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Special Edition Sheltie Nation Decal!

The NEW Sheltie Nation Sticker!I’ve reached the point where I need to re-order our Shelite Nation decals. We are making a small change to the wording, which now seems more appropriate that we have grown into such a large, wonderful community!

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 be getting one of these new decals. You will also be able to order them individually here at the Sheltie Nation Store. This is still the peel-and-place type sticker where one or more ink colors printed on white vinyl. The price will remain the same.

But the reason I’m posting is to also offer a special Edition Die-Cut Decal.

Special Edition Sheltie Nation Die-Cut Decal

Only for a limited time!

As you can see in the second 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 $12.00 USD. (Regular postage to your location will apply.) I will leave the ordering open until 8/28 then close it so I can place the order with the printer. If all goes well you should have your special edition decal in about 2-3 weeks.

Can you stand the wait?


Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn Sheltie Hoarder Update: It’s Finally Over!

Written by Julie at Tri-State Sheltie Rescue

Many of you know the story of the Brooklyn hoarder dogs.  For those that may be new to rescue and do not, in 2002 one of the very first things Tim and I ever did for rescue was pick up and transport 10 Shelties from a hoarder in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn for Long Island Sheltie Rescue.  Being new to rescue we had no clue that these dogs had never been outside, were not potty trained in any way, never in a car and not socialized at all. The lived in a house with no utilities on (no electric, water or heat), windows boarded up, no ventilation, in total darkness in this house infested with mice and full of garbage from floor to ceiling.

The trip to Center Moriches was quite interesting as they were all throwing up, pooping and urinating and so scared.  It took us about four hours to get there because initially we kept stopping to clean them up. Long Island Sheltie Rescue worked with and placed these ten dogs into loving homes.  I fostered a puppy named Peanut who at six weeks old needed open heart surgery,  He was so tiny special instruments had to be made for the surgery.  He did wonderful and is thriving today in a great home!  Without the surgery he would have died a slow death.

HazMat team going into the house with ammonia detectors.

Fast forward to 2010 and while volunteering for NJ Sheltie Rescue, Dr. Abraham, the veterinarian who currently sits on our board of trustees, called me and asked if I could help him with 16 Shelties that needed rescue from a hoarder.  I said of course before even asking my rescue head and in my conversation with Dr. A I soon realized this was the same hoarder from years earlier.  Being new to rescue I was told the ASPCA was called about the other dogs and just assumed they were rescued.  They were not.  I was shocked and heartbroken to learn all those years they were still trapped in that house in total darkness.With help from others, we rented a U-haul, loaded it with crates, went and picked up the dogs, drove directly to Dr. Abraham who examined and vetted every single one (it was an assembly line in his office for hours on that Sunday afternoon), and the dogs were transported to a kennel used by NJ Sheltie Rescue. From there they were spayed/neutered and 8 went to Houston Texas Sheltie Rescue, some to surrounding state Sheltie Rescues and some stayed in NJ.

These dogs were terrified of everything – a leaf falling off the tree, TV sets, phones… They  had no life experience and were almost feral.  One had to sadly be euthanized for severe aggression.  The rest are in forever homes, will never be 100% normal, but trust their families and are loved and cared for.

The hoarder also hoarded garbage and we could not gain entry into the home. FDNY had to go through the roof.

Since that time I made it my life’s mission to help the remaining 23 Shelties left behind in that house of horrors.  It seemed everyone else had given up and I was told I was wasting my time more times than I can remember.  For the next year and a half I went to city agency after city agency, everyone passing the buck and saying anything to get rid of me.  We went through the FDNY, Dept of Health, NYPD, social workers, assemblymen… the list goes on.

During this time I kept making unannounced visits to the apartment of the hoarder and he seemed to take a liking to me.  (The hoarder did not live in the home as it was unfit for human occupancy.  He resided in an apartment a few blocks away where he had some more dogs.) Twice he gave me puppies – three in a shopping bag, not even five weeks old, as a bribe not to bring a social worker back.  The pups were flea infested and malnourished.  Another time two days before Christmas he gave us two four week old puppies, flea infested so badly their little necks were bleeding and they had fleas in their eyes.  We spent over two hours picking over 100 fleas off their little bodies and I spent the next week bottle feeding them until they could learn how to eat regular food.

