Sheltie’s Removed From Home
MONTGOMERY COUNTY – It’s being called the worst case of animal hoarding some have ever seen. More than 30 dogs and 111 exotic birds and eggs were found in a home described by officials as unfit for anyone or anything to live in.
The headline flashed across Indiana television screens and internet news feeds on September 5, 2013 as animal welfare workers, sheriff police, Montgomery Health Department and students from Purdue University exotic animal studies worked to remove the endangered animals from their unsafe environment.
The 35 dogs total were taken into custody by the Animal Welfare League in Crawfordsville, Indiana for medical attention and evaluation. The birds and unhatched eggs were released to the Parks Department in Frankfort, Indiana. Following a two week waiting period, a dozen of the dogs went into immediate care at the home of the Indiana Sheltie Rescue presidents home with the remaining dogs being relinquished to the care of Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue.
A sad story being told all too often these days as hoarders, backyard breeders, puppy mills and even fight rings are discovered and shut down. Large number of animals living in abusive, neglectful, deadly environments in need of immediate rescue, medical attention, rehabilitation and homes placing a strain on the local animal welfare sources.
Thankfully the community came together in support of these animals with donations for their care while in the custody of the Animal Welfare League and word was put out through the National Sheltie Rescue organization that there were dogs in desperate need in Indiana. Fortunately for this weeks Narnia Pet of the Week, she was entrusted into the care of Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue who stepped up to the challenge of ensuring the remaining shelties were given their second chance at life.
First I am going to introduce you to the little princess via her intake photo back in September of 2013.
Intake photo at Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue
Although she is still working to overcome fears and build trust, the love, care and training she has received from her foster family and now forever family has worked wonders to in returning number 5 to a healthy Shetland Sheepdog.
And here today , Pet of The Week, Ms. Tasha Witt
Can’t Contain This Much Cuteness
Dog Name: Tasha
Guardian’s Name: Teri and Ward Witt
Dog Age: 2
Dog Breed: Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog (AKC page)
Siblings: canine siblings Prince and Toby
Classes attended/attending: Beginning Obedience
Sports I participate in: chasing my brothers in the yard and jumping on them
Sporting/Titles I have earned: My Mom and Dad say I have the ACDE (absolute cutest dog ever)
Rescue or Shelter Name My Guardians found me at: Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue
My brothers Toby and Prince
My favorite place to sleep is: The couch and in the big bed with my Mom and Dad.
My favorite holiday is: so far Valentines Day is the only holiday I have spent with my family. That was great because I got a pretty valentine heart on my collar and a special cookie.
Sweet Little Valentine
My best friend is: Toby, he is my crazy brother and we like to jump on each other and wrestle.
My favorite treat: baked hot dogs are YUMMY.
My favorite toy: My fish that my Auntie Sherri gave me.
My Favorite Toy
My favorite television show is: The show Nature. I also like the beginning of Downton Abby when that big white dog wags his tail.
My favorite season of the year is: Not sure yet but Winter has been fun playing in the snow.
My favorite trip was when we went to: I’m not much of a traveler yet. Trips frighten me for now but my family and I are working to make it better.
Dad handing out treats
My favorite quote is: “Dogs, for a reason that can only be described as divine, have the ability to forgive, let go of the past, and live each day joyously. It’s something the rest of us strive for.” -Jennifer Skiff
My favorite playtime activity: Is playing with my canine siblings.
Playing chase with my siblings
My favorite canine movie is: Hmm.. I better have a talk with my parents I haven’t seen a canine movie yet.
My Dad Thinks I’m Cute
If you asked my family they would say I am: A sweetheart.
My nickname is: Pup Pup
I look really cute when I: Beg for food.
The biggest mess I ever made was: Shredding a paper towel.
The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to: One of those little brown things the bunny left in the yard.
The one time I was a hero was: when Mom told me to “COME NOW” boy did I get lots of treats!
Practicing my sit at Narnia Pet Behavior & Training
The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is: I get lots of treats from Mom and my teachers. They make a nice fort for me to train in with privacy. It helps me feel safe.
I am really good at: Being cute.
Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful
I am sometimes afraid of: Riding in the car.
The one thing I can’t resist is: getting attention from my Mom and Dad I do my best to shove my brothers out of the way so they can only pet me.
I think my siblings (canine/human) are: Fun
My toughest challenge so far has been: Learning to settle.
If I spoke my voice would sound just like: Marge Simpson’s sister Selma and the first thing I would say is: Let’s play!
Toys, Toys, Toys, what’s a girl to do?
Please share something that you learned from your dog and what they have meant to your family.
To not rush fearful dogs. Take training and introductions slow to not overwhelm her. She is such a sweet girl and even though we have only had her a few months she means so much to us. She has help cheer up our family after recently losing our dog to heart failure. She has been through so much in her short life and has a way to go to overcome her fears. It’s wonderful to see her becoming a silly, playful dog now that she feels comfortable in our home.
How/Why the dog’s name was chosen: Tasha’s foster dad named her when she came into rescue. He is a Star Trek fan and named her after one of the characters.
What is the most important point you learned about your relationship with your dog did you learn from your class time at Narnia? That with time and patience Tasha can learn new things and overcome her fears.
What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of? Shelties are very sensitive, loyal, affectionate, intelligent dogs that want to please and stay close to their special person.
A big thank you to all the animal welfare workers, volunteers, rescue volunteers, Tasha’s foster family, her trainers and of course her family for their commitment and dedication to seeing Tasha healthy, both physically and emotionally. She is one lucky little princess, wishing you all the best Tasha as you continue to blossom and enjoy life more and more each day.
~~~Thank you to Tasha, Terri and Ward Witt for their participation in this weeks interview. ~~~
Tasha, Toby, Prince and our friend here from the National Mill Dog Rescue want to remind you to set your clocks forward on Sunday, March 9th.