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December 2007: $200.00 to a rescue to help a young Old English Sheepdog destined to a sad life.

Funds paid to get this pup into rescue.  We strongly believe this pup would eventually find his way into rescue or a breeding program. So why not BEFORE he's ruined? 

This is not a popular viewpoint but there have been an occasion or two when we've paid a lower fee to get a dog into rescue.  There is can be a fine line when it comes to assisting a dog in time.  Do you allow a dog to be chained up in the backyard so it can develop issues that may be impossible to correct later or do you get the dog out of the situation and into a good home before he's damaged? 

Consider this...
A family with young children gets an adorable OES puppy.  He grows much faster than the family expected and he has herding and nipping behavior which they now learn from first hand experience can be a problem if you have young children. His coming of age also presents additional challenges. They won't take time to properly train the dog.  So they chain the dog in a backyard because they can't handle him.  The kids know just how far the dog can go on his chain based on the wear ring the dog has made in the ground so they can stay just out of his reach. All the dog wants to do is play and interact but the kids stay just far enough away.  It now becomes a game to the kids and a major frustration to the dog because they are actually teasing and tormenting him.  The family finally comes to learn this breed is not for them and they turn him in to a shelter or rescue.  But he now has issues with dominance and children.  The dog in the described case went on to bite and cannot be rehomed.

Rescues simply cannot "buy" dogs... they have to put too much money into spay/neutering, medical care and all the hands on work involved in properly assessing an unwanted dog.  They seldom recoup what they put into a rescue. And with Old English Sheepdogs, you've also got serious grooming to handle even if it's just a shave down.  From our own experience, this breed (as with most others) NEEDS human interaction in order to thrive... the alternative can be cruel.  So there will be times when we try to save a dog from entering a backyard or puppymill breeding program or being ruined in someone's backyard by buying him or her into rescue.

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September 2007: $250.00 to a rescue assisting 7 Old English Sheepdog-mix pups.

The family is loosing their home and these pups would head to the pound if homes couldn't be found. The pups are said to be very well socialized and well cared for within the families means. There were just too many dogs.

Funds were placed on account with a low cost spay/neuter vet to help cover some of the costs of altering these dogs.  Judi, who's handling the placements, is doing rescue right by making sure they're all spayed/neutered prior to placement including the Old English Sheepdog dad and mix mother.

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September 2007: $50.00 to a rescue assisting an OES-mix.

She's a cutie pie and will hopefully appear on Petfinder soon.

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September 2007: $100.00 to a rescue assisting Old English Sheepdogs with mange.

Four Old English Sheepdogs boys were left in a holding pen by their owners.  All 4 had severe mange and had been neglected. One poor boy suffered seizures... they tried everything to save him but finally decided to let he go in peace.  The 3 remaining boys have undergone treatment and will be entering foster homes soon.  They are with  Old English Sheepdog Rescue Network of the South East .

These three girls were EXTREMELY fortunate that the Joplin Humane Society took them into their care. The shelter said, "We're shaving them down now... they won't be pretty when we're done but they'll be more comfortable." 

They later said the girls are skinny and that one has an upper respiratory infection with "green gunk" coming from her nose... she's been put on the antibiotic Cephalexin.

August 2007: $300.00 to an Old English Sheepdog Rescue to assist 3 sheepie-girls in a Missouri Shelter.

These three girls were picked up as strays.  It is thought that the owner might have originally contacted OES rescues and that a rescue was supposed to assist. Something along the way DIDN'T happen and these girls ended up in trouble. Since it was said they were strays, it appears someone simply abandoned them.

At some point, many of us bring pets into our lives for our own personal enjoyment... but with that joy comes responsibility.  If you have a sheepie (or ANY pet) that you simply can no longer keep, please be responsible and compassionate.  Rehome the pet yourself (see below), place him/her with an Old English Sheepdog rescue or try to find a no-kill shelter to help. Rescues and shelters should understand that lives can turn upside-down overnight and it can suddenly become necessary to rehome our pets. It is sometimes beyond anyone's control.

