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Mr. Willie is a 5-year-old neutered male. He appears to be an Australian Shepherd or an Australian Shepherd Mix. Mr. Willie weighs 65 pounds and has an ideal body condition. He is a very goofy boy, with a super sweet personality. It does take him a bit to trust and interact with new humans that he does not know. He is both deaf and blind. In his first home he often had visitors force interactions which has caused long term effects regarding how he initially interacts with new humans. He will need an adopter committed to getting to know him and making a few visits to allow him time to warm up.
Mr. Willie has been introduced to cats and initially was ok with them. The cats eventually scared him, they are highly dog social and would approach him to rub against him. He growled and walked away, putting himself in a corner. He would be best in a home without cats or small animals that might startle him. He is now interacting with most dogs in a social manner and soliciting play. He will match well with playmates that are very dog tolerant and won't be offended if he bumps into them or trips over them while they are sleeping. He would also prefer playmates that are not over the top rough and tumble players. This play style is hard for him because he cannot hear or see the other dog coming at him, he is unable to brace or move out of the way of an incoming dog which can be scary for him. A dog intro or two will be required to make sure new housemates are compatible.
He is shy with both women and men and will need someone willing to help him acclimate to a big change at his own pace. We are recommending a home without children at this time. He will occasionally try to play with toys but due to his impairments this is a challenge, however he loves a good game of hide and seek/chase and follow with his foster human. He walks well on leash but does need to be guided as to when to step up on curbs and when to go into doorways. Mr. Willie is both house and crate trained and recently completed an obedience class. He does well loose in the house, separated from other dogs. He loves napping in the sun by the patio door. He adores his crate and seems to get the best sleep with periods of crate time. He is medium velcro and will sniff you out to hang out with you. We would describe him as low to medium energy. Mr. Willie recently had an eye removed because it was causing him some discomfort.
A fence is required to adopt Mr. Willie due to his impairments. He has shown no attempts to challenge the fence and loves to nap in the sunshine. He does have hereditary cataracts and has been determined by a veterinary ophthalmologist to have no functional vision. His remaining eye will need to be monitored for changes should it also become uncomfortable and need to be removed. Mr. Willie is also hearing impaired, although he does appear to acknowledge very loud noises with a head tilt. We consider him deaf because any hearing he has isn't functional and appears to be very minimal. He does take a bit of time and help to warm up to changes (strangers, new routines, new homes) but overall is a very resilient, sweet dog who just didn't get the best start in life.
Mr. Willie is fostered in Wichita, KS.
Apply here for him. NS3440
Tiny Baxter is only 13 lbs, and was rescued with his brother. They are very shy and we’re working with them. He is located near Dayton Ohio NS3524
Mini Mary is 2-3 yrs. old and is from a hoarding situation. We are not taking applications at this time. NS3525
Meet Dune, he’s a 1 yr old very active young dog (DOB 7/25/21) who has a great disposition. He is quIck to learn and friendly with everyone. He needs lots of room to run and a fenced yard. He has lived in a house and is housebroken and crate trained. He needs to learn your house rules, and will need a lot of leash work, which we have started. He previously lived with an 8 yr old and a teenager.
Because of his activity level, we suggest no children under 5. He is up to date on all shots, HW negative, neutered, and his hair will get longer ( before turn in the owner had him shaved) he previously has a fabulous coat. He does have one blue eye and one hazel eye. He did not react to cats when tested, but each dog/cat combo needs to be checked.
He is available In Maineville Ohio. Click below to fill in an application or contact Aussie@aol.com for more information. Apply here for him. NS3692
Bodiee is a Black Bi male weighing approximately 57 pounds. We estimate he is 10 to 14 months old. Bodiee is a social boy who rarely meets a stranger. He is affectionate and goofy when interacting with people.
