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CASEY and TANK are two boys that were surrendered to a shelter by the family of a man who passed away. The shelter has worked with us many times in the past and recognized that it might be a challenge for them to find a home where these sweet boys can stay together. They really do love each other and always want to be near each other, even out in the yard when there are multiple other dogs around. They are 6 years old and have been well cared for their whole lives. I hope we can find them a home where they can continue in the life that they’ve been accustomed to. Please don’t ask me which one is which because it’s really hard to tell!
TOBY is 9 years old and thanks to an observant WSR supporter who spotted him for free on a Facebook swap site, he's now safe and sound in rescue. Toby's had a challenging life so far: Hit by a car twice and has the scars to prove it. He also has a broken tail (only he knows how that happened and he's not talking). He is very cute. They said he was a car chaser, so a fenced in yard would be best unless you want to do some training. I always laugh when ads say "needs a farm" at the same time people say the dog is a car chaser. Wouldn't that mean that cars go by faster in the country? Toby is a very youthful fun little dog and would love a home with another dog to play with. He shows no interest in cats either. Well behaved children would also be acceptable.
KATE came as "Mary Kate", but I shortened it. She is very sweet, medium size and just turning one year old (DOB 7/1/14). Of the three that came at the same time from the same breeder downsizing, she is the most friendly and outgoing. She comes in and out on her own, but does not walk on a leash. She gets where she wants to go and then she lays right down and waits to see what you're going to do. When you are sitting down, she is all over you wanting some loving. She really is a fun little dog. Just needs someone to work on leash training and every day normal dog things that she should have learned as a puppy. For only a year old, Kate’s an ‘old soul’ and will get along with any other household pets.
SADIE was transferred to WSR from another sheltie rescue. She was 5 months old at the time she arrived (DOB 1/9/15). She is going to be medium/large size for a sheltie. She is quite timid and prefers to keep to herself and does not act very happy and bouncy for a puppy but I’ve found out that she does have a goofy side and gets more brave every day. She loves our couch-Netflix time together. She’s doing really well on housebreaking and I have been letting her sleep on my bed because I know she won’t jump down. She sleeps well all night until my cat comes to torment her. Then she’s wide awake sitting on top of me. I'm sure a lot of new things have happened in her short life that are scary. Sadie is not leash trained and would do best with a fence.
BEAR is 5 years old (DOB 1/8/2010). He was treated for Heartworms back in 2012 and now tests negative. Bear is 43 pounds of fur, hormones and attitude. He should have been neutered one of the 10 times that the vet told the 80 year old woman to do it (according to his records), but unfortunately, she refused and now he's terrible with some other dogs. When he first got here and wasn’t neutered, he didn’t like any other dogs. Now that he’s been neutered for a short time, he’s ok with other dogs except big black ones. I think in a home with girl dogs or quiet and reserved dogs, he would be great. Another thing I’ve found out is that Bear LOVES the water!! He jumps right in the pool into 2 feet of water. He’d love to visit someone’s cottage or take quiet walks along the lake. If you put a cheap pool on your patio, Bear will be in heaven. Bear would really benefit from an obedience class as he’s not leash trained very well. My guess is that he was ignored in a fenced in yard or on a tie out next to a dog house.
BELLE came to WSR from a breeder surrender to a shelter along with a male that they had. Judging by the size of her nipples, she’s had a few litters already in her short life. The shelter called rescue to help as Belle is very timid, not used to walking on a leash and would be very hard to catch if she ever escaped from her owners. Belle has started leash/harness training and comes in and out on her own.
The good thing is that she’s VERY food motivated so she’ll do just about anything you want if she hears food rattling around in a stainless steel dish. She is a 2-3 year old blue merle and really loves to be in the corner and around the edges of rooms. She’ll rarely go out into the middle. She was VERY attached to the boy she came with, but he was adopted quickly because he was less timid & she’s doing fine. She is very sweet and will come closer to you if you’re sitting or laying down. She is crate trained and has not had any accidents at all during the night. She’s going to need a very patient person to bring her out of her shell.
SNOWFLAKE was adopted out TWICE by the big humane society in Milwaukee. They gave some story about him being hit by a shovel and that's what makes him deaf. If they would know anything about shelties at all, they would know that he's deaf because he's a double merle, the product of a blue-to-blue breeding. The first home they sent him to had small children, never a good match for a herding breed who is handicapped. Of course he was soon returned so they would get their money back. They lowered his adoption fee. Then he was adopted out to a great couple who was was trying to ensure that Snowflake went to someone who knows the breed, as they had adopted shelties in the past.
Unfortunately, their current sheltie (adopted from MNSR) was not very welcoming to Snowflake and thankfully, instead of Snowflake having to return to the shelter AGAIN, they decided to surrender Snowflake to WSR, knowing that we would find him the perfect FOREVER home and more importantly, provide support in case Snowflake was having behavior or medical issues, unlike the shelter whose contract does NOT require people to return the dog, but just states "if you feel you need to rehome your dog in the future, please do your best to make sure it's a good home". Seriously? They don't care what you do once you have the dog as long as they get to keep the money? I'm sorry. That's what some of these big shelters have come down to. And yet the term "retail rescue' is thrown around by crappy breeders who think that our $125 adoption fee is making WSR and other rescues a profitable venture. Snowflake is 2 years old. I don't know the reason for his surrender to the shelter in the first place but I suspect he was a breeder turn-in because he also came with an intact blue merle who the shelter adopted out. Snowflake is settling in and getting used to things here, but he is quite upset from being bounced around so much and will need a very patient person who is familiar with deaf dogs and has a fenced in yard. A welcoming fellow dog in the household would be great for Snowflake.
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As a result, you may notice some dogs posted on this site without their name. Unfortunately, breeders who are not supportive of rescue have watched our website and if they knew the dog by name, instead of praising rescue for helping a dog that might have otherwise ended up at a shelter or euthanized, proceeded to contact the people who surrendered the dog and harass them.
We are not interested in getting involved in (written or oral) contract disputes between breeders and the people to whom they sell puppies. It is certainly not part of our mission to enforce any contracts for them.
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