Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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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 is a handsome 4-6 yo double merle Aussie who weighs 50lbs, and is blind except for about 5% shadow and light vision in one eye. Nevertheless, he navigates well. He is unfortunately suffering from chronic hear failure due to a bad mitral valve, and his lungs seem a little questionable, too. We have him on a wait list for valve repair which is only done at the University of Florida Vet School by a Japanese team that comes in every other month, but due to the corona virus they are unlikely to be able to get visas or travel to the US in time for Thidwick. The average lifespan from diagnosis to death for CHF is 6-24 months with an average of 9 months. Thiddy was diagnosed in December 2019 and probably had the condition well before that, so his time is very limited. However he is a happy boy and will get all the love and life he can while he is with us. He is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS3401
Kentucky Casey is a 5 1/2 year old male Aussie who is on the large side, both weight and height. He weighs in at 65 lbs. which is mainly bone and muscle. Kentucky Casey is a black tri, being predominantly black with small areas of tan and white. He is a shy boy, and he does take a little while to warm up to new people. However, once he warms up to you, you will have a friend for life. Once you become a friend to Kentucky Casey, he will follow you around the house.
He is great with other dogs, both small and large. Kentucky Casey is a medium energy dog, as he likes to just lay around but he will get a burst of energy and want to play with another dog or with his person. He isn't much into playing with toys. Kentucky Casey walks very easy on a leash (until he sees a squirrel), and will sit when attaching his leash and taking it off. He does like to venture while out walking, and loves checking the smells on the trails in the woods. Kentucky Casey is not completely housebroken, but we are working on that and he is coming along pretty quickly. He does have a tendency to drool, especially when nervous and when meeting new people.
Kentucky Casey's new home will have to have a fenced in yard. I do recommend at least a 5' fence as Kentucky Casey does know how to climb a fence, as well as dig under. Kentucky Casey has a small pry drive in that he will chase cats, squirrels, rabbits, etc. Kentucky Casey is great with women and children but, he can be a little nervous with some men. He will bark and give a little growl when meeting men for the first time. I recommend a home with children over the age of 10, due to Kentucky Casey's size.
KY Casey is fostered in Gloucester, VA!
Apply here for him. NS3427
Arnie (answers to Rusty) is a 5-6 year old red tri who weighs around 52 pounds. Despite his size, he is happiest when he is sitting in your lap. He loves his humans more than anything, but does get along nicely with other dogs. He is very well behaved on the leash and, for the most part, ignores others as we pass. Loud motorcycles or large delivery trucks do catch his attention and he will try to dart after them. He does bark at other dogs when on the leash if he isn’t allowed to go say hello to them, but does fine in dog park setting where he can run and play freely with other dogs.
He has a pretty good understanding of basic commands, but would benefit from some refresher courses. He has not been crated much over the past 6 weeks, but has no issues being in it when needed. He loves riding in the car, but only rides shotgun - no back seat for this guy! (Even if there is already another person in the passenger seat – he doesn’t mind sitting on their lap!) He is as high as you can get on the velcro scale – this guy doesn’t like to be left behind! His energy level is medium and is always up to play with the resident Aussie or with toys, but also calms down quickly and is content napping on the sofa.
Due to his size and his strong prey drive, he should not be in a house with cats or smaller dogs. He loves to play, but is a bit of a bulldozer so would love a dog similar in size to play with. He has shown signs of being a bit guardy/protective of his foster mom and growls at his teenage foster sibling if she tries to pet him when mom is nearby. For this reason, he would do best in a home without children under 16 and a home with strong leaders that can help curb his need to be the protector. Arnie has so much love to give and is looking for his forever home!
Arnie is fostered in Telford, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3432
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Gramaussie is the sweetest little old lady ever, and at age 15 finds herself without a home. This little 35 pound Aussie girl is hard of hearing, can't see quite as well as she used to and walks a bit stiffly thanks to some arthritis, but she can still find those dog biscuits, loves everyone and enjoys a daily nap in the sunshine. We have started treatment for her “aches and pains”, we are monitoring her progress and will post updates here! Gramaussie is fostered in Collegeville, PA. NS3283
Meet Rebecca (call name "Becky") the Wonder Dog! She is a 35 lb, 1.5 y.o. sporty bundle of energy! She is the tomboy from grade school who all the boys loved because she's athletic, gets dirty, and is tons of fun. This little dynamo is super fast and agile, and in many ways is a thrill-seeker – she loves to hang her head out of the car window, chase critters (high prey drive), play with balls and sticks, romp and swim in creeks, play with stuffie toys, be chased, and rough house with any willing dog. Her foster home has yet to find a game she doesn't like and she inspires even the grumpiest of senior dogs to play with her. Rebecca also has great house manners and is very smart – her foster home is amazed at how quickly she learns new things.
Despite her seemingly endless exuberance and curiosity, Rebecca is still quite young and the world can still be a scary place to her. While a very sweet, affectionate and highly velcro dog, she struggles with anxiety, fearfulness and resource-guarding, but is also super sensitive to correction and fearful of disappointing or frustrating her people. Her foster home thinks Rebecca can overcome this with time, lots of patience, confidence-building activities, and the right home! We are still evaluating and working with Rebecca on these issues, so she is not ready for placement now, but her new home will need to be the right environment for her to thrive, including patient, active but not chaotic, kid-free (due to her nervousness), and prior experience with Aussies. This high energy girl will also need plenty of space to run off her energy (and nervousness) each day, and she may need a job or a hobby (like agility or fly-ball) to keep her mind busy and give her purpose. We think Rebecca is a wonderful dog who has a lot going for her but just hasn't found the right fit for her forever home yet. She is fostered in Cherry Hill, NJ. Her foster home is working on some behavioral issues with her, and we are not accepting or processing applications at this time. NS3467