|ADOPTIONS and ANNOUNCEMENTS|
|SHEEPIE DAY IN THE PARK- SCHEDULED FOR OCT 27, 2018 NORCROSS, GA|
We had a great turn out for our Spring Sheepie Day even though I couldn't make it last minute. Unfortunately, I'm not giving alot of time to announce our next park time. We do hope you can make it in 2 weeks. We will meet at 1pm until the last dog leaves (We will do a group photo shoot at 1:30, so please get there on time).
LOCATION: Pinkneyville Dog Park
ADDRESS: 4758 S Old Peachtree Rd, Peachtree Corners, GA 30071.
|ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT: SULLY NOW BEEMER (MARCH)|
Poor Sully- About 6 months before our rescue got Sully, we had been notified of the dog and were in works to get him. But, as time and communication continued the owner stopped talking to us. We believe that someone offered them money, where as we were not willing pay for him. Then about 6 months later we were notified of a dog on Craigslist, around the same age and basic info. I contacted the owner (whose craigslist ad said they were willing to trade him) and started working out that this was the same dog as the one we were in negotiation with 6 month prior). So luckily we were able to act quickly and work with this lady. We did have to pay her (which we don't generally do as a rescue, but I had a sponsor). The Waxman's, who have often jumped in to pinch hit for us, and picked him up and paid the lady. She had really tried to do her best with his coat, but she didn't realize the energy a young sheepdog would have and she didn't bother taking him to training. So she had a young, energetic dog that overwhelmed her. The Waxman's were able to foster him as well. Sully, mostly played well with the other dogs, but he was alot of dog. We had to get him neutered and had to have a hernia fixed during that stay. He also came with a full tail. The Sutton's who had gotten their other dog from us live in FL, but also have a home in North GA. They had been wanting another dog and I had contacted them. As luck would have it, they were in Georgia about to look at another breed to bring in to their home when they got the call from us. They came by the Waxman's home to meet Sully and brought their dog Bentley. There was good play at the meeting, and the Sutton's decided to adopt. His new name is Beemer! They have been walking him alot which helps control all his energy. We are so happy for the Suttons. Thank you for giving this guy a permanent home and a chance to excel. I'm so glad he is with Sheepie owners who understand the breed. He definitely won't be listed on Craigslist ever again!
|ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT: BeBe (MAY ADOPTION)|
BeBe was one of our two Mississippi dogs that came to us via a lovely groomer about 45 miles outside of Jackson, MS. Debbie, a groomer by day has a soft heart for animals and had no intention on taking in extra dogs, after all she already had 3. But her friends notified her that there were 2 sheepdogs in the local shelter. Thankfully she is a groomer so she was able to get BeBe and ACE into good shape after having been neglected a bit. The original owners of the dogs had given the dogs to their family who had owned a farm. Those owners never really wanted the dogs, so After about 6 months the family with the farm decided the dogs weren't anything they wanted to deal with so they dumped them at the shelter. They both got their second chance, because Debbie stepped in!!
Debbie contacted our rescue and the plan was that we would take both dogs. Unfortunately several weeks passed and it was getting harder for Debbie to say goodbye to the dogs. In the end we took the boy/Ace and she kept the female/BeBe. We paid for all the vetting (they had been spayed/neutered already), but their coats needed attention and we were very happy they were both Heartworm negative. Congratulations and thank you Debbie for being such a sweetheart and helping these babies.
|ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT: ACE now OLLIE (MAY)|
|ACE is the sister and lived the same life as BeBe above. He was 2 years old and she was 3 years old. He moved to Atlanta via transport (thanks Betsy Boyd - our President and Linda Crews for helping transport this guy from Mississippi through Alabama and I picked up the last leg to Atlanta. ACE was temperament tested in my home where he played well with Skippy and Sunshine. Honestly he was a dream dog and perfect for Maggie, who had adopted from us before. Maggie needed a dog that was good with other dogs and needed to be very good with young kids due to her line of work. |
Maggie drove up from middle Florida to north Atlanta and got to spend time with ACE. He was his adorable self. Maggie took him home and he fit in perfectly and he has continued to be a dream dog. Congrats to Maggie and Ollie.
|ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT: SHAGGY now HENRY (JUNE)|
Shaggy wasn't actually from our rescue, but we helped one of our applicants match up with a rescue that had a sheepdog that requested our help. Debra had been looking for a sheepdog and didn't have any other dogs/cats/kids. Shaggy came from a Miami shelter originally, so there as no background on him. The rescue that had him said he was very energetic, yet they crated him a large portion of time and he was also filthy at their farm/stables. When Debra went to visit him, she just wanted to save him, but she felt that he was an overly energetic dog. Like crazy energetic. Anyway, we had a bunch of discussions on whether she felt she could take the dog on. He came with some baggage. I had her talk to trainers and see if she could handle working with him and she finally just decided to do it and get the dog.
