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Sheltie is finally home for Christmas

Heather Kennison, Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO — Willie got his Christmas present a little early this year, and he’s going to be home in time for the holidays.

It was a heartwarming moment for Elko Animal Shelter workers on Wednesday when the Shetland sheepdog was reunited with his family after being missing for six-and-a-half years.

David and Alison Marks of Las Vegas were shocked to discover he’d been found after all this time, more than 200 miles from where he was last seen. Willie was brought in as a stray on Monday, and a microchip scan identified his owners.

“It looks like he’s ready to go home,” David Marks said.

In spring 2009, the Marks had pulled up to their vacation home outside of Pioche. David Marks said he let Willie and his brother, Waylon, out of the truck. Both were about 4 years old and had been raised by the Marks since they were puppies.

“They took off chasing an imaginary rabbit,” Alison Marks said.

Waylon returned. Willie did not. David Marks recounted how he looked for the dog all afternoon and evening in a snowstorm.

“I was lost in the mountains,” he said.

His wife, meanwhile, called the sheriff’s office. When David returned at 9:30 p.m. that evening after a deputy found him walking back, he still hadn’t found Willie.

willie-found-2The couple posted advertisements and reward signs, and continued searching for the dog for days, with no sign of him.

“We had no chance but to give up,” David Marks said.

Alison Marks, however, isn’t sure she ever did.

“Every time we drive up that road, I look to see if Willie is coming home,” she said. “And here he is.”

It’s unknown where Willie has been living all this time, but shelter manager Karen Walther and shelter worker JoAnn Kyriss said it appears he’s been well cared for. Walther testifies the success of reuniting him with the Marks as an example of why microchipping your animal pays off.

“Anything that comes in here, we scan them for a microchip,” said animal attendant Vickie Cooper.

It was actually the microchip company, Avid, that first called the Marks on their home phone and left a message, just minutes after the dog had been identified by the shelter.

“I thought I misunderstood,” Alison Marks recalled about listening to the voicemail recording. “I didn’t know what the woman was saying.”

At the same time, David Marks got a call on his cellphone. The couple came running up to each other to inform one another about Willie. Two days later, they made the drive to collect their missing family member.

“Who, at six years, gets their dog back?” Cooper said in amazement. “It’s something you read on Facebook.”willie-found-1

Willie was timid, at first, when being reunited with the Marks. His pleasure, however, was apparent in the wagging of his tail as he gratefully accepted loving caresses and was asked if he was ready to go home.

“His eyes literally lit up,” said Lori Gilbert, who was reporting on the reunion for KENV.

After a few minutes, the Marks took the dog outside to get re-acquainted with his brother Waylon. The brothers sniffed each other, tails wagging.

“He may not remember us, but he remembers Waylon,” Alison Marks said, laughing.

Willie also met his younger brother for the first time. The Marks got a pup from the same parents after Willie had disappeared. Both Alison and David Marks are retired, and had planned to head back to their Vegas home Wednesday afternoon.

Alison Marks said it’s exciting that Willie will get to meet her grandchildren, who were much younger when he was lost. The story of the dog being found has already been on social media, where family members from Washington to Texas are rejoicing in the tale.

“He will be home for Christmas,” Alison Marks said.

While no one at the shelter knew who Willie’s other parents might have been during the time he was missing, Walther said as far as the animal shelter is concerned, the Marks are the only identifiable owners.

“We talk about microchips,” she said. “… This is the almost foolproof way of being able to identify a lost animal. Thanks to Willie’s wonderful parents who have never given up on him.”

The Season of Sheltie Giving

dora-therapy-sheltieThis is Dora. In January Dora will be celebrating her third year as a therapy dog for Therapy Pet Pals of Texas. She sees about 150 people a month and sometimes many more. She visits a nursing home and an assisted living center. She also helps at recruiting and the special activities sponsored by TPPT. This month she is attending the UT Chill Fest where she will likely see upwards of 100 people in one afternoon.

Dora is the best at this kind of work. She loves people of all ages and is the most outgoing sheltie I have ever known. I only have to pick up the brush and she thinks we are going somewhere where she can meet people. I think she believes that all people in the world exist just so they can have a chance to pet her.

