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Helen Keller Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. Her coat is soft like mink and we think she is really a cross with a Jack Russel but anyone's guess is as good as ours. Kelly loves toys and will carry them around and stash them in her bed. At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. Kelly is reliable in the house but she needs to take Proin which is a chewable tablet, twice a day, to help her keep bladder control. Unfortunately, Kelly still leaks urine when at rest, and she is on the highest dose allowed her little body. We are researching alternative treatments, but for now she will stay with New Spirit. NS2399
Thidwick This wonderful guy was dealt a bad hand by nature but his heart issues are being nicely controlled by a regimen of meds and he gets follow up check by a cardiologist or regular vet every 3 months. When you think about the good that donations can do, think of Thidwick-- only through the generosity of our donors can we afford to give him this excellent care which is improving his quality of life and prolonging it as well. HIs chronic heart failure (CHF) is due to a faulty mitral valve which we hoped to get surgically repaired with a specialty team of Japanese vets who were planning to come to the vet school at University of FL in Gainesville, but with the pandemic, international travel and elective surgeries have been cancelled. Most dogs in CHF have 6-24 months life expectancy once diagnosed, with 9 months being the average. Thidwick was in full CHF when we got him 9 months ago but so far he is doing very well and we hope he will live to the longer end of the expected span for this condition. He is also on an inhaler now twice a day to help with a wheezy lung condition that is not attributable to anything the vets can find, other than we see on xray that he has some scarring there. He is such a sweet and patient guy that he tolerates the inhaler which is a specially designed one for dogs--as long as he gets his half a Milkbone treat afterward :) On the better diet in his foster home, he has grown the most gorgeous soft and bounteous white coat imaginable, and also put on a bit of weight. He loves the fenced yard to wander safely despite having only 5% vision, and he gallops in when called, and looks a lot like a polar bear when he does, with the new coat and a little more weight. He does love his food! He adores having visitors and just hones in on them like a heat seeking missile and then if they sit down, lays his head in their lap and stands there perfectly still for petting as long as he can get it. We can't fix what's wrong with this guy but he sure is having a happy life for now. He is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS3401
Gramaussie has been with us over a year and is now 16 and a half. She's doing well and is very happy in her foster home. She sleeps the vast majority of the time but does enjoy getting a wake up call and toddling around the yard for up to an hour at a time, weather permitting. She is so very sweet and we will be keeping her with us "for the duration" as they say, so as not to ask her to make any further adjustments at this late stage. She adores her food and especially likes the gourmet canned foods we can provide. Her foster home has no steps she has to negotiate -- just a half step down to the outside and then a large flat fenced yard she can wander at will safely. Her aches and pains leave her limping and a little lopsided, but we give her a long acting pain reliever each day to help with that. She is very happy and bonded to her foster mom who she recognizes and whose voice she responds to with a bright engaged look as soon as she hears or sees her. This old darling will have as comfortable and happy a life as we can possibly provide for as long as she has left. Gramaussie is fostered in Collegeville, PA. NS3283
9 months of loving care; the results are beautiful!
At 9 1/2 years old Kodie is still looking to live an active life. On the smaller size at about 35lbs. this black tri boy with a blue eye and a brown eye was surrendered to a shelter and had to have his coat cut off due to severe filth and mats. The lion cut gives him a youthful look that matches his attitude about getting in on any action going on. Although medium on the energy scale (for an older adult) Kodie shows stamina for hiking and exploring and easily jumps into a SUV. He is great meeting other dogs, people and kids but is typically wary and only occasionally accepts pets. He is more interested in keeping moving with his adventure than playing with other dogs. He is most attracted to kids and gently greets them accepting quiet attention. He'll even sit and shake a paw if asked. He has not been tested with cats but his reserved nature suggests that he would leave them be.
Magenta is a 4 month old red bicolor Mini Aussie who weighs about 17lbs. She absolutely adores humans, chasing after toys, and wrestling with the resident dogs at her foster home. Magenta spent the first few weeks of her life living in squalor alongside 21 other dogs (mom and siblings included). Given her history, Magenta has developed some behavioral challenges that her foster home has been working on improving. Anyone interested in adopting Magenta must be 100% committed to helping her continue to work past some of her social anxieties.