Bodiee has interacted with cats while in foster care, he was curious and gentle. We are recommending that if the new home has cats that these cats have had some exposure to dogs. Bodiee will require some guidance, video of interactions with cats available upon request. He is fostered with many dogs, all males, without issue. Bodiee is medium to high energy and will appreciate an outlet for his energy. He likes to be included in everything. Bodiee is high velcro and is learning to settle when inside, he is definitely a dog who will want furniture privileges as he likes to be close. He loves puzzle toys. Bodiee is house trained but may need a few days to settle in, he will pace when he needs to go out. Bodiee has been friendly with all adults he has encountered; he has not been introduced to children at this time. He does take a little time to warm up to men but is friendly in his demeanor. Bodiee can be bouncy so he would be best suited for a home with children over 12. Bodiee enjoys toys and will chase them. He doesn't bring them back but will entertain himself by bouncing and rolling his toys around the house. Bodiee walks well on leash most of time and gets in and out of the car well.
He is crate trained and is getting comfortable being crated away from his people, sometimes he can be vocal. We recommend crating him in areas where you spend the most time when he cannot be watched, if he can see you, he is better. There is a potential he may chew on items if not supervised; he has picked up some items and chewed them when not being watched. He chews his toys and appropriate items when they are accessible to him. His new home should be ok with a dog who vocalizes during play and is generally talkative.
Bodiee is fostered in Wichita, KS
Apply here for him. NS3801
Russett is a red tri male weighing around 30 pounds. We think he is around 2 years old. Russett is a social guy who likes interacting with people.
Russett has not been introduced to cats but does well with other dogs in his foster home. He loves playing chase with his dog friends. He can be a little pushy when playing but responds well when the other dogs have had enough playtime. He is a medium energy dog who likes to play and goof around but is fine settling in his kennel. He is not fully potty trained but is showing improvement.
Russett doesn't interact with children in his foster home but has not shown any timid behavior around children that he has met. He loves to chase toys put hasn't figured out how to bring them back to his human yet. He pulls hard on leash, we believe Russett has had very little exposure to a leash, so he isn't sure what to do while on one.
Russett is doing well with crate training but has an occasional accident. He needs some time to learn about the leash and adjust to slick flooring. He's doing great adjusting to different textures of flooring and has made big improvements in his short time with us.
He is fostered in Salem, WI
Apply here for him. NS3816
Beau Duke is a 7 month old male that weighs in around 27lbs. Beau is a boy full of funny expressions. His face says what he is thinking! His face once told us a heartbreaking story, but since he's been with New Spirit, that frown has turned upside down. He was found in a hoarding situation with twenty-seven others. Brooke was also found with him that is being fostered in the same home. He is playful with dogs and that wiggle butt gets to wiggling. He would make a good brother to another dog in the house. With cats, he is friendly as well and does not chase. Beau Duke needs an owner that is understanding of his past and takes things slow. Beau also loves children, but the children need to understand Beau Duke is a slow paced guy and needs some time to warm up! He needs someone to show how great life can be again! He is a velcro dog once he begins to understand that he is safe. Being equipped on dog training such as potty and leash training would be ideal and someone who understands that patience is key! Beau Duke's love is one heck of a reward! Because of the shyness Beau Duke displays, he needs a home with a fence. Currently, he is being fostered and taking things slow due to never living inside a home.He is fostered in Salem, WI NS3827
Brooke is a 17lb blue merle that is around 7 months old. She is a shy girl that needs a understanding adopter of her past experience with life. She was found in a hoarding situation with twenty-seven others and being fostered with Beau Duke! Brooke occasionally will play with dogs, but doesn't understand what it means to be a dog herself yet. Another dog would be good for some little play, but not too much. She is also good with cats. Brooke is a low velcro aussie, that prefers to be an independent woman! Children have not been tested around Brooke. She needs a owner that will show her endless love and patience. Experience with shy dogs, potty and leash training would be ideal. Due to her past life, Brooke needs a home with a fence. She is a special girl that needs some time to warm up in a home and become your best friend. She is fostered in Salem WI NS3826