Shep Update: Shep was adopted last night by Johanna and Adriaan and will be living in Orlando. Updates coming soon, but these photos show that he is making himself at home with his new pack. New photos of him will be posted on Facebook. They are thinking of naming him Sir Alfred, Alfie for short, and I love it!
History: Donations needed immediately, Would you sponsor this one year old boy? Emaciated, covered in ticks and fleas, this boy is very loving, but someone has done him wrong with the leash; he is terrified of it. When we tried to get him out the car last night, he did a stop, drop and roll. It was heart breaking.
He warms up quickly, and he’s hanging out with a kitten we rescued. He’s quiet and obedient. His transformation will be quick. He’s also great with kids! He comes to us as a stray from Lake City, Florida via Holli Miller.
I haven’t seen ticks like this since Frances; it’s bad.
Looking at images, I found many photos that confused me even more. In this search on Google images, I saw Collies, Aussies, Border Collies and English Shepherds. I did even more research, reviewing breed information and I’m still unsure. Regardless, this gorgeous boy looks 95% collie. What’s the big deal? If I list him as a Collie, Collie-lovers will tell me I’m wrong. If I list him as an English Shepherd, those folks will tell me he’s a Collie.
This has happened to me many times. I was asked by a Sheltie rescue to take Jedi; they were positive he was not a Sheltie. Yet, when he arrived at my home, I was positive that he wasn’t a Border Collie! Recently, many thought that Rawhide was an Aussie. After research, he looked like a purebred English Shepherd. I know, we’re splitting hairs here!
Updates coming soon.
02/14/13: Picked up Shep from the Vet. He had a rear dew claw removed, all of his shots, neuter and micro-chipped and three baths! Special thanks to Serena and Kerry who watched over him at Val-u-Vet! Shep is also used to the leash now! He walks like a pro!
He enjoyed going to the diner which is next door to the vet, and we had breakfast outside! Everyone came out to meet him; as if he is a celebrity! Well… he is to me! Heartworm negative… good boy! New photos of him are on Facebook.
02/25/13 Update: Shep has bounced back quickly. He is awesome on leash, not afraid like he was, and seems to enjoy the company of other dogs. He is playful, but not over the top hyper like most puppies. He could easily be head of the class in a puppy training program, and really should be taken to the next level in his education, and become Canine Good Citizen Certified (CGC). Shep is a great family dog, good with people of all ages, he does gravitate to seniors, he is fantastic with young children, gentle with cats, and enjoys other dogs. I can’t say enough about this noble companion.