NYC Animal Care and Control start removing the dogs from the home.
(look at this little cuties nails)

During this time, I had a lot of support from Sherry Heiser from Sad Eyes Animal Welfare in NJ and Jeany Berthold from Houston Texas Sheltie Rescue and together we exhausted every agency but kept having no luck.  But the three of us kept researching other options.

Sherry got in touch with the Animal Legal Defense Fund – a group of attorneys who fight for animals rights.  After a lengthy phone interview they wrote out a report and got in touch with the Brooklyn District Attorneys Office and sited every possible law that they felt was being broken.  This was the turn around!  The Brooklyn DA from the moment they heard about this case, stepped up and said they would help.  It still took over another year (almost to the date) to get help for these dogs, but they never gave up and even when we hit obstacles and I was depressed, they kept saying, “Julie, don’t give up, if you give up, they have no one”.

The DA sent me to the home several times with undercover detectives armed with video cameras and recorders and after they felt they had what they were needed, we went to the judge, got a search and seizure warrant and this past February all the dogs were seized!

Since February the dogs have been held as “evidence” and could not be placed until the case was decided.  It’s been very stressful during this time worrying about them being held in limbo and also worrying about the possibility of them being returned to the hoarder should we lose the case.  But the law worked in favor of the good guys this time!  Though the case hasn’t gone to trial yet, the dogs were forfeited today as the hoarder is so mentally ill and it is so apparent he cannot care for these dogs.

Another pup being carried out.

Today was the day we’ve waited for for two years!  The dogs are being released and any dogs not being adopted by their foster homes will be coming into Tri-State Sheltie Rescue’s care. The DA and AC&C do not feel many foster homes will be adopting their fosters, so we are looking at the possibly of 20 Shelties or more.They are all still in need of tremendous medical care. Their teeth are so bad from the neglect and poor diet that every dog is in need of a dental.  They all need blood work, spays/neuter…all the medical care they should have gotten in the last ten years and more. These dogs range in age from puppy to 14 years of age.  The hoarder has been keeping these dogs like this since the 90’s.  Generations of dogs have lived through that torture and all these dogs came from two.

This guy was one of the oldest in the house. About 13-14 yrs old. He lived his entire life in this misery

The dogs will be coming into rescue in the next week.  Some will be going to Sheltie rescues out of state after they are initially cared for, some will stay here with us. We are going to be in need of donations to help these dogs get all the help they need; both monetary and supplies wise.

They will need to be boarded initially, a truck rented to transport, crates for them to be transported in, flea/tick preventative, heart worm preventative, collars, leashes, food, and money to properly vet them all. If anyone would like to donate now, you can do so either via PayPal which you can find on the website –– or by check by mail to:

PO Box 422
Malverne, NY, 11565.
Please make checks payable to TSSSR and note that your donation is for the Brooklyn Shelties.  It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity, so your donations are tax deductible!

So happy to see this little girl. On one visit to the house, she ran out and I caught her. It broke my heart to have to turn her over to him that day.

Please pass this along to family, friends, post on your Facebook pages and websites.  The rescue is going to need a lot of help and funds to care for these guys.  Any help, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated and most needed!

If anyone is interested in adopting or fostering any of these dogs, please either contact Julie at: or fill out an application which can be found on the website:

We’ve waited so long for this day and so many people have given constant support along the way. The Brooklyn DA’s office is amazing. If it was not for them, these dogs would still be in that horror house. This week marks the “official” one year anniversary since Tri-State Shetland Sheepdog Rescue opened it’s doors.  I cannot think of a better way to celebrate!!!

3 big brands may be tied to chicken jerky illness in dogs, FDA records show

Waggin' Train Wholesome Chicken Jerky Tenders were among 13 Nestle Purina brand treats listed among 22 complaints being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration. The treats, made in China, have been tied to reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs.

Stumped by mysterious illnesses in at least 600 dogs in the U.S., federal health officials have turned to consumers for help investigating problems possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats made in China.

A log of complaints collected from pet owners and veterinarians contains references to at least three popular brands of jerky treats that may be associated with kidney failure and other serious ailments, according to internal Food and Drug Administration documents obtained by

Of 22 “Priority 1” cases listed by the FDA late last year, 13 cited Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, both produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., the records show.

