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My name is Bridget!

German Shepherd Dog/Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Mix Dog for adoption in Charlottesville, Virginia - Bridget
Photo 1 - German Shepherd Dog/Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Mix Dog for adoption in Charlottesville, Virginia - Bridget
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Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue

Facts about Bridget

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog/Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Bridget is a Sheltie wannabe that we think may have some Shepherd ancestors. She is an energetic, enthusiastic girl who is always up for new adventures. Bridget loves to cuddle with her caregivers and seems anxious to please. She’s always ready to go for a ride in the car or a walk in the park. Bridget loves toys of all kinds, particularly sturdy stuffed animals with squeakers. Perhaps most of all, Bridget LOVES to eat. That makes a stuffed Kong her absolute favorite toy. Fortunately she is on the thin side, so extra nutritious snacks are not only welcome but also good for her. Her foster parents feed her meals in a “slow bowl,” one of the new dog bowls designed to keep dogs from gobbling their food.

Bridget was dumped at a shelter that determined she had a heartworm infection. Lacking the resources to treat this very expensive condition but reluctant to euthanize such an affectionate, friendly young girl, the shelter called NVSR to see if we would take her in. Although we usually accept only Shelties and Sheltie mixes, we agreed to take Bridget because she clearly needed us. She was not housetrained, leash trained, or crate trained when she came to us, so her foster parents had a lot of training to do.

Bridget has now been in foster care for three months while she went through the long, intensive protocol that heartworm treatment requires. During that time, the vet ordered very restricted activity for this lively dog; she could enjoy only leash walks with no freedom to run or jump. She has now successfully completed her treatment and is finally free to run and play to her heart’s content. She has been given a clean bill of health with no apparent aftereffects of the infection. And her foster parents have housetrained and leash trained her. She quickly learned to love her crate because it often contained little treats meant to put more meat on her thin frame.

This friendly, playful girl is now ready to look for her forever home. She needs a large, securely fenced yard where she can run full out. She would love to have an active canine companion to play chase with. Such a companion should be Bridget’s size or larger because she can be a bit clumsy and rough when she plays. She exhibits a strong prey drive, so no cats or other small fast-moving animals should share her home. Even though she is very loving and affectionate, a family with small children are not a good match. What Bridget needs most at this point are patient, caring humans who will enroll her in a good obedience class. Her foster parents, who have four dogs of their own and have fostered a great many others, say that Bridget is very smart and will likely be the star of the class. Such a class will make Bridget a very welcome companion and help to keep her safe.

Bridget is ... 5 years old, 37 pounds, and 19 inches tall. Her adoption fee is $250. Before you ask about Bridget, please read the "How to Adopt" page on our website (NVSR.org). It describes our process and expectations.

About Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3), all volunteer organization established to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome Shelties. Most of these Shelties have been relinquished to NVSR by owners unable to keep them. Others are found in shelters because they are strays or have been abandoned. All our Shelties are fostered in NVSR volunteers' homes (we do not have a shelter), and any medical needs are addressed promptly and fully, including spay or neuter. They are then eligible to be adopted to carefully chosen homes, where they will be loved, well cared for, and protected. For the remainder of the adopted dogs' lives, NVSR stays in touch with the adoptive families. NVSR is a non-profit organization funded solely by donations.

Our Adoption Process...

Potential adopters need to complete an adoption application which is available on our website at http://www.nvsr.org or can be obtained by calling our phone number. The application is essential for NVSR to find the right Sheltie for a particular family and lifestyle. After the initial application is completed and reviewed, and a home visit is completed, NVSR will contact the potential adopter about Shelties that might be currently available which fit their profile.