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Sassy is a petite dog, about 14 inches at the shoulder and 23 lbs. This happy little cutey is very sweet, but can be a little shy at times. She likes having a spot to hide if she is feeling shy, such as a bed in another room that she has access to. But she is curious about new people as well and willingly makes friends and even wants to play after a few minutes – all on her own.
Sassy is very well housebroken, and is not a chewer. She does not play with toys but will happily play with you by play biting at your hands. She has a very soft mouth and has never left a scratch – this is nothing but play and she is very, very gentle. She is good with other dogs but doesn’t much interact with them. She is learning how to play sheltie tag with her current housemates but it has taken her a while to warm up to them. She would prefer just having 1 or 2 dogs as housemates, or would be okay being alone. She can be a little intimidated by loud or excitable dogs, and will hide in her spot until things calm down. She enjoys going for walks, and is well behaved on a leash and does not pull. She is working on learning to walk to the side instead of in front of the handler, so the handler needs to be aware of this and use caution so she doesn’t get stepped on. She absolutely loves going for car rides and will bark and spin from excitement if you ask her ‘Do you want to go for a ride?’
Sassy is fairly calm for a sheltie but does get excited from time to time and will bark and spin and let the world know how happy she is. And like most shelties, she does like to bark but will stop when told to shush. She is good about grooming, nail clipping, and going to the vet (although understandably a bit nervous about the vet).
Sassy does have arthritis in her ankles and her elbows, and currently is doing very well on her supplements and pain medication. The flavored medication and supplements go right in her breakfast/dinner bowl and she eats them so dosing her couldn’t be easier. She will need to be on these medications for the rest of her life. Because of her arthritis, she won’t be able to do hours long walks but does enjoy shorter ones. Her food intake will need to be carefully monitored so she doesn’t get heavy again, as carrying extra weight is hard on arthritis (she lost 11 lbs since coming to rescue). She was quite successful in the past at begging for food and is still learning that it no longer works. If you ignore her, the behavior stops. She had skin issues in the past but since coming into rescue and getting quality grain-free food, and no junk food, her itchy skin has disappeared.
If you are interested in Sassy please go the the Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of NJ website and fill out an Adoption Application.
* We do not permit adoptions of shelties as gifts. If you would like to give one as a gift you can contact us for advice on how to handle the situation.
Please note that we do NOT adopt to homes with children under the age of 10. Herding dogs, especially shelties, tend to chase whatever/whoever is running & they often will nip at the back of legs in their attempt to gather everyone into a neat, manageable area.
If you cannot adopt but would like to make a donation or to sponsor one of our forever fosters, seniors or special needs dogs, please email Aneita.