Dustin has joined all the other happy souls over the Rainbow Bridge.
Dustin has been adopted! Great news: Dustin has nicely recovered from his leg surgery to fix the broken tarsus on his hind left leg. He just got off his bandage yesterday and he is finally available for adoption. He will get his long awaited "grooming time" this week. Dustin is 5 years old and was found wondering with his brother in a marsh area located in Northern NJ. An animal control officer gave them to us last fall. Both boys are finally ready to start a new chapter in their life. Dustin's brother was adopted and he would love to find his forever home.
Dustin walks good on his leg but it is advised that he is not allowed to run for a few more months. This will allow the bone to harden. He is a super friendly dog with people, in fact, he rolls on his back sometimes for a belly rub. His tail is always wagging for attention. We are looking for a home without other pets. Dustin is leash trained, somewhat housebroken, weighs about 30lbs and likes to be brushed. We are looking for a home without a fenced in yard. He can be mischievous and must be crated when left alone to keep him out of trouble. He does have a strong herding drive and loves to chase things that move including animals, bikes, and cars.
UPDATE 1/9/15 We just got back with Dustin from another examination, his bone is healing nicely and he will need another month with cast before x-ray, and he also has a loose pin that they will remove in the near future. Hopefully, in a month he will be out of his cast. Dustin is still the happy dog despite having a cone around his neck and a cast on his leg.
UPDATE December 26, 2014 Dustin got his sutures out today, he still has to have his hard cast on until 2 weeks from now. He will have his leg x-rayed then and we will know if the cast comes off, or if he still needs more time with it on. Dustin had a very nice Christmas and can hardly wait until his elizabethean collar comes off and his cast, then he will get his much needed grooming time. More updates on Dustin when we have them. Dustin is 5 years old. He came into rescue with his brother, Michael. They were found wandering -- and had evidently been on their own for quite some time.
We are looking for foster home, and of course a forever home for Dustin. He will need an angel to help in his recovery and provide the care he so richly deserves. This poor boy is starving for human love. He's very full of himself and really enjoys belly rubs.
Important to note: Dustin cannot be in a home with cats or small animals (bunnies, birds, ferrets) due to a strong herding instinct. We are looking for a home with no other pets so he can get the attention he needs.
* 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.