Shelby is about as perfect of a dog as one can be! She is 5 years old and weighs 50 lbs. I agreed to foster her on the day she was to be put down. She had a sister who looked like their mother (who I was told was a chocolate lab). Her father’s breed was uncertain. When I received her 08/31/2013, she was terrified of the car and was withdrawn and depressed. But that faded away quickly – especially when she discovered squeaky toys! She kept running back to the toy basket pulling out a new toy every time and running from room to room, jumping on the beds, squeaking her toys. One of the pictures I’ve sent you is from one of her first days on the bed with her dinosaur.
She now loves to ride in the car and is a very good traveler. We ride in the car every morning to take our walk down by the river. She is very good on a leash although I use 3 23’ retractables on our morning walks so they have a little more room to explore.
We take all three dogs with us to Atlanta when we visit grandkids. The trip is usually close to 5 hours and she seems to enjoy going places and exploring new things. We leave the dogs in the room and have never had any problems or complaints about barking. She has never messed in the room and, as a matter of fact, she has never messed in the house, either. Our yard is fenced and we have dog doors so the dogs come and go as they please. She loves being outside – even when it’s cold.She is athletic but not hyper, very agile, and loves to fetch – although she hasn’t mastered the “returning part” of the game. LOL
We have a pack of 3 – a Border Collie, a rat terrier mix, and Shelby. All were rescues. The Border Collie was considered unadoptable because of severe dog aggression issues. The vet said he had been abused, chained, and had to fight for food. It’s taken a long time, but Shelby has been a huge reason for his vast improvement. She has a calming effect on him and they love to play together. She likes to hunt with Riley. He gets so excited when Shelby picks up a scent. And she is very good at it. If there is something she is interested in, she becomes very focused and driven. I guess it is this hunting instinct that has driven her to kill a possum and several armadillos who wandered into our yard. I’ve never seen her be aggressive to any other dogs. She’s not overly friendly until she sizes things up but she loves her house-mates and I would love to see her with at least one another dog.
During the summer, we spend a lot of time on the river. We like to ‘boat camp’ and we always take the dogs. They enjoy being able to explore on their own and always return with big smiles. Shelby absolutely loves (LOVES) to swim! It’s probably her favorite thing to do.
We have 5 grandkids who range from 1 month to 7 years. She has never shown even the slightest aggression despite pulling ears and tugging fur. The 7 year-old loves to walk her. She is not overly playful with them and tends to ignore them if they don’t want to show her attention.
Shelby is somewhat reserved and even-tempered. She is very smart and intuitive. She is eager to please and loves to have her tummy rubbed. She is quite the princess when it comes to the couch and bed pillows. But if she sleeps in the room with us, she prefers her bed under the bed.
She weighs around 50 pounds. I have her on Revolution for fleas and heartworm and Bravecto for ticks. She will have inoculations updated this month (April). She is spayed and microchipped. I feed her a mix of Purina One canned and dry. She is not a picky eater but is not food-motivated. She does love her dog biscuit at bedtime each night, though.
I cannot say enough good things about Shelby. She is a wonderful dog and if I didn’t have 7 cat lives who depend on me, she would never leave this house. It is my wish for Shelby to find the perfect home where she can love and be loved. She deserves only the best. She is spayed, current on vaccines, tested negative for heart worms, and current on preventatives.
You can fill out an application for sweet Shelby here: http://forrescue.net/dog-application/. Once received, we will be in touch with you asap! Shelby is located in Madison, AL, but is available for adoption in your area.