I'm not shy, I'm- reclusive,- dahling.
Barked: Wed Oct 24, '07 6:04am PST 
We're new to this group. We look forward to making new friends.

Gracie (formerly Lexy) was a puppymill victim. She was in a cage for the first 6 years of her life, being bred every time she was in heat. She was rescued by Central Illinois Shelties. When she came to live with us (3 years ago today!) she didn't realize she could get up and move around. We had to carry her from spot to spot. She now will roam around the yard and house, will run upstairs but won't come down unless you set her at the top of the staircase. She prefers the bedroom as her safe zone--there she will play, bark, hunkerdown, and "demand" to be scratched. Downstairs she still stays pretty much in one corner, yet is very appreciative of ear scratchings if you approach her. She is deathly afraid of strangers and will hold her ground if feeling threatened.

Maud's (formerly Holly) story is a bit longer. A person wanted to breed dogs for money. She thought blue merle Shelties are beautiful and got a male and female. When she learned that the pups would be deaf and blind, she ignored the dogs and left them outside 24/7. Maud got out and roamed the neighborhood. She was mauled by a large dog, but her person just returned her to her outside pen and ignored the injuries. A neighbor "stole" her and took her to a vet where she had multiple surgeries and drainage tubes inserted. The vet refused to return her to her person and she ended up in Sheltie rescue as eventually did her "partner." Maudie is the sweetest thing...not an aggressive bone in her body. In the 5 years she's been with us she has never growled or bared her teeth. She is all love and happiness...her tail never stops wagging.