Just abandoning a dog is cruel... they're confused and don't know where they're going or how to find their family again. What will they eat or drink?  Strangers can be cruel to them, they can be hit by a car and left to suffer an agonizing death alongside the road.  Unaltered females could be made to endure a sad life of reproducing litter after litter of pups until she's deemed useless by uncaring breeders. As sad as this is to say, euthanasia is a much more compassionate end than being left all alone to suffer.

These three girls will be spayed and put up for adoption through
the Old English Sheepdog Rescue Network of the South East

Rehoming Your Dog Yourself: If you choose to rehome your pet yourself, you might consider visiting the websites of Old English Sheepdog rescues.  Look for the applications they use as to screen potential adopters.  They often include things you might not consider but are very important... like a fenced yard, whether they have children and their ages or if there are seniors in the home.  If they've ever had a pet hit by a car, vet references, the families knowledge about grooming requirements or whether they can afford to pay to have it done, etc.  It's so VERY important the that new family and the dog be a good match for each others lifestyle and requirements or the dog could end up like the 3 girls above.  If you don't think you can rehome your sheepie yourself, please contact an OES rescue that has experience in finding the right homes for these beautiful creatures.

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August 2007: $50.00 to be applied toward a $3,200 surgery for a sheepie-boy pup.

Scruffy, the special little sheepie that had entered hospice to die and was later adopted just had surgery to remove an abscess from his lung.  The choices- 

- Keep him on antibiotics knowing that they would gradually become ineffective against the upper respiratory infections he would continue to get.
- Have a serious surgery performed to remove the abscess in his lung. 

He had his surgery done last week... it was funded by New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue and the generous donations of individuals.  He is now home recuperating and is doing fine so far.  The little sheepie that coughed and was short of breath now has a good chance to live a more normal, active life.  You can read about PJ, formerly known as Scruffy, at the following addresses-

Before PJ was adopted:

PJ Updates:

July 2007: $85.00 fee to release an Old English Sheepdog from an Atlanta shelter.

Thanks to Fiona, Harry the Old English Sheepdog will soon be awaiting adoption with the Old English Sheepdog Rescue Network of the South East.  He was vaccinated and neutered prior to leaving the shelter.  He has two foster homes lined up to help him make his transition from an unwanted, homeless sheepie to a beloved member of a family.  

The Rabies

July 2007:  $100.00 to the Rabies Challenge Fund... an important rabies vaccination study.

Many have probably heard of the BIG changes that have taken place in dog vaccination protocol for core and non-core vaccinations over the past few years.  But current law still requires rabies vaccinations be given every 1, 2 or 3 years depending on the state we live in. The question is, how long do these rabies vaccinations actually provide protection?  The Rabies Challenge Fund is a new study soon to get underway that will help our pets be the healthiest possible while still protecting owners and the public from this serious disease. To read about this important study, please visit the following address-

"...Dr. W. Jean Dodds of Hemopet and Co-Trustee of The Rabies Challenge Fund and Dr. Ronald Schultz of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine -- have volunteered their time to ensure that critical 5 and 7 year rabies challenge studies are conducted in the United States..."

"...According to Dr. Dodds, This is one of the most important projects in veterinary medicine. It will benefit all dogs by providing evidence that protection from rabies vaccination lasts at least 5 years, thereby avoiding unnecessary revaccination with its attendant risk of debilitating adverse reactions. "..."

Visit this address to learn more about this important study:
To make a personal or business donation to help support this important study, please visit this address:

If you would like to learn more about the changes that have already been made in vaccination recommendations, please visit the address below-

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The Companion Old English Sheepdog

Until You Find Me
3946 Park Lane -  Traverse City, Michigan 49686

Old English Sheepdog & Shaggy Dog Rescue Assistance.