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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
Shinsey - ADOPTION PENDING
Shinsey is a 2-4 year old Blue Merle mini Aussie with a tail, weighing in at just 30 lbs. Shinsey has one blue and one brown eye, and has beautiful markings. She has low to medium energy and low to medium on the Velcro scale unless you are actively petting her, then she will stay there forever.
She is currently in a home with a quiet 12-year-old child and 2 miniature Aussies, both just turned a year old. She came a long way in her current foster home, she started as a scared dog who relied solely on the resident dogs for cues and was extremely skittish so placing her in a home where she can continue to thrive and learn to trust humans will be important.
Shinsey now recognizes her name and has a 40% recall on a long lead to the mom of the house, who she is most bonded to and views as the pack leader. She learned to sit at intersections before crossing the street and is working on "touch" targeting (she knows what it is but doesn't always follow through). She barks when people enter the home and at other dogs outside but does not seem to have a high prey drive.
She enjoys really long walks and walks great on a leash. She also loves hanging her head out of the car window, playing in the yard with the resident Aussies, and playing with a ball by herself; she has shown interest in fetch but has not yet followed through.
Grandpa is a 4yo, 45lb purebred red-tri Aussie who will soon be looking for a new home. Grandpa is a friendly boy who likes adults, children, cats, and other dogs. He was previously adopted and is being returned to NS by no fault of his own. Grandpa would do great in a home that can offer him a lot of attention and positive training, as well as a traditionally fenced in yard. Grandpa ran away from his previous home when he got nervous and a door was left open, so he’s looking forward to getting back to home life and being spoiled in his foster home. Please keep checking back for updates on this sweet boy! NS3331
Shinsey has learned to get in and out of a car and looks forward to rides because it usually means picking up the resident child or heading to the dog park with her siblings. At the dog park she has only ever been on the small dog side and usually runs the perimeter before engaging in play. If the play gets to0 rough or a dog gets in her face she will correct them with a growl and snap to let them know their advance is unwelcome, but it ends there. She would not do well with reactive dogs.
Due to Shinsey's remarkable growth in a home with other dogs and her dependability on the pack for social cues and confidence, she will need to go to a home with another pup who still actively wants to engage in play. We would not recommend a busy household with small or rambunctious children, or one that has a visitors coming and going a lot. This sweet girl needs to feel safe and secure in order to thrive. She crates well for about 4 hours at a time; however, is left loose with one of the resident Aussies when the foster family is gone. Typically, she lays at the window or on the couch when they are gone but occasionally redecorates by moving blankets and laundry around but does not shred anything.
Shinsey loves to be pet and loved on but is still skittish when approached and still will not walk past people. She runs from her foster family and known visitors 90% of the time unless she is in her "safe spot", down at her level or leashed. Once you are on her level she just wants endless amounts of petting and love and will paw you and lick your face to let you know she wants more. A leash/lead or fenced yard will still be a must until she gains some confidence and better recall skills, if she gets loose she likely still will not let you get close enough to her to re-tether her and would need to be strategic in getting her back. In order to have her come in from a fenced in yard we must open the door and walk away and then circle back to close the door behind her. This has gotten better but a new set of humans will see some regression until she learns they gain her trust.
She is potty trained, and barks when people knock on the door and enter the home. She will continue to need training and patience to become her best self. If you feel like Shinsey may be the right dog for you, please apply!
Shinsey is fostered in Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3374
Thidwick is a handsome 4yo double merle Aussie who weighs 50lbs. He seems to have some hearing and vision loss. He loves to be with his people; if it was up to him, he would rest his head on your leg all day! He was pulled from a Southern shelter intact, so we’re neutering him and helping him gain a bit of weight before he’s ready for adoption. Please keep checking back to learn about his progress! NS3401
Benny Boy looks to be about 2 years old and weighs around 50 pounds. We suspect that he is an aussie/ border collie mix (there is no denying the aussie wiggle butt). He is new to his foster home so his foster family is still trying to get to know him. He can be quite fearful of strange noises and people, but warmed up quickly to his foster parents. He is hesitant about meeting new people and will usually bark at them. Benny Boy tolerates his foster brother aussie, but isn't interested in rough housing or playing with him. He would rather fetch anything you will throw for him: balls, frisbees, squeaker toys, etc. He is very happy to lay with you on the sofa and relax when he isn't playing fetch. Benny Boy hasn't been tested around children or cats yet. He does not like the crate and he is housebroken. He knows basic commands and is a very quick learner! Overall, he is a very sweet and happy dog! Stay tuned for more info on Benny Boy as he settles into foster care. Benny Boy is fostered in Philadelphia PA. NS3404
Oshie is a 10-month old beautiful, neutered, black tri standard Aussie with a cropped tail. He weighs around 40 lbs but will probably continue to gain weight the longer he stays on a regular food schedule. Oshie was surrendered to a PA shelter by a breeder who had too many dogs living in an outdoor environment and could not care for them properly.
