Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a What?

Monty the old man Shelty having one of his puppy moments. The lady who bred him named him Bear. He's definitely the biggest Shelty you'll ever see.

A Note on the Photography: If you are taking a photograph in a dark location, the shutter remains open longer to let in more light. Therefore, anything that is moving during the duration of the shutter remaining open comes out blurry. I also took pictures with the camera's flash, which snapped the shutter open and closed must faster, but in the end I liked how the blurriness made the dog appear to be more fuzzy.


lytha said...

he's beautiful, even upside down.

they are my very favorite breed of smallish dog. but they do like barking, i know this! aarene's pair of shelties, merry and pippin, used to get herbal calmative drops on weekends in ridecamp.

my friend lisa got her shelty debarked and now he is a good neighbor. a more regal dog i've never seen. even as a puppy, this shelty was too dignified to be foolish in his playing.

i recently found a farm nearby where they breed collies, and 5 of the most gorgeous dogs ran to the fence and barked at my horse. i was in heaven, just watching them barking at us. their faces, their expressions are so sweet and kind. i don't know any other dog who can express love in its face as well as a collie!

i know you read a lot and i may have mentioned it before, but do look up albert payson terhune, he writes about his dogs - true stories, and they will amaze you (and make you cry).


ms martyr said...

Lytha - I used to read all of Terhune's books as a young girl. You can even find some of his stories on the Internet. I didn't research it thoroughly, but apparently he loved his collies to the detriment of his family.

A friend of mine inherited a sheltie when her mother-in-law passed away and his barking used to drive her nuts. She was always trying to give him to me. He was beautiful, though.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I, personally, would never own another Shelty again because of the barking and the pea-sized brain. We are always joking around that our Corgi has a pea-sized bladder, because she has to go outside every half hour to relieve herself, and our Shelty has a pea-sized brain, because you can't train him not to bark. We've given up and just bring him indoors every time he starts barking. Someone has to be home at all times to deal with these dogs. We can't just put them outside, go to work and come home 9 or 10 hours later without there being complaints from the neighbors on our answering machine. Most Shelty breeders I've seen have their dogs de-barked.

I passed a Shelty on the trail while hiking last weekend, and it did exactly what my Shelty would do, which is to walk past us quietly, and then break out into a barking fit to announce to its owner that people are nearby, and it wouldn't shut-up until the owner acknowledged us. They bark to keep their owners appraised of the activity in the neighborhood. It really has nothing to to with protecting their territory. Our Shelty wasn't a problem until more and more people started moving into our neighborhood, driving around excessively, taking walks, bicycling, and making unsolicited visits. If people would just stay off our property and our neighbors would cut back on the number of