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My name is Effie!

Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd Mix Dog for adoption in Chewelah, Washington - Effie
Photo 1 - Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd Mix Dog for adoption in Chewelah, Washington - Effie
Photo 2 - Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd Mix Dog for adoption in Chewelah, Washington - Effie
Photo 3 - Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd Mix Dog for adoption in Chewelah, Washington - Effie
Photo 4 - Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd Mix Dog for adoption in Chewelah, Washington - Effie

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Effie's Info...

I am already spayed, housetrained, a special needs pet, up to date with shots, not good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.

Effie's Story...
Effie is a sweet little dog, who was found as a stray, and reportedly would eat only potato chips and table scraps in the 2 weeks the finder kept her. She had persistent, watery diarrhea, and (as you can see in the photos) was dreadfully underweight.

After several rounds of diagnostics including blood work at multiple laboratories, urinalysis, ultrasound, and fecal analysis, Ms. Effie has been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel syndrome. She was treated with several medications and special diet, and has now been weaned off all medications but remains on the prescription diet. She eats with gusto, and is up to a much healthier 40 pounds (she was 27 pounds in the first 2 pictures here). The 3rd picture is 2 months later, still lean but much less like a drying rack! 4th picture was after she spent an entire evening over-doing it playing on the ice with another dog, and had very sore paws the next day.

Long-term she should be able to have a pretty normal life as long as her diet is carefully controlled, but she may need low-dose or intermittent medication for flare-ups.

Personality-wise, Effie is pretty fabulous. She likes people and other dogs, gets along with cats and is a little nervous of horses. She does like to chase rabbits! She is well house-trained, and loves car rides. Despite her near-starvation, she has not been a garbage-raider or counter-surfer in foster care (though she's not immune to the lure of the cat food bowl).

She has recently started to show some of the typical Shar Pei territorialism - guarding the car and office from strangers. So far this has been confined to small areas in which she spends considerable time. This may make her unsuitable for a situation where there are frequently people coming and going from her area. We're working on mellowing this tendency by having approaching people wait for her to calm down, then rewarding the calm behavior, but it's slow going trying to overcome generations of bred-in tendency.

Because of the amount of testing and treatment Effie required, we are asking for a donation with adoption of at least $100 (we have spent nearly $1000 on her care).

If you would like to make a donation toward Effie's ongoing treatment, please contact Dr. Jes at docjesadams@gmail.com or 509-690-7343.

Facts about Effie

  • Breed: Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With Tan
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Effie, a Chewelah Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd for sale in Chewelah, or seeking a Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd dog from a breeder in Chewelah.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Chewelah already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Chewelah breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd breeders who help with Shar Pei/Australian Shepherd rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Chewelah paves the way for another one to be saved.