2007: Two #10 clipper blades to a groomer for shaving down a
matted Old English Sheepdog.
The shelter staff said this
sheepie-boy was a giant matted hairball and that he couldn't
even hold his mouth properly because of knotted fur.
They clipped him down as best they could in their spare time
but indicated his coat still required a lot of work.
They put us in touch with a groomer just down the road that
volunteers her help in cases like this. April at April's Pet
Place stopped by to take a look at this sheepie and
scheduled his grooming. We offered to pay for her
services... instead she mentioned possibly sending down a
couple of #10 clipper blades because of the wear they
get going through matted sheepie fur. The new blades
are on the way to Texas as we write.
If we all give just a little- be
it time, money or no longer needed supplies - a lot can be
accomplished. Thanks to the shelter staff and April
for giving this sheepie a chance at a better life.
This sheepie is now with
Old English Sheepdog
where he'll have a great chance
at finding the perfect family.
2007: $50.00 to help reimburse transport of a sad Old
This sweet sheepie was found
wandering near a shelter in Kentucky so the kind shelter
folks took her in. The poor girl had a large number of
ticks and burrs on her terribly matted body... she was also
pregnant. They shaved her down and had her spayed then
put her up for adoption but she was very sad at the shelter.
Old English Sheepdogs sometimes do poorly in a shelter
setting because of their need to be with their humans.
A former OES rescue individual adopted her so we reimbursed
part of his transport fee so he might yet again step in to
make life better for a sheepie in need.
2007: $25.00 to a hospice rescue with a special needs Old
Just a little something to make
the remaining days of a special little sheepie with a rare
congenital defect a little happier.
UPDATE: Though this
little sheepie has a rare condition, it's been determined
that he could live a long life... "you just never know".
He's been moved out of hospice and his adoption is pending.
Wishing precious Scruffy a happy life filled with love.
You can see this precious pup at
the 7 Bells Sanctuary/Petfinder website:
The WONDERFUL news is Scruffy's been adopted and his x-rays
had been reversed, not his insides, so he has a better
chance at a long life. He's recovering from pneumonia
and has some other issues but he's doing pretty good.
He'll have some life long challenges to face.
Look at that sheepie smile!
Jack shortly after entering rescue.
2007: $100.00 to neuter an Old English Sheepdog.
There are times when family
members and friends have to make tough decisions and take
control of bad situations. This 3 year old Old English
Sheepdog had spent most of his days and nights in a
basement... his owner was too busy with the hours he spent
at work to provide proper care for this boy. He was never
housetrained. A family member convinced this individual to
turn the dog over to her and she spent 5 hours clipping the
matted fur from his emaciated body. She later
contacted rescue to find him a loving home. Without
her intervention and compassion, this dog's days were surely
Indiana-Midwest OES Rescue got this boy vet checked, on
antibiotics for his skin infections and treated for worms...
they shaved him down further, bathed him for fleas then
started concentrating on getting some good food into him. He
has learned what it's like to NOT live in his own
excrement... NOT be deprived of human affection... NOT have
an empty tummy... NOT have painful mats. After about a month
in rescue, a loving family with past Old English Sheepdog
experience was chosen and Jack begins a much happier chapter
in his life.
can choose to ignore the suffering of another or we
can make the difficult choice to get involved.
If you know of an animal that is suffering, please
do something to help. Try to gently coax the owner
to give up the pet or call an animal agency for help
and guidance. So many pets suffer silently because
no one knows they even exist or, worse yet, because
no one wants to get involved.
"Living With a
By Susan Cope-Becker
2007: $124.00 for deaf dog books donated to an Old English
We received a discount price because they were
going to OES rescue. 11 copies of this super little
book went to an OES rescue so they could send one out with
each deaf Old English Sheepdogs they place this year.
It offers some good ideas on how to communicate with your
new deaf dog companion. We're hoping it will give
families a good place to start!
"I'm all ready for my
What a sweet sheepie smile.
Sassy in her
State University sweatshirt.
2007: $100.00 for thyroid testing of an Old English Sheepdog.
Sassy's Rescue Report:
"Sassy was a stray that ended up in a Quincy, Michigan
shelter. She was discovered by Cathy, a volunteer with
Doberman Rescue, who called Old English Sheepdog Rescue. We
tried to find an approved home nearby for Sassy but her days
in this high-kill shelter were numbered so we had to work
fast. She appeared to have some medical issues as well.
Cathy drove Sassy to meet me in Auburn, IN and we went
immediately to our vet to have her vaccinations and have an
eye infection treated. Sassy exhibited several
symptoms of hypothyroidism. She weighs 99#, probably 30#
overweight! Blood tests confirmed this and she will now be
treated for this condition. Until she gets back into shape,
she'll be staying with us. She has already been spayed."
Sassy is currently staying with Indiana OES Rescue.
Thyroid Disease, also known as low thyroid or
hypothyroidism, is a fairly common disease in dogs but
especially Old English Sheepdogs. Four of our six dogs have
this disease. It can have serious side effects if left
untreated. It is diagnosed with a blood test and easily
treated with an affordable little pill given daily FOR
LIFE... the pill is usually divided into two doses.
For more information on low
thyroid in dogs, please visit The Epi Guardian Angels
website at this address for a list of symptoms provided by
Dr. Jean Dodds DVM.
The next article from this
same website addresses canine behavior changes that may be
caused by low thyroid-
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