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Here They Come. Again.

Well, I guess we have just gotten too comfortable, loafing along with a mere 15 dogs in the house. But that’s all about to change, and soon…

In the last few days, it seems like every time I overhear Barbara talking on the phone, it’s about yet another incoming rescue Sheltie. Here are the dogs about which I know at present:

  • Abby — This spayed sable and white girl may be 9 years old, but Barbara thinks that her picture suggests a younger age. She lived with one family ever since she was a puppy, but (for reasons I don’t personally know) they became unable to keep her. Another family adopted her, but didn’t realize that Abby wouldn’t do well with their guinea pigs and rabbits. Unfortunately, Abby spends her days sitting in front of the guinea pigs’ and rabbits’ crates whining at them. And it’s driving everybody a little bonkers… The family has tried everything they can think of doing, without success. With great reluctance, they decided that giving Abby up to Rescue was best for her and everybody else. (Yes, having a second Abby in the house is guaranteed to cause some confusion!)
  • Sparky — Six years old, Sparky is a very sweet and mellow tricolor Sheltie boy. He’s oversized and overweight, we’re told, but not anything like Collie-sized. His story is a bit unusual: His family lives in a municipality with a 3-dog limit, and they had three dogs. Fine, right? But, then their two kids came home from college, each with his own dog! That put them at five dogs. And, we were told, the city police have already been there and informed them that they must get rid of at least two of the dogs! They’re very unhappy about having to do this, but they don’t have much choice. And, so, Sparky’s coming to Sheltie Rescue of Utah.
  • Hampton — Here, we have a very well trained, neutered Sheltie boy who has reached the venerable age of 10 years. Unfortunately, he gets really distressed when there’s too much activity around him, and has apparently nipped a couple of kids in the neighborhood (we think this might happen when they just show up in the house, and that he’s being protective of the kids who live in his house). Hampton is average or very slightly oversized and he’s not overweight, but his age suggests that he could be having some arthritis pain, which might also explain his behavior.
  • As if those three aren’t enough (15+3 = 18!), we may be getting one, two (or more?) puppy mill dogs from Nebraska. Several dogs were recently taken when a “substandard breeder” was shut down and some of them (5?) were Shelties. They are supposed to be 3-5 years in age, some are sable-and-white and others are tricolors. The more local rescue groups are all completely overcrowded, so they sent out a plea for help from other Sheltie rescue groups, and Barbara offered to take a couple if they need us to. The major sticking point is transportation from that distance. We’ll see

Well, there you have it. Fifteen is likely to become 18 really soon, and could become 20. We’ve got to get more foster homes and more adoptions lined up!

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4 comments to Here They Come. Again.

  • Quick update: The puppy mill dogs mentioned in this post have all been taken by more local all-breed rescue groups and none of them will be coming to Sheltie Rescue of Utah after all. (Quiet sigh of relief…)

  • Yay, I’m grateful that the puppy mill dogs have been cared for. Especially since you’ve already got all these other dogs coming in. Hopefully you’ll be posting soon about a wave of adoptions!

  • Well THAT’S good news. I have to wonder if maybe you are way generous by agreeing to take dogs from other states, especially from so far…but I’d hate to see a dog get turned away as well. Quandary.

  • Yeah, the thought has occurred to us. Next time we have a Board meeting, this should probably be discussed. Thanks for mentioning it, Dawn. It’d be a tough decision to *never* accept such dogs, but we probably should be cautious about the circumstances when we do accept them.

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