Age: 17 Years Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
|Home:South Boston, VA ||[I have a diary!] |
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Mimi 's favorite thing in the world is cuddling.
She does NOT like to be crowded by other dogs, or to have to share her mummy. And she HATES a bath.
She doesn't really like toys, but sometimes she'll play ball or stick.
Anything. . . she is a sheltie!
Mimi's favorite walks are at the State Park by her home. . . and to the refrigerator!
I had recently gone through a rather painful divorce and relocation, not to mention a new job and giving up my graduate degree, at least for the moment. Having never been without a dog before, I was eager to find a companion as soon as possible, and thought I wanted a collie. I contacted the local collie/sheltie rescue association nearest my home and they put me in touch with a couple who had been breeding collies and fostering collies and shelties for several years. When I called the couple, they said they did have one fine fellow I might be interested in, so I went to visit.
It turned out that the collie was a big, wonderful, vibrant one-year old - but I knew after one look that he could never be happy in my one-bedroom city apartment and that it wouldn't be fair to him. "Well," I thought, "I guess I'm not getting a dog today." I explained the situation to the couple and thanked them for their time.
Then the wife looked at her husband and raised her eyebrows, and he nodded and said, "Well, now, we do have one little girl you might want to have a look at. She's not a collie, but she's a special little thing, and maybe. . . well, would you like to take a look, since you're here?" I agreed - why not? I was there, and their obvious care for this dog intrigued me.
He opened a kennel a few doors down from the collie and out stepped a little mahogany sable sheltie. She pranced and danced a little as we talked, not really coming up to me; it appeared she was quite shy at first and, knowing dogs as I did, I knew the best thing to do was to allow her to come to me. The man explained her story to me as we watched her stretch her legs. She had been in a small cage in a backyard with several other dogs, no food, and only rainwater in a rusty bucket with worms swimming on top of it to drink. It was obvious that she had just recently whelped when they rescued her, but the puppies had been taken away. After medical examination, they suspected she had been part of a puppy mill, although none of the other dogs appeared to be shelties. The dogs were all confiscated and she was brought to them because she was completely untrained and had a deep fear of men and trust issues. They had had her for about a month or so, and "didn't know if she was ready to be adopted or not, but they had a feeling about me."
I knelt down to pet her, as she had walked up to me at that point, and she accepted my hand. Then, just as plainly as if she spoke English, she looked up at the man and then sat down next to me and put her paw on my knee, for all the world as though she were saying, "Thank you for taking care of me. I'm going Home now."
And she did! That was three years ago, and I am grateful every day for her presence in my life. She is my darling and the light of my eyes, and together we have had many wonderful moments. I'm proud to say that after a lot of hard work and patience, we have overcome her trust issues with men and strangers and that she is now a marvelous ambassador for her breed - and earned her Canine Good Citizen award from the AKC this past September! I love my little girl.
Mimi wants everyone to know that if you think she is going to set FOOT outside in the rain, or on wet grass of any kind, then you are just out of luck. She is CARRIED to her designated spot, set GENTLY down, squats to do her thing, and then is CARRIED back inside, thank you very much, or she doesn't go at all when it is wet. Long live the Queen!
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|March 17th 2004
||More than 9 years!
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March 1st 2006 12:16 pm
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Wail, dis is Mimi here, an' tawday I feel like I want ta wrrrite about springtime. Ya see, in da springtime, we shelties get a bad rap, an' I just wanted ta clear da record on dis one: We don't give away our hairs cause we want ta, peoples! We lose our hairs all through da springtime an' our hoomins accuse us all da time of sheddin' sheddin' sheddin', but fur us shelties it's really more serious dan dat, 'cause dere's always a chance we won't grrrrrow our hairs back in an' den we'll be pawmaturely bald an' da udder dogs will make fun of us. So pawlease, understand dat we don't do it on purpose any more dan hoomins do an' iffen we had a choice in da matter, we'd keep all of our hairs off of our bodies in case we did go bald pawmaturely 'cause den we could have a sweater knit fur us outta our own fur. So maybe instead of complaining all da time 'bout da fur lyin' around da house in da springtime, you could get busy savin' it in big trash bags so's iffen it doesn't grow bag pawroperly, meebe we could have sweaters made for the brrrrr wintertime next year.
Woof ya later - Mimi
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