Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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Princess Sheba Is 13 years young with the typical arthritis that a gal her age might have. She doesn't let it stop her from her walks (some days she a little slower due to cold weather and just aches and pains as we humans even get) . She presently gets two 20 minute walks and a 15 minute most evenings after dinner (it's important to keep her moving).
She recently had her thyroid checked and it is spot on. (Thyroid meds are cheap) . She is on limited ingredient beef Natural Balance dry food, some wet . She has allergies to a lot of foods, so it is important to keep her on her diet. She gets an Adequan injection which she readily will sit and take, and I'm able to give to her easily once a month. She does get two other non-prescription meds that help her arthritis and keep her muscles healthy.
She has free run of the house, is perfectly house-trained, and can be left alone till she wants to go out, without any accidents. She will bark or whine when she needs to go out or she's ready to come in.
Everyone she meets is her friend, including gentle children. She is a beautiful girl inside and out. She loves being groomed, I can take a finishing clipper to her feet and use a pet Dremmel for her nails and clip if necessary. She is a happy dog. She can be a bit "bossy" with other dogs. She can live with them, but she loves being the center of attention, but she really loves her quiet time too, to recharge and catch up on her beauty sleep. She is a very appreciative and affectionate lady.
Princess Sheba is being fostered in Spring Grove PA.
Apply here for her. NS3291
Bailey Blue is a work in progress, learning to trust people. She may have been abused or had some head injury or is just naturally extremely shy of people, but she is great with other dogs. This girl is a flower waiting to bloom and it will take some time to see how much more progress she can make. She may never be a very social dog with people she doesn't know but it's clear she will learn to love and trust at least one or two people. Bailey Blue is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS3780
Lobo is about 3 years old, weighs 35lbs and his soft coat is all the richest shades of brown. Lobo was rescued from a field in Puerto Rico by a man who saw Lobo's true worth and knew he needed a family of his own. Lobo is quick to greet new people with a smile and a tail wag – even if they are wearing bright colors with gloves, helmets and goggles! He rides very quietly in the car, loves being outdoors, is gentle, confident, curious, and very playful. He does the cutest tippy-tap dance with his front feet when he knows you have his food. Lobo loves attention and will roll over for belly rubs when he trusts you. If you stop too soon, he will tap you gently, politely asking for more.
Lobo is a smart boy who is eager to please, and quickly learned to behave like a gentleman indoors. In just a few short weeks, Lobo has learned to go into his crate willingly when asked, he stands still to be harnessed and leashed, he's learned sit, down, mastered stairs, has discovered sitting on the couch is pretty dreamy, and all unnecessary barking has vanished, making him a quiet companion. Lobo is learning that food comes regularly and good boys sit while the bowl is put down. He is very trusting of his people and he's not afraid of loud noises.
Lobo has decent leash manners but pulls when he's excited which is manageable. He does much better in a no-pull harness when going on the walks he loves so much. Lobo is very food motivated and will hop around if he thinks you have treats, so would require supervision in a home with small children. Lobo is housebroken and hasn't had an accident since his first week in foster. Sometimes he will grab the wrong item to play with (he's very playful), but he's easily corrected, and remembers what is off-limits. Lobo is trusted loose in the house when no one is home but put your shoes away or they may get tossed around (not destroyed, just relocated). The foster home has no other dogs, however Lobo exhibits appropriate greetings with other dogs and the previous shelter says he's good with other dogs. Lobo is medium-low energy and while he likes to be where you are, he's fine laying on his dog bed, and entertaining himself with his toys.
Lobo can be a bit vocal when he wants something, or is announcing a visitor. His recall is hit or miss, so he would do best with a fenced yard where he can hang outside and play. He does exhibit a higher prey drive outside, but quickly learned inside pets are off-limits.
He is fostered in Barclay, MD
Apply here for him. NS3832
Enola is an amazing tricolor Aussie. She is a little over 3 months old. She has already learned to sit, is house broken (assuming lots of outside breaks), and is fully crate trained. Enola loves the outdoors, pouncing, and chasing leaves. She does great with dogs and is scared of our cat. Enola wants a forever home that is prepared for cuddles and puppy energy. She went through parvo and is now fully cleared by the Vets!
Fostered in Great Meadows, NJ
Apply here for her. NS3847
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Thomas came into foster with three other puppy siblings. We are saving the best for last! Thomas is a chunky puppy ravenous for love. He is almost entirely black with a white chest. He was roughly born around January 14, 2023 (9 weeks old). He is 12 lbs and expected to be a larger Aussie when full grown. He is an Australian shepherd mix (possibly newfoundland mixed in). He is not neutered.
Thomas has been doing very well with potty training. He loves sitting outside and loves a good cuddle. He would love to have a large fenced in yard where he could nap and chew on sticks under supervision of his human.
Thomas is fostered in Pittsburgh, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3853
Rusty is an absolute 💎. A 4 mo-old Aussie Doodle, he is puffball with an uncanny resemblance to Albert Einstein. Rusty was an owner turn in. He is so loving and just wants to be with people. He gets anxious when his humans leave the room, but this will likely go away once he experiences the long-term stability of a loving home. He's also continuing to refine his bathroom protocol and manners, but he's already making progress!
Rusty is doing great with other dogs and other people (no cat interactions to report on yet). He's happy happy happy. Rusty would do well in any home that has humans available to give love, attention, and stimulation.
Rusty is currently being foster in Pittsburgh, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3851
This 15 month old doodle (half poodle, half Aussie) is very sweet and affectionate, and bonds quickly to anyone who treats him nicely. Junior seems to like and do okay with other dogs but he is more focused on a relationship with his person, and would probably do okay as an only also. He's a happy guy and does the most amazing 360 spins in mid air and lands and does another . . . and another . . . if you laugh and encourage him. He lives for your engagement and approval. He's got a big frame, abut 24" at the shoulder, and weighs 54lbs, but he is gentle and can easily be discouraged from jumping on you. Mainly he jumps and twirls and dances in front of you in pure joy when excited!
This young fellow is a little shy and hesitant still, but is happy to rely on you for guidance, and looks to you for it. He crates nicely if you just give him the word and wait for a few seconds, and he goes in and out the door but needs a little encouragement if the rest of the pack (6 dogs at the moment) are crowding the doorway. He's housebroken and will sleep in the crate overnight, but he does have a soft sad song that he sings to let you know he'd rather be upstairs with everyone else, but he does stop on command. Junior is a little inclined to ram around in the evenings but he's only been here a few days and is recuperating from his neuter so we're holding off on the really energetic play. Generally he settles at your feet and then he's out for the night. Junior also rides quietly in the car and if he can cuddle up next to you, so much the better.
This guy would love a fenced yard or leash walks, though he is a bit new to the leash thing and needs a little direction to get that down. He doesn't pull like a maniac though-- he just doesn't get the concept quite yet. He is nervous of being grabbed at, as are most dogs, so he may have been grabbed in the past and grown averse to it. It's important to stay quiet and gentle in handling so that jumping away doesn't become a habit.
Riley Junior is fostered in Collegeville, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3852