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Mishka This handsome fellow just turned 5 and after a life lived on a sheep farm he has hard a hard time adjusting to city life. So after three failed placements, we are just going to let him stay where he is for now, where he is doing well with a fully fenced yard and some careful management (ie put in another room) when new dogs or people come in. He tends to love both but gets over-excited so introductions are best put off for a few hours and then handled when the emotions are calmer. Unfortunately he turned out not to have good working instincts either, so the attempt to place him on a highly experienced working farm was also a miss. We love this guy but he is not for just any home. NS2770
Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. It takes her only a day or two to get oriented in a new place. 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.
At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. Helen, whose everyday name is 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. That runs about 27 cents a day. She is fine when left loose when you're out, and is just a little love to have around.
She loves toys, especially anything that squeaks, and especially balls she can carry around and chase and then curl up with.
Helen Keller is fostered near Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS2399
Shinsey is a 2-4 year old Blue Merle mini Aussie with a tail, weighing in at just 30 lbs. Shinsey has one blue and one brown eye, and has beautiful markings. She has low to medium energy and low to medium on the Velcro scale unless you are actively petting her, then she will stay there forever.
She is currently in a home with a quiet 12-year-old child and 2 miniature Aussies, both just turned a year old. She came a long way in her current foster home, she started as a scared dog who relied solely on the resident dogs for cues and was extremely skittish so placing her in a home where she can continue to thrive and learn to trust humans will be important.
Shinsey now recognizes her name and has a 40% recall on a long lead to the mom of the house, who she is most bonded to and views as the pack leader. She learned to sit at intersections before crossing the street and is working on "touch" targeting (she knows what it is but doesn't always follow through). She barks when people enter the home and at other dogs outside but does not seem to have a high prey drive.
She enjoys really long walks and walks great on a leash. She also loves hanging her head out of the car window, playing in the yard with the resident Aussies, and playing with a ball by herself; she has shown interest in fetch but has not yet followed through.
Grandpa is a 4yo, 45lb purebred red-tri Aussie who will soon be looking for a new home. Grandpa is a friendly boy who likes adults, children, cats, and other dogs. He was previously adopted and is being returned to NS by no fault of his own. Grandpa would do great in a home that can offer him a lot of attention and positive training, as well as a traditionally fenced in yard. Grandpa ran away from his previous home when he got nervous and a door was left open, so he’s looking forward to getting back to home life and being spoiled in his foster home. Please keep checking back for updates on this sweet boy! NS3331
Shinsey has learned to get in and out of a car and looks forward to rides because it usually means picking up the resident child or heading to the dog park with her siblings. At the dog park she has only ever been on the small dog side and usually runs the perimeter before engaging in play. If the play gets to0 rough or a dog gets in her face she will correct them with a growl and snap to let them know their advance is unwelcome, but it ends there. She would not do well with reactive dogs.
Due to Shinsey's remarkable growth in a home with other dogs and her dependability on the pack for social cues and confidence, she will need to go to a home with another pup who still actively wants to engage in play. We would not recommend a busy household with small or rambunctious children, or one that has a visitors coming and going a lot. This sweet girl needs to feel safe and secure in order to thrive. She crates well for about 4 hours at a time; however, is left loose with one of the resident Aussies when the foster family is gone. Typically, she lays at the window or on the couch when they are gone but occasionally redecorates by moving blankets and laundry around but does not shred anything.
Shinsey loves to be pet and loved on but is still skittish when approached and still will not walk past people. She runs from her foster family and known visitors 90% of the time unless she is in her "safe spot", down at her level or leashed. Once you are on her level she just wants endless amounts of petting and love and will paw you and lick your face to let you know she wants more. A leash/lead or fenced yard will still be a must until she gains some confidence and better recall skills, if she gets loose she likely still will not let you get close enough to her to re-tether her and would need to be strategic in getting her back. In order to have her come in from a fenced in yard we must open the door and walk away and then circle back to close the door behind her. This has gotten better but a new set of humans will see some regression until she learns they gain her trust.
She is potty trained, and barks when people knock on the door and enter the home. She will continue to need training and patience to become her best self. If you feel like Shinsey may be the right dog for you, please apply!
