Willie G is a wonderful dog. He weighs in at 50#, is a black-tri and no tail. He came to us with some doubts about people and other dogs, but he has changed his mind and behaves appropriately around, kids, dogs, guinea pigs and both men and women. He loves to be outside and would like nothing better than to keep you company on the porch while listening and watching the world go by. If that's not on the daily agenda, going for walks, following you around the house, taking a nap and also riding in the car are all good options. On the Aussie velcro scale, he ranks about a medium and for the energy level, he is low to medium. He has good manners , is housebroken and only one issue in the house, likes to rest and eat in his crate and overall is a very good houseguest. He hasn't barked much so we're not sure if that will start to occur or if he will remain the strong but silent type. Harley would do best in a home that is laid back and patient. Someone who will give him all of the petting that he craves, rides in the car, walks in whatever environment that you choose and simply would like to be a loyal companion for his human. Willie G is fostered in Spring Grove, PA. NS3542
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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
Mifflin was picked up as a stray by Animal Control back in July. Not much is known about her backstory. She was absolutely terrified in the shelter, and just as skittish when she first arrived at her foster home. We suspect she is about 5 years old. She's your standard black bi Aussie who weighs about 38lbs. She has been with her foster home for over 3 months now and although she's come a long way from bolting the minute you go near her or make eye contact, she can still be quite the shy girl.
Mifflin does very well with cats. She is curious but doesn't chase or get in their face. The foster home cat sometimes grooms her, and she is perfectly fine with him "cleaning" her ears, paws, etc.
Dunder is approximately 2-3 years old. He was picked up as a stray with another Aussie companion by animal control in CT. He seems very sweet and allows us to handle him but he is extremely fearful both on/off leash. He is currently being fostered in Philadelphia, PA while we continue to work with him. He will not be available for adoption for a few weeks. NS3495
Rock Star This handsome boy had a bit of bad luck when he got hit by a car while running at large. We have no idea if he was on the loose before this or the injury was what disoriented him and he kept going after that. He has a femur broken in 3 places and until his surgery Sept 3, we won't be sure exactly what it will take to fix and rehab him, but he has an excellent prognosis with New Spirit's help. We estimate his age at 3, and right now he only weighs 40 lbs but is severely underweight, so he's getting extra every day and should probably weigh more like 50 lbs with a shoulder height of 21". His black tri coat is very coarse and shows signs of outdoor living and poor nutrition, but as we work on the mats and dreds, he is pretty patient about the process and already looking a bit better. In a couple months of good food, Rock is going to be a really handsome and shiny guy.
He is the sweetest dog, just super friendly and loves people but isn't a pest, and has done very well with other dogs. Though he can't play much at the moment, it's clear he would like to. He has perfect manners in the house and is clear about when he needs to go out. He seems to have lived indoors before and was neutered when picked up by animal control, and loves the couch and will happily clamber up the best he can to sleep on the bed with you if you'll let him. We haven't crated him since he has a hard time getting comfortable with the broken leg, but he's been fine left loose in the house for a couple of hours-- though if you leave any good food at doggie nose level, he may help himself, but the poor guy is starving so no serious strikes against him for that. Rock rides well in the car, is learning his new name ("Rocky" for everyday), and is just a delightful, social guy. He's very outgoing and enthusiastic about whatever you want to do or wherever you want him to go with you. Leashes are kind of an alien concept to him but he is very responsive to correction so that will likely be very fixable with a little work. Cats are an unknown but we suspect he would be fairly uninterested in them. He is fostered in Collegeville PA and will be available Oct 1 or possibly a little later. NS3510
9 months of loving care; the results are beautiful!
Holly Golightly is 10 years old and about 50 pounds. She has had a pretty rough life thus far and is looking forward to being in a safe home where she can relax and recover from some medical issues. We are not accepting applications for Holly Golightly at this time. NS3540
Samwise is an 8yo blue merle male Aussie who weighs about 30lbs. and has the distinctive blue and brown pair of eyes. He came from a situation where he got little exposure to the outside world, so he is adjusting and coming out of his shell slowly. He still greets people with a great deal of caution but will accept pets after a little time. Once he is comfortable with you he seeks attention at times and follows you as you move around the house. He definitely likes to sit close on the couch and is happy to climb on the bed sometimes. He is a medium velcro dog with a low energy level.
Samwise is fine with other dogs and all kinds of people he meets, including kids. They do not seem to make him nervous but he prefers that they take it slow. Dogs on the other hand do make him anxious; however, with increased exposure he is getting so he doesn't just stand there frozen waiting for the dog to finish checking him out. He has started to sniff at other dogs when he meets them now. Living with other dogs is no issue at all and he would probably do well with a canine friend since he benefits from the calm influence of a more worldly dog. He hasn't met any cats but I suspect that he would be fine as he is very meek and non-reactive.
He is housebroken and does well in a crate. He is okay being left alone, however he always has another dog with him in his foster home. Samwise doesn't show any interest in playing with dogs or people but he likes a chew bone sometimes. When feeling good he'll take a little run in the yard and enjoys going for walks. Riding in the car is a little nerve racking but he is getting better at it. Samwise was never taught any leash manners but is no problem taking for a walk. The one bad habit he has is counter surfing. He can't quite reach the counter but can reach the table and wants to see what you are eating. "No" and "Off" are words he is not familiar with, however he does a very nice sit when approaching people to say hi. Samwise would love a home without lots of commotion and one that will give him space to continue gaining confidence with the big wide world.
Samwise is fostered in Lancaster, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3541
Mifflin can be nervous and easily spooked. She needs a home where another dog can show her things will be okay. She doesn't really know how to play with other dogs, but she shows excitement when she sees other pups playing, and sometimes will whine excitedly, wag her tail, and paw at the others to show her interest in wanting to learn. Mifflin is low energy and low velcro. Occasionally she will follow her foster mom from room to room but she prefers to observe from a distance, and will sneak away when her social batteries run low. Mifflin has an almost 1 year old human child at her foster home and does well with him, even on days he is overly affectionate and tries to hug/lay on her. She has been very curious about her foster mom's elementary aged nieces and nephews, and seems to be less apprehensive about approaching the tiny humans than she is with adults. Mifflin is housebroken. She does well in a crate, but because she can be trusted not to chew things or get into trouble, she free roams most of the day. Mifflin does well on walks if there's not too much activity going on otherwise she will plant herself firmly and/or try and take off. She likes going on car rides and looking out the window.
Because of her anxious nature, Mifflin will need a home with a fenced in yard. Anyone interested in adopting Mifflin must be patient, and fully aware that it will take some time before she will be comfortable around you. Even so, she is more of a cat as far as personality - she loves affection but only on her terms, and is perfectly content spending most of her time upstairs in a bedroom or sleeping under the dining table. Mifflin did test positive for Heartworm and Lyme when she first came to us. After 2 months of treatment she is now negative for both. Heartworm prevention is pretty standard routine care for dogs, but because of her previous diagnosis it will be especially important for her new family to stay on top of this. Mifflin is very special. You can tell she's got a lot of love to give, and has very expressive, curious eyes. Bedtime is her favorite, but only because that means she gets to lay in bed next to her foster humans without the pressure to interact with them. Anyone interested in adopting Mifflin must know that she will require a calm, patient home, willing to work on building her trust one day at a time.
Mifflin is fostered in Brick, NJ.
Apply here for her. NS3494
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Buddie is an approximately 3 year old aussie mix. This sweet guy is hanging out in foster for a bit, and his bio will be updated as we get to know him. We are not accepting or processing applications for him at this time. NS3556