Every dog has his day!
No truer words were ever spoken. Each one also has his or her own story. Some of those are recounted here, for your enjoyment, amusement, or heartfelt sympathy.
New Spirit volunteers work hard to make sure that our dogs get that day in the sun!
Siggins was found in an outdoor shelter, dirty, matted and so debilitated that he could not wag his tail. The victim of what appeared to be years of neglect by his owner, he was picked up as a stray after being hit by a car. Due to his age, about 12 years, he was not a good candidate for adoption in the shelter.
Fortunately, he caught the eye of a rescue worker and was pulled from the shelter. After months of rehab, his injuries healed as well as could be expected for a senior dog and he was eventually adopted by a loving couple that wanted to give an old dog a good home. His story is the essence of rescue.
The dogs listed on this page are in their homes with their owners and are not part of the New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue program. All information has been provided by the private individual or group responsible for the dog. NS4AR makes no guarantee to the accuracy of the information and NS4AR has no obligation, responsibility or liability with respect to the adoption, placement, or transportation of the dog. NS4AR has provided this space only as a courtesy to help place dogs in need.
This is Mila, an Australian shepherd and Lab mix. she is spayed, up to date on shots, takes monthly HW and flea med, 3 yrs old and about 50 lbs. Mila is crate trained, housebroken, good with other dogs, and adult humans, medium energy level, loves car rides, but has not lived with a cat. She is not great with children. She is located in Norwalk Ohio, and you can contact Breanna at email@example.com for more information.
This is Ranger who was surrendered to the Eagle County Animal Services shelter, in Eagle, Colorado. He's 1 year old and very sweet.
He is good with other dogs and with kids, and the shelter would like to see him adopted by someone knowledgeable about the breed so they can help this boy develop into a great Aussie. He was always going in search of company out of boredom, and was often found away from home in other peoples' yards, playing with their dogs.
The shelter info:
Contact person: Rhannon Rowe 970-328-3647
Leroy is a super handsome purebred brown/red Aussie, medium-sized at 33 pounds, and 20" tall. Neutered and updated on all vaccinations. He's a loving boy, almost 2 years old (born October 2017), interested in pleasing and learning new commands. Leroy waits patiently in the morning for his family to come downstairs, and is eager to get his pettings and be at their side all day. Once the morning zippies are over, he's content relaxing and sleeping all day. While he is crate trained, it isn't his favorite place- he'd rather be under the desk at your feet! He's fine loose in the house all the time, but learns quickly how to nudge a door open or squeeze under a railing to explore. He's playful, loves chasing bugs, and can entertain himself with a squeaky toy or bone for a long time. He is curious, adventurous, love scent training game and would excel at agility training. He is house trained and potties outside, is not destructive to the home or and has learned to channel chewing and other play behaviors to his dog/chew toys. Leroy does not have separation anxiety when left at home.
Leroy is scared of strangers. He is a reactive dog and shows his fear reaction by barking so he needs a safe place to go if visitors to the home are expected; he has learned to recover/calm down more quickly with time and positive reinforcement training. Walking on a leash is fine, but not in a busy place. Cars are also scary for Leroy, so we work on sit and wait with treats when cars go by, which helps distract him and keeps the experience more positive. If his attention can be kept with commands and eye contact during scary situations, he does much better. Leroy takes anti-anxiety medication and this has helped, but his fear of strangers makes him a better house dog, especially with a fenced-in yard.
He's good with other dogs, and is eager to play. Cats don't bother him, since he knows they're in charge. We don't know how he is with children. Leroy stays at his trainer's when we are away, and is happy to see them. He can get used to other people, once he learns they are safe and not threatening. It takes time, as in days, and is a process that must be undertaken carefully, slowly, and systematically.
The best home for little Leroy is with someone who has a big yard that is well-fenced, may or may not have other dogs, and who doesn't have a lot of visitors. He needs a safe place to be in the event there are strangers in the home. Leroy isn't going to grow out of his fear of strangers, so learning how to manage situations is the best possible expectation. He's a loving boy, and is the type of Aussie that is extremely loyal and interested in pleasing. He'd prefer to be in your lap, but respects boundaries we set up. He needs a patient owner, who understands and respects his needs, which will be rewarded with a loyal, loving best friend.
Nice Girl in Dayton OH
We have a 3 yr old very friendly female who is high energy, and needs a more active home. She is crate trained, house broken, and very friendly. She is near the Dayton Ohio area, please contact Nora66nichols@gmail.com
if you would like to interview this dog.
Boomer is a big dog trapped in a small body with a big bark and no bravery to back it up. She is 9 years old and weighs a petite 11-12 lbs. Despite her size, she's great at being a watch dog – she'll bark to alert you when strangers approach the house but will quiet down when they leave. She's usually shy and timid with new people but warms up quickly, especially if there's petting or food or both involved. We currently have a 13 month old with another one on the way in December and she is just not comfortable around the toddler. It's no fault of hers, she is just unsure about this little person reaching out to her.
Boomer is very good at following basic commands including "come, go, sit, stay" - she's also very good with clear boundaries – you can teach her not to go into a room or up the stairs but not to stay off the rug (that's a bit more ambiguous for a dog). She is completely housebroken except as a small dog, she can't hold it in super long so try to let her out to do her business every six hours or so.
She was trained to be walked on a leash but is accustomed to free roaming in a large back yard. She's actually very obedient – she's able to follow me a long distance to the car and get in without a leash (although not recommended for new environments) once she settles in with her new family. She's very warm and affectionate, loves to be petted, loves to lick your hands and get belly rubs.