We focus on local adoptions to families near Minneapolis, MN or Fargo, ND, as this is where our volunteers are located, and a home visit to your home is part of the approval process.
Tess is a sweet, smart, small girl. She is very shy, but does love to be cuddled. She is a small sheltie, weighing only 17 pounds and is short. She is around 8 years old, and although she had a difficult time for awhile, she loves affection. She had several teeth removed, so she needs to eat either soft food or small kibble. Currently she is eating a mix of soft food and small kibble and is doing very well. She also has only one eye, as her left eye has been damaged. So approaching her on her right side is best.
She was rescued with three other dogs living outdoors in a filthy kennel with rotten food. The dogs had very little human contact. Little Tess’s fur was so heavily matted and filled with dried feces, she had to be shaved since it was impossible to brush her. But, her fur is growing back and she will have a beautiful sable coat.
She is not reliably house trained yet, but is making progress.
• She does fine with other dogs, especially other shelties. Big dogs are a bit frightening for her.
• Believe she will do well with a cat.
• She would do fine as an only dog as that would give her more attention.
• It would be best for her to not be with small children as their quick movements do frighten her.
• Although we have not had her on a leash, she will come around with love and care to go on short walks.
She is very smart and is crate trained. However, she will use her crate as a refuge. So, it is important that she spend more time outside her crate to gain more confidence.
Tess is very submissive and will lay down to be picked up. She loves to play a game when she is outside. When we want to bring her in out of the hot sun, she wags her tail and then runs the other way. We play a little game of “Where’s Tess” and then she lays down and waits to be picked up. It would be best for her to have a fenced yard.
Tess's adoption fee is $250.00, and she is spayed, current on vaccinations, heartworm tested and on heartworm preventative (during heartworm season), had a dental with extractions, is microchipped, has been bathed and brushed, etc.
Please read our Adoption Guidelines prior to calling or emailing us, as this may answer your questions.
***The Sheltie's bio explains the type of home that will best meet that Sheltie's needs. Please note that we cannot guarantee the availability of the Shelties in our program, and that our priority is to meet the needs of the Shelties in our care. We focus on local adoptions to families near Minneapolis, MN or Fargo, ND, as this is where our volunteers are located, and a home visit to your home is part of the approval process. We encourage everyone outside of these areas to look for a local shelter or rescue group from which to adopt:
. Please keep in mind that if you apply to adopt a Sheltie and your application is approved, you will be asked to travel to the foster home(s) to meet the dog(s) prior to an adoption.***
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