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Keep Your Sheltie Safe with the #NuzzleSmartCollar

This post is sponsored by The Nuzzle Smart GPS Collar and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the nuzzle Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign, but Sheltie Nation only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Nuzzle is not responsible for the content of this article.

When I think back on the day when I almost lost my Sheltie, I still panic at the memory. It was a huge wake up call in how I leash them but also I now had first hand experience with that feeling of helplessness. I was living the nightmare of chasing after a loose, scared Sheltie.

One afternoon about 3 years ago, I took my Sheltie, Tyler, to be groomed.  Never any Sheltie’s favorite thing, but he had been there many times before without issue. This time however I had my hands full with our other Sheltie, Toby and our new puppy Teddy who was in a small travel crate. I had help from my mother on this day, so I thought nothing of carrying Teddy in the crate and walking Toby through the front door ahead of her and Tyler.  What happened next felt like forever in my mind, but lasted only a few minutes.

When she and Tyler went to cross the threshold of the store door, he backed out of his collar. Suddenly realizing he was free, he began darting around the closest cars in the parking lot. I put the carrier down and left my mother and Toby inside the store. I tried to convince Tyler to come back to me, but he obviously still thought he was going to get groomed. The realization that he was free made him become more frightened – running farther from me. Once he heard a big truck go by, he ran from the parking lot and into the road. Within 15 seconds he was out of my sight, running down the double yellow line, up and over a hill.

I panicked and started crying. I felt so helpless to not be able to chase after him on foot and quickly recalled so many stories of missing Shelties on our forums. Tyler is a nervous Sheltie to begin with so I immediately feared the worst. Thankfully I quickly got my wits about me and jumped in my truck, speeding off after him in the direction he ran.

We had an angel looking out for Tyler that day, and I truly believe it was my soul Sheltie, Trevor looking out for him. At that exact moment I got into the truck, there happened to be a break in both directions of traffic. I was able to immediately pull out and drive down the middle of the road, hazard lights flashing and arm waving out the window begging the distant oncoming traffic to stop. Once I caught up to Tyler (who was still running down the double yellow line faster than I ever imagined!) I called his name out the window. Incredibly, he looked over his shoulder, stopped and turned to face the truck. I pulled to a stop and all oncoming traffic stopped for us. I quietly got out of the truck and in the middle of of the road knelt down on my knees. I then opened my arms wide and as cheerfully as I could manage, called his name. He stood there for a second, looked around as if debating what to do but then leapt into my arms!

I was so very, very lucky.

Shetland Sheepdogs have a high rate of “running” behavior once spooked. Many shut down and just keep going even though familiar voices and faces call them back. For this reason many Sheltie rescue groups will not adopt out dogs to families without a fenced yard. But regardless how careful or how well you train your Sheltie not to bolt out the front door (or leave the yard, or chase after a squirrel and jump over the fence), they can get loose.  Enter the new technology of the Nuzzle GPS collar. This amazing product would be a fantastic fit for flight risk Shetland Sheepdogs.

Nuzzle was started by a group of pet lovers and tech enthusiasts with a mission to keep all pets safe, healthy, and happy. The team put together a whole Nuzzle package that includes GPS tracking collar and a smartphone app.

The Nuzzle Collar CollarCloseup

The Nuzzle collar is light, only weighing a few ounces, waterproof, and made of durable nylon. The construction is mostly high impact plastics to keep the weight low. The GPS tracker is contained in a separate rubberized attachment that can be secured to your personal collars and harnesses. The collar is convenient and easy to use. With a removable battery and an additional battery included, you can easily charge it without ever having to remove the collar from your Sheltie.

How Nuzzle is Different

  • No monthly fees: Nuzzle is the ONLY smart pet GPS product on the market that does not require a monthly fee.
  • Easy battery charging: Nuzzle provides the easiest charging experience. The Nuzzle battery is easily removable from the collar, so you can charge it while leaving the collar on your Sheltie. In addition, Nuzzle provides an additional battery with each purchase. That way, the collar is never left uncharged.
  • Geo-fencing: The Nuzzle app allows you to create a virtual fence. If your Sheltie leaves that area, you will be automatically alerted.
  • Impact detection: Nuzzle will notify you if the collar has been hit hard. That way, you can know if your dog is playing too rough or may have gotten into an accident.
  • Waterproof: The collar can survive a rainy day and water splashing.  Just don’t submerge it.
  • Temperature monitoring: The collar can detect temperature. So, if your Sheltie is outside too long in the heat or the cold, you will know.
  • Detachable tracker: The Nuzzle tracker can be detached and reattached to your personal collars and harnesses.

