Thursday, April 2, 2009

Featured Rescue - Sebastian the Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog or "Sheltie" looks very much like a collie that drank some sort of shrinking juice. Being a working dog, owners or potential owners should expect them to be energetic guys. I haven't met many, but have heard they do well in events such as agility and herding. Check out the AKC breed standards page for more details about this dynamic breed.

This is Sebastian. He is 11 years young. Yet another statistic caused by the downfalling economy - at least, according to the previous owner who surrendered him. The previous owner didn't neuter him ... I wonder how many puppies out there are his? I won't get into it - it's not his fault his owners were asshats. Anyway, if you're interested, he's located in Rives Junction, MI at Michigan Sheltie Rescue. He looks like a real nice old guy.

There are currently 1,021 Shetland Sheepdogs available for adoption on today.


eleanor_rigby said...

I hate hearing about older dogs that aren't spayed or neutered. It's the least the owners can do for their pet. Also, when someone is looking for a pet to adopt, which one will they likely choose, the one that is already fixed or the one that is already 11 and not for the poor dogs.

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

I agree with you. If there are two equally great dogs out there and one will cost more medically than the other ... well, most people would go with the lower cost dog. Not to mention that it's a senior dog and may have troubles being adopted for that reason too.

It's really difficult on the dog when are that old and have surgery. I'm sure that's why the rescue did blood work for him; because of his age.

Anytime an older/senior animal goes under anesthetic, they have to be really careful. I was so pleased when the clinic I worked at got their pre-anesthetic blood panel machine because it meant our surgeries would be that much safer for the animals.