Heidi - we miss you!

Shetland Sheepdog
Picture of Heidi - we miss you!, a female Shetland Sheepdog

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Home:Greenville, a  
Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Heidi-Ho, Mona

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-deaf -blind
-dog rescue

April 1st 1993

Heidi was happy just to sit with you and be petted.

Flashes of light and bright white snow hurt her sensitive eyes.

Favorite Toy:
No toys, too scary!

Favorite Food:
Heidi ate anything but when you'd hand her a biscuit, she'd always miss it with her mouth due to her double vision!

Favorite Walk:
She would rather stay inside.

Best Tricks:
She handed you her paw, one then the other, whether you wanted it or not!

Arrival Story:
'ADOPT 09 CONTEST' When I found Heidi, I was searching petfinder.com looking for a puppy. Since this would be our 1st, I was careful and wanted it to be the right one for my hubby and I. So here I am, looking at all these puppies and somehow I landed on Heidi. What a gorgeous white sheltie with grey marks and bright blue eyes! One side of her body was totally white with no marking. (The picture above is of her colorful side!) She was 9 years old at the time, certainly NOT a pup. But something about her just locked right on to my heart! Heidi had been rescued from a mill where she lived her whole life from birth until just a few months before we adopted her. She herself was a double dilute, totally deaf and with vision problems. She was forced to breed and pump out litter after litter passing on those diluted genes to countless pups. She even had a tail injury we suspect from pinning her tail up for forced breeding. She was rescued in a raid on the mill and went to a foster home with good people and learned some house manners there. We went to an open house for this rescue after my application had been approved and watched family after family comment on how pretty she was but when they read her bio they said "forget it, she's deaf, or no way, she's old". She was meant to be ours and came to live with us and our then 6 year old sheltie Peanut-another rescue. Heidi had lived in such a small cage her whole life that she didn't even know how to sleep on her side, she'd just scrunch down on her legs to sleep for the first several months before slowly learning how to be a real dog. Heidi had no reason to trust us, but she did trust us and loved us. She was happy just to sit with us and be petted and loved. Poor thing had some internal troubles and horrible teeth that we had to have cleaned every 6 months. She was great with Peanut, great with my small grand kids, and just about everyone else. She (we) learned some hand signals and adapted to our family very easily. Heidi was only with us two short years before she started showing signs of being in pain, even from just going to the bathroom she would strain so much and moan terribly (although she couldn't hear it) and we knew we had to give her that last gift we had to give, to end her suffering. It's never easy to make that decision, and I don't think it should be. But it is part of the responsibility that comes with being a pet owner/lover. Heidi was our family will remain in our hearts forever. I believe those two short years with us were the first happy ones of her life and I am so thankful we found her when we did. Someone asked me if I had known we'd only have her two years, would we do it again? My answer: In a heart beat! For all you petlovers who have had to make that terribly hard decision to help end your pets' suffering, please do not let the pain in your hearts prevent you from bringing another pet into your homes in the future!

Heidi learned what to bark at by watching our other sheltie Peanut, but most times she'd be facing the wrong direction! She'd snore so loud and sleep so soundly and when it was time to get up in the morning, we'd have to touch her to wake her up. Poor thing always jumped so hard when we did! She sure was a sound sleeper! She was afraid of toys and of the outdoors, there is so much moving outside all the time and I think it's hard to take it all in since she was deaf. She was an angel!

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