This collar is perfect for any Sheltie owner concerned about safety or who simply wants better monitoring of their pet. Besides high flight risk Shelties, it would be useful for working dogs such as hunting dogs, sport dogs and farm dogs. It can be used with cats too!

You can follow Nuzzle on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for updates and learn how you can help Nuzzle raise funds for its smart collar. Or, visit Nuzzzle’s Funding Page on Indiegogo to learn more about the campaign and order a Nuzzle collar for your Sheltie!

Sashi Adopts a Brother

sashibrothersmlSashi is back – and this time she’s a princess!

Sashi knows what it’s like to be unwanted. She was a rescue Sheltie when Anna and her mother adopted her. After a few years, Sashi’s humans decide to foster rescues until they find permanent homes. Well-trained and confident in her place among her humans, Sashi makes sure the fosters know that she’s the princess of the house. Some of the fosters teach her fun tricks, like climbing snowdrifts. Others—like the one who chases a laser light toy—just seem strange.  But none challenges her ability to rule her home as much as one over sized and rambunctious Sheltie who had to leave his original home due to his bad behavior.

“ A charming tale of friendship between dogs and the love of owners who understand their pets.”    – Kirkus Review

Sashi Adopts a Brother Trailer (sound on please)

To Purchase a copy, click HERE

* A portion of sales proceeds benefits Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of NJ.

New Children’s Book: Sashi, the Scared Little Sheltie

SashiThis wonderful new children’s book has been written by Linda Greiner and illustrated by Morgan Spicer of Bark Point Studio. Linda is generously donating a portion of the sale proceeds to Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of New Jersey.

Sashi, the Scared Little Sheltie tells the true story of a little Sheltie who does what came naturally – she “herds” everything that moves. Because her original family does not understand, she is left at a shelter and cowers in the back of the cage, not knowing what she did wrong. Adopted through Sheltie Rescue, her new family helps Sashi overcome her rocky start in life and she blossoms into the confident, happy dog she was meant to be!

Sashi’s book is in hard cover and retails for $14.95. Bonus: All books will be shipped with a special bookmark that has two illustrations by Morgan Spicer.  Please note: rescues should contact Linda directly for discounted pricing.

Visit for a sneak peak of some wonderful illustrations and to place your order. Expected availability is November 24th, 2014. These will make a great gift – just in time for the holidays!

Special Edition Die Cut: Last Call

Special Edition Sheltie Nation Die-Cut Decal

Only for a limited time!

If you missed the announcement last week, we are offering a re-print of the special edition decal. The last day to order them will be 8/5. You can click the button below.

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 sharp look.

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.

Support Sheltie Nation and Win! Bags on Board

Did you know that the bacteria found in pet waste poses health risks to you and your community? Yep, that cute Sheltie that loves to cuddle and fetch also has some nasty stuff in his intestines… stuff that can not only contaminate water supplies, but also result in a fine if you don’t pick it up.  Being responsible isn’t always fashionable, but Bags on Board makes that easier!

While the original Bags on Board gets the job done, some folks wanted something jazzier. This new fun bone designs come in pink or turquoise marble is just the ticket! This design is easy to use because one end unscrews for refill replacement and has a large opening for grabbing hold of the bag.  It also hooks easily onto the leash so there is no need to remember a bag on your way out the door. Features include:

  • Compact dispenser holds 15 large doggie cleanup bags
  • Attaches to any leash
  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Includes 30 bags

We have partnered with Bags on Board to offer a raffle off two of this new design!  If you sign up to help support Sheltie Nation by being a Premium Member at our forums, you can enter to win! Click here:  Learn more and enter today by visiting the Sheltie Nation Bags on Board thread!