Shinsey is fostered in Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3374
Thidwick is a handsome 4yo double merle Aussie who weighs 50lbs. He seems to have some hearing and vision loss. He loves to be with his people; if it was up to him, he would rest his head on your leg all day! He was pulled from a Southern shelter intact, so we’re neutering him and helping him gain a bit of weight before he’s ready for adoption. Please keep checking back to learn about his progress! NS3401
Benny Boy looks to be about 2 years old and weighs around 50 pounds. We suspect that he is an aussie/ border collie mix (there is no denying the aussie wiggle butt). He is new to his foster home so his foster family is still trying to get to know him. He can be quite fearful of strange noises and people, but warmed up quickly to his foster parents. He is hesitant about meeting new people and will usually bark at them. Benny Boy tolerates his foster brother aussie, but isn't interested in rough housing or playing with him. He would rather fetch anything you will throw for him: balls, frisbees, squeaker toys, etc. He is very happy to lay with you on the sofa and relax when he isn't playing fetch. Benny Boy hasn't been tested around children or cats yet. He does not like the crate and he is housebroken. He knows basic commands and is a very quick learner! Overall, he is a very sweet and happy dog! Stay tuned for more info on Benny Boy as he settles into foster care. Benny Boy is fostered in Philadelphia PA. NS3404
Oshie is a 9 month old, black tri neutered male standard Aussie. He weighs 37lbs and will gain more as he gets on a regular eating schedule. Oshie was surrendered to a PA shelter by a breeder who had too many dogs living in an outdoor environment and wasn’t able to care for them properly. He was not a fan of shelter life and totally shut down there, so we pulled him and he is getting settled in a safe and warm foster home until he is ready for adoption. Oshie will work on basic training skills and learn that humans are nice people who are only going to take care of him from now on. Please check back for updates as this sweet boy gets acclimated to the good life! NS3403
Little Linus is a 9 month old black tri neutered male mini Aussie who weighs about 30lbs. He could stand to gain some weight. Larry was recently surrendered to a PA shelter by a breeder who had too many dogs to care for properly. We don’t know what Little Linus was like before the shelter, but once there he became extremely shut down and did not eat or drink or respond to human attention. He laid by the door of his kennel all day long, waiting to be let outside. Once outside, Little Linus avoided all attempts to go back in the noisy, scary shelter. Thankfully, we got Little Linus out of there and into a loving foster home where he can enjoy quiet days and nights and plenty of love. Little Linus's fosters will work on basic training with him and help him to learn that humans will care for and love him from now on. Keep checking back for updates on this sweet and shy little boy! NS3402
Dreamer is a 9 month old, 28 lb neutered male mini Aussie. He is primarily black and copper and has some white accents on his legs. Dreamer was surrendered by a breeder to a PA shelter with some of his siblings, and was very scared about the major change in his life. Before his surrender, Dreamer lived with many dogs in an outdoor environment, with little human contact and socialization, so he's going to take it easy in foster care for a little bit to get used to the pampered life! His foster home will help get him started on basic training so he's ready to join his adoptive home having had some structure and routine in his young life. So far, he is a very sweet boy, who needs to learn what a loving home feels like. He could also put on a few pounds and will be showered with treats. Stay tuned for updates on this cutie patootie! Dreamer is fostered in Pennington, NJ. NS3406
Dettle Doo is a 6yo blue merle PB Aussie with one blue eye and one brown. He’s UTD on shots, neutered, he likes all people but is more cautious around young kids (he avoids them), so he might be better for a home with older, polite children who will not scare him. He walks well on a leash and will heel if you ask him to. He is between 50-60lbs. Dettle Doo will be coming up north soon, so stay tuned for updates on this handsome boy! Dettle Doo will be fostered in Southeast, PA NS3420
Abigail is under 2 years of age, probably about 18 months now, and has grown in a lovely soft curly coat of dark mahogany after arriving with a sun bleached orange mop of horrible hair. She's about 40 pounds of happiness-- she loves all other dogs and adores people. In the first 10 minutes of greeting, it can be a little much but it's all love and not terribly rough with the jumping up. Abi is a bit of a rough player, and fast and athletic so she really needs to have another dog in the home that loves to play hard. She does have an off switch though, and she is also fine with being crated when you're away or overnight, or just need a break. She settles right down to a good nap.
Abigail is a little bit of a puller on leash but is getting better. She's great in a car. A fenced yard would be preferred as she is fast and basically really loves to be outside. She will sit down and just watch her domain, and try to keep it safe from cheeky squirrels and birds and snakes and frogs. Everything that moves requires watching and barking at until you tell her to pipe down. She is an exuberant and enthusiastic participant in protecting the yard.
Before she came to us, Abigail had some kind of encounter with a car or ATV we think, because her one back foot is turned out a bit from a hip injury. She will carry it a little when she wants to run really fast but when walking or trotting she does weight bear. Our ortho vet says she is not in pain and is very functional so he's not keen to do hip surgery (FHO) We have followed this for months and she developed great muscle tone again in the flank, leading us to believe the injury was fairly new when we got her and the muscle mass was way down to about 40%. Now it's back close to normal. The plan is that New Spirit will cover any future hip surgery our vet says is needed if the adopter can get her to him in south NJ, and he does it, but it's looking very much like she is doing great and won't need it.