The best thing in the world is when you can do work that both you and your dog enjoy. I feel truly blessed that I have a pal like Dora and I know that all the people that she meets feel the love that she extends to them. She really is the best at what she does.

(Hugs to you both, David. Therapy work is a wonderful gift to those in need!)

It’s Finally Here! Sheltie Angels

sableangelblueWe have been working hard behind the scenes this year and are finally ready to roll out the new Sheltie Angels section of Sheltie Nation! It has been a long time coming, but now there is a place where everyone can leave a lasting online memorial to their beloved Sheltie.

It is 100% free to leave a basic memorial. There is also the ability for anyone in this community to leave a memorial candle for anyone else’s angel. Each angel page and all memorial candles will be moderated before release, so there is no chance for spam.  We are also offering a paid upgrade option to include a photo gallery of your angel, if you choose.

It is a brand new section, so there are not a lot of memorials just yet, so please create one! If you have any suggestions, contribution suggestions or general feedback we would love to hear from you.

Strut Your Sheltie!

WalkinthesunDearest Aunt Kelly,

Dad and I are again signed up for this year’s Strut Your Mutt on September 13th. Not only does it benefit Utah’s homeless pets and Best Friends Animal Society, this year we’re strutting as part of the Sheltie Rescue of Utah dog pack. Dad tells me there are abandoned Shelties, too. Frankly, I didn’t believe it until he showed me their website. :(

As you know, my cancer has returned and I’m currently going through round two of chemo treatments (I don’t like them; they stick me with NEEDLES! However, the staff is extremely nice.). Dad wants me to put in a shameless plug for Cottonwood Animal Hospital so here goes, “HEY EVERYONE! COTTONWOOD ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND DR. NATE COX! WOOOOOO-HOOOOO!”

Ahem! Back to business. Dad thinks we can raise $3,000 this year. I would pay it all but my allowance isn’t near that much. :)  But if we get the kind of support we have in years past, we should do okay. I’m not much for these struts—I find all the dogs very annoying—but it seems to mean a lot to dad…plus I know it helps animals find good homes like mine. I really just go because there are booths where they give away free treats…plus I would never disobey dad.

For your convenience, here’s a link to our fundraising page:

Support Team Aggie 2014

On behalf of my dad, I want to thank you in advance for supporting Team Aggie. Hopefully I will be well enough to strut with pride.

Aggie (Oh yeah. Dad, too!)

P.S. Keep up the great work with my FAVORITE SITE…Sheltie Nation!

Congrats to you both for reaching your goal today!

Limited Time Only: The Special Edition Sheltie Nation Decal is Back!

Special Edition Sheltie Nation Die-Cut Decal

Only for a limited time!

Due to popular request, we will be offering for a limited time a reprint of the popular die cut decal! It’s been two years since we offered this limited edition decal, so if you missed it last time, now is your chance!

As you can see in this photo, this style of decal is the graphic cut out in vinyl with no background, like those you frequently see on car windows. These decals are printed and “weeded” one at a time, so they are much more labor intensive than the peel-and-place stickers. As a result, they cost much more to produce, but the extra price is worth the great look!

They will be about the same size as the current decal, about 5″. These die-cut decals will only be offered for a limited time as a pre-order. (That way I won’t over order.) It will take about 1-2 weeks for the printer to have them done and shipped to me.

The cost of these decals will be the same as the last offering, $12.00 USD. (Regular postage to your location will apply.) I will leave the ordering open for two weeks until about 8/5/14 then close it so I can place the order with the printer. You should have your special edition decal in about 3 weeks.

Just click the link below to be taken to the paypal portal. If you want to keep up to date with the conversation about these decals, just visit our forums.




The NEW Sheltie Nation Sticker!

Our regular member decal.

Our regular Sheltie Nation decal is still available, so don’t despair!

If you are currently a Premium Member at the forums that is up for renewal, or sign up to become a Premium Member now, you will receive one of these regular decals. You can also order these individually at the Sheltie Nation Store. This is still the peel-and-place type sticker where one or more ink colors printed on white vinyl.