Available Dogs - Midatlantic
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Helen Keller Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. 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. Kelly loves toys and will carry them around and stash them in her bed. At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. 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. Unfortunately, Kelly still leaks urine when at rest, and she is on the highest dose allowed her little body. We are researching alternative treatments, but for now she will stay with New Spirit. NS2399
Thidwick is a handsome 4-6 yo double merle Aussie who weighs 50lbs, and is blind except for about 5% shadow and light vision in one eye. Nevertheless, he navigates well. He is unfortunately suffering from chronic hear failure due to a bad mitral valve, and his lungs seem a little questionable, too. We have him on a wait list for valve repair which is only done at the University of Florida Vet School by a Japanese team that comes in every other month, but due to the corona virus they are unlikely to be able to get visas or travel to the US in time for Thidwick. The average lifespan from diagnosis to death for CHF is 6-24 months with an average of 9 months. Thiddy was diagnosed in December 2019 and probably had the condition well before that, so his time is very limited. However he is a happy boy and will get all the love and life he can while he is with us. He is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS3401
KY Casey is a 5 1/2 year old male Aussie who is on the large side, both weight and height. KY Casey weighs in at 65 lbs. which is mainly bone and muscle. KY Casey is a black tri, being predominantly black with small areas of tan and white. KY Casey is a shy boy, and he does take a little while to warm up to new people. However, once he warms up to you, you will have a friend for life. Once you become a friend to KY Casey , he will follow you around the house.
He is great with other dogs, both small and large. KY Casey is a medium energy dog, as he likes to just lay around but he will get a burst of energy and want to play with another dog or with his person. He isn't much into playing with toys. KY Casey walks very easy on a leash (until he sees a squirrel), and will sit when attaching his leash and taking it off. He does like to venture while out walking, and loves checking the smells on the trails in the woods. KY Casey is not completely housebroken, but we are working on that and he is coming along pretty quickly. He does have a tendency to drool, especially when nervous and when meeting new people.
KY Casey's new home will have to have a fenced in yard. I do recommend at least a 5' fence as KY Casey does know how to climb a fence, as well as dig under. KY Casey has a small prey drive in that he will chase cats, squirrels, rabbits, etc. KY Casey is great with women and children but, he can be a little nervous with some men. He will bark and give a little growl when meeting men for the first time. I recommend a home with children over the age of 10, due to KY Casey size.
KY Casey is fostered in Gloucester, VA!
Apply here for him. NS3427
Arnie (answers to Rusty) is a 5-6 year old red tri boy who weighs around 52 pounds. He knows basic commands and is a very good listener, but would really benefit from some refresher courses to build confidence. He is extremely velcro, this guy doesn’t like to be left behind! However sometimes he stops mid stairs or while on a walk to make sure you are still there, which could lead to people almost tripping over him. For this reason, we aren’t sure how good of a running partner he would make at first, but could probably build up his skill over time. His energy level is medium and he is always ready to play with the resident Aussie or toys, but does calm down quickly when asked to.
He has been enjoying life with his foster family since Mid-March, so there really hasn’t been much need to crate him for very long. However when he has been, he goes in nicely and doesn’t seem to have any issues being in it for an hour or so. He loves being in the car, but only rides shotgun – no back seat for this guy! (If there is already someone in the passenger seat? No worries, he will sit right on their lap!) He also really loves going outside and sits so nice and proper by the door if he thinks it might win him a shot of outside time. While on walks he does a very good job of ignoring people when they walk by. He also sits patiently and waits if his foster mom stops to talk to someone on the walk. If he sees another dog, he does get worked up and barks excessively. Loud motorcycles, delivery trucks, or larger than normal sized trucks and jeeps get him a bit worked up as well, and he does try to dart after them. As well as cats, squirrels, bunnies, and sometimes birds…
Gramaussie is the sweetest little old lady ever, and at age 15 finds herself without a home. This little 35 pound Aussie girl is hard of hearing, can't see quite as well as she used to and walks a bit stiffly thanks to some arthritis, but she can still find those dog biscuits, loves everyone and enjoys a daily nap in the sunshine. We have started treatment for her “aches and pains”, we are monitoring her progress and will post updates here! Gramaussie is fostered in Collegeville, PA. NS3283
Off leash he has had no issues with other dogs at dog parks or while visiting his foster moms friends who have many dogs. At dog parks he kind of just ignores the other dogs and does his own thing of running around or only playing with his foster brother. Arnie does have some behavioral issues that will need specialized training to help combat – he is a bit guardy/protective of his foster mom and growls at his teenage foster sibling if she tries to pet him when momma is nearby. It isn’t every time, and he does often go up to his sister to be pet, see what she is doing, or ask for food but then growls when he has had enough attention.
Due to his size and strong prey drive, he should not be in a house with cats or smaller dogs. He loves to play, but is a bit of a bulldozer so would love a dog similar in size to play with. We know from his past life that he will probably never be ok with babies and small children, so he should not be placed in a home with kids under 16 years old. His ideal home would be with experienced dog owners, particularly Aussies or herding dogs, and who has experience with behavioral issues and isn’t opposed to investing time and money into specialized training to help Arnie build confidence and work through his issues.
Arnie is fostered in Telford, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3432
Icy is a 1.5 year old red tri female Aussie who weighs 67lbs. She has the most beautiful blue/brown eyes and is a happy little girl.
Icy ended up at a southern shelter after her owner didn’t come for her. This friendly and outgoing lady will be spoiled in her foster home until she is adopted.
