The joys of living with Shetland Sheepdogs can be both strange and simple. One of the things I love so much about the breed is their abundant fur. I love the luxurious feeling of running my fingers though Sasha’s sable coat, and caressing the top of her head with my face, feeling her ears flicking against my cheek. When you have a Sheltie, even with minimal grooming, you’ll always be able to drink in the sight, and feel, of beauty.
Shetland sheepdogs usually have loyal hearts, and they love their families like no other. You can be gone for two minutes, two hours or two weeks, and you’ll get a joyous greeting when you return, making you wish that you never need to leave again.
If you live where the weather gets wintry, you can start enjoying the cool nights when you have a Sheltie or two as foot warmers. They are the perfect size; large enough to be warm, yet small enough that they can fit on the bed with you. And you might even get some sweet and gentle Sheltie kisses when you awake.
The simple act of walking becomes more interesting when you experience it through the eyes, (or should that be nose?) of your Shetland sheepdog. Watch your Sheltie sniff the ground and imagine what wild animals she may be scenting.
Even housework can become a new experience, if your Sheltie likes to herd the vacuum cleaner as mine do. I whisk it around the room, and they circle around the vacuum’s head, occasionally dashing in to take a nip at that noisy beast.
So simple, and yes, strange, but Shelties can bring joy to your life in many ways.