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Jake
Jake    

Jake is an OR for personal reasons.  He is 14 years old, 16 inches, 38 pounds (needs to lose a few), UTD, neutered, had a much needed dental. 

An update from Jake's foster mom:  Jake would fit into any family; he is so easy going. He loves all dogs and chickens, not sure about cats, but I can't imagine him not liking them. He is house trained. He has free reign in my house while I'm at work and does great, so I don't crate him. He loves belly rubs and is the sweetest boy and very quiet. I have only heard him bark a couple of times. 

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Saber
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Saber Saber  

Saber is an OR for personal reasons. He is 1-1/2 years old (DOB 2/28/16), 15 inches, 24 pounds, now UTD and neutered.

From his foster home: Saber is a sweet boy who came to us with significant socialization issues. He is now warming up to people, although still cautious about approaching us. Once on the couch he will stay there with us. He is house and crate trained and sleeps with us at night. He is now playing with toys.

Saber enjoys playing with our resident Shelties, mainly playing chase. He gains a lot of confidence from watching and modeling other dogs' behavior, and would do well in a home with other dogs. Surprisingly he does like cats. We do not know how well he does around children.

Because Saber is still a work in progress, we will only consider experienced Sheltie applicants who have social, playful dogs.

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Lucky
Lucky Lucky  

Lucky5 is an OR to a local shelter. She is 5 years old, 15-16 inches, overweight at 36#. She is spayed, UTD, and fecal and heartworm negative. Although only 5, Lucky already has degenerative changes in several of her joints, causing her to limp.  She is on supplements, and we are working on weight loss to help relieve the pressure.

From her foster home: Lucky is a shy lady when first met, but warms into a smiley, waggy, follow-you-everywhere companion. She loves my three cats, and her exuberant greetings receive a range of response from calm acceptance to hissing reminders to back off, which she does with alacrity as she's a smart girl! She loves attention and belly rubs, but is less fond of new situations. She accepts the leash and walks willingly, but shows obvious if mild anxiety on the street. She's insecure meeting new people, but is never aggressive, simply backs up and leans on her safe person. Men and other dogs seem to trigger an even higher level of anxiety, so she may do best in a home with a single woman, perhaps as an only dog.  She's a lovely lady and will make someone a loving companion.

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Adoption Pending

Charlie
     

Charlie is an OR for personal reasons.  He is 9 years old (DOB 8/8/07), 15-16 inches, 48 pounds (needs to lose ~15-20), UTD, heartworm/fecal negative, is now neutered.  Charlie will be ready for adoption ~7/5.

An update from Charlie's foster mom:  Charlie is an absolute jewel.  He is house trained, has learned some of the basic commands in just the few days I've had him.  He is not a barker and rides well in the car.  He gets along with resident senior cat.  We need to do some training on a leash, but he'll catch on in no time at all.  He is a fast learner.  He is very easygoing and while intimidated by new comers, in time he loves everyone he meets.  I can say nothing but good things about this sweet boy.  In observing Charlie, he might like a quiet, orderly-type home versus a young family with other dogs.  Charlie is not an alpha dog and willingly wants to hang back and love on his humans.  He is skittish at what we would think are normal sounds, but he'll start his pacing or go hide.  He loves to obey and is definitely a lover not a fighter.  He will keep your lap warm any time of the year.

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Adoption Pending

Hunter
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Hunter Hunter  

Hunter 3Hunter is an OR for personal reasons.  He is 8 years old (DOB 5/3/09), 15 inches, 28 pounds, heartworm/fecal negative and is now neutered.  Hunter will be available for adoption ~ 7/10.

From Hunter's foster dad:  Hunter is housetrained and gets along great with my other dogs/ sleeps on my bed every night.  He has learned "sit", comes when called and is now interested in fetching toys.  He is calm and not afraid of strangers or thunderstorms.  He has made great progress with leash training.

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Forever Foster

Andy
     

Andy is an owner relinquishment following the death of his owner. The family tried to keep him, but it was not a good fit, for reasons including the fact he was breaking his housetraining in his older years. He is 12+ years old, and a big boy at 17-18" and 38#.

Bloodwork on intake showed Andy suffers from chronic kidney disease - the reason for his housetraining issues. He also suffers from long-standing arthritis, and the resultant lack of exercise has resulted in the loss of muscle mass in his hind end, which impedes his mobility. We have arrived at a course of treatment that has him fairly stable in his kidney issues, and medication for his arthritis.

From his foster mom: I can't tell you what a wonderful boy Andy is. He's a big galoot, with a big bark, who loves his people without reservation and asks for little more than regular meals and as much petting as you will provide. One of his main challenges when he first came home was his lack of mobility - without muscle mass to help steady him, he found walking on our floors a challenge. We noticed he did much better outside, where the ground was not slippery like the hardwoods. He *really* enjoyed being mobile. After a number of false starts, we have put several runners throughout the downstairs part of our house, and you would think we handed him the moon. The day we put them down, he walked the pathways for 15 minutes straight, grinning. Happiness is in the simplest things.

