Likes: She loves me a WHOLE lot. She loves walking and running, and playing fetch. She is a speed demon, and she LOVES a good hike. She loves eating treats, and loves meaty tidbits. Her favorite hobby LOOFA LASHING! She LOVES agility and she loves obeying!
Pet-Peeves: Little children, missing an obstacle on our course, being told off for body slamming the kitten. She really resents new pets. She has a problem with baths. She hunkers down and doesn't move. Yes, she is so abused*rolls eyes*.
Favorite Toy: Firefly loves all her toys. If it looks like a Loofa Dog, then Firefly has it. Firefly has over 13 loofa dogs. Big, small, stretchy, and latex. She loves tennis balls and all things squeaky. She loves her Burger, and AKC animal toys. And she loves tugs.
Favorite Walk: We walk down a small street where traffic is slow, it isn't really a street, more of a road. She loves hiking to Sizzlin' Hole, and hiking through woods. She loves all kinds of parks and the outdoors.She loves AGILITY!
Best Tricks: Sit, Down, Leave, Speak, Quiet, Stay, Come, Bring, Drop, Crawl, Bow, Spin, High 5, Shake, Sit Pretty, Beg, BANG(play dead), Jump over hurtles, Weave through poles, Jumping backwards, Walk Backwards, Heel, Roll Over, Weave threw legs, round,and A LOT more!
Arrival Story: After many months of consideration, I decided to replace my old dog Jett, a black lab mix who ran away. I started off with a few breeds in mind: Yorkies, Jack Russel Terriers, and Chihuahuas. I consulted my grandmother, and she suggested Shetland Sheepdogs. I was quite inquisitive and watched the Repeat of the AKC Eukanuba Tournament of Champions. The Sheltie was a herding breed, and it was quite right for me. I bought a book and read ALL about them. Their size, purpose, temper, etc. So, it was July. My grandmother decided to get one as an early Birthday present for me. My b-day was in September, but I decided to show my full responsibility to my mom, to show her I could take care of another dog. So, it was August. I looked in our Local classifieds ads, and answered a few of them: One didn't have any females, one wasn't picking up the phone, and the other gave us some loopy-looed directions. I gave up. Then another Sunday, I picked up the local papers and saw another ad, for sable and white shelties. We called, and the breeder, Tammy Kesterson, said she had one last female. But, she lived in Morristown, Tn, while we lived about a trillion miles away! So, after buying a crate, food, a collar, a leash, toys, a blanket, puppy-wee-wee pads, and bowls for food, we set out on our 7 hour journey to BRISTOL! After leaving the interstate in Knoxville, we were closer to our destination. Since the drive was far for both us and the Breeder, we decided to meet halfway, at a McDonalds/Gasoline Station. We got caught in construction, and nearly sweated to death! There was no air conditioning in the jeep, and we rolled all for windows down, but we couldn't get air circulation thru the jeep. So, we took the next exit of the highway and were about to be late! I called on my cellphone and told her we'd be there.So, about 30 minutes later we pulled up and a charmingly dressed woman lead ME TO her ginger-ale colored van. Sitting in a large kennel, in a well air conditioned car, sat three of the most adorable puppies I had ever seen. The mother of the pups was sitting in the very back, a beautiful picture. I chose the little female, and I named her Firefly. I took my AKC registration papers with us and we got into the car. We stopped and had lunch. When we brought Fly home, she stared and watched quietly from a corner. I took her out to relieve herself, and put a little water in her dried food for easier chewing. She was 8 wks. old and the breeder said to take her to the vet soon, she had 2 rounds of vaccines but needed some more next month.
So that is how I came to be with Firefly, and I hope she'll be with us many, many long years!
Bio: Firefly is now two years old, older than when we first met. She is a sable and white purebred Shetland Sheepdog. She is a relatively shy, yet calm dog. She has had behavior issues in the past, but they are slowly diminishing. She is a highly active Sheltie who has un-satiable energy. She enjoys camping with the family and long hikes and walks through the wilderness. She is learned to love swimming too. She is a very peculiar dog. She loves to stay clean and indulge on yummy treats. She is my sibling, my child, my friend, and my world. We do everything together and are inseparable. We are literally conjoined at the hip! Firefly is an amazing dog, and I hope she will live long past 20!!
My Role: My role in the family is that of Amber's lifelong pal and protector. She is my provider, and she gives me all that I need, and she also teaches me everything that can make me a better educated pooch! I am very sensitive to my Amber's moods, and she suffers from a form of moderate to severe depression. I am not a Therapy dog, but I am a very good means of cheering mom up. I keep my Amber happy, and she keeps me happy!
Hundreds of thousands of puppies are raised each year in commercial kennels.
