Christine sent us this wonderful note about her rescue Sheltie, Sabrina. All Shelties should be as lucky as her…please consider bringing a rescue Sheltie into your life.
This is my beautiful Sabrina. I rescued her in California 5 years ago. When I first got her she was paralyzed with fear from abuse and skinny and smelled like urine from neglect. She was used by a backyard breeder to attempt to crank out many puppies…and still fears most men. When she came to live with me she would not go potty for 5 days out of fear. It was the most heartbreaking thing you have ever seen.
Now 5 years later, she is happy and healthy. I had to teach her how to play, and that it is ok to relax and have fun. When she dissected the bathroom garbage for the first time I cheered because she did something “doggish”. (BTW she has now perfected the art of the bathroom garbage inventory, so anything resembling Kleenex is now stowed safely away under the cabinet.) She is still quite shy, but no longer hides between my legs when another dog or person looks at her, and she loves treats and the beach. She has a vertical leap of about 5 feet from a stand still, most often witnessed upon any kind of real or accidental jangling of leash, in the anticipation of walk time. Or when I walk through the door. Could be 2 days or 2 minutes. All the same in a Sheltie mind!