Andy's treatment, including fluids which his foster home gives him regularly, and medication for his arthritis, run about $100/month, and he requires regular bloodwork to make sure we are doing what we need to provide appropriate care. Please consider becoming part of "Andy's army" to provide for his needs while we care for him for the rest of his life. Thank you so much.



Forever Foster

Angel
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Angel, along with her "brother" Yukon, were returned to the program due to their owner's illness. She is 11 years old, 15 inches, 32 pounds (needs to lose a few), UTD, spayed, and heartworm/fecal negative. Angel is house trained and gets along with other dogs and cats.

Angel's vet felt a growth on her thyroid on her intake exam. Ultrasound revealed growths on both her thyroid glands, one quite large. We took Angel to a surgical specialist to have her evaluated for possible surgery, as it is often curative for thyroid masses. Additional testing, including an MRI, was done, and the surgeon concluded the large growth made the surgery risky and the outcome uncertain. We would very likely be doing more harm than good, and we made the decision to keep her, too, comfortable for as long as we can.

As with Yukon, just getting to this point was an expensive journey. Our goal is always to do what is in the best interest of the dogs in our program, within our ability to do so. Can you help us keep our promises to these dogs to always provide for them? We are so grateful for the support our donors give us. 



Available for Adoption

Cade
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Cade    

Cade is an OR due to his owner going to a nursing home. He is 12 years old (DOB 11/23/04), 15-16 inches, neutered, and now down to 23# on a program of appropriate diet and gentle exercise. He was treated for heartworms and has had a much-needed dental, and is now ready for adoption. Senior bloodwork indicated some elevations in his liver enzymes; he has been on medication, and rechecks show great improvement - excellent for his age! He will likely need to stay on these medications for life.

From his foster mom: Cade has undergone a transformation in the three months that he has lived with us. With time and patience, he has show himself to be very sweet, and now wants to be near his human at all times. Calm and quiet, he's very much a "Velcro" sheltie, an enthusiastic kisser, and does not like to let us out of his sight!

Cade enjoys going outside for short, slow walks. These were important to his weight loss and help him to feel better. He has grown a glorious Sheltie coat, and loves joining his Sheltie brothers in showing off his good looks by dressing for the occasion. :) Having lived outside, Cade needed a refresher course on housetraining, but he has done beautifully. A naturally passive dog, Cade would do fine in a home with other pets as long as they are easygoing. He would prefer to be a homebody, and in familiar environments, is a devoted companion. He is absolutely fantastic with children!

Cade is a loyal, absolutely delightful senior sheltie. He radiates happiness and love every day!

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Forever Foster

Maggie
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Maggie    

Maggie is a found stray.  She is 10+ years old, 15 inches, 30 pounds, spayed, is now UTD, and is now heartworm and fecal negative.  She also has some wounds on her body that have healed.  She is very happy, friendly and well adjusted.

Since Maggie was heartworm positive when she came into our program, she underwent heartworm treatment after intake.  Unfortunately, after initial treatment, she went into congestive heart failure and was in critical condition for a few days.  Once her condition stabilized, she went into permanent foster care and was placed on a number of daily medications.  Because of her condition, we will not be making her available for adoption, but will keep her in our program as long as her quality of life is good.

Maggie has been followed carefully with veterinary care since her initial episode.  She was initially on five medications daily.  After several visits with a veterinary cardiologist and regular cardiac ultrasounds to recheck her condition, her status has actually improved.  Whereas she did have a moderate grade heart murmur and severe pulmonary hypertension, the murmur has disappeared and her hypertension has lessened.  She currently takes three different medications twice a day, as well as monthly heartworm preventative.

From her foster mom:  Maggie came to me as a Forever Foster in summer of 2014.  Although she gave us all some scares when she went into heart failure, she is a fighter and has made remarkable strides in regaining her health.  We don't know how old she is, but she is obviously a senior.  The main cardiac side effect that is still present is a persistent cough.  It doesn't slow her down, though.  She is the boss dog in the household and makes sure all the resident dogs, as well as new foster dogs, are aware of it.  Our goal for Maggie will be to provide whatever care she needs to keep her comfortable and happy.



About Remy

Remy
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Remy is a one year old special needs Sheltie looking for his forever home. He weighs approximately 46 lbs. He is blind in his right eye but sees well out of the left eye and is also deaf. But in spite of his special needs he loves people and has learned hand signals to sit, down and shake. He has completed special training to learn boundaries and how to deal with his lack of sight and hearing. The trainer has recommended that the best home would have no other dogs (he does get along with cats) and no small children. He is looking for a forever home that will continue with his training and give him lots of loving. Please apply for Remy at www.freedomcollierescue.org

More About Remy

House trained • Spay/Neuter • Special needs • Current on vaccinations

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