This page is about the Shelties we have in foster right now. They are available for adoption unless noted otherwise.
Last update on this page was 7/12/18
Last update on this page was 7/12/18
Before you get too excited about one of our Shelties, please read ALL the information on our page How to Adopt. It will answer your questions about our process and expectations. E-mail additional questions.
Dakota is a smart, affectionate dog that could fit easily into many different homes. Although he has not had any formal training courses, he is eager to please and obeys quickly as soon as he figures out what his humans want him to do. Having spent his entire young life with a very dominant sibling, Dakota is enjoying life in his foster home where the only resident dog is a shy little female who doesn’t try to boss him around.
Dakota’s foster parents describe him as “a real gem.” This handsome tricolor fellow has a calm, flexible temperament and always seems up for whatever adventures his humans have in mind. During his first week in foster care, Dakota traveled between his foster parents’ two homes, enjoying the car rides and the long walks in the areas surrounding both homes. Like most Shelties, he’s a little shy when he meets new people, but he warms up quickly and enjoys the attention.
Dakota was neutered before he joined the NVSR pack. We have brought him up to date on all vaccinations and tests and put him on appropriate heartworm preventative and flea and tick prophylaxis. He is very reliably housetrained, crate trained, and leash trained. He is now ready to look for his forever home.
The ideal home for Dakota would include a good-sized fenced yard where he can run full out. Because of his strong people-orientation, he would prefer a home where someone is around much of the time. He could be happy as an only dog getting all the attention from his humans. But, since he likes to play chase, he would also welcome another dog that was easy going and not as dominant as the sibling with whom he shared his first three years.
There are no children or cats in his foster home, so we have not been able to evaluate him with either. But his flexible temperament suggests he would adjust to both kids and cats if introduced properly.
This young guy will make some lucky adopter a wonderfully loyal and affectionate companion. We will give preference to applicants who commit to enrolling him in a good obedience course that will further socialize him and teach him commands that will help keep him safe. In the future, he could be a good candidate for agility, nose work, or other dog sports.
Dakota is ... 3 years old, weighs 30 pounds, and is 19 inches tall. His adoption fee is $350.
Sperry has the perfect Sheltie temperament. He’s very active when outside and loves to run full out and play chase with a canine companion. Inside, however, this little guy turns into a cuddle bug. He loves to snuggle with his humans on the couch and his foster parents insist he has certain favorite TV programs he likes to watch.
This handsome mahogany sable loves people and makes friends very quickly. Sperry is one of those dogs that has never met a stranger. This little guy also enjoys other dogs and can hold his own even with the larger breed dogs in his neighborhood. Although the cat in his foster home was the first feline he had ever encountered, he learned to respect her very quickly.
Sperry has been neutered and is very reliably housetrained. He never has accidents and never destroys anything in his foster home; he is trusted to roam freely even when the humans are away. He rides quietly in a crate in the car, but he doesn’t need to be crated at home. This little fellow is a good leash walker and loves long walks with his humans. Sperry is a barker, though, and will let everyone know if someone he doesn’t recognize approaches “his” property.
Sperry has been brought up to date on all tests and vaccinations and is on heartworm preventative and a flea and tick prophylaxis. This cute little guy is now ready to look for his forever home. Sperry’s outstanding personality would make him welcome in many different kinds of homes. While he has had very little contact with children, we think he could adjust to a family with calm children who were introduced to him slowly. He does exhibit the herding instincts common to most herding breeds, so families with very young children are not a good match.
Because he is a young, energtic dog that loves to run full out, we will consider only applicants with secure, physically fenced yards. Sperry is a smart, athletic dog that loves to learn and would be a good candidate for agility, herding, or other dog sports. But his foster mom warns that folks who are “no-dogs-on-the-furniture” types need not apply; Sperry’s favorite place inside is on the couch in front of the TV.
Sperry is … 3 years old, weighs 21 pounds, and is 14 inches tall. His adoption fee is $350.
Murdoch has been a challenging puppy to foster. He was relinquished to NVSR by a couple who loved him dearly but could not manage his high energy and need for unusual amounts of exercise. Lacking both a fenced yard and other dogs for him to play with, his owners simply could not meet his exercise needs with leash walks only. Without a way to absorb his excess energy, they found that teaching him good manners was very difficult.
We placed Murdoch with an experienced foster mom who has two high-energy young Shelties of her own that were happy to engage in the non-stop chase games and wrestling that Murdoch needed. Once his exercise needs were met regularly, Murdoch was able to focus on training and developing some better house manners. He has an amazing ability to focus on his “work” for such a young dog.
Murdoch has now been housetrained, crate trained, and leash trained. But he is still a handful. Left unsupervised inside, he will steal shoes and sometimes chew on furniture if he becomes bored. He will sharply express his dismay—if only briefly--when his humans leave him. While he loves to go for leash walks, he is very reactive to cars and other vehicles and will pull strongly when he sees them. He continues to need more exercise and play time than the average Sheltie puppy and will act out if those needs are not met.
On the plus side, this handsome little guy is very affectionate and very smart. Murdoch loves people of all sizes and ages. He bonds very strongly with his humans and looks for ways to engage them in play. He also loves to snuggle. His foster mom describes him as “play, play, snuggle, play, play.” He enjoys toys of all kinds and he loves to learn. This pup is very athletic and has tremendous potential in agility or other dog sports. When he matures, he will be a wonderful companion. But getting through his puppyhood will likely continue to be a challenge.
