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Win a book! Kid Canine-Superhero!

SuperheroSuperheroes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they even look like small, fluffy dogs!

Author P.T. Custard was inspired to write Kid Canine-Superhero! after watching her Sheltie, Dill, playing in the yard while she mowed the lawn.  He methodically moved all his toys out of the way of the mower as though saving them from certain doom.  His look of utter satisfaction for a job well done led the author to imagine Dill fancied himself a superhero.

Written to entertain and inspire the young, old, and everyone in between, Kid Canine-Superhero!is illustrated in the style of a comic book.  The bold, colorful drawings bring the reader into Dill’s imaginary superhero world!

The author has graciously donated 2 books for raffle here at Sheltie Nation, so enter today!

About the author and illustrator:  P.T. Custard is the author of award
winning educational children’s books used in classrooms throughout the
U.S.  Her other other books include Jules the Lighthouse Dog, also available from Black Plume Books

To enter to win: Send an email to: and put “superhero” as the topic & your mailing address in the body. (Contest ends Monday, November 30th, 2009 at noon EST.)

Congrats to winners Holly in Portland, ME and Sue in Troy, NY!

Trick or Treat! Join the Sheltie Forums for a chance to win a great book!

DogtownWhat, you are not yet a member of the Sheltie Forums?  What are you waiting for?  A friendly atmosphere of knowledgeable Sheltie owners, breeders & experienced show people are await you!  Now is the best time to join the fun… and it is free!

Sign up to become a member of theSheltie Forums & enter to win a chance for a copy of this beautiful and heartwarming new book!

DOGTOWN: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption.  The book follows the stories of desperate dogs and their dedicated caretakers at Dogtown, the Best Friends Animal Society shelter in Utah that believes in second chances, and portrays the powerful bond between the animals and the people who help them (it is also the first companion book to the National Geographic Channel’s hit show “DogTown”).  The book is a compelling testament to the fact that through love and devotion, dogs can be given a second chance at life. 

Misfit and traumatized dogs, puppies rescued from puppy mills and war-zone trauma cases, the books tells the stories of 15 of the most memorable and touching cases, including Georgia, a pit bull rescued from Michael Vick’s illegal dog-fighting operation, and Tuffy, whose spirit never flagged after being rescued from a hoarder.  The compelling tales draw on the experiences of veterinarians, trainers and volunteers and in the end, we come to see that there are no “bad dogs” and that with patience and compassion, people can help dogs heal.  

The book will appeal to animal and dog lovers alike and anyone interested in inspirational stories of perseverance and hope.  (It would also make for a wonderful gift this upcoming holiday season!)

The book is also available from the National Geographic website,, and wherever books are sold.

Are you already a member of the Sheltie Forums?  You can still enter! Just log into the site & look for the announcement at the top of the site under “Events”  All you have to do to enter is post a response.  Hurry, contest ends November 7th!

The link to the forum thread is here.

Sheltie Angel Ornament: A great way to support rescue!

Grouplogosm Is your Sheltie an Angel on Earth?  Have you ever loved a Sheltie who has gone to the Bridge?  Regardless of your reason, this is a must have for anyone who has ever loved a Sheltie! 

"Sheltie Angel" is an exquisite collectible Christmas Ornament, designed exclusively for The American Shetland Sheepdog Association and it's endorsed Rescue Groups.

The ornament is available in 6 colors, all of which are handcrafted in the USA by the artisans at Incolay.  What a wonderful gift for yourself or for the Sheltie lover in your life. 

The ornaments sell for $24.95 each, with 100% of profits directly benefiting Shelties currently in need of help. What better way to give back to the breed that gives us so much joy!

To order your "Sheltie Angel" ornament, click here


Additional information on Incolay:

Incolay is a handcrafted product that is made right here in the USA.  It is not mass produced by machinery in China.

All products are made by hand, from beginning to end by skilled artisians. This means that the Incolay 2-part stone formula is mixed by hand, poured by hand, demolded by hand, finished by hand and antiqued by hand.

There is a lot of time and work that goes into each product, which accounts for the cost and collectibility factor.

Here are a few pictures from some of the artisians at the Incolay factory.

