year old senior girl from out of town.  She is a sheltie mixed with border collie, stands about 14 inches tall and weighs around 30 pounds.  Her owner passed away and the family could not provide for her.  She is up to date on all vaccinations, has recently had a dental, is heartworm negative, on heartworm preventive, and spayed.  Agnes is starting to lose her vision because of cataracts but it does not slow her down at all, she is quite spry and agile She jumps up on the bed at bedtime and jumps out of vehicles without a problem.  Agnes loves to run and play in the backyard and take walks.  Agnes is house trained, leash trained and gets along great with other dogs.

Cassie – Cassie came to us several months ago from the local shelter.  She had been picked up as a stray several times and we were asked to take her after the last trip.  Cassie is about 11 years old, a bit overweight, up to date on all vaccination, heartworm negative, and on heartworm preventative.  She is about 17 inches tall and weighs around 65 pounds, she has a low thyroid and takes an inexpensive medication twice a day for this condition.  Cassie is a super sweet sheltie mix who is just looking for a quiet place to stay and enjoy life, she gets along well with other dogs and is happy living in a pack.

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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