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Oakley

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Oakley is an OR due to his owner going to a memory care facility.  He is 10 years old, 20 inches tall, UTD, neutered, heartworm/fecal negative and has had a recent dental.

From Oakley’s foster mom:  Oakley is a gentle giant. He came to HSS at a whopping 69 lbs, but should be 40-45 lbs. He is on a weight loss journey and at his last weigh in, he was already down 7 lbs.

Oakley is a very loving and loyal boy. He was the companion to an older gentleman that developed dementia. This is why Oakley gained so much weight. EVERYTHING that his dad ate, Oakley ate too (including candy, cake and ice cream). That has proven a little difficult as Oakley really wants people food, but we have finally gotten him to eat dog food, alongside his healthy green beans and blueberries. After his owner moved into a memory care facility, he was relinquished to HSS in hopes that someone will love and cherish this senior boy during the latter half of his life.

Oakley has always been an only dog but since coming to HSS has been living in a house full of other Shelties and has had no issues at all. He doesn’t play with them, but isn’t bothered by them either (and that includes a young puppy). His previous owner said he was a shadow and he has proven that to be true in his foster home. He wants to be by his foster mom’s side as often as possible.

Oakley came into HSS on an allergy diet and long-term medication. He has been weened off of them so hopefully he doesn’t need them anymore (especially the food because he doesn’t like it anyway). Oakley loves his walks and for a 10-year-old, very heavy boy, he gets along great! They are short walks, but as the weight continues to come off, the walks are increasing.

He also likes car rides and does very well. He doesn’t like ramps so getting him into a vehicle can be challenging due to his weight but sometimes he actually jumps into the car. Other times, he is a dead weight.

Overall, Oakley is a super sweet boy, that just wants head scratches and attention. Where you go, he wants to go, and he will be happy. He will be fine in just about any kind of home as he is a very “go with the flow” kind of boy. Do you have room for this gentle giant in your home and heart? He is ready for his 2nd half!

Laddie

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Laddie is an OR due to family circumstances.  He is 5 years old, 14″ tall, now UTD, neutered, has had a recent dental, is heartworm/fecal negative. He came to HSS with Marley and Sue Ann but is the most timid. He is comfortable around other dogs and will need a home with another dog – one that will be good with him following them around and learning the ropes. He hasn’t tried to really play directly, but he joins in with them for a good game of “run the fences with the neighbor dogs.”

Laddie has had little to no socialization and will require someone who can be VERY patient with him. There really is no telling what he will do once he comes out of his shell, but that could be awhile from now.

Laddie rides well in a car, without getting sick, but it isn’t his favorite thing to do. He finds a corner to duck his head in. Then, to get him out of the car, he has to be picked up. Most likely he doesn’t know any commands, including recall, but even if he did, he is too scared to respond.

For the first few days in his foster home, he was walked in the back yard on a leash. It was discovered he does better off leash and even shows a little bit of spirit. When Laddie is off leash and out of the direct eyesight of any humans, he relaxes and enjoys his time outside. Even more, he has started to relax when his foster mom comes outside. He wags his tail now and with each passing day, gets a little bit closer to her.

Laddie eats well when left alone and loves his treats but isn’t confident enough to take them from someone’s hand.  He is potty trained.  If not outside, he chooses to return to his safe space – a kennel, blanket or dog bed away from the activity. He has shown no aggression at all but due to being so timid often assumes the “pancake position” getting as flat as he can.

Laddie may always be a flight risk, so a secure yard is best. He is also so scared of noises that walking him or traveling with him would most likely not be something he would tolerate well, at least for now.

Laddie will sit in your lap and let you cuddle him. Though he has a scared, timid look on his face, he has been nothing but sweet from the beginning. His tail wags and the safe look in his eyes is really great to see. Hopefully that continues over time and one day, his new family will get to see a different side of him. Patience is the key with Laddie.  It will pay off.