Oshie has been with his foster since early December and has made tremendous strides in learning how to live with a family. He is now house and crate trained. He is currently taking Prozac to get him through this transitional time, and it really seems to be helping him sort out what is truly “scary” and what isn’t. For example, garbage trucks? Not scary. Foster mom’s teenage son? Smelly, but not scary.
Oshie needs a home where love and patience are paramount. He is an absolute sweetheart with absolutely no aggression. He loves head and ear rubs and laying his head on your knee. He also will need lots of leash training as he never walked on one before coming to his foster’s house.
Little Linus has blossomed since he was surrendered with his two brothers from an overcrowded barn in PA last November. This 10-month-old black tri is a treasure to caress with long, black top coat, lots of curls and striking copper highlights. He is 19.5 inches at withers and is beginning to add some muscle mass, though he is still thin at 29lbs. Linus is getting braver around new people but he still heads to his crate, or will linger behind furniture. He is unsure because he received little in the way of human affection for his first 9 months. But with gentle kisses and handling, Linus bonds deeply and he loves to snuggle. Linus has learned to accept treats and feeding by hand. He learned "sit" in two sessions. His recall is excellent (though his foster home still walks him with a long tether as a precaution.) He is reliably house trained and absolutely loves his crate. He will play and romp with any new dogs, and has exhibited no resource guarding with the permanents in his foster home. We think Linus' confidence will be bolstered in a home with other dogs. This lovely fellow is fostered in Washington DC and will be put up for adoption as soon as he gains a bit more confidence around new people. NS3402
Dreamer is a 9 month old, 28 lb neutered male mini Aussie. He is primarily black and copper and has some white accents on his legs. Dreamer was surrendered by a breeder to a PA shelter with some of his siblings, and was very scared about the major change in his life. Before his surrender, Dreamer lived with many dogs in an outdoor environment, with little human contact and socialization, so he's going to take it easy in foster care for a little bit to get used to the pampered life! His foster home will help get him started on basic training so he's ready to join his adoptive home having had some structure and routine in his young life. So far, he is a very sweet boy, who needs to learn what a loving home feels like. He could also put on a few pounds and will be showered with treats. Stay tuned for updates on this cutie patootie! Dreamer is fostered in Pennington, NJ. NS3406
Dettle Doo is a 6-year-old purebred Blue Merle male Aussie who weighs 60 lbs. This handsome guy has one blue eye and one brown, and has a very classic wigglebutt with a nub for a tail. He is high velcro and absolutely loves being around people. He seeks affection from everyone he meets and will either curl up with you on the couch if he’s invited, or lay at your feet happily.
Dettle Doo used to live a life as an inside/outside dog on a farm with other dogs and all types of animals. He seems to have a very even and calm temperament and does not get easily spooked, though he is quite keen on picking up on new sounds and will run over to you if he’s interested in what you’re doing. He seems to happily co-exist with other dogs but we haven’t seen him initiate play with dogs or toys yet. He’s a dog who just loves his people and is low to medium on the energy scale. He'd be happy to go for a few quiet walks a day.
Dettle Doo would do best with a family who can spend a lot of time bonding with him and giving him all the love he deserves. He walks well on a leash and is house-trained, but sometimes will pee when excited about things or meeting new people. He would be fine as an only dog or with older, calm dogs but would probably not be fond of a high energy dog who couldn’t leave him alone. We would not recommend him for a home with younger kids under 12 as we are unsure of how he would like this. If Dettle Doo sounds like he would be perfect for your family, please apply for him today! He is being fostered in Southeast PA.
Apply here for him. NS3420
Abigail is under 2 years of age, probably about 18 months now, and has grown in a lovely soft curly coat of dark mahogany after arriving with a sun bleached orange mop of horrible hair. She's about 40 pounds of happiness-- she loves all other dogs and adores people. In the first 10 minutes of greeting, it can be a little much but it's all love and not terribly rough with the jumping up. Abi is a bit of a rough player, and fast and athletic so she really needs to have another dog in the home that loves to play hard. She does have an off switch though, and she is also fine with being crated when you're away or overnight, or just need a break. She settles right down to a good nap.
Abigail is a little bit of a puller on leash but is getting better. She's great in a car. A fenced yard would be preferred as she is fast and basically really loves to be outside. She will sit down and just watch her domain, and try to keep it safe from cheeky squirrels and birds and snakes and frogs. Everything that moves requires watching and barking at until you tell her to pipe down. She is an exuberant and enthusiastic participant in protecting the yard.