Win a book! One Nation Under Dog

Underdog After journalist Michael Schaffer and his wife adopted Murphy, a mistreated St. Bernard puppy, in rural Pennsylvania, Schaffer found himself being drawn into the significant options and spending for pet care, so he decided to go deeper into the lives of people and their pets. The result is not only a very happy and healthy Murphy but also a fun, eye-opening, and touching examination of America’s pet obsession, ONE NATION UNDER DOG: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food, by Michael Schaffer.

ONE NATION UNDER DOG introduces us to people who will spend their life savings on medial treatments for their pets and breeders who put potential owners through intensive screening before selling them a dog. We hear arguments for and against different training philosophies and look into a pets-only funeral home and bereavement groups for lost beloved animals. Schaffer also takes us to the darker side of the pet industry, going undercover at a puppy mill, talking to victims of the tainted pet food scandal, and looking at current legal battles over what can constitute on paper the pain and suffering brought from a pet’s mistreatment or untimely death.

Throughout ONE NATION UNDER DOG, Schaffer turns the lens not only on the industry but also on his relationship with Murphy. As he attends pet fashion shows and talks to “petrepeneurs,” Schaffer personalizes the experience with great wit and shows how the changing status of pets reflects shifts in American culture.

Send an email to to enter to win.  Name will be drawn May 22nd!

Congrats to Ann C. in CT!

Sizing up Shelties: Finding the Right Furniture

When it comes to purchasing items such as a travel crate or a dog bed, the one concern that most owners have is whether it will fit their best friend.  Picking the right size the first time is important because most pet stores, whether online or retail, won’t let your pet try out their products first and won’t accept returns if there are signs that it has already been used.

Sizing up Shelties can be especially tricky, as they can fall between small and medium depending on their size and the measurements of the product.  In this article, we’ll explain some good guidelines to consider when determining the proper size for your Sheltie friend.

Dog Houses
Doghouse04Whether buying a dog house or building one yourself, it can be a big investment, so you want to make sure that your dog can fit comfortably.  Although most Shelties would prefer to be indoor dogs, lounging on your couch or bed, sometimes a dog house is a nice addition to the back yard.

Since Shelties aren’t that tall, the door frame itself shouldn’t pose much of a problem so long as you leave at least 10 inches for the height.  But to ensure that the confines are spacious enough make sure that the width and depth of the house are at least 5 inches longer than the length of your Sheltie(excluding the tail) and that the overall height of the house is at least 25 inches (or at least 5-7 inches more than the standing height of your dog). 

Travel Crates
CrateIf you ever find the need to travel with your Sheltie, a crate is a must, especially when it comes to flying.  The two most important considerations when it comes to creates is a.) whether it is travel approved and b.) whether it will fit your Sheltie properly.  While any product description should list clearly whether the crate is approved for domestic and/or international airline traveling, finding the right size can be a bit trickier.  

The important thing to remember is that crates do not need to provide the same amount of room as a dog house, but it does need to be big enough for your dog to at least stand up and turn around.  Most importantly, it needs to be long enough for your Sheltie to lie down in it, since dogs tend to spend most of their time sleeping while travelling. 

The best rule of thumb is to measure your dog from head to tail bone and add 12 inches to this total to determine the proper length.  And also make sure to measure your dog’s height from the ground to the top of their heads and 6 inches to that total to figure the amount of standing space needed.  Generally, the proper width should be three-quarters of what the length should be.  For most brands of crates, this should put most Shelties in the medium sizing range, although some of the bulkier pooches might need a large crate instead.

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Shelties are active and intelligent dogs, so there really is no such thing as buying a pet bedthat is too large.  They usually tend to like more space then comparably sized dogs and unlike some breeds of toy dogs, they won’t be overwhelmed or intimidated by a large dog bed.  On the other hand, a dog bed that is too small can hinder his/her ability to sleep comfortably so it is really important to go bigger if you think it might be necessary.  The bottom line is you want to pick a bed that has a measurement of at least 9-12 inches longer and wider than your Sheltie when he or she is lying down.

While these tips should hopefully help, it is important to note that the right size can vary depending on the size of your Sheltie, so make absolutely sure to measure your pet first before making a purchase. And if you find yourself caught between two sizes, always opt for the larger one.  Even if it costs a little more, it is a safer bet than opting for the smaller size and gambling that your dog will find it comfortable.

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