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.
As I was still asleep, early Sunday morning, I heard one of my Shelties pawing in her crate. I scolded her, “Stop it, Maddie!” But the pawing got worse, and it started to sound like she was flopping her body in her crate. I was still half-asleep, but it eventually sunk in; something was seriously wrong with Maddie.
One of my best friends watches National Geographic's "Dog Whisperer" religiously. She is fascinated by the transformations that host Cesar Millan makes with out-of-control dogs. Every week, she shares with me how an unsocial husky was turned into the perfect family dog.
When I took in my first dog, this friend was the first person to give me advice on how to raise and train my pooch. What's the problem you ask?
She has never owned a dog.
When we live with dogs, and especially it seems, when we train them for sports, we develop such a bond that our dogs seem to read our minds. I love that feeling of connectedness, and although two of my Shetland Sheepdogs are tottering around the 10 year mark, we still train for agility.
The presidential election in the United States is just a few days away, and like the general population, dog lovers hold varying political views and opinions. Most will agree that it’s fun to have a dog-loving President in office, and Presidents certainly can help popularize otherwise obscure breeds. Sheltie lovers may be interested in learning that it was a President, President Calvin Coolidge, who helped popularized Shetland sheepdogs in the U.S., according to an article on the Psychology Today website.