Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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Mishka This handsome fellow just turned 5 and after a life lived on a sheep farm he has hard a hard time adjusting to city life. So after three failed placements, we are just going to let him stay where he is for now, where he is doing well with a fully fenced yard and some careful management (ie put in another room) when new dogs or people come in. He tends to love both but gets over-excited so introductions are best put off for a few hours and then handled when the emotions are calmer. Unfortunately he turned out not to have good working instincts either, so the attempt to place him on a highly experienced working farm was also a miss. We love this guy but he is not for just any home. NS2770
Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. It takes her only a day or two to get oriented in a new place. Her coat is soft like mink and we think she is really a cross with a Jack Russel but anyone's guess is as good as ours.
At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. Helen, whose everyday name is Kelly, is reliable in the house but she needs to take Proin which is a chewable tablet, twice a day, to help her keep bladder control. That runs about 27 cents a day. She is fine when left loose when you're out, and is just a little love to have around.
She loves toys, especially anything that squeaks, and especially balls she can carry around and chase and then curl up with.
Helen Keller is fostered near Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS2399
Bradley Cooper is about 16 months old and weighs almost 60 pounds. He is VERY energetic and VERY enthusiastic. He loves people and attention. He does well in the car and is decent on a leash (he does some pulling so a good harness and some reinforcement is a must). He is very trainable and smart, but he is good at getting into trouble.
He gets along with most other dogs and loves going to the dog park. His playing can get rough though and he will sometimes bully other dogs if they don't pay attention to him. He would love to have a playmate at home, but absolutely no cats or other small animals due to his high prey drive.
Bradley Cooper has a lot of energy so he will require an active household. If he gets bored, he will make sure everyone knows just how bored he is. Any dog brother/sister should also have a decent amount of energy and love to play! His foster parents think he would do best with a fenced in yard; he loves to run, play fetch, and just hang outside chewing on toys.
Why does this handsome fella keep coming back to New Spirit?? Bradley Cooper has severe separation anxiety. He has been with his foster family on & off since September and has shown significant improvement being left home alone. That being said, there seems to be a long adjustment period going to a new home. It may take months for him to be comfortable enough in his forever home, plus it will require a ton a patience! Being home alone with his foster brother tends to help him feel less anxious, but not a solution to the problem. Crating is not a realistic option because he tends to find his way out of it somehow, which can risk him getting hurt. Bradley Cooper's ideal home would have someone who could be home with him for most, if not all, of the day.
Overall, Bradley Cooper is a very smart and sweet pup. He needs a family who is willing to have the patience and time to spend with him.
Bradley Cooper is fostered in Philadelphia PA.
Apply here for him. NS3137
Gilli Pepper - ADOPTION PENDING is 4 years old. She has a toothy grin and loves butt rubs. Pepper is velcro. NS3338
This delightful and exuberant girl is ready to go! Abigail is estimated to be about 2 but she sure has a lot of puppy left in her-- just over the top loves playing and fun and will steal shoes to chew on with her gorgeous bright white teeth. Although Abigail only weighs 40 lbs, she is a big personality, full of energy and love for all other dogs and every person she meets. She LOVES to play with other dogs for hours, running, chasing, wrestling, indoors,outdoors, any time, and manages to get most of them to return the favor. She should go to a home with at least one other dog that loves to play. Abigail is a bit of a rougher player-- fast and loves to wrestle, but all the other dogs so far seem to go along with her style just fine, or they give her a snarky correction if she gets too rough and she backs right off.
Azalea is a very sweet and loving 4 year old black tri Aussie. She is on the smaller side, but definitely not a mini, at about 35 pounds, and can stand to gain a few more. She is a medium energy girl that loves to run around outside and herd the other dogs, and is very high-velcro as the pack moves around the house.
Azalea is a very smart girl and very sensitive to feedback. She is extremely food and treat motivated, and will go to great lengths to get rewards. She knows basic commands like sit and down, and will even stand and hug your leg as well! Because of this, she would make an excellent companion for someone who wants to do conformation or obedience. She could also be good at agility as well, as she is very nimble and can jump quite high for her size, and she has a tendency outrun most dogs as she chases them around!
Azalea can be on the shy side with new people at first, but is learning that people coming and going can be a very positive experience full of treats and pets. She is also quick to warm up to people who give her appropriate attention and is outgoing on walks and trips to Lowe's. She is also learning the joys of playing with other dogs, as her foster sister is really showing her the ropes on that. She doesn't take to toys much and would prefer to cuddle up on the couch during downtime. She is also learning that crates are a good thing, though she would prefer to be within eyesight of her people.
Azalea is fostered in Centreville, VA.
Apply here for her. NS3299
Meet Jeremiah. He is a 6 yr old black and tan tri color aussie mix with a nub for a tail. He is a big boy weighing in around 70 lbs. He is very gentle for his size, walks well on a leash and loves to cuddle. He can pull when he wants to say hi to someone but a tug on the leash brings him back to a walk. Jeremiah only wants to please you. He likes to keep close and will follow you everywhere. He can be trusted in the house and will also go into his crate. He will whine and bark a little but settles quickly.
Jeremiah rides well in the car especially when he knows he is going for walk in the woods. He meets new dogs with a sniff and can sometimes will try to show his dominance. A firm “No” and he will back off. He is wonderful with his foster brother and sister and does not show any aggression with food or guarding. Jeremiah loves to play fetch and hike in the woods. He also enjoys being brushed and belly rubs.
