12/27/14 The Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of NJ is saddened to announce the passing over the Rainbow Bridge of our forever foster sheltie named Shadow. He came into the rescue February 2013. He was 11 years old when his family moved into a new home. He was not adjusting well to the home or the family situation. Shadow also had a sensitive stomach and had to be fed a strict diet. He was loosing his hearing and the family had two young children. They felt it was in his best interest to place him with us.

A wonderful family had offered to foster him and he fit right on into the home. He continued to thrive in the foster home. The family worked with him and kept to his diet. He got along with the other dogs in the home. They treated him as he was one of their own dogs. They took amazing care of him and in the end they were by his side.


UPDATE 8/3/14 Shadow is continuing to thrive in his foster home. Due to his age the rescue has changed his status to forever foster. His foster family loves him very much and he will continue to live with them.

Shadow has come a LONG way as a social butterfly! Okay. Maybe social dragonfly may be a more descriptive word as he flutters by our other dogs for a "quick" check to see what they're up to, and then Shadow scurries away. When Shadow took up residence with us, he was NOT willing to have our permanent dogs come near him. Well, has that changed! Shadow is approximately 35 lbs., and our "furry kids" are 10, 14, 16 pounds (mini dachshunds) and 20 lbs. (our permanent Sheltie). As you can see, in physical size and weight, Shadow outsizes our dogs. He can easily overpower any of them, and technically, if he chose to, could use our smallest as a chew toy. BUT, through time and patience, Shadow has now become part of our evening gathering as he is now sitting in our family room every evening with our "mob" and enjoying the company.

At times it is quite comical as he tries to get the doxies to play, since Shadow seems a bit clumsy as he tries to stomp and romp with dogs that are one-third his size. Shadow has taken to grabbing a doggie ball out of the toy basket and dropping it at our feet. He LOVES having you throw the ball and happily retrieves it and returns it to you for more play! This is something Shadow really enjoys, until our 10 lb. dachshund (the only female in the pack) decides play time is over and let's Shadow know it's time to drop the ball and now it's her turn to play! He always concedes to her demands. As we were told when he came to us, Shadow does best in a one dog home, but he's turned that corner and really loves to socialize with our dogs. We are thrilled with his social adaptation, but still keep the dogs altogether only when we are there to supervise.
He's enjoyed this snowy winter romping in our dog run and re-entering our house with a couple of inches of snow "piled high" on his nose!

UPDATE FROM SHADOWS FOSTER HOME 6/4/13 Shadow is a very nice dog I enjoy having him. As you know I have four other dogs. Shadow gets along with everyone but the Sheltie. Go figure? Shadow loves to play fetch and really loves meal time. He has acclimated well to his new environment.
3/4/13 The original post was written on what the owner had told us. He also came into the rescue on Prozac, With the help of a veterinarian he has been weened off the medication. Since then, his foster mom is reporting- he is a very "young" acting 11 yr old sheltie, he does enjoy running around a fenced in yard, but he is fine walking on a leash too. Shadow is limited on his hearing, but he will obey some obedience commands, especially for food. He would love to find a home where he is the only dog, he is crate trained and house broken.

2/19/13 Shadow is in need of a foster home and or a home to adopt him.
 Shadow is an amazing 11 year old boy, His owner surrendered him to the rescue. The family just moved and they have two young children. He was not adjusting well to the new home. Shadow is house trained and up to date on his shots. He will be going to the vets on Thursday, February 21 for blood work and to schedule a dental. Shadow has a sensitive stomach and he can only be fed lamb. He can not be fed any chicken as this will upset his stomach.
Due to his age he is starting to lose his hearing. He responds to his name. He does know sit and down. Shadow is not great with dogs and must be kept separated He walks on leash and will do his business on leash too. The only problem he may encounter while on a walk is if he sees another dog. We will try proactive/positive training with food to avoid conflict and see if that will help diminish reaction to another dog he does not know. His temporary foster home did put a Thundershirt on him today in hopes to help relax him and relieve him of the stress he had.
Shadow is a very sweet boy who would do best in a home as an only dog. He does not require a fenced in yard.

 More info will be posted once he gets settled into a foster home.

* 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.
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