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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.

Roux - Roux came to us from the Austin Animal Shelter. A cute little stray found on the street. Roux is about 4 years old, he is a mix of 50% chihuahua and 50% of a lot of other dogs. Roux is up to date on all vaccinations, neutered, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. He weighs about 10 pounds and stands about 8 inches tall. He is tiny, busy, silly, and loving unless in pain. We quickly noticed that some times Roux walked differently and seemed to be in pain. We found that he had some old damage to his front left and back right legs, a surgeon recommended no action as it might not improve the situation or could make it worse. The damage does not slow him down.


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.

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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