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SADIE was recently transferred here from another rescue. She is a medium-size (26#) sable merle. Sadie seems to have been mistreated and is almost "feral", but has made much progress since she came to the other rescue in July of 2014. She likes to roughhouse with other dogs, but learns a lot by just watching. She is easily bullied by another dog. She doesn't like doorways, but is learning. She is VERY smart and sweet.
LASSIE is darn cute, but I've been told she can be a bully if she thinks a timid dog is afraid of her. She is about 16 pounds. She comes when she's called and gets excited when I pull out a leash. She was surrendered to an out of state shelter due to financial reasons and that sheltie rescue transferred her to us. They believe she is about 3 years old. She is a little barky and then she howls, which I haven't witnessed yet. She sleeps on the bed.
MAC - The shelter said he was very matted so they shaved him and he "looks like a little cow." I'm sure he feels much better. He is about 35 pounds and needs to be the only dog. I think he lived outside until now, because he doesn’t have normal dog manners as far as sit, off, and no digging in garbage. He is snarky to other dogs that try to drink from the water dish at the same time and he was recently neutered so the marking inside has stopped. The shelter put him at about 6 years old. He is very submissive and sweet to people, just wants to be the only dog.
MIRANDA is a little spitfire. Very bossy and typical tiny female. She is about 1-2 years old and surrendered to another sheltie rescue due to financial reasons. She came to Wisconsin with a few other dogs because we didn’t have too many available dogs for adoption, and I think someone here is looking for a little dog like Miranda. She is definitely female and has a mind of her own. She’s a little stubborn when coming in and out the doors. She hasn’t had a lot of human touch, so it will take some coaxing for her to learn that cuddling feels nice. Miranda definitely needs a fenced in yard. She is so fast and sneaky. She is not used to being leash walked and is scared of traffic so she is going to take a very patient owner
MONTY is an 11 year old sheltie who was surrendered for being snipping at a toddler. He is also not tolerant of young dogs that are active near him. He'll try to take a swipe at them as they're spinning and he's quick! He's a beautiful dog and just a little arthritic. Loves people and loves to play with the ball. If there is anyone out there who would only like to have one sheltie (I know, that sounds crazy), Monty would like to be the only dog.
ANIKA is 2-3 years old and was surrendered to rescue by the family of a man who was incarcerated. She has a lot of fun with other dogs, wagging her tail and barking and spinning. She loves feeding time and gets really excited. She would probably do best in a home where there is another social dog and where she can get some exercise to get a few pounds off.
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?