This amazing story has been submitted by Bob, a volunteer for the Northeast Ohio Sheltie Rescue.
Late last winter I got a call from a nearby county dog warden asking if we would take in a sable male Sheltie who was blind and having seizures. At first I was really concerned that this little guy maybe had more health issues than what the rescue would want to tackle, but thankfully I got the OK from our adoption coordinator that “absolutely, he needs us” so I hit the road to go get “Buddy”. When I got to the dog warden’s office they helped me get him in my suburban and away we headed to another volunteer’s house, Teresa & Chuck’s, for foster care. During the hour’s or so drive I didn’t even know Buddy was in the crate behind my seat; I’m sure he was scared not knowing what was happening and not being able to see either. I met Teresa at her local vet’s office where he was taken right in for a health exam. The diagnosis was that Buddy has a severe case of Epilepsy and over the next few weeks, with Teresa & Chuck, the seizures got more frequent and severe. The vet pretty much told Teresa that he was headed for Rainbow Bridge.
Foster parents Teresa & Chuck pretty much refused to be satisfied with this reasoning and took Buddy, now renamed “Sochi” (for his new life) to another vet where a MRI was done revealing that Sochi had a slow growing Brain Tumor. Things were looking pretty grave for Sochi at that time. But again, Teresa & Chuck refused to accept that and Teresa got on her computer and researched Canine Cancer and located a study being done at the University Of Minnesota on the very type of brain tumor that Sochi had. She immediately contacted them about Sochi’s case and coordinated the transfer of records up to Dr. Pluhar DMV and after reviewing Sochi’s case accepted him into their program.
So last week Teresa & Chuck made the trip to Minnesota with Sochi and last Friday he under went brain surgery. Even though the surgery went a bit longer than planned and Friday was a bit of a rough day for Sochi (as well as Teresa & Chuck), Saturday afternoon he was alert to the sounds of Teresa cell phone ringing; his eyes were no longer dilated like they had been before the surgery (although no detection of restored sight); and he was released from the animal hospital to which he walked out the truck on his own. Sochi is on the way back home as this is being written.
Cells from his tumor will be used to make an anti-tumor vaccine for him. He will remain in foster care throughout the trial. He will be in Minnesota for the surgery, come back to his foster home and go back next year for a follow-up visit.
NEOSSR is responsible for $2500 toward the total cost of Sochi’s participation in the trial and surgery. A large portion of Sochi’s surgery and follow-up costs are being covered by the children’s cancer fund and another fund at the University of MN.
If you can help send your donation to NEOSSR, via pay pal at www.NEOSSR.org. Your donation is tax deductible and no amount is too small.
I wanted you all to know of what the Power of Prayers, and the absolute determination (and refusal to give up) of rescue volunteers, Teresa, Chuck and the Northeast Ohio Sheltie Rescue!
Good luck to Sochi in his recovery and adoption. We look forward to an update on his progress.
Sheba came into rescue a couple of months ago, unable to really stand on her own and walk any distance. She was overweight with very bad hip dysplasia. Well, thanks to her foster parents, Sheba is doing wonderfully! She has lost 5 lbs. and had alternative therapies including laser, acupuncture and hydrotherapy. She can now getting up on her own and walking around all the time. She still needs help with stairs, but she has improved so much! We are so pleased with her achievements!
Sheba is a truly wonderful sweet dog. She is friendly with the other dogs she lives with and great with everyone she meets. She is just such a happy girl who holds no ill will for being neglected.
Sadly the rescue has not had one inquiry for adoption for this girl. Please share her. She is a beautiful color headed white sheltie who will definitely not disappoint her new family. She has so much love to give!
Contact Julie at: email@example.com if interested in adopting this sweetie who deserves a loving home!
UPDATE 1/25/14: Sheba has been adopted!
B’Elanna, on right, is a retired breeder, currently available for adoption through Kansas City Sheltie Rescue.
Recently reunited with one of her puppies, Ariel on left, who is owned by one of the KC Sheltie Rescue volunteers.
Check out B’Elanna’s profile to learn more and to put in an application to adopt this cutie!
Lily is looking for her forever home. She has diabetes and requires a little bit of extra tender loving care, but you wouldn’t know she has it.
Her real issue is a serious case of cuteness, just look at that face! She comes to us from Collie and Sheltie Rescue of SE Virginia.