This lovely girl will give you her whole heart. She is fostered in Collegeville PA
Apply here for her. NS3326
Phred and Phonzi
These handsome fellows are from the same litter but had different fathers. Phred is a double merle (more white) but has no impairments to sight or hearing and weighs about 50 lbs, and Phonzi the darker blue merle is about 75 lbs. They are two of the sweetest dogs you could ever hope to meet: loving toward one another and gentle and lovely with people and other dogs. Phred loves to play with the rascally young red girls in his foster home, whereas Phonzi is happy to play a little with them but actually really enjoys amusing himself by tossing his favorite toys around.
Phred and Phonzi came into New Spirit in 2016 and are now 8 years old. Their adopter, a wonderful New Spirit volunteer, passed away recently and it was her fondest wish that they stay together so we will only be placing them as a pair. After a month in foster, they have proven how much they love and depend on each other but there is never any jealousy, pushiness or over-clinginess. Both are very happy and do their own thing and don't always have to be in the same room, but their wonderful affection for each other is clear.
They ride beautifully in the car, like to go out in the fenced yard but come readily when called by name, and are completely reliable in the house loose when foster mom is away. They do like the crate and will cram into an open 42" one together sometimes, which is very comical. They were used to having a dog door but have gotten used to having to be let out and in via a regular door. They need a little work on leash manners as they have not ever been walked away from their own yard.
Phred and Phonzie are fostered in Collegeville PA.
Apply here for them. Phred is NS2547 and Phonzi is NS2546
Moe Love is a beautiful black tri boy, approximately 2-3 years old. He's a compact guy, 55 lbs., with a big lovable head and a perky little tail that always wags. Moe Love is a happy guy who is always smiling. He's curious about everything and everyone.
Moe Love wants to meet everyone! He will immediately give kisses, roll on his belly, and try to get in your lap. He loves everyone, especially the little boy in his foster home. He regularly loves on the kid in the foster home, as well as all the guests and members. Moe Love has gotten along with every dog he's met so far -- the house dog, the neighbor's dog, and dogs he meets on walks. He likes high energy dog play and human snuggles. He is trying to figure out fetch; he chases the object but doesn't pick it up or bring it back. He's shown no interest in cats and mild interest in the neighbor's chickens.
We are working on counter surfing and leash pulling.
He does these things largely because he's curious.
Moe Love must have a fenced in yard; he's way too
friendly to miss a chance at greeting another person
or dog. He's a bit nervous about new experiences
but once he realizes there's nothing to fear, he adapts
Moe Love is fostered in Roanoke, VA.
Apply here for him. NS3417
Nick Junior is a blue merle aussie with the most beautiful coloring. He is approximately 1 .5 years old and weighs 49 pounds, probably should be closer to 55 pounds. Nick Junior is a sweet boy and has loved everyone he has met. H is polite when meeting people and does not jump. Does not seem to prefer men or women.
Nick Junior is good with the resident dog in his foster home. He has not been tested with cats or kids. Nick is medium to hi energy. He likes a good walk and then a good nap. He doesn't pull on the leash but walks in a zig zag pattern which probably will dissipate with more walking.
Nick is hi velcro and likes to be by your side. He has had a few accidents in the house, will be great with a routine and maybe a timer for going out. Likes to take the remote or your phone to his bed. Not sure if he would chew, needs close watching.
Nick Junior needs to learn basic commands. He does need coaxing to get in the crate and car, once in he is great. He will do anything for a treat.
Nick Junior is fostered in Bangor, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3418
Halle is an approximately 2yo black bi Aussie (Border Collie?) mix with one brown eye and one blue. She weighs around 40lbs. We don’t know much about Halle’s personality yet other than she was pretty scared in the shelter and came around nicely when she was pulled from that environment. We expect that Halle likes people and other dogs and we look forward getting to know her better as she gets socialization in the south before coming up north in early-Feb. Check back for updates as we get to know this beauty! NS3411
Murray is a 3yo black and white mini Aussie who weighs around 25lbs and has a nub for a tail. Murray is a shy boy that needs to work on his socialization and learning to trust humans a little more. He does love to be pet and will come around to you a little bit faster if you happen to have treats. Murray is great with other dogs but we have been told that he is not appropriate for a home with small children, under 12. Murray will be taking it easy and getting spoiled in his southern foster home before he comes up north in early February. Keep an eye out for updates on this cutie pie! NS3412
Brienne is an approximately 11 month old red tri female Aussie who weighs around 35lbs. Brienne is new to New Spirit, so we are still getting to know her! So far we know she's good with other dogs and will roll right over for belly rubs, and we're excited to learn more about her. Keep checking back for updates on this pretty, friendly girl! NSXXXX