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CHEYENNE - It's hard to tell because of her condition, but I would guess her to be between 9-11 years old. I think she had a haircut in spring and it's growing back patchy, but she'll be going to the vet first thing on Monday if I can get her in. She has a little slice on her pad and blood in her urine that need care and then a pretty extensive dental is in her future as well. Cheyenne was a stray in central Wisconsin and picked up by some good Samaritans who had her scanned for a chip and tried with help from the local shelter to find her owners, but were unsuccessful. Cheyenne is less than 20 pounds and very very sweet. She's already nudging my hand for petting and sitting on my feet while I was in a lawnchair trying to take her picture.
JAKE is about 10 years old. He was given to a senior citizen couple by a friend of their grandson because he was going off to college (I think that's the story). They have had him since July and he keeps running off because they are putting him out to go potty without a leash! Jake is not a flight risk, but without some stability, he doesn't know where he lives! The family that got rid of him said that both of his parents were show dogs, but the senior couple didn't have AKC papers. I asked. Jake is good with cats and other dogs and is very sweet and cute.
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.
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
LADDIE is about 10 years old. He was a stray at an animal control facility in a nearby state. After his required LEGAL stray hold, they tried to find him a home for awhile, but his senior status had him always getting overlooked for younger models. We love seniors at WSR!!
Laddie made his way to Wisconsin thanks to a network of transport volunteers who pulled together a plan in less than 24 hours as soon as we got the call. Within 5 minutes of getting to my house, Laddie had found the pool and he loves walking around in the cool water. He is housebroken and very sweet, but he’s either deaf, or he’s selectively ignoring me. He sleeps very very sound, but can hear a treat bag from two counties away. Although he was a stray, I have a feeling he just wandered away from home because he doesn’t ‘bolt’ anywhere and he’s just nosy, so he probably just got out a locked gate or was dumped because he’s a senior. He doesn’t need a fenced in yard if you promise to keep him on a leash.
MOLLY is almost 10 years old and was on Craigslist for $100. After consulting with the family, we were able to convince them that finding a home through rescue would me a more safer, permanent option for Molly. Molly has a strong herding instinct for a senior dog and like many many shelties who have ended up at WSR, does not wish to be in a home with children. She is very sweet and obedient once she gets to know you.
Molly is enjoying her time here. She didn’t like her food at first, and she takes Proin once a day for incontinence - and has had absolutely no issues. The directions said the former owner crushed the pill over her food, but she wasn’t eating her food at all, so I now put her pill in a tablespoon of canned food and she gobbles it right up along with her dry food. Problem solved! She is typical sheltie-timid until she gets to know you and then she’s very friendly. Since kids make her nervous, she would prefer a home where there were no children living or visiting frequently. She’s more than happy to be put in a safe place in the house if you have kids visiting every once in a while. It shouldn’t be too hard to manage, but apparently harder than I think or so many people would be making arrangements to keep dogs like Mollie!
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?