Dogs we have shared...
UKC CH Roundabout's 867-5309 "Jenny"
UKC CH Erin's Falmist Must Be Magic 'Rudy'
Photo by Crestlynn Wesig
Roundabout's Looking Glass 'Brandy'
& Sheltie Angels
Way back in 1974 when I was a young girl, my parents gave me a tiny sheltie puppy. They could never have guessed the wonderful chain of events, that one decision would set into motion. Misty was one of those 'sheltie geniuses', who could do just about anything you took the time to show her. In her, I discovered the loyalty and amazing intelligence of this breed. It is like no other. She left the gift of a lifetime of devotion to the breed. I could never have asked for any better.
Thus began a lifetime passion, firstly as loving pets and evolving more and more, as my own children have grown, and I have time for myself. I have had the great gift of knowing and learning sheltie nature for over thirty years, allowing me to develop a sense of what I consider excellent temperament.
What a wonderful boy my sweet Fal was. My best friend for fourteen years, he was my companion through many of life's big changes. He will always be the prince of my heart.
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said, "It's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair
I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.
It's possible for me to be so near you every day
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled; I think you knew...
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
And say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the great divide,
I'll rush across to meet you and we'll stand side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out... then come home to be with me.
I am here as a safety net for the entire lifetime of any puppy I raise. My pups are welcome back with loving arms to my home, at any time in their lives if the need should arise, no questions asked.
Some things to consider. So maybe you have never owned a sheltie, and have been thinking it over. You might have looked around a bit and asked yourself, "Is a sheltie the breed for me?" I would say hurray! in my opinion, you have found the most incredible breed.
Shelties are extremely intelligent and truly want to be a member of the family. They will become deeply bonded with their 'person' or family. If you want a dog that thinks you are the greatest person on earth, and lives to spend time with you, then a sheltie might be for you.
Shelties are good size in my opinion, not too small....not too large. They make for one gorgeous dog.
They have a couple factors that should be taken into consideration if you have never owned one before. They can be vocal. Basically this means, they have opinions and usually like to voice them. They can enjoy barking at airplanes, birds, the mailman, ect. This can be modified somewhat with training. Not all are as vocal, but its a typical trait.
Next, they are a long coated breed. This is not nearly as much effort, in my opinion, as you would tend to think, if you have never owned a sheltie. A good regular brushing out, and bathing when needed. Shelties are a doublecoated breed, and they generally 'blow coat' (a shedding of the undercoat) once or twice a year. The males tend to shed less than the females. During this time there is a bit of extra brushing and sweeping.
If you want beautiful, smart, loyal, perceptive dog that with a small amount of effort has a gorgeous flowing coat, a sheltie might be for you!
There are also wonderful shelties in Sheltie Rescue waiting everyday for loving homes.Consider Sheltie rescue.