Hugs to you for fostering her, Brent and Jenny!
I hope the Sheltie Nation members can find her a home!
The Northern Chesapeake Sheltie Rescue (located north of Baltimore, MD) has three older Shelties that are in need of good homes. Unfortunately the rescue reports they have a lot of wonderful dogs looking for homes and they are running out of foster parents. If you can’t adopt, consider donating or becoming a foster parent. Spread the word to your facebook friends and family!
Dwight: Dwight is a gorgeous, healthy 12 year old sable boy with personality plus! He has been fully vetted and groomed. Dwight loves everybody, gets along well with the other Shelties and is fine around cats and older children. He is housebroken, loves belly rubs, AND walks well on a leash.
Beauty: Beauty is appropriately named, inside and out. She is an adorable 10 year old tri-color gal. Beauty is happy, friendly and healthy, although a little chubby, but they’re working on it! She walks well on a leash, and gets along well with other dogs. Beauty is anxious to go to her new forever home.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a larger 50-lb male 8-year old trio-color Sheltie. He is very sweet and affectionate, loves belly rubs, being petted and attention! He walks well on a leash, gets along with other dogs, and loves to zip around in the yard. Cinnamon knows his name and comes when called. He needs a fenced yard to run in and a family that is looking for a good, solid boy to be a companion. He’s ready for his new home!
Cindy Lou is a Sheltie mix with possibly Cocker Spaniel as the secondary breed. She is about 8 years old, is super sweet, gets along with everyone, loves playing with other dogs and is especially playful and gentle with puppies and small dogs. She is completely housebroken, crate trained and listens well. Please open your heart and home to this beautiful girl.
Ginger is a sweet, gentle Sheltie who sadly has been lingering in foster care for some time. Let’s help her find her forever home!
Ginger came to NVSR very obese, and since then her foster mom has helped her shed a few pounds. Her adopter must monitor her diet closely to help continue slimming her to a more girlish figure. :)
Ginger is 15 inches tall, currently 32 pounds, and 12 years young.
Ginger especially likes to follow her foster mom around the house and sleep on a dog bed nearby. She would prefer to be an only dog but lives peacefully with three kitties in her foster home. In typical Sheltie fashion she loves an ear and rump scratch whenever offered! At night she likes to sleep on a comfy dog bed in the bedroom and in nice weather she likes to explore in the fenced dog yard.
Ginger loves her walks and is very good on a leash. She also is great with children of all ages. She is an all-around sweetie! If you might be interested in adopting Ginger, please read their adoption FAQ section and then send a note to: apply@NVSR.org. Tell them Sheltie Nation sent you!
This is Mo (Moses)- a sable sheltie available for adoption with Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana. He took a ride with me and my sister last weekend to pick up an owner surrender Sheltie. While waiting for their arrival, we took in some shopping at The Christmas Tree Shop
Auntie Robin found this mask to help keep Mo in disguise so as not to disrupt the entire store with his boyish good looks! (He’s just 3!) It didn’t work! We couldn’t keep this canine Casanova under wraps for long. Everyone who past him in the store had to pat on him and he returned the love with kisses to all his admirers!
Check out Mo’s page for more information & to fill out an adoption application!
Thanks for fostering this seriously cute guy, Jenny!
This little cutie pie is Benji!
Currently 6 months old, 10.2 lbs and perhaps 11-1/2″ at the shoulder, he’s going to stay on the small side when mature. Apparently he’s quite the little character!
His foster mom reports that he loves to be snuggled and will stand on his hind feet with his paws on your leg asking to be picked up & held! OMG, every Sheltie lover’s dream dog!
He’s also SOOO fast, his tiny body becomes a blur as he races around the room when playing with his “housemates”. Pounces with delight on toys; which we all know is always just too cute for words. His foster mom is working on his house manners (and he has improved quite a bit since his first day in foster care less than a week ago!)
Benji is one of 3 puppies [age 5-6 months] recently rescued from the Lancaster mills by NJ Sheltie Rescue. If you can’t resist adopting one of these sweeties, please visit NJ Sheltie Rescue’s website and complete an application: www.njsheltierescue.org
Act fast, because with a face like that, you know he is going to be adopted quickly!!!!
8/14/2011 Benji is pending adoption, but two others are still looking for homes!