All Potential buyers are requested to fill out ourquestionaire
All Puppies we sell go to their new home with a PUPPY PACKET of Information: which includes their Health records and a one year Health Guarantee/Spay Neuter Contract, a signed copy of thecontractbetween buyer and seller, A sample of food they are eating, (see below) A newcollarand leash, a new toy, a blanket with Momma's and/or littermates scent, and a packet of helpful puppy information and fun things to read . We also provide a lifetime of breeder support for all our owners and request to be involved in rehoming your puppy if the need ever arises. We understand life sometimes is hard and changes have to be made, we just want to have first chance to bring our pups back home if possible and if not possible we will assist in finding a new home for your puppy/dog.
We also wish all puppy buyers will send us pictures and updates of their puppies after they go home and thru their lifetime.
"All creatures great and small, the Lord God created them all."
The Perfect Sheltie
There's no such thing as the perfect dogPeople will say to youAnd when it comes to Shelties -Boy, is that ever true!
Some are too big and some too smallSome hardly have any hair at allSome are too bold and some too shySome have a short tail or a big round eye
Crooked legs and splayed out toesPrick ears and hound ears and odd coloured nose -The perfect Sheltie just can't be madeBut here's one thing that's really great:
To be perfect in their owners' eyesShelties only need one partAnd every Sheltie I ever metHad that loving Sheltie heart.
I bark therefore I live
I live therefore I bark
Double Your Pleasure - Double Your Fun, You'll find that 2 Shelties are Better than One
All of our pups leave with this kind of collar. It is called a martingale collar and is adjustable. Some have the chain choker portion (as shown below) and others have the nylon webbing portion that tightens. The reason we use this kind of collar is because we want you to consider this even for your adult shelties. A sheltie's neck with all their hair is larger than their head and they can slip a collar very easily, and it can be a potential safety risk.
This is the food we feed our puppies and their Momma's It is the Nutro brand. eh bag has changed but we still feed this.
I love my little puppy; she makes my house a home.
She is my very sweetest little friend; I never feel alone.
She makes me smile; She makes me laugh; She fills my heart with love.
Did some person breed her, or did she fall from above?
I`ve never been a breeder, never seen life through their eyes;
I hold my little puppy and just sit and criticize.
I`ve never known their anguish;
I`ve never felt their pain, the caring of their charges, through snow or wind or rain.
I`ve never waited the whole night through for babies to be born,
the stress and trepidation when they`re still not there by morn.
The weight of responsibility for this body in my hands, this darling little baby, who weighs but 60 grams.
Should you do that instead of this . . .
Or maybe that was wrong?
Alone you fight and hope, one day, he`ll grow up proud and strong.
You pray he`ll live to bring great joy to someone els e`s home.
You know it`s all just up to you; you`ll fight this fight alone.
Formula, bottles, heating pads, you`ve got to get this right,
two-hour feedings for this tiny guy, throughout the day and night.
Within your heart you dread that you will surely lose this fight, to save this little baby, but God willing . . .
You just MIGHT.
Day one; he`s in there fighting; you say a silent prayer.
Day two & three, he`s doing well, with lots of love and care.
Day four & five . . . he`s still alive; your hopes soar to the heavens.
Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands, day seven.
You take this little angel, and bury him alone.
With aching heart and burning tears, and an exhausted groan,
You ask yourself, "Why do this? . . . Why suffer through this pain?"
Yet watch the joy your puppies bring,and everything`s explained.
So, when you think of breeders and label them with "Greed,"
Think of all that they endure to fill another`s need.
For when you buy your puppy, with your precious dollars part,you only pay with money . . .
While they pay with all their heart.
What should I feed my puppy?
Your puppy will primarily eat Nutro Small Bites chicken rice and oatmeal dry puppy food ( this is what it has been eating here) at least until one year old, then transition to and adult food of the Nutro brand, We use Nutro Small Bites Adult for our adult dogs. You may mix dry food and canned food half and half. As your puppy may have some problems adjusting to a new enviroment for the first couple of days, it is important for your puppy to maintain their appetite. A small amount ( one tsp) of Vanilla or plain yogurt is a good thing to mix into their food daily or as you prefer. It is good for their little digestive systems. Also to keep their stools of good consistency a TBSP of 100% canned pumpkin is beneficial. Do not use the pic filling as it has lots of sugar and added spices.
