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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.



Beauregard - Beauregard and Kasey are owner surrenders from the same household. Their former owner was having some serious health issues and was no longer capable of caring for the dogs. Beauregard is a 7 or 8 year old sable and white sheltie. He is neutered and now up to date on all his vaccinations and has had a dental. Sadly Beauregard had not been given heartworm preventive so he tested medium to heavy positive for heartworms and will have to go thru the 3 months of quiet along with the heartworm treatment. Beauregard is a sweet fellow that loves attention, is housetrained, walks well on a leash and gets along great with other dogs and cats. He will be available for adoption in June after he completes heartworm treatment.
   
   

Howdy Howdy was a stray and his family never came for him.  He is about 10 or 11 years old, up to date on all of his vaccinations, neutered, and micro-chipped.  When we tested Howdy for heartworms, we found that he is high heartworm positive and that he will have to go thru treatment, so sad since preventive is really inexpensive next to the cost of the treatment.  Howdy is 16 inches tall and weighs 38 pounds, he needs to lose a few.  Howdy is a true Texan, very friendly and he greets you with a paw (handshake).  His foster family is working with him on a refresher course of housetraining.

UPDATE:  Howdy has completed his heartworm treatment and is able to take walks, run and play.  His foster mom has this to say about him:  He has gotten much better with house training.  He does well in his crate and is a real snuggle bug.  He is very social and gets along well with our two resident shelties.  He loves to greet people with a paw shake.  He is deaf but that doesn’t slow him down and is learning hand signals very well.  He loves to be around people and follows each of us around the house all the time.  He is going to make someone a wonderful and sweet companion.

   
   

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.

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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