Yesterday, the same day Jim left for the Netherlands, some dogs that were pulled from a puppy mill auction in Missouri, arrived here in Utah with the rescue group that decided to make this run. They had called us on Monday to ask if we’d take two Shelties…and we said yes. Tuesday we got the call that the dogs were here and there was just one Sheltie.
Kevin and Julene Mathews (Julene is President of our Utah Shetland Sheepdog Club and Mathew is a doll…always ready to help.) arranged to pick up this little girl from Tenderhearted Techs where the dogs were located, and bring her to me. When Kevin handed her to me he said he was almost too in love to leave her with me.
She’s really a tiny thing. Yesterday she was exhausted…I know because she was much easier to handle yesterday. Today, she’s letting me know that she isn’t too sure if I’m really trustworthy yet. We’re working on that. Also…she stinks so badly that a bath isn’t going to be far off. (I need one too, actually!)
I expected that she was pretty stressed during her long journey, moving from whatever puppy mill she started off in, to the auction site, and then here to Utah. To help her, I used some medications and special foods to ease her into life here without the discomfort of a stomach upset or diarrhea on top of everything else. Even though she’s unlikely to need an anti-acid over the long term, I gave her 1/2 of a 10mg famotidine with her dinner last night. In addition, her dinner consisted of Iams Easy-to-Digest veterinary formula (have to buy it at a vet’s office) mixed with Royal Canin Aging Care 27 which is both highly palatible and highly digestable. This little girl is definitely not a senior but I’ve learned to use some senior kibbles and canned foods to help younger dogs maintain a healthy digestive system.
She needs a name and between yesterday and this morning I haven’t come up with one so I’m reaching out to all of you for help. Hopefully the photos will help a little. We don’t yet know what kind of personality we have but she’s not terribly scared and ………………………………………… I wouldn’t be surprised if she warms up quickly. She’s not frightened of the other dogs and almost started to play already, with Jill (next blog post will have Jill). Please share your ideas for what to name her…please? Thanks for your help! – Barbara
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