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Sochi: Northeast Ohio Sheltie Rescue

sochiThis amazing story has been submitted by Bob, a volunteer for the Northeast Ohio Sheltie Rescue.

Late last winter I got a call from a nearby county dog warden asking if we would take in a sable male Sheltie who was blind and having seizures. At first I was really concerned that this little guy maybe had more health issues than what the rescue would want to tackle, but thankfully I got the OK from our adoption coordinator that “absolutely, he needs us” so I hit the road to go get “Buddy”. When I got to the dog warden’s office they helped me get him in my suburban and away we headed to another volunteer’s house, Teresa & Chuck’s, for foster care. During the hour’s or so drive I didn’t even know Buddy was in the crate behind my seat; I’m sure he was scared not knowing what was happening and not being able to see either. I met Teresa at her local vet’s office where he was taken right in for a health exam. The diagnosis was that Buddy has a severe case of Epilepsy and over the next few weeks, with Teresa & Chuck, the seizures got more frequent and severe. The vet pretty much told Teresa that he was headed for Rainbow Bridge.

Foster parents Teresa & Chuck pretty much refused to be satisfied with this reasoning and took Buddy, now renamed “Sochi” (for his new life) to another vet where a MRI was done revealing that Sochi had a slow growing Brain Tumor. Things were looking pretty grave for Sochi at that time. But again, Teresa & Chuck refused to accept that and Teresa got on her computer and researched Canine Cancer and located a study being done at the University Of Minnesota on the very type of brain tumor that Sochi had. She immediately contacted them about Sochi’s case and coordinated the transfer of records up to Dr. Pluhar DMV and after reviewing Sochi’s case accepted him into their program.

sochi2So last week Teresa & Chuck made the trip to Minnesota with Sochi and last Friday he under went brain surgery. Even though the surgery went a bit longer than planned and Friday was a bit of a rough day for Sochi (as well as Teresa & Chuck), Saturday afternoon he was alert to the sounds of Teresa cell phone ringing; his eyes were no longer dilated like they had been before the surgery (although no detection of restored sight); and he was released from the animal hospital to which he walked out the truck on his own. Sochi is on the way back home as this is being written.

Cells from his tumor will be used to make an anti-tumor vaccine for him. He will remain in foster care throughout the trial. He will be in Minnesota for the surgery, come back to his foster home and go back next year for a follow-up visit.

NEOSSR is responsible for $2500 toward the total cost of Sochi’s participation in the trial and surgery. A large portion of Sochi’s surgery and follow-up costs are being covered by the children’s cancer fund and another fund at the University of MN.

If you can help send your donation to NEOSSR, via pay pal at www.NEOSSR.org. Your donation is tax deductible and no amount is too small.

I wanted you all to know of what the Power of Prayers, and the absolute determination (and refusal to give up) of rescue volunteers, Teresa, Chuck and the Northeast Ohio Sheltie Rescue!

Good luck to Sochi in his recovery and adoption. We look forward to an update on his progress.

NJ Sheltie Rescue: Booey!

booeyMeet Booey, a sweet natured, wonderfully energetic and playful girl now looking for her forever home via Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of New Jersey.

Booey was very loved by her original owners, but sadly, their toddler’s allergies kept getting worse and her access to the entire house was becoming more and more restricted. Now that she is in foster care, she is showing off and playing with total abandon. Enjoys games of Sheltie tag with her housemates and will play fetch with her foster mom for literally an hour or more before stopping for a rest.

To see videos and additional pictures, please visit her personal web page! Smitten? Adoption applications are available by clicking here. :) Someone is going to be very lucky to adopt her!

UPDATE 3/17/14: Booey has been adopted!

Mid-Florida Rescue: Walt

WaltLook at this sweet little face! This little cutie was picked up as a stray on the Florida west coast. The rescue is guessing he is 9-12 years old. He loves people, loves to run, play ball, go for walks, lay at your feet or cuddle in your lap. His teeth were a mess, but they have now been cleaned and pulled…13 were lost, but otherwise he is a happy and healthy guy.

He is just such a doll, just a little guy that needs a home to spend his “golden” years. Do you have room in your heart and your home? Walt just wants to love you and be loved!

All the rescue asks for is an application, vet reference and a donation to help defer the cost to care for these Shelties that have been so neglected. Please contact at Barbara Davis for more information on Walt or visit Mid-Florida Sheltie Rescue to fill out an application and see other Shelties that are looking for homes.

UPDATE: Walt has been adopted!

St. Louis Sheltie Rescue: Buddy

BuddyChipmunkThis is Buddy. We call him Buddy Bear. He was raised outdoors his entire life and had not seen the inside of a house until rescued by Second Chance Sheltie Rescue of St. Louis (SCSR). Buddy has fallen in love with his Chipmunk and it’s rare that the two are separated. This gentle giant is 100% love, tail wags and Sheltie kisses. It has been my extreme pleasure to foster Buddy and introduce him to the luxury of old quilts and a soft toy. I am confident he will find his forever family soon. In the meantime, he and Chipmunk sit and wait patiently.

Hugs to you Christine for fostering this sweet boy!

If you would like to learn more about Buddy and fill out an adoption application, please visit Buddy’s page at Second Chance Sheltie Rescue of St. Louis.

Tri-State Sheltie Rescue (NY/NJ/CT): Sheba

shebarescueSheba came into rescue a couple of months ago, unable to really stand on her own and walk any distance. She was overweight with very bad hip dysplasia. Well, thanks to her foster parents, Sheba is doing wonderfully! She has lost 5 lbs. and had alternative therapies including laser, acupuncture and hydrotherapy. She can now getting up on her own and walking around all the time. She still needs help with stairs, but she has improved so much! We are so pleased with her achievements!

Sheba is a truly wonderful sweet dog. She is friendly with the other dogs she lives with and great with everyone she meets. She is just such a happy girl who holds no ill will for being neglected.

Sadly the rescue has not had one inquiry for adoption for this girl. Please share her. She is a beautiful color headed white sheltie who will definitely not disappoint her new family. She has so much love to give!

Contact Julie at: sheltielove94@ol.com if interested in adopting this sweetie who deserves a loving home!

UPDATE 1/25/14: Sheba has been adopted!