What if I want to change my puppy's diet?
If you wish to use a different brand than Nutro Puppy small Bites mix your preferred brand with the this brand for a few days to transitiion the puppy as smoothly as possible. As good as a premium dog food may be, it may not agree with your puppy. Don't be afraid to find a premium brand that fits them best. Look for all natural foods with no by products or fillers. Check out brands such as Ukanuba, Hills Science Nature's Best, Purina One, also, Petsmarts home brands (Nature's Recipe and Authority).
Why does my puppy need toys and which kind should I get?
Puppies that have toys will be entertained with their things and leave your things alone. Store bought toys are great; but, an empty asprin bottle with a penny in it, a sock tied in a knot, pacifiers, and/or toys your child has outgrown will also keep your puppy happy. The key is variety in their toy selection. Keep in mind that your puppy is similar to a child, don't give them toys they can easily get small pieces off of. Examples of the variety of toys are a p ull toy, a chew toy, a squeaky toy and a soft cuddly toy. Regularly inspect your puppy's toys for signs of cracks, breaks, or tears.
Where should my puppy sleep?
Your puppy will require a secure space where their bed will consistantly be. This space should be kept in a place away from where most excitement will occur. Your puppy will need quiet time too. a Blanket or towel makes their bed soft and inviting. This is also a part of Crate Training.
Are you ready for a puppy?
Few things in life are more satisfying than giving a good home to a loving and lovable puppy! But, right now before you fall in love with the Sheltie puppy you've dreamed of, take time to ask yourself some questions to be sure you can offer a good home to one of my babies for the rest of it's life. First, consider getting a Sheltie that needs a home. from a shelter or a Rescue. If none are available please consider these questions:
1. Are you prepared to take full responsibilty for this puppy and all its needs for the rest of it's life, perhaps 10 to 18 years?
2. Can you invest the considerable time, money, and patience it takes to train a puppy to be a good companion?
3. Will you keep your sheltie in a good environment; ensuring exercise, time and attention?
4. Are you willing to spend the money it takes to provide proper vet care; vaccines, heartworm testing and preventative mediction, spaying or neutering, and annual check-ups?
5. Will you take the time and effort to become educated about the proper care of the breed and how to groom them?
If you can answer "yes" to these questions, then you are ready for a puppy!!
The hardest thing to learn is to unlearn what you already know.
Remove Chain CollarsDo not leave a chain collar on the dog at any time during its life. A dog can catch the chain collar on something and strangle to death before you can get to her. If the dog is running fast and catches the chain collar on something, the jerk can actually break the dog's neck. A young puppy can get the ring cought around his lower jaw, or get a paw caught in the chain. A Momma dog can get a pup caught in the chain section. If you are training with an instructor who uses such collars, only put the chain collar on the dog during the lesson and the five to ten minutes per day when you are actively training. The rest of the time, the dog should wear a flat leather or nylon buckle collar or fabric slip collar.
What a Puppy is Not
A puppy is not a toy
A puppy is a living being who has a need for love and proper care for the rest of his life. A puppy is especially vulnerable to broken bones and other injuries from careless treatment. Children should never be unattended around a young puppy or
dog. this is for the child's safety as well as the dog's.
A puppy is not a teaching aid
A puppy should not be obtained to instill a sense of responsibility in children. It is unfair to place an animal's entire well being in the hands of children. Feeding, grooming, housebreaking, and discipline training of an animal should be the principal responsibilities of adults. Responsibility training of children is better left for household, or yardwork tasks, where a helpless animal's needs are not at stake.
A puppy is not cheap
The purchase price or adoption fee for a pet is a mere pittance compared to the cost of veterinary care for routine and emergency treatment over a dog's life, as well as licensing fees and damages to personal property which are bound to occur.
A puppy is not a gift or a spur-of-the-moment commitment
Animal shelters and rescues are overrun with dogs who were acquired for the wrong reasons or without sufficient investigation and personal commitment.
A puppy is not self cleaning
Dogs can neither groom themselves, nor clean up after themselves (accidents, shedding) and impose additional workload in a household.
