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)
Clean out your basement then shop for cool stuff and save lives in the process. The Humane Society of Harford County hosts a two-day yard sale, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 benefiting the adorable animals in its shelter, including Louis the rabbit (she's a girl) and Queenie a sweet 2-year-old kitty.
There are many ways to get involved. Here, the most obvious:
1. You can make donations for the sale. Bring your household items, pet supplies, holiday decor, games, books and what-have-you to the shelter. (No clothing, TVs or computers).
2. You can shop the sale.
3. You can shop the bake sale, held concurrently with the yard sale.
4. You can adopt Louis, Queenie or any of the other animals hoping for new homes.
The sale runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. The shelter is located at 2208 Connolly Road, Fallston, Md. See the shelter's website for more info and directions.
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