Willow & Grace


Shetland Sheepdog
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Age: 6 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Nicknames:
Willow/Will/Wiggles/Wiggly & Grace/Gracey/Piggly

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
anxiouscalm
 

Quick Bio:
-purebred

Birthday:
March 27th 2008

Likes:
Willow loves to run! - Grace LOVES to romp and eat!

Pet-Peeves:
Willow: Men, Wheels (bicycles, skateboards, etc.) & CATS! - Grace: Loud semi-trucks and sometimes wheels & CATS!

Favorite Toy:
Willow: Hmm... Balls or just about anything else! BONES! - Grace: Anything Willow has!

Favorite Food:
Willow & Grace: Anything! Dog food, fruits, veggies, treats, etc.!

Favorite Walk:
Willow: Anywhere where there's freedom from super loud noises, anything with wheels (skateboards, etc.) and lack of men lol! - Grace: Anywhere, anytime, let's go!

Best Tricks:
Willow: Sitting, shaking w/ paw & getting Grace to play with! - Grace: Sitting, shaking (w/ paw) and we're working on [8/09] "stay" & "no barking" which will probably take some work!

Arrival Story:
Willow's Story: DOB: 3/27/2008 In 2008 I realized that I'd like to have the companionship of a sheltie (preferably a puppy) and went on a search. I'm particular on the markings of the sable shelties and found Willow online after going through at least 200 ads that were either higher priced than my budget or darker markings. Originally I was going to adopt a 1-1/2 yr old sheltie, Maggie, from a local rescue but there were too many mandatory requirements (ex. fenced-in yard but I was living in a townhouse and we weren't allowed to fence anything in!) plus I have pet rabbits and wasn't sure how she'd be around them. Also for the $350 adoption "fee" I figured I could spend a little bit more and find a puppy and start from the beginning... Found Willow on nextdaypets.com from a very nice lady in Missouri & the rest is history! =) +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- +-+-+- Grace's Story: DOB: 2/22/2009 I was originally going to get a 10 mo. old golden sable sheltie, Shado, from SC but the lady decided to keep her. I was either going to socialize her, train her to do some things and keep her OR find her a good family to go to. She looked a bit rough - see photo (Willow's on the left): http://foreverwoodwinds.com/w_vs_s .jpg I thought about it more since she decided to keep Shado and considered if I even had the patience for another puppy and all so I went on a hunt to find a young puppy in case I didn't have the patience for one again. I searched all of craigslist from FL, GA, TN, NC & SC and found someone with 4 sheltie puppies listed in NC. These particular shelties in NC were different than ALL of the other shelties I'd found as the mother was hit by a car and killed when they were 2 weeks old! =( I spoke with the lady and we made arrangements for me to drive to NC and pick up a female puppy. If I was getting an 8-week-old puppy I DEFINITELY wanted a sable like Willow but since they were so young (got Grace at 3.5 weeks!) I didn't care about clor patterns as long as they were healthy! I asked her what colors the puppies were since she didn't have any photos of them and she said they were tri-color and that, out of the females, one would be darker (more black) and the other would look like Lassie. I almost screamed in joy that I'd take the Lassie-looking one (as Willow looks like Lassie sort of!) and we made arrangements for me to come and get the little female puppy (Grace) 2 days later. As soon as I brought Grace back to FL (Willow went on the trip with me) they played IMMEDIATELY the same night as it took a day for Willow to realize that Grace was a puppy (I guess lol) and they've been playing splendidly ever since! =)

Forums Motto:
TREATS! TREATS! WE LOVE TREATS!

The Groups I'm In:
..:: Herding Breeds Association ::.., Florida Shelties, Sable Shelties Rule!!!, Sheltie Lovers

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Why dog parks at all?

I've Been On Dogster Since:
September 12th 2008 More than 5 years!

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Dogster Id:
880543


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Our Move to the MidWest & Adventures!

August 11th 2009 3:37 am
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Unlike most other dog owners, my postings will be in my personal viewpoint as opposed to the common dog viewpoints out there [they become confusing anyway!].

Willow, Grace, the bunnies and I moved back to Red Wing, MN for a few months in early July 2009. The lack of a dog park here is driving us ALL nuts as the dogs WANT run time and then take it out on the poor bunnies and drive me nuts, too! I only have a few friends with dogs here and none of them have fenced-in yards to let my furkids run and play, unfortunately! :-( I let them romp at Memorial Park (overlook) a few weeks ago and they played and ran like there was no tomorrow! The bad part, however, is that although Willow jumped right into the back of the SUV (with the hatch up) as I'd requested that she do but Grace almost leapt off the darn mountain playing keep-away! Willow's gotten much better (with age) in regards to listening and coming while off the leash, thankfully! Grace, on the otherhand, is a handful still AND the bribery of treats didn't help either!

There's the most BEAUTIFUL English Shepherd around here that looks like a big sheltie. Absolutely STUNNING dog, I love it! I wish I could run into them with my 2 furkids (or at least Willow, the "mature" one lol) to compare as I believe they're a breed with part collie, etc. mixed in there somewhere...

Maybe today, 8/11/09, I'll take the furkids for a walk into town since I've been meaning to do that for a while now but keep forgetting! I can also take some pictures of the little shops here since they're cutesy! Maybe we'll meet some furry friends, too! [Hopefully some with fenced back yards to drain all the dogs' energy levels!] -Suzie

 
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