Sue Ann

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Sue Ann is an OR due to family circumstances.  She is 5 years old, 14 inches, 38 pounds (needs to lose a few), now UTD, spayed, heartworm/fecal negative.

From Sue Ann’s foster mom: At this point, Sue Ann has been with us about 3 weeks.  Two of those weeks were spent recovering from spay surgery and a dental.  She came to us scared and unsure of what was going on.  She is still hesitant about things, especially noises that she is unfamiliar with.  We crated her for about 2 weeks but then stopped crating her during the day since it was very difficult to get her out of the crate.  The crate was her safe place.  Even with the crate door opened she wouldn’t leave the crate.  We placed the crate mat in front of the closed crate and that mat is now her safe place.  We still crate her at night.  Since she is no longer crated during the day, I started feeding her in the utility room with our dogs.  Sue Ann had done well eating with the rest of the crew.  That was until the clothes dryer started up, in “wrinkle shield” mode and she and our Buddy bolted from the room.  Buddy returned but Sue Ann wasn’t budging.  It took a few days before she was able to eat in the utility room without staring at the dryer and waiting for it to scare her again.

It has been easy to keep Sue Ann quiet during her recovery period.  She is content to lay on the mat near the crate.  She does sometimes get off the mat, sort of, standing with her front paws off the mat and keeping her back paws on it.  But I am encouraged that she has recently gone beyond the mat and come to me for petting.  There have been no accidents in the house.

I’ve only heard her bark once and that was when she was in her crate and no one else was around.

A funny thing is that she sometimes seems to watch the TV.  Not sure what shows are her favorites, yet.

I haven’t seen the carefree, happy Sheltie she was born to be, but I do get a glimpse of it when she does a little spin when we come home.  I look forward to seeing her blossom when she is beyond the recovery period and is free to do whatever she wants.

Sasha

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Sasha is a rescue from a shelter. She is about 4-5 years old, 15 inches, 34 pounds, UTD, fecal negative, spayed, and has been treated for heartworms. We have actually DNA tested her, and although she is a “Sheltie wannabe,” she needed our help and we agreed. Her test revealed that she is 60 percent Australian cattle dog (heeler), with the rest a mix of Australian shepherd, miniature American shepherd, and border collie.

From her foster mom: When Sasha came to HSS a few months ago, she was thin, heartworm-positive, and had skin and ear infections. She has made an excellent recovery and is a very happy, energetic girl. The first thing I noticed about her was that she was starved for affection. She was thrilled to be petted and talked to, almost to the point of being needy. She is normally very friendly to any visitors to our house and in fact, she is a bit pushy, wanting to be first to be greeted. When she comes out of her crate every morning, she is so excited to see me, you would think we had been apart for weeks. In fact, I’m trying to break her of the habit of jumping up on me. She knows “sit” and will do so when I tell her.

Sasha is an excellent eater and is well-housebroken. She is terrified of thunder, and even rain without thunder and lightning scares her. She tries to get in my lap when there is bad weather, and she’s a bit big for a lapdog! She loves her crate, which is in my bedroom, and I think it gives her security. I do crate her when I am not at home and at night, but she will often just go to her open crate during the day.

Sasha gets along with the other household dogs, although she can be bossy and crowd the others away when she wants to be first for attention. My cat loves her and will curl up beside her on the floor. Although she has never chased him, she is obsessed about squirrels and almost goes up the tree to get them. I was surprised at the empathy and concern she showed for my senior Sheltie when she was in failing health. When all the dogs were going outside, Sasha would go back to check on her when she didn’t come out. She would check on her and lie down near her on the floor.

Now that Sasha has completed heartworm treatment and does not need exercise restriction, I can allow her to bolt out the door to the backyard. She is really fast. I know she would enjoy a home where she could go on walks and be active, and in fact, she might make a good agility dog. Even though she is young and full of energy, she is also content to lie at my feet and happily participate in whatever we are doing that day. She is very sweet and lovable and eager to have a forever home.