Another three listed Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. The rest listed single brands or no brand.

Priority 1 cases are those in which the animal is aged 11 or younger and medical records that document illness are available, an FDA spokeswoman said. In many cases, samples of the suspect treats also are collected.

The report, obtained through a public records request, is the first agency indication of any brands linked to illnesses that have climbed since the FDA warned pet owners about jerky treats in November. That was the FDA’s third caution about the pet products since 2007.

Nestle Purina and Del Monte officials said their treats are safe and FDA regulators said repeated tests have shown no absolute tie to any brand or manufacturer.

“No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined,” FDA officials said in a statement.

he internal report, overseen by the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak and Response Evaluation, or CORE, group, is one of several ongoing assignments in which FDA regulators are seeking jerky treat samples and medical records of dogs that may have developed kidney failure, liver disease or Fanconi syndrome, which can lead to serious illness and death.

The recent complaints were filed from October through December by people in cities from California to New York, but the agency will continue to accept them.

“We still invite owners and veterinarians to submit complaints and samples,” said Siobhan DeLancey, an FDA spokeswoman. “The more information we have, the more likely we can find a link.”

The move comes as the FDA is under growing pressure from consumers and lawmakers to address rising numbers of illnesses blamed on the China-made treats. Before the warning was issued in November, the agency had logged 70 reports of illnesses tied to the treats last year. Since then, more than 530 additional complaints of illnesses and some deaths have been filed, officials said.

Consumers who say their dogs were sickened or killed have launched at least three petitions demanding recalls of jerky pet treats made in China, including one begun in December that has more than 3,400 signatures from the U.S. and around the world.

Bella, a 2-year-old pug, died last fall after her owner, Robin Pierre, said she ate Waggin' Train chicken jerky treats.

“At the slightest doubt, these products should have been recalled, especially knowing there was a link or at the very least a caution/warning label put on the packaging warning the consumers,” said Robin Pierre, a co-founder of “Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China.”

Pierre, 49, of Pine Bush, N.Y., believes Waggin’ Train chicken jerky treats were responsible for the sudden death last fall of her previously health 2-year-old pug, Bella, who developed kidney failure.

“The last week of her life was nothing but misery and pain, separated from her family, she died all alone, in a cage, despite the fact that she had a family who loved her,” Pierre wrote in an email to “She meant the world to me and my family.”

More than 375 people have signed a petition launched last week by Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. She believes her 14-year-old dog, Ginger, may have developed life-threatening kidney failure after eating chicken jerky treats. She was stunned to hear that consumer complaints alone can’t force the FDA — or a company — to recall potentially tainted products.

“That is just unreal. I am not happy with that,” Rhodes said.

For their part, FDA officials said the companies are free to enact a voluntary recall at any time.

Lawmakers call for action
Lawmakers, however, are demanding stronger FDA action. Ohio Democrats Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Dennis Kucinich in February called on the FDA to step up investigation of tainted pet treats.

In a response sent late last week, an FDA official told Brown the agency “continues to actively investigate” the reports and to pursue testing for chemical and microbiological contaminants.

On Monday, Brown called the agency’s response “inadequate” and urged prompt release of results of 153 pending tests on the Chinese-made treats.

“I will continue to press the FDA on this issue because Ohio consumers shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of their pet’s food,” he said in a statement.

Ginger, a 14-year-old family dog, sparked one of three petitions after she developed kidney failure possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats. Her owner, Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., wants the treats pulled from the market.

Since 2007, FDA scientists have analyzed jerky treats for evidence of dangerous toxins, including heavy metals, melamine, melamine analogs and diethylene glycol, chemicals used in plastics and resins.

So far, they’ve found nothing convincing, a point emphasized by Keith Schopp, director of communications for Nestle Purina.  He noted that FDA officials also suggest that illnesses may be a result of causes other than eating jerky treats.

“Our chicken jerky treats are safe to feed as directed,” said Schopp. “The safety of our products — and the pets who consume them — are our top priorities.”

The company has a comprehensive food safety program in place, he said, including at manufacturing plants in China.

Pierre, who lost her dog, has little faith in pet food manufacturers — or in the FDA.

“Actions speak louder than words and there has been no action from them up until now,” Pierre said. “Waggin’ Train has hid behind the technicality that the FDA cannot find the link and the FDA has let them.”