Shaggy was a challenge. But Debra has worked with trainers and he makes progress every day. She started a Facebook page just to talk about his progress and the funny things he does. They are making it work and she loves him very much.
| ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT: JET BLUE And SUMMER (JULY)|
|JET BLUE came to us a shelter dog from the Cobb County Shelter. Actually, he came with a Sister. We were lucky that the shelter had an in house volunteer who contacted us and notified us of these two dogs. This shelter has a policy that will not allow them to work with rescues, so we have to line someone up to adopt them directly for us and then move them into rescue. During the 5 day hold before we got the dogs, we were giving intel on where the dogs were picked up. Both dogs had bandana's on them and also had been recently shaved. So I started calling every groom shop and vet clinic within a 20 mile radius of the location they were found. Not a single clinic or groomer knew of two sheepdogs that had been recently groomed or were their clients. And that is just crazy, I mean they were clearly someone's dogs, but I just couldn't find the owners (which would have been preferred). So the day came we were able to get them. Our friend in rescue, Deirdre Fickle jumped into action for me and picked them up. She and I met up and I took them straight to the vet clinic. |
Well Jet Blue (the boy) had to be neutered. And we couldn't tell if the female had been spayed. The only way to tell is if they have a visible spay scar. As luck would have it, while the vet clinic had both dogs, they both ended up with a version of bordatella that made them sick and they actually had to close the boarding facility down for a week. The bordatella strain probably started off and incubated while they were in the shelter hold, but surfaced when they were at the vet clinic boarding.
Summer, the girl, has a splash coat and curlier hair than Jet. They were not very attached as siblings, we assume that since they were found together, they were siblings. Each dog had an interesting trait that was a bit difficult to deal with when it came to being with other dogs. The male was very possessive of the human in the house and didn't want the other dogs to come anywhere near them. He would lunge at the other dogs and had to be corrected often. The female on the other hand was happy as can be, but if a dog passed by her she would lunge at them and nip. So together in my household handling a tripod (my dog Skippy), My senior and the two fosters was interesting and difficult at best.
Jet was adopted first and went to a home with Paul. Paul had formerly adopted a sheepdog from me and I knew he would do what was necessary to start training Jet to be a good boy. We followed up for over a month following their progress together and Blue was doing great as an only dog! There were challenges when he saw other dogs on his walks.
Summer moved to a home with alot of land with the Ondra's. They had lost their sheepdog in the past year and were looking for a dog to fill the hole in their heart. All is well with Summer and she is enjoying all her spoiling with her new home. These dogs don't miss each other and are thriving apart.
|ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT: PINOT now HARRY (SEPT)|
|Pinot was found by a realtor who was showing a home in Jacksonville, FL. She saw this poor dog chained up behind a home. The dog was severely neglected, coat was disgusting and matted to the bone. She asked the owner if she could take the dog and he agreed. When she and her daughter got the dog home, they realized they might be in over their heads. He was not friendly to their other dogs and they had started clipping away with scissors at his poor matted hair. She called us the next day and asked for help. I agreed to pay for his vet visit and any follow up's. His vet visit included sedation, because he wasn't a welcoming patient for shots or his shave down. Time and trust will come over time. Joy, the realtor, continued to feel that he needed to be placed, but they were still working on figuring out his quirks, things like he would sit in front of a door way and wouldn't let you in, ok with cats, but not as friendly with the dogs. Possessive with food was a big issue and he really just wanted to be alone in the garage to begin with. In time, he started actually getting along with one of their dogs. |
The dog absolutely loved Joy's husband and the whole family wanted to keep him. Joy had reservations because they already had a full plate of animals and home improvements ahead and kids going to college etc. But he spent a month or more with the family and finally Joy just couldn't let Harry get adopted. The family was very happy with her decision. He has made so much improvement, getting along better with the dogs and they work with his doorway issues. He is still not fond of the vet and getting his nails trimmed, but there is a plan for that. He is young (under 18 months) so we feel in time and repetition, he will actually improve. But we are very happy this family stuck it out and decided to adopt this sweet guy who just needed a chance.
|ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT: SADIE (SEPT)|
| Sadie came to us as an owner turn in. She was 7 1/2 and her owners had to give her up because they were moving to an apartment for a few months and would be in between locations for several months and there was a limit on animals and others she was moving in with had already met the limit. So Sadie moved from Nashville to Atlanta. She came to live with Sunshine and Skippy while I got to know her more. Sadie needed a good groom as her hair was a mess. She needed all her shots and we again were crossing our fingers for Heartworm negative. Thankfully she was HW neg, but her teeth were really bad. Sadly, poor Sadie had alot of teeth removed and was in pain her first few days. Poor girl had a hard time with solid foods so we wet it down to make it easier to eat. She had no issues with the cat. We had her lined up for a home very shortly after she landed at my home. She had a few food bowl possession issues, but overall was just a sweet girl who wanted alot of attention. She was adopted by Nancy and Joey who have a senior female OES. They gave her the time she needed to adjust to her home and get comfy with their girl. All is well. Nancy and Joey got Mia their other dog from our rescue as well. Sadie has the tie die bandana on! |
|ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT: LOLA (SEPT)|
|Lola came to us as an owner turn in. Her owner's apt had gotten flooded twice in a week and the apt complex didn't have another apt to put her in. She was living with friends and looking for an apt and she was simply unable to find a an apt in her budget that would allow a dog that size. So while she didn't really want to give up her dog, she felt it was the last option for her situation. I brought Lola to my home and she came to meet Skippy and Sunshine. Then we went to the vet's so she could be checked out. While there we found out that she had a UTI and she needed to be spayed. After a few days of antibiotics, the vet also felt that we might be dealing with some cysts. During her spay, they removed over 20 cysts and did a full spay on her. Lola was a young dog that would be 6 in December. She had lots of energy, alot of playful energy. She liked to give paw and be sweet, wanted to be on my lap. She played a little rough for my two dogs, but loved getting play time. She loved toys and tug. Lola was a pretty great dog, eager to please and just in need of alot of love, a good groom and a great home. She had 2 issues, she kinda goes wild in public like at vet clinics and barks like a crazy dog, all while her tag is wagging and a big cat chaser. So knowing all this, I did finally find a home where she could be loved on and given enough attention and someone who would work on her attitude in public places with a trainer. I'm so very grateful we found Nadia. She had the perfect home and the perfect attitude for this sweet pup. They are doing great together and have filled the void in each other's lives. Nadia is retired, so they get to spend alot of time together!|
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|If you join our MEET UP Page, you will be notified of our play dates the moment they are announced. Unfortunately, it takes me a little longer to get a newsletter together, so my newsletter friends are the last to know. So if you are interested in joining us in Atlanta, at future play dates, please make sure you join this meetup group. We also announce playdates on our FACEBOOK page (link on the home page of our website www.oesrescuenetwork.org) Details will be in the Meet UP for the playdate. Using MEET UP is FREE for you and they even have a free APP. It just makes life a little easier to do last minute play dates. |
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|In Memorandum: Sunshine- my personal dog|
|If you have followed my posts on our Facebook page, and watched videos, or been to a Sheepie Day in the Park, or read some of our adoption announcements, you most assuredly have seen a tailed barky sheepdog, and that was my girl Sunshine. She came to me in 2008 with her sister and after her sister was adopted, she just fell into place with me. Sunshine was the most intuitive dog when it came to other sheepdogs. She could figure them out, she could make them happy, make them play, train them, but mostly she helped me figure out what the best fit of a home for each dog that came through our house. She fostered well over 60 dogs in her 10 years with me. |
Unfortunately, I never had a real age on her, but I knew she was between 11 and 14. Her hips started failing her in September. I had to make the hard decision so many of you have made. So I have Skippy now thankfully and we are learning life without her vivacious personality in our home. Skippy will never be the dog Sunshine was when it came to welcoming a dog into our home, and I will always have to be overly cautious with him because of his missing front leg. So we will be do less fostering in my home. I hope some of you can help us with fostering in the future.
|We would like to thank the Roadmans' again for their continued support of our rescue. Each year they hold a golf tournament and our rescue has benefited from the proceeds for the past few years. This year they were able to donate over $2000. We were so grateful for this, as we had so many summer expenses on all these dogs. We are also grateful to the Alison Sohn and Adam Hughes for their generous donation as well. Due to their work in the comic world, they have often given us very large donations that have helped sustain us. Whether you have given us a donation during the year, become a member, added a donation to your adoption fee, Thank you!. As we have said before, our adoption fee's never cover the actual cost of the groom and medical/vet fees incurred for each dog. There are other rescues that need donations too, so we appreciate all your efforts when you choose to send your donation money our way!||