Apply here for her. NSXXXX
Callie Calliope is an 18 month old purebred blue merle aussie weighing around 50lbs. She is very active and loves playing fetch. She is excellent with all people and loves, loves, LOVES children! She gets along excellent with her foster moms 2.5 year old daughter.
Callie can be medium-high on the velcro scale, and just wants to have all of your attention.Callie Calliope is crate trained and is improving with her leash walking skills. She will also let you know if she needs to go outside.
Callie Calliope can be nervous of new situations, and will bark at people she does not know but will warm up fairly quickly. She can be re-active to other dogs and her foster family is continuing to work through this.
Because of this Callie Calliope would be best and happiest as an only dog in the home, so she can be spoiled in love and reciprocate that love to her family!
Callie Calliope is fostered in Jackson, NJ
Apply here for her. NS3472
Chesterfield - ADOPTION PENDING
Chesterfield is a a black tri Mini Aussie - he's about 25lbs full of love. We estimate that he is about 7-8 years young and full of personality. He will do best in a home with lower energy dogs who are not wanting to play 24/7. He loves walks, and can happily jog alongside you if you prefer a quicker tempo.
Chesterfield gets along with the foster home cat and two dogs. He hasn't expressed much interest in playing with the dogs, but will run with them in the yard and chase after toys with them. He seems pretty active, but is overall a low-med energy dog. He appears to be great with kids - basically anyone who is willing to give him a belly rub and plenty of attention. He's a high velcro dog, and will be vocal about wanting attention. We're working on teaching him that a bark does not equal attention. He is housebroken, walks well on a leash and rides well in cars. He is great at taking treats and food with the other guys, and waits his turn politely.
Chesterfield was with his previous family for about 7 years but they downsized and cannot take Chesterfield with them to their new home. This has obviously been a huge transition for him, and he spent his first day at his foster home panting anxiously and resource guarding his foster mom and dad from the other dogs. As the days go by, he is learning to relax a bit, and isn't so quick to bark when he sees the other pups playing or running around. When he first arrived we had to remove the indoor toy basket, as he would resource guard the toys even if he wasn't playing with them. Since then he has become better, and the basket is back out.
Chesterfield is fostered in Brick, NJ.
Apply here for him. NS1542
Lokey is 10 months old and just as sweet as they come. He has quickly learned to play Aussie style with his foster sister who's 18 months old, so we would like him to go to a family with a playful energetic dog about his same size, which is 43 lbs. He was too rough with the original family's 15 lb dog so a smaller dog isn't a good idea for him to take his play energy out on, and though he's an unknown with cats, it's a good bet he would chase or tease them to try and make them "play." But overall his energy level is about average for a young male Aussie, not crazy over the top at all. He is nice on leash but really needs a fenced yard or area to run full out every day. And he loves water!
Lokey settles well at night, eats nicely with other dogs, shares toys, and has been respectful to the older dogs who told him he was being a little too intense with his sniffing at first. He's been reliable in the house except one night time accident where he didn't get out for about 10 hours. Crating is new to him and he didn't much care for the idea but he did settle in for the several hours needed. He and his foster sister do get up to hi-jinks when left to their own devices-- tearing up boxes of tissue (why else would you leave them on every end table if you didn't want us to play with them?), but it is all in good fun and no harm done. He's very correctable too, so if he were to be doing things he needs to stop, just a quick word is all it needs to stop him.
Lokey was a little shy and slow to warm up when he arrived but since then he is much faster to approach new people and likes the attention. He would do well with a nice confident other dog to show him the way, and he does need a person who can be a nice clear leader just to give him confidence that someone is in charge. Nothing dramatic, just a nice person who can say no occasionally. He loves to chase balls and sticks and be with his people. Recall is decent but I would not trust him off leash outside a fenced area for a few weeks at least till he settles in and knows who his people are.
Lokey is fostered in Collegeville PA
Apply here for him. NS3481
Capri is a 6 year old Black Tri mini Aussie who weighs 40lbs. Capri came into a southern shelter with 3 of her puppies and, although we don't know much about her life before that, we know that she is as nice as can be! Capri is a low energy girl who enjoys laying in the backyard ignoring the world around her. She is fostered with other dogs and cats and mostly ignores them, so she is not really looking for animal companionship, but tolerates them. When she's not sitting out in the grass she loves to have her head in your lap, asking for belly rubs. She is high on the velcro scale. NS3460
Big Brownie is a male 6 week old Aussie pup. Big Brownie will be fostered in Southeast PA, when he comes up north in mid-July. We are not accepting or processing applications for him at this time. NSXXXX
Double Stuffed Oreo is a male 6 week old Aussie pup. Double Stuffed Oreo will be fostered in Southeast PA, when he comes up north in mid-July. We are not accepting or processing applications for him at this time. NSXXXX
Chocolate Gravy is a male 6 week old Aussie pup. Chocolate Gravy iwill be fostered in Southeast PA when he comes up north in mid-July. We are not accepting or processing applications for him at this time. NSXXXX
Reese Bass is a male 6 week old Aussie pup. Reese Bass will be fostered in Southeast PA when he comes up north in mid-July. We are not accepting or processing applications for him at this time. NSXXXX
Choco Kit Kat is a female 6 week old Aussie pup. Choco Kit Kat will be fostered in Southeast PA when she comes up north in mid-July. We are not accepting or processing applications for her at this time. NSXXXX
Snicker Doodle is a female 6 week old Aussie pup. Snicker Doodle will be fostered in Southeast PA when she comes up north in mid-July. We are not accepting or processing applications for her at this time. NSXXXX