Consumers can report illnesses to the FDA’s pet food complaint site.

Dog survives 53 days in wild, reunited with owner

This Feb. 18, 2012 photo provided by Shannon Sustacha shows Barbara Bagley and her Shetland sheepdog Dooley after the two were reunited, east of Battle Mountain, Nev. Bagley says she never gave up hope that her dog would be found alive in the Nevada desert after the animal bolted from the scene of a crash that critically injured her and killed her husband. Dooley was tracked down after surviving 53 days in the wild on roadkill and scattered ranch water sources. (AP Photo/Shannon Sustacha)


RENO, Nev. (AP) – Barbara Bagley says she never gave up hope that her dog would be found alive in the Nevada desert after the animal bolted from the scene of a crash that critically injured her and killed her husband.

But the Salt Lake City woman endured plenty of frustration until her beloved 4-year-old Shetland sheepdog, Dooley, was tracked down Feb. 18 after surviving 53 days in the wild on roadkill and scattered ranch water sources.

“I would think about Dooley constantly,” she said. “There were TV commercials with dogs that made me think about him and cry. He’s just the sweetest dog.”

The Dec. 27 single-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 near Battle Mountain, about 225 miles east of Reno, sent Bagley and her 55-year-old husband, Brad Vom Baur, to the hospital in critical condition. Their other sheltie, Delaney, was killed in the wreck. Dooley ran away and vanished.

Bagley, 48, suffered a concussion, broken ribs, a shattered wrist and two punctured lungs. As soon as she mustered up enough strength, she turned her attention to a search for her dog in the sprawling sage-covered plains and hills of northeastern Nevada.

Realizing what Dooley could mean for her recovery, dozens of Nevada volunteers responded to a Facebook plea for help in looking for him. But the search was canceled before it began after the Jan. 6 discovery of what appeared to be the dog’s remains along the interstate. The same day, her husband died.

“It was a horrible day for me,” Bagley recalled. “But something inside me told me Dooley was still alive out there. I wasn’t 100 percent sure, but I didn’t grieve for Dooley like I did for my husband and our other dog.”

More than three weeks later, Bagley’s spirits were buoyed after a woman reported spotting “a Lassie-type” dog near the accident scene. A subsequent search joined by Bagley turned up nothing, but a railroad crew spotted a dog matching the same description in mid-February in the same area about 15 miles east of Battle Mountain.

Further searches netted a positive identification of Dooley but frustration as well because the skittish dog kept fleeing from Bagley and other searchers. Finally, Shannon Sustacha of Lamoille, who was on horseback, and a Bagley friend driving a Jeep cornered Dooley only five miles from the crash scene. The friend managed to nab the sheltie and put him in the Jeep.

An ecstatic, tearful Bagley arrived at the scene a short time later.

“Barbara got next to us and said three times, ‘You think he’ll remember me?'” Sustacha said. “When Barbara opened the door and looked at him, she said, ‘My beautiful boy, my beautiful boy, you’re home.’ Oh, boy, all of us cried. I knew his adventure in Nevada was over. I also knew he and Barbara could start healing together.”

A short time later, an exhausted Dooley sat on his owner’s lap in the Jeep and fell asleep. He later began following Bagley around.

“I was overjoyed that I was going to have him back in my life. I think he felt the same about me,” she said.

During his ordeal, Dooley’s weight dropped from 44 pounds to 20 pounds. He was once spotted devouring a dead coyote along the roadway. A long bird bone was pulled from his throat by a veterinarian.

Since then, the dog has gradually put on weight and resumed regular walks with his owner. While Bagley is still going through the grieving process over her husband’s death and recovering from her injuries, Dooley’s presence has picked up her spirits immensely.

“He’s the physical and mental affection that I need to recover,” she said. “I owe him so much for the hope I have now and the renewed faith I have in prayer. Dogs are so great because of their unconditional love.”

Bagley, a phlebotomy supervisor at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, also thinks her husband had something to do with Dooley’s safe return home.

“It’s a message from my husband who was looking out for him,” Bagley said. “It was a miracle that we got Dooley. He couldn’t have survived much longer out there.”

Sheltie Day!

Recently it was Sheltie day at Token Creek Dog Park, Madison WI!

Fur heaven for sure Doug!