Dolly has grown absolutely crazy in love with Tim!
She gets excited when either of us comes home, but when it's Tim, it's turned up about five notches. When you come in, from her sitting position does this thing with her front paws where she lifts the left one, puts it down, lifts the right one, puts it down and goes back and forth very fast. They kind of bow out from the sides of her body and it's really very cute and funny to see.
But in the past month or so when she sees Tim, her entire body, including her little stump, wiggles and she cries and howls. When I pick Tim up from work I take her and she gets so excited. I told Tim today that I'm going to guess this is probably the happiest she has ever been in her life.
And Dolly gets healthier by the day! I think when her time comes to leave us it will be because she can't get up. She drags her lower body on the floor for a bit until she gets going. We take our walks every day. She will walk about 3/4's of the block and then lay down for a rest. She likes to choose different lawns of my neighbors to lay on. The whole block knows her now and they all love her. She has many friends. Even though she can't walk too far, she loves going out.
Look at our little "tri-pod girl" go !!!
According to her mom & dad, Dolly can catch a ball just as quickly as any dog with 4 legs ~ nothing slows her down :)
April 2009 ~ pupdate
Dolly loves to give kisses !!! Tim wanted to know why I was making such a face and I told him "She's licking me from my chin to my eyes and it's WET!!" She wouldn't stop. He snapped this one too and if you click it larger, you can see her tongue is below my bottom lip almost to my chin! Dolly has LONG tongue!!!! She really enjoys laying on the chair or the couch with one of us to watch tv at night.
What a sweet girl
our little love muffin :)
Looks like she's posing ~ she KNOWS she looks beautiful after going to the groomer :)
Pup Date: March 4, 2009
Dolly went to the groomer at my vet's office yesterday and had a bath. They are not "sheltie" groomers (as far as trimming ears and all), but they did a nice job on her feet and her coat looks great! April (the groomer) said she was fine.
She is a smart cookie...I'm in the office right now, with her laying on the floor next to me.... I just told her to go into the living room and bring me a toy ..... and what did she do? Trots out into the living room and bought me back her Dolly to play with!
She is very sweet and boy, does she love going anywhere in the car! She is always up for an adventure of any kind. And I have to say, she did pretty darn good in the foot of snow we had with her three legs!
Look how nicely Dolly's coat is growing in !!! there's about 6 weeks between this picture & the ones at bottom of page
awww... night night :)
Even though Dolly is very particular about "her space" being respected by the other shelties ... there are times she evidently wants to snuggle
The "Dolly Head Tilt" can be observed whenever she's trying to figure out what you are saying
Pup-Date December 26, 2008
Dolly received quite a few Christmas gifts from my family! She got one special gift in particular - a lamb named Dolly.
"Dolly" is Dolly's own special toy and it's off limits to Bella and Petey. After she went to bed, I passed by her area two separate times and this is what I saw...
Dolly ~ sleeping with HER Dolly
How cute is she ????
Pup-Date December 4th
Dolly is doing really, really well. She is sweet and just wants to be doted upon. She has a cute way of nudging you when you're eating something interesting or she wants attention!
We have reason to believe that Dolly was abused by a man and is fearful/afraid of getting hurt. As with ALL pets when they become senior citizens, one needs to remember that the hearing & sight aren't what they used to be ~ so you shouldn't startle her out of a sound sleep by suddenly picking her up or doing something that would be similiarly unexpected.
She absolutely loves car rides. And when out on walks, she's such a cutie-pie that everyone asks you about her .... and she's happy to stop & meet everyone!
Pup-Date November 14, 2008
Dolly's foster mom contacted the shelter to get more information about how Dolly came to be there ~ this sweet little girl has had more than her share of trouble !!!
Dolly and the Husky were found tied to a bench !! Shelter worker said she had never seen a dog so severely matted. She was totally infested with fleas, her backside caked with so much feces they almost got sick trying to get it off. They thought her flesh was rotting underneath, it smelled so bad. This did not have happened "overnight" ~ it takes a lot of time for a dog's skin/coat to get like this.
Dolly was at the shelter for about 2-1/2 weeks before NJ Sheltie Rescue picked her up.
Another bath at her new foster home ~ Now Miss Dolly is looking great and "fresh as a daisy" :)
The 3 pictures below are the ones that the shelter posted on PetFinder ~ after they had shaved off her filthy/matted/flea infested coat & given her a much needed bath.
Pup-Date November 11, 2008 [just a few days with foster mom after being in kennel for several weeks]
She is starving for attention. She is so incredibly sweet and I think she is enjoying being in a home. She loves her bed and knows it's hers and goes right to it when she wants to lay down. Probably hasn't had anything soft under her in quite some time. She is also pretty well house trained. She goes to my back door when she wants to go out to do her thing. Pup-date: November 8, 2008
I picked up Dolly this morning and what a sweet and happy girl she is! I can see her being very easy to fall in love with. She does pretty well on three legs and it doesn't seem to stop her from getting around at all.
She happily came with us (I was with my sister-in-law , Valorie, who has been a vet tech for years and worked in a vets office as kennel help for years before that), and was very good for the car ride home which was about an hour and a half. She did her thing in the yard and played with a ball for awhile which she happily fetches and brings right back to you and has such a cute way of looking at the ball and then try to entice you to place with her. We gave her a much needed bath and she was great in the tub. I think she was really enjoying being bathed and fussed over and getting clean! Her teeth are very bad - ground down and full of tartar and her breath is very bad. She definitely needs a dental as her teeth are probably causing her much discomfort. I gave her a new bed and she settled for awhile until she discovered the toy box and had a great time pulling out the toys and playing with them. She loves the toys! Val and I both agreed after spending a few hours with her that a single dog home is probably going to be best for her and children should be over the age of 10. In any event, she is lying by my feet right now and she is very, very sweet and quite the character! She's pretty goofy and very happy. She adjusted very quickly to her new surroundings and to us.
Dolly is 11-12 years young. She and another dog were found tied to a bench in Northern NJ. Shelter worker said she had never seen a dog so severely matted [Dolly's fur was shaved off rather than put her through painful brushing]. NJ Sheltie Rescue is grateful that they released Dolly to our foster network so she would not have to stay in a kennel until adopted.
She is missing her right rear leg from old injury/amputation, so she can only do 1-2 steps to access back yard/out front door to go for a walk. Dolly's sweet, a total love muffin ~ has a cute way of nudging you when she wants attention. Incredibly playful ~ was ecstatic when she discovered the toy box in her foster home !!! She absolutely loves car rides. When out on walks, she's such a cutie-pie that everyone asks you about her , and she's happy to stop & meet strangers.
** Dolly would do best as an only dog. She is in a foster home with 2 shelties and can become a bit irritable around them. As with all our seniors ~ we do not place in homes with children under the age of 10.