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GLADYS is 4-1/2 years old and very overweight. We will be testing her thyroid soon to see if she’s just lazy/fat due to her previous sedentary lifestyle or if thyroid medication is the answer. I received an email from a senior citizen man who purchased Gladys as an older puppy (for $700) several years ago from a breeder in Red Granite, WI (Touchtone Shelties). He was calling to surrender the dog because of his own health problems (not sure why a senior citizen would purchase a puppy in the first place). MANY dogs with Touchtone Shelties background/breedings have ended up here. Matter of fact, one of the first ones, was a 10 week old puppy that the breeder personally surrendered because she couldn't afford to fix his GENETIC heart defect. Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue paid $1600 to fix him, placed him and he's now between 10-11 years old and is living a wonderful life. After we paid that bill, I found out that Murphy's siblings all sold for $800 each. There were 7 of them. Are you good at math??? As if that wasn't enough, the breeder showed up at the Virginia Beach Nationals ON VACATION to show her dogs. Besides Murphy and Gladys, many more dogs with Touchtone backgrounds have ended up in our rescue, as well as many that have been rehomed privately to people in our rescue network from people that Touchtone sold to as a puppy.. That's not a fluke. That's POOR PLACEMENTS. This woman is an ASSA member and has been been very anti-rescue despite us taking care of so many dog that she has bred and sold, without so much as $1.00 donation. Now, I have a 4-1/2 year old freakish timid dog because this breeder sold a puppy to a very frail senior man and must not have done ANYTHING to socialize all those puppies so by the time they get to their puppy homes, they're already scared of everything. Can we at least all agree that some people shouldn't be breeding dogs?
LADY has an interesting story. A woman and her husband are out for a bike ride and come across a stray dog dragging a leash. No ID tags, but a collar and leash. The woman is a volunteer for another breed rescue, so of course she stops and catches the dog. They canvass the neighborhood trying to find the owners to no avail, so they take Lady home. They call all the shelters, the police, take to the vet to scan for a chip, post on Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, etc. Fast forward the legal 7 day stray hold and still no one has come forward to claim this girl. Meanwhile, she goes into heat (YUCK). So, running loose, not spayed and no ID tags. Come on folks. These nice people did EVERYTHING right and legal and it looks like their owners barely did the minimum it takes to own a dog!! Once Lady is spayed and updated on her shots, she will be available for adoption to a home who's going to keep her safe from now on!! Judging by the condition of her teeth, I'm guessing her to be around 3-4 years old. She's a LARGE girl, probably 50 pounds, but very sweet, rides nice in a car and loved the teenage boy that lived in the house where she was being safely kept.
ZANDER - like my mom would say, "He's a biggun!". I bet he's at least 50 pounds. Just one of those big farm style shelties. He's VERY sweet and three years old. I'll update on his vet status later this week. He doesn't seem barky and gets along with other dogs. The only issue that I have to work on with him is that he was an outside dog so we're starting with crate training for housebreaking. He is neutered so hopefully he gets the hang of it pretty quickly. Shelties are smart, so I'm sure he will.