A puppy is not an adult dog
Having neither the physical nor the mental abilities of an adult dog, a puppy cannot wait long periods of time before relieving himself, nor differentiate between what is a toy, and what isn't, nor distinguish between digestible and dangerous objects. They require patience, understanding, and supervision just as with human infants and young children. A puppy doesn't mature into an adult dog for at least two years. If you work and don't have time for training and play, get an older dog.
A puppy is not a puppy forever
But they need your love and care forever. Be sure that you understand the long-term and lifelong commitment involved, before succumbing to the charms of a cute little puppy.
The Advantage Of Spaying and Neutering.
The best advantage for having your female spayed ormale neutered is that you are guaranteed your dogwill never produce any puppies. They are way toomany puppies available for far too few homes.
The Other Advantages:
1..No messy heats. No blood on your furniture,carpets. Or that best suite you just purchased!!
2..No males getting into your back yard to "court" your young lady.
3..Decreased incidences of pyometra. (Disease of the uterus) and breast Cancer.
1.. Lessens male aggressive and territorial behaviors.
2..Prevents the need to roam in search of any females in season.
3..Decreased incidences of urogenital diseases.
4..Spaying/Neutering DOES NOT affect your dogs personality.
DO I GO HOME TODAY? by Sally Thompson
My family brought me home cradled in their arms.They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm.They played with me and laughed with me and showeredme with toys.I sure do love my family, especially the girls and boys.The children loved to feed me, they gave me special treats.They even let me sleep with them - all snuggled in the sheets.I used to go for walks, often several times a day.They even fought to hold the leash, I'm very proud to say.These are the things I'll not forget - cherished memory,because I now live in the shelter - without my family.They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe.But I didn't know the difference between the old ones and the new.The kids and I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug.So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug.They said that I was out of control, and would have to live outside.This I did not understand, although I tried and tried.The walks stopped, one by one; they said they hadn't time.I wish that I could change things, I wish I knew my crime.My life became so lonely, in the back yard, on a chain.I barked and barked, all day long, just to keep from going insane.So they brought me to the shelter,but were embarrassed to say why.They said I caused an allergy, then they each kissed me goodbye.If I'd only had some classes, when I was just a little pup,then I would have been a better dog when I was all grown up."You only have one day left." I heard the worker say.Does that mean I have a second chance?DO I GO HOME TODAY?
I lie belly-up In the sunshine, happier than You ever will be.
Today I sniffed Many dog butts — I celebrateBy kissing your face.
I sound the alarm! Paperboy — come to kill us all —Look! Look! Look! Look! Look!
I sound the alarm! Garbage man — come to kill us all Look! Look! Look! Look! Look!
I lift my leg and Whiz on each bush. Hello, Spot —Sniff this and weep.
I Hate my choke chain — Look, world, they strangle me! AckAck Ack Ack Ack Ack!
Sleeping here, my chin On your foot — no greater bliss — well,Maybe catching cats. Look in my eyes and Deny it. No human could
Love you as much I do.
Puppy StoryI am a Puppy, This means that my intelligence and capacity for learning are the same as an 8-month-old child.I am a Puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING I can get my teeth on. This is how I explore and learn about the world.Even HUMAN children put things in their mouths. It's up to you to guide me to what is mine to chew and what is not.
I am a Puppy; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1-2 hours.I cannot "feel" that I need to poop until it is actually beginning to come out.
I cannot vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I cannot have "bladder and bowel control" until 6-9 months.
Do not punish me if you have not let me out for 3 hours and I tinkle.It is your fault.
As a Puppy it is wise to remember that I NEED to go potty after: Eating, Sleeping, Playing, Drinking and around every 2-3 hours in addition. If you want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after 7 or 8pm. A crate will help me learn to housebreak easier, and will avoid you being mad at me.
I am a puppy, accidents WILL happen, please be patient with me! In time I will learn.
I am a Puppy, I like to play. I will run around, and chase imaginary monsters, and chase your feet and your toes and 'attack' you, and chase fuzzballs, other pets, and small kids. It is play; it's what I do.