Magenta loves cats (sometimes a little much) and will do best in a home with no cats or a dog savvy cat who won't mind her wanting to play with them. She is medium energy and high velcro (anywhere her humans are is her favorite place to be); the highlight of her day is when she gets to give her foster home's human toddler (supervised) kisses. Magenta is not yet 100% reliably house broken but she is 100% crate trained. She needs someone with a watchful eye to remind her of good habits. As of this update she's gone well over a week without a toilet accident and continues to improve daily. Her submissive peeing is still something we are working on and will likely still need to be worked on for some time. Most dogs outgrow this behavior but we cannot say for sure what that timeline might look like for Magenta. She will sit for treats, food, and to get a leash on without accidents for the most part but still "sprinkles" occasionally.
Magenta is still working on improving her social skills. She will bark at other dogs while she's on leash until she feels they're no longer a threat. Magenta does seem to thrive in the company of her two foster dogs and constantly looks to them for guidance. They spend most of their day sharing dog beds, toys, etc. and play wrestling together. Because of her fondness toward them, we think she'd really enjoy having a dog companion so long as they're playful but relaxed / can be submissive (we're aware this part may be challenging to interpret prior to meeting her). A home without another dog will still be considered so long as they can provide her with a job, get her engaged in agility training, and/or give her plenty of opportunity to expel her energy productively.
Magenta is fostered in Brick, NJ.
Apply here for her. NS3565
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Kodie is an easy going, mild mannered gentleman who has a bit of a stubborn streak when he wants to go a certain way. Housebroken and crate trained he walks pretty well on a leash but does pull some in his eagerness. He has had no proper leash training so tends to wander here and there at will. He has learned to walk well on a long line while on trails and is eager to come running for treats. In the 6 weeks since he came to his foster home he has only barked 3 times! He lives congenially with the 3 resident dogs but does not engage in play with them nor has he shown any interest in toys. He will chew on a bone and is always ready for a treat or something to eat. His biggest fault is that he counter surfs and you have to watch if you leave any food on a table within reach. Kodie is generally fine to be handled but is not a great fan of being brushed or having his nails clipped. He can be very squirmy when he wants to be!
Life is a bit too quiet for him here in his foster home. I think he would rather live where there were a little more activity throughout the day in addition to walks/hikes. He does stay close by as I move about the house but he does not seek out a lot of physical attention. After a good walk he is happy to curl up on a nearby bed. The best home for him would be one where someone was home most of the time because Kodie needs to go out to pee rather regularly, every couple hours at least. At night he will sleep for 6-7 hours before needing to go out to relieve himself. We have had tests done and nothing has been found that would explain his frequent urination; however, he does have a low thyroid level that he receives supplementation for. Although New Spirit does not normally allow the usage of a dog door with our dogs, Kodie may be one that could benefit from being able to let himself out into a fenced yard when he needs to go to the potty. When someone is around, he clearly indicates when he needs to go outside.
Kodie is a dog looking for a relatively active life with some people activity at home, maybe kids or frequent visitors. He is not ready to retire to the quiet life but knows how to pace himself while enjoying new adventures!
Fostered in Lancaster PA.
Apply here for him. NS3561
Pearl Girl just came in from KY. She is a big girl at 65 lbs and about 24" at the shoulder. She is a classic purebred working type Aussie, red merle, and well proportioned and healthy, HW-, about 2 years old. She might be able to take off 5 lbs but she is by no means fat. Pearl belonged to an older woman and lived outdoors along with a Corgi and they tended to go walkabout so the daughter arranged for both dogs to get placed before they got hurt on one of their adventures.
She's a very sweet girl, adores people, very gentle in nature, very soft in terms of taking correction. She is said to be good with goats, cats, kids, etc. We find she is a little intimidated in her foster home by the other dogs-- she isn't used to other dogs her size, and so many. She's doing great living in a house though, prefers it a lot to being outside, and is very reliable on housebreaking. She is already showing signs of wanting to play a little with the one other dog who is trying to engage her, and has been respectful and neutral toward the other dogs who don't get in her face. Overall she would really do best as an only dog since she is very people focused, and has a startled lunging reaction when other dogs gets up and move in her direction unexpectedly.
Pearl Girl is fostered in Collegeville PA
Apply here for her. NS3574