Puppy mills are distinguished by their inhumane conditions and the constant breeding of unhealthy and genetically defective dogs solely for profit.
Very often the dogs in puppymills are covered with matted, filthy hair, their teeth are rotting and their eyes have ulcers. We have seen many dogs whose jaws have rotted because of tooth decay.
The dogs are kept in small wire cages for their entire lives. They are almost never allowed out. They never touch solid ground or grass to run and play.
Many of the dogs are injured in fights that occur in the cramped cages from which there is no escape.
Many dogs lose feet and legs when they are caught in the wire floors of the cages and cut off as the dog struggles to free themselves.
Very often there is no heat or air-conditioning in a puppymill. The dogs freeze in the winter and die of heat stroke in the summer. Puppies "cook" on the wires of the cages in the summer.
Female dogs are usually bred the first time they come into heat and are bred every heat cycle. They are bred until their poor worn out bodies can't reproduce any longer and then they are killed. Often they are killed by being bashed in the head with a rock or shot. Sometimes they are sold to laboratories or dumped. This is often by the time they reach five years old.
Puppy mills maximize their profits by not spending adequate money on proper food, housing or veterinary care.
The food that is fed in puppy mills is often purchased from dog food companies by the truck load. It is sometimes made of the sweepings from the floor. It is so devoid of nutritional value that the dogs' teeth rot at early ages.
Dogs in puppymills are debarked often by ramming a steel rod down their throats to reputure their vocal cords.
Puppies are often taken from their mother when they are 5 to 8 weeks old and sold to brokers who pack them in crates for resale to pet stores all over the country.
The puppies are shipped by truck or plane and often without adequate food, water, ventilation or shelter.
Innocent families buy the puppies only to find that the puppy is very ill or has genetic or emotional problems. Often the puppies die of disease. Many others have medical problems that cost thousands of dollars. And many have emotional problems because they have not been properly socialized in the mills. Don't bring this misery into your home.
There are over 4000 federally licensed breeding kennels.
Approximately 3,500 petstores in the United States sell puppies. They sell approximately 500,000 thousand puppies a year. It is estimated that the puppy industry in Missouri is valued at 40 million dollars a year. The puppy industry in one county in Pennsylvania - Lancaster - is valued at 4 million dollars a year.
There are seven states that are known as puppy mill states because they have the majority of the puppymills in the country. They are: Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
There is federal law, the Animal Welfare Act, and many states have laws that purport to regulate puppymills, but the fact is that those laws are rarely enforced.
. Pet stores often tell customers that their puppies come from local breeders or quality breeders. Don't believe them, ask to see the paperwork and find out where the puppies really come from.
If the people of the United States refused to buy a puppy in a pet store, the misery of puppy mills would end. Please tell everyone you know about the puppymill and petstore connection.
Buying a puppy in a pet store has significant risks for the purchaser and their family.
A state funded survey in California found that nearly half of the puppies sold in pet stores were sick or incubating diseases. This doesn't count the ones suffering from genetic diseases. Imagine bringing a puppy home from a pet store only to have it die from parvo and cost thousands of dollars in vet expenses because of genetic problems like hip dysplasia.
Some dogs are so psychologically scarred from the mind numbing boredom of being imprisoned in a small cage for year and years that they have developed repetitive habits like going round and round in circles for hours and hours or barking at the wall for hours.
Don't buy/adopt a sheltie if you aren't familiar with the breed.
Here is one of Fly's breed lessons!
HISTORY OF THE SHETLAND SHEEPDOG IN BRIEF-
The Sheltie (sometimes referred to as the miniature or toy Collie)came from the Shetland Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland. Unlike many miniature breeds that resemble their larger counterparts, this breed was not developed simply by selectively breeding the Rough Collie for smaller and smaller sizes.
Rather, he is a descendant of the Collie and while the Sheltie's exact origins are not known it is believed that other types such as the extinct Greenland Yakki dog, the Kings Charles Spaniel (not the Cavalier), the Pomeranian, and possibly the Border Collie were utilized in their development.
During the early 20th century, additional crosses were made to Collies up until the 1940s to help retain the desired Collie type. In fact, the first AKC Sheltie champion's dam was a purebred Collie bitch. It was at this time that the Shetland Sheepdog was known as the Shetland Collie.
The year 1909 marked the initial recognition of the Sheltie by the English Kennel Club, with the first registered Sheltie being a female called Badenock Rose. The first Sheltie to be registered by the American Kennel Club was "Lord Scott" in 1911.
Ironically, the Shetland Sheepdog is only rarely found in Shetland, having been replaced by the Border Collie. It was thought that the Sheltie herded the small sheep of the Shetland Islands, but many now feel that with their diminutive size they were used primarily to chase off scavengers, birds, pests, and wayward livestock which may have wandered into the crofter's gardens.