Before she came to us, Abigail had some kind of encounter with a car or ATV we think, because her one back foot is turned out a bit from a hip injury. She will carry it a little when she wants to run really fast but when walking or trotting she does weight bear. Our ortho vet says she is not in pain and is very functional so he's not keen to do hip surgery (FHO) We have followed this for months and she developed great muscle tone again in the flank, leading us to believe the injury was fairly new when we got her and the muscle mass was way down to about 40%. Now it's back close to normal. The plan is that New Spirit will cover any future hip surgery our vet says is needed if the adopter can get her to him in south NJ, and he does it, but it's looking very much like she is doing great and won't need it.
This lovely girl will give you her whole heart. She is fostered in Collegeville PA
Apply here for her. NS3326
Phred and Phonzi
These handsome fellows are from the same litter but had different fathers. Phred is a double merle (more white) but has no impairments to sight or hearing and weighs about 50 lbs, and Phonzi the darker blue merle is about 75 lbs. They are two of the sweetest dogs you could ever hope to meet: loving toward one another and gentle and lovely with people and other dogs. Phred loves to play with the rascally young red girls in his foster home, whereas Phonzi is happy to play a little with them but actually really enjoys amusing himself by tossing his favorite toys around.
Phred and Phonzi came into New Spirit in 2016 and are now 8 years old. Their adopter, a wonderful New Spirit volunteer, passed away recently and it was her fondest wish that they stay together so we will only be placing them as a pair. After a month in foster, they have proven how much they love and depend on each other but there is never any jealousy, pushiness or over-clinginess. Both are very happy and do their own thing and don't always have to be in the same room, but their wonderful affection for each other is clear.
They ride beautifully in the car, like to go out in the fenced yard but come readily when called by name, and are completely reliable in the house loose when foster mom is away. They do like the crate and will cram into an open 42" one together sometimes, which is very comical. They were used to having a dog door but have gotten used to having to be let out and in via a regular door. They need a little work on leash manners as they have not ever been walked away from their own yard.
Phred and Phonzie are fostered in Collegeville PA.
Apply here for them. Phred is NS2547 and Phonzi is NS2546
Moe Love is a beautiful black tri boy, approximately 2-3 years old. He's a compact guy, 55 lbs., with a big lovable head and a perky little tail that always wags. Moe Love is a happy guy who is always smiling. He's curious about everything and everyone.
Moe Love wants to meet everyone! He will immediately give kisses, roll on his belly, and try to get in your lap. He loves everyone, especially the little boy in his foster home. He regularly loves on the kid in the foster home, as well as all the guests and members. Moe Love has gotten along with every dog he's met so far -- the house dog, the neighbor's dog, and dogs he meets on walks. He likes high energy dog play and human snuggles. He is trying to figure out fetch; he chases the object but doesn't pick it up or bring it back. He's shown no interest in cats and mild interest in the neighbor's chickens.
We are working on counter surfing and leash pulling.
He does these things largely because he's curious.
Moe Love must have a fenced in yard; he's way too
friendly to miss a chance at greeting another person
or dog. He's a bit nervous about new experiences
but once he realizes there's nothing to fear, he adapts
Moe Love is fostered in Roanoke, VA.
Apply here for him. NS3417
Halle is an approximately 2yo black bi Aussie (Border Collie?) mix with one brown eye and one blue. She weighs around 40lbs. We don’t know much about Halle’s personality yet other than she was pretty scared in the shelter and came around nicely when she was pulled from that environment. We expect that Halle likes people and other dogs and we look forward getting to know her better as she gets socialization in the south before coming up north in early-Feb. Check back for updates as we get to know this beauty! NS3411
Murray is a 3yo black and white mini Aussie who weighs around 25lbs and has a nub for a tail. Murray is a shy boy that needs to work on his socialization and learning to trust humans a little more. He does love to be pet and will come around to you a little bit faster if you happen to have treats. Murray is great with other dogs and will only be considered for a home with at least one confident dog he can continue to learn from. He is not a fan of children and can live with adults and older teens that are more predictable and aware of his reactions. Murray will be taking it easy and getting spoiled in his southern foster home before he comes up north in early February. Keep an eye out for updates on this cutie pie! NS3412
Brienne is an approximately 11 month old red tri female Aussie who weighs around 35lbs. Brienne is new to New Spirit, so we are still getting to know her! So far we know she's good with other dogs and will roll right over for belly rubs, and we're excited to learn more about her. Keep checking back for updates on this pretty, friendly girl! NS3413
Please check back for updates.
In addition, it would be ideal for Oshie to have a brother or sister (dog type) to show him the ropes, because he has bonded with his foster’s resident dog, and takes many cues from dogs over humans on how to live a domestic life. A fenced in yard is also preferable so he can get lots of exercise until he is 100% confident on the leash. A quieter home with no young children is also preferable, but not a must.
If you have lots of love for a complete sweetheart who deserves such a wonderful life, Oshie most certainly fits the bill!
Apply here for him. NS3403