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Missing UK Sheltie found 500 miles from home!

by Samantha Williams

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Annah is reunited with her delighted owner.

A much-loved pet dog that went missing has been found safe and well in Ashford – 500 miles from home in Scotland.

Annah, a seven-year-old Shetland sheepdog, was reported lost by her owner Leanda Scott-Loosemore in May after disappearing from Cupar, in Fife.

Despite alerting the police and posting an appeal on Facebook, Mrs Loosemore was shocked to received a call from Ashford Borough Council to say Annah had been discovered wandering the streets here.

Officials were able to trace Annah’s owners after scanning her microchip.

Although it is not known how Annah ended up in Ashford, the pet is now happy at home again after being reunited with her family in Scotland just in time for Christmas.

Mrs Scott-Loosemore – who is mother to Jayden, four, and three-year-old Chantelle – said: “We had given up hope of ever getting her home. When we got her back up to Fife it was a very, very happy time!

“My kids were so excited to see her, as was she to see them.”

Ashford council spokesman Mark James said: “We were delighted to be able to reunite Anna with her owner.”

He said Annah had been found at Ducks Farm in Smarden.

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Shetland sheepdog Annah was found wandering around Ashford.

Mr James added: “Apparently a builder on site saw the dog running around in a nearby field and managed to catch it and report it to the council.

“We have a microchip reader and so always scan dogs when we pick them up as strays so that we can see if it is possible to trace the owner as soon as we can.

“We read the chip and then phoned the company that administer the microchips and they tally the number up with the contact details they have and that’s when we were made aware the dog had been stolen and from there made steps to reunite Annah with her owner.”

Mr James said the incident emphasized the importance of having a dog micro-chipped.

He added: “We are pleased that there was a happy outcome to this story and that Annah is now safe and enjoying home comforts once again.”

Heartwarming Reunion: Illinois Tornado Survivor Finds His Missing Sheltie Buried Alive Under Rubble

Charles Ledford, University of Illinois Published: Nov 19, 2013, 4:10 PM EST weather.com

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Jon Byler Dann, above, survived the devastating tornado that struck Washington, Ill., by hunkering down in the basement clutching his four children – ages 8, 5, 2½ and 1½. But an important member of the family was still in harm’s way. Before the storm, as debris started to hit his house, Byler Dann had tried to coax the family dog, Maggie, into the safe room. The skittish animal refused to leave her kennel. After the storm passed, Byler Dann emerged from the basement to find that his home of five years had been destroyed above him. Maggie was missing and Byler Dann assumed his beloved pet was dead.

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Nearly 30 hours later, while searching through all that was left of 1322 Coventry Drive, family friends heard a faint bark coming from beneath where they were standing.

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They immediately started digging and discovered Maggie buried beneath the rubble, wrapped in a piece of carpeting.

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 Byler Dann burst into tears. Maggie was shivering, filthy and in obvious pain. But she was alive.

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After giving her water, Byler Dann posted her photo to his Facebook page while friends arranged to drive her to a local veterinarian’s office – Teegarden Veterinary Clinic.

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Maggie is being treated for a dislocated hip, but is expected to be okay. Byler Dann, 37, has had the 11-year-old dog since she was 4 months old.

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“I felt intense relief and elation but also just panic,” Byler Dann says of finding Maggie injured. “I’m very thankful and blessed to have my wife and my children. And finding my dog today was just unreal.”

Weather.com Assistant Editor Allie Goolrick contributed to this report.

Update – The clinic reports: “Maggie is doing good considering everything she has been through. We expect a good prognosis with her. We’re taking donations by calling the clinic (309-444-2311) or mailing to 2323 Eureka Rd., Washington, IL 61571. Maggie’s current needs have been met, but further contributions will go towards other pets that we have been treating here at the clinic as a result of the tornado.”

Dog Saves Man. Man Saves Dog

By Michael Walsh / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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Animal lover Paul Kemp of Des Moines, Iowa, amazed his co-workers at no-kill shelter Animal Lifeline Thrift Shop with the tale of Sheeba’s heroism.

Man’s best friend earned that moniker — yet again — when one saved her owner’s life by waking him during a house fire Tuesday morning. That man wasted no time returning the favor.

Paul Kemp lost everything in the fire that ravaged his Des Moines, Iowa, home, and he would have died if his Shetland Sheepdog, Sheeba, 3, hadn’t jumped on his chest, reported KCCI .

“Her first instinct was to wake me up, you know, thinking about me first,” Kemp told the local station.

The Iowa man awoke to see the fire raging a mere 10 feet away and used his coffeepot to throw water on the flames, but when that didn’t help, he bolted from the home.

Kemp thought the Sheltie was hot on his tail but realized she was still in the burning building once he got outside. He rushed back inside and yelled for Sheeba, who came running toward him. Both emerged from the flaming home unscathed.

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Sheeba is Kemp’s ‘life, his pride and joy,’ said a co-worker.

“I love her. She’s my little girl, you know,” Kemp said. “I’ve always loved her, but, you know, now that she, you know, she saved my life, you know, she showed me that she’s my best friend, you know, because, she was worried about me.”

Kemp went to his job at the Animal Lifeline Thrift Shop, a no-kill shelter for abused animals, where he has worked for about six months and amazed his co-workers with the story.

“He has the best spirits about it, and he just loves that dog,” assistant manager Amy Jones told The News. “He’s so thankful for what happened and what he’s got. That dog is his life, his pride and joy.”

The man and his best friend are staying at a nearby motel until he finds a new apartment. He has homeowners’ insurance.

Sheltie Nation email is fixed. Well, sort of fixed.

tobyhappy2I still do not have an answer from the developers of the new email delivery software as to why the importation of existing emails is not working. However, we did get the new sign up process to stop sending duplicate emails. So if you miss your daily Sheltie Nation email, all you have to do is type in your email into the box on the upper right hand side of the page that says “SN Daily Email”.  Be sure to check your email spam folder for the confirmation email that will be sent and follow the instructions from there. That should do it!

Thank you everyone for your patience as I worked though this and enjoy this super cute picture of a happy Toby! :)

Oops! SN Technical Problem.

alfieSo I thought I was going to be slick and improve the daily email delivery of the Sheltie Nation posts without you all noticing.  It should have been a simple importation of everyone’s email addresses. Wrong!  Apparently importing made a big mess of things and everyone was getting multiple deliveries of the same email. (Google is doing away with the Feedburner application that we have been using for many years and I’ve been putting off the transfer for some time.)

I apologize for bombarding your email. The designer of the software has not gotten back to me with a fix yet, so I don’t have a work around yet.

Thanks for your patience everyone! (And a thanks to Bebe for the cute picture of Alfie!)