Jeremiah will need to go to a quiet home without a lot of people coming and going. He is fearful of strangers entering the home so a meet and greet outside will help. Once inside the home he will take treats but you still need to exercise caution. Keeping Jeremiah on a leash will help, or give him a safe place like his crate.
Jeremiah is a sweet boy and will make a wonderful loving companion. If you would like to meet Jeremiah please fill out an application.
Jeremiah is fostered in Bel Air, MD.
Apply here for him. NS3347
Mousse is a 4- year-old Black Bi female. She's a big girl weighing about 65lbs. She is on a diet and exercises every day to shave some of those extra pounds. She's a big bundle of joy - she could spend all day receiving belly and butt rubs if she could. She's a very happy girl, who loves to explore outside on our city walks. There's nothing better than coming home and being greeted by this girl's toothy grin and her classic wiggle butt.
She's fine with the resident Aussie. Mousse is very treat motivated and learning basic manners quickly - she has loads of potential to be someone's best-est friend.
Mousse is fostered in Philadelphia, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3339
Bouncy Bear is a 6 month old black-tri Aussie who is happily looking for a new home. We are just getting to know him and will post more information as he settles into his foster home. We expect Bear to come north in early September. NS3353
Squash is a 2 year old wonderful male Blue Merle. He weighs in at 44 # and has one blue and one brown eye. He loves to walk, ride in the car, be out in the yard and generally wants to be included in whatever you do. He does well with other dogs, but is high on the Velcro scale, he simply wants to be with his person. He is struggling with some separation anxiety and his family is working with him so that he learns that someone leaving means they will also return. Stay tuned for updates. NS3345
Henree is a 2 year old purebred black bi Aussie. He weighs around 50 lbs and stands 21 inches tall. He’s shy at first but warms up, and we think he is going to be a very sweet boy. Henree will be fostered in KY until he comes north in early September. Check back for updates on sweet Henree! NS3356
Minny is an 18 month old, 30 lb female who is a Mini Aussie/Border Collie cross. And she’s got the cutest lil head tilt you’ve ever seen! Minny is heading up north soon and we will update her bio as we get to know more about her. Minny will be fostered in Roebling, NJ. NS3357
Leela Leela is a beautiful Black and Tan girl who weighs about 40 pounds. We think she is about 2 years old. Leela still has a lot of puppy energy and enjoys playing fetch with her favorite tennis ball in the yard. She gets along very well with her foster family dogs and would love having another friend to play with in her new home. She is curious about cats and likes to keep her eye on them, but has had no issues with them in her foster home. Leela is house and crate trained, and sleeps through the night as long as she is near her people. Leela does have some separation anxiety when left, so it is best that she is crated when left alone. When her foster family is home she loves to sleep on the floor right next to their feet. Leela would do best in an home with a family that is able to give a lot of attention to this sweet girl. She craves praise and loves being with her family. Leela is currently being fostered in Louisville Kentucky and she will be heading north in early September, when she will be available for adoption. NS3355
She has a slightly turned out back foot from an injury before we got her, but after an exam and x-rays the vet wanted to see if she could recover some muscle tone. We couldn't be sure when the injury occurred but the muscle tone was low, about 40% of what it should have been. After 6 weeks of lots of play and running, it has built up to 60% and we expect continued improvement. Our vet says she lacks full rotation of the leg but she doesn't seem to have any pain, and she uses the leg pretty normally except when she wants to go really fast-- then she tends to carry it. But otherwise, when walking and trotting, she is weight bearing and it doesn't seem to hold her back at all. He feels it would be premature to consider any kind of surgery since her function is so good and pain free.
Abigail is fostered in Collegeville, PA
Apply here for her. NS3326
Angus Dundee is a 7 month old black bi boy who is as handsome as can be with a hint of copper on his legs. He just joined New Spirit so we are getting to know his personality. At 50#, he's going to be a larger Aussie. We’ve heard through the grapevine that he’s so sweet but has a habit of chasing cows! We think this guy will benefit from a ton of love and attention. Angus will be coming up north in early September, so stay tuned for more on him. NS3360
Noodle is a 1 year old, black-tri female purebred Aussie who is looking for a loving home. She weighs in at 42 lbs and reportedly gets along great with other dogs and kids. Noodle is used to living on a farm with plenty of space to run around and had a family who loved her dearly but could no longer afford vet care. She comes to New Spirit looking for a family who can give her all the time, attention, and training she deserves. Being a young farm girl, she will need lots of practice with leash walking, relaxing even when things are exciting, and getting used to the sounds and sights of a busier environment. She is described as medium to high energy and low velcro. We will update her bio as we get to know her over the next few days. Noodle will be fostered in Philadelphia, PA. Noodle and Nugget can be adopted together or separately. NS3361
Nugget is a 1 year old black-tri female purebred Aussie with copper accents. She is described as low to medium energy and high velcro. Nugget weighs about 45 lbs and gets along great with other dogs and kids. Nugget comes from a very loving home down south, and while she is used to the farm life and cattle herding, we think she will do great in a home that can give her loads of time and attention even if it’s not so rural. She could use practice with walking on a leash and not jumping up when she meets new people. Nugget is a huge fan of belly rubs and just wants to be by your side. We will get to know Nugget and update her bio soon when she joins her foster home in Acme, PA. Noodle and Nugget can be adopted together or separately. NS3362