Murdoch has been brought up to date on vaccinations and is ready to look for his forever home. Given our experience with him, another young, energetic dog is very important in Murdoch’s adoptive home. He will do best in an active home with humans who like to hike or jog and are willing to spend considerable time playing with him. A large, physically fenced yard is essential. We will also be looking for an adopter committed to enrolling him in a good training course based on positive methods. He has already learned a few simple commands. If he is adopted before he is old enough to be neutered, NVSR will reimburse his adopter for the cost of the neuter procedure.
Murdoch is ... 7 months old, weighs 16 pounds, and is almost 15 inches tall. His adoption fee is $350.
Casey & Max
Max and Casey are two of the cutest puppies you’ve ever seen. And they are best buddies. Having been together since birth, these two little guys are closely bonded. They love to chase each other, wrestle, and play tug together with any toy they can find. They also curl up and sleep together when they finally collapse from exhaustion at the end of the day.
Playing with their foster parents is the only thing these boys find even more fun than hanging out together. They love to jump into foster mom’s lap any time she sits down. Taking a quick cuddle with foster dad in his recliner is another opportunity not to be missed. These little boys are definitely people-oriented. They love people of all sizes and all ages. But they also love other dogs. Their foster parents have several adult Shelties who have assumed the role of teaching Casey and Max the ropes. The pups are willing learners and love tagging after the bigger dogs.
These two puppies were turned into a small rural shelter that was unable to give NVSR any history on the pups. We know nothing about their former owners. But whoever they were, they did an excellent job of socializing Max and Casey. These pups are confident, smart, and well-adjusted. They are curious about everything and love toys and games of all kinds. They have both been neutered and brought up to date on all tests and vaccinations. Their vet says Casey is a Sheltie mix and Max is likely a Terrier-Poodle mix.
Because Max and Casey are so closely bonded, we will give preference to adopters willing to adopt both dogs. If one is out of sight, the other cries. Raising them together will also mean their adopter needn’t spend time lining up play dates like most adopters of puppies must do. These boys do a wonderful job of wearing each other out, even without the help of their humans. They must have a good-sized physically fenced yard since they both love to run full out. These exuberant little guys will bring a huge amount of fun and affection to their forever home. They both adore children and would make wonderful family dogs.
Casey is the Sheltie mix, and Max is the terrier mix. Their "stats" are the same ... 1 year old, 20 pounds, and 13 inches tall. The fee for adopting both is $500.
Saylor (not yet available)
Tissue alert! This little dog’s story may break your heart! Sweet little Saylor's left rear leg was amputated to treat a fracture when she was only six months old. Then, when one year old, she was found in a ditch with a serious injury. She'd been there four days! When advised by the vet that surgery to repair her luxated left shoulder (same side as her missing leg) would cost several thousand dollars, Saylor’s owner abandoned her at the vet clinic. A good Samaritan offered to find help for Saylor, she contacted NVSR, and we immediately took tiny Saylor into our rescue and arranged for the needed surgery.
Saylor's foster mom is both an RN and a vet tech - the perfect place for her to recuperate. Even with a missing rear leg and a badly damaged shoulder, this courageous little girl managed to limp outside to do her business. She loves to snuggle with her foster mom and enjoys walks with her two Sheltie foster sisters nestled in her baby carrier.
Saylor is … one year old, weighs 10 pounds, and is 12 inches tall.
We will not accept applications for Saylor until she is through her rehab, many weeks away. If you would like to help fund her surgery and rehab, we appreciate your help. Look at the bottom of our home page for donation options.
Here's a short video of Saylor before her surgery.
Update, June 28: Safe at home after surgery, Saylor is glad to be home. Her surgeon thinks she'll figure out how to walk soon. Her splint goes over her shoulders and chest and holds the repaired leg in extension, so it's longer than the other front leg. When she puts it down to walk she goes around in a circle. Bandage removal, follow up x-rays, and beginning gentle range of motion in two weeks, if all looks good. Take a look at her intra-operative x-ray that shows the screw stabilization of the humerus in the shoulder joint. All the techs at Virginia Veterinary Specialists fell in love with her.
Update, July 2: Saylor has made tremendous progress; she's even playing with toys. She has found her balance and is much more active. The repaired shoulder and the missing back leg are on the same side, so she tended to move sideways at first, but now she uses the surgery leg for support. When she sleeps, her leg is propped up to prevent adduction (the front legs coming together or crossing) which might cause the shoulder to pop out before it heals. She is carried in a bag on nightly walks. Here's a photo of her with Maria, her foster mom's other Sheltie. (Maria's face is scarred from a healed skin condition.) Click here for a video of Saylor playing with her toy.
Update: July 12: Saylor's vet was pleased with how she is getting around. He removed the splint, said the shoulder was still in place, and he was satisfied with the amount of healing. But he put on a new purple splint which will stay in place for another 3 weeks. It's okay for her to hobble around the back yard. After the splint is removed in early August, her activity will be very restricted: leash walks only, no running, no playing. Here's a video of Saylor in the backyard.