Do not be mad at me or expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day. If my high-energy level is too much for you, maybe you could consider an older rescue from a shelter or Rescue group. My play is beneficial, use your wisdom to guide me in my play with appropriate toys, and activities like chasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me.
If I nip you too hard, talk to me in "dog talk", by giving a loud YELP, I will usually get the message, as this is how dogs communicate with one another. If I get to rough simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in my crate with an appropriate chew toy.
I am Puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat a 6-month-old human infant so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate and also very impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning to fear being hit, spanked, kicked or beaten. Instead, please guide me with encouragement, and wisdom. (For instance, if I am chewing something wrong, say, "No chew!" and hand me a toy I CAN chew) better yet, pick up ANYTHING that you do not want me to get into. I can't tell the difference between your old sock and your new sock, or an old sneaker and your $200 Nikes.
I am a Puppy, and I am a creature with feelings, and drives much like your own, but yet also very different. Although I am NOT a human in a dog suit, neither am I an unfeeling robot who can instantly obey your every whim. I truly DO want to please you, and be a part of your family, and your life. You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner and companion, so do not relegate me to the backyard when I get bigger, do not judge me harshly but instead mold me with gentleness and guidelines and training into the kind of family member you want me to be.
I am a puppy and I am not perfect, and I know you are not perfect either. I Love you anyway. So please, learn all you can about training, and puppy behaviors and caring for me from your Veterinarian, books on dog care and even researching on the computer! Learn about my particular breed and it's "characteristics" - it will give you understanding and insight into WHY Ido the things I do. Please teach me with love, and patience, the right way to behave and socialize me with training in a puppy class or obedience class, we will BOTH have a lot of fun together.
I am a Puppy and I want more than anything to love you, to be with you, and to please you. Won't you please take time to understand how I work? We are the same you and I, in that we both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort, fear, but yet we are also very different and must work to understand one another's language, body signals, wants and needs. Some day I will be a handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and one that you will love as much as I love you.
The Canine Bill of Rights
I have the right to give and receive unconditional love.I have the right to a life that is beyond mere survival.I have the right to be trained so I do not become the prisoner of my own misbehavior.I have the right to adequate food and medical care.I have the right to socialize with people and dogs outside of my family.I have the right to have my needs and wants respected.I have the right to special time with my people.I have the right to only be bred responsibly -- if at all.I have the right to some time and space all my own.I have the right to be foolish and silly, and to make my person laugh.I have the right to earn my person's trust and to be trusted in return.I have the right to be forgiven.I have the right to die with dignity.By Carolyn Krause
Where Did Pets Come From?
And Adam said, "Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me every day. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me."And God said, "No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will know I love you, even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish and childish and unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself."
And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased.
And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, "But Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and all the good names are taken and I cannot think of a name for this new animal."
And God said, "No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG."
And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, it came to pass that Adam's guardian angel came to the Lord and said, "Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but no one has taught him humility."
And the Lord said, "No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not worthy of adoration."
And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam.
And when Adam gazed into Cat's eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being. And Adam learned humility.
And God was pleased. And Adam was greatly improved.
And Cat did not care one way
or the other.
Four Golden Rules To Bond with Your Sheltie
•Spend quality time together.
•Take him out in the world and experience life together.
•Establish and promote a level of mutual respect.
•Develop a way of communicating to understand each other's needs.
All Puppies that we sell can receive grooming for their lifetime at 50% off the regular grooming price for the lifetime of that puppy here atPawsitive Touch Grooming. This offer is not transferrable. Call for appointment 864-610-0618
Shipping Information: WE encourage our buyers to visit our home to pick up their new puppy but realize this is not possible for some because of distance. If shipping is needed we wait until our little puppies are at least 9 weeks old. We will make the shipping arrangements (usually with Delta Petfirst) after all the puppy and shippng fees are paid in full. We will try to ship your new puppy within 7 - 10 days after final payment is made. We supply the shipping crate ( $45-55), get the required Health Certificate ($51), and pay the airlines their fee, ($275 - $325 depending on size of pup when we ship it). So the total for the shipping can be from $371 - $431, but we try to give our buyers a break and absorb some of that cost and charge $350 - $375 for the shipping as of this time. If you need shipping, what we need from you is the name of the closest airport you want the pup shipped to, And the days most convenient for you. Our schedule has limitations as to what days we can ship also so we will work with you on that. Delta will not ship if above 85 degrees F. or less than 10 degrees F. anywhere along the route including stopovers. So we also need to take that into consideration when scheduling their shipment . Sometimes we have got the pup to the airport and it has to be rescheduled because of the temperatures. Snow and ice along the way may necessitate your puppy to be kenneled by Delta. I have had this happen twice and they have done excellent in providing for the puppy and the pup has always arrived at their destination the next day in excellent condition and without any distress.
If you are interested in buying one of our puppies for possiblebreeding purposes, you need to:1. Talk with us on the phone (864-610-0618)2. Complete and send the questionaire3. Provide vet references4. Give us 2 (two) personal references
5. Review and agree to our contract giving breeding rights (ask for us to email a copy of this
How To Puppy Proof Your Home
Puppies are curious beings and can get into things you would never imagine they could. It's your responsibility to keep your puppy safe and healthy. Below is a checklist of things for puppy proofing your home.
Put away anything breakable or chewable such as clothing, books, remotes, newspapers and knick knacks.
Clean up and put away anything toxic. Cabinet locks may be a good idea for items such as pesticides, bleach, cleaning agents, fertilizers, medications, and especially antifreeze. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that pets like and the tiny amount licked off paws can be deadly. Consider using the kind with a propylene glycol base. Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen can be harmful to puppies and dogs.
Secure bookshelves, lamps, or anything that puppy can knock over.
Keep pins, needles, tacks, nails, etc out of puppy's reach.
Keep houseplants out of reach. Some of them can be toxic to dogs.
Keep toilet paper out of reach.
Keep trash cans out of reach.
Keep thread, ropes, fishing line or anything that puppy can become entangled in or strangled with, out of reach.
Keep chocolate, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, mushrooms and onions out of reach.
Tuck rug fringe underneath.
Keep phone and electrical cords out of reach.
Install baby gates and secure fencing where needed. Make sure that fencing is something that puppy cannot jump over, climb over, squeeze through, claw through, chew through, dig under or get hung up in.
Underground fencing can leave your puppy vulnerable to other animals that can come into the fenced area. And remember never to tie your puppy where he can climb over a fence and hang himself/herself.
Never allow your puppy to ride loose or on a tether in the back of a pickup. He can be thrown out and injured, killed, or cause a traffic accident. A secured crate (providing weather is suitable) is safest for your pet and for other motorists.
Keep identification on your puppy at all times, microchipping is best but even with that an ID tag on the collar with your contact phone number is a good idea.
Be sure to adjust puppy's collar as he grows. This can be easy to forget and can result in much discomfort and strangulation.
Post the National Animal Poison Control number where you can find it quickly if necessary. 1-888-426-4435 . For more information on poisonings searchwww.ASPCA.com .
We will need a deposit of $200.00 (USD) to hold the puppy of your choice. The puppy will not be considered held or sold until the non-refundable deposit is recieved. No deposits accepted on puppies unless questionaire filled out and sent back.
All puppies need to be paid in full one (1) week prior to shipping or delivery.
We accept Paypal, Western Union, US Postal Money Order, or Cash. If sending a US postal money order, please use priority mail and send us the tracking number.
We charge a 3% fee to use the paypal option to cover fees they charge to us.
Health Problems of Miniature Shelties
While not exclusive to Shetland Sheepdogs, unnatural miniaturization can have a negative effect on the health and temperament of the dog.
Some of the problems that may be encountered are both genetic and congenital in these tiny babies:
Hydrocephalus (Water on the brain) – causing bulging eyes, unsteadiness, vomiting, and seizures.
Thin or weak bones – making them prone to breaks.
Hypoglycemia- requiring lifelong medication.
Open fontanels – soft spot from the cranial bone not forming.
Portosystemic shunts – Abnormal vessel that allows blood to bypass the liver.
Legg–Calvé–Perthes Disease: osteonecrosis of the femoral head.
PLEASE educate yourselves before buying a tiny puppy whether it is a Shetland Sheepdog or any other breed. You could be in for months or years of heartbreak not to mention staggering veterinarian bills!