Lots of people who surrender dogs to rescues or to new owners spend years wondering whether their former pups are happy and healthy. The former family of Shelby, a 13-year-old Shetland sheepdog need not worry: The puppy who wasn't a great match for her original family is enjoying a wonderful, long life.
Shelby was adopted at 8 weeks old by Sara Nittinger, who lives in Parkville, and Shelby hasn't quite outgrown her puppyhood despite her age.
"Shelby's favorite activity is fetch," says Nittinger. "She's dragged some hilariously huge sticks over with the intention of playing fetch." Her obsession with sticks almost got her into trouble once when an errant throw sent one into a fast-moving river. Shelby had to be rescued by her doting human. "We learned our lesson about playing in the river," says Nittinger.
Shelby loved agility training and exercise when she was younger and was a master of the teeter-totter and the tunnel. She loves scrambled eggs and enjoys them about once a week; her mom says this keeps her coat shiny and soft. And she's happy to share her mom with several other pets, including a Sheltie named Gracie and Jasmine the cat. But that's no surprise to Nittinger, who says she has enjoyed every minute of the pair's 13 years together.
"She loves everyone," she says of her beloved rescue dog. "And she's always the life of the party with her bubbly personality."
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Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun (Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo /July 21, 2014)
The race is on to save animal lives, one adoption at a time.
The 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge kicks off Aug. 1. It's a 3-month competition among 50 animal shelters across the nation. Each shelter's goal is to increase their adoptions so they'll win some of the more than $500,000 in prize grants to be given away, including a grand prize of $100,000.
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter is one of the 50 contestants. They'll try to save at least 300 more cats and dogs during the months of August, September and October than they did during that same time period last year.
Learn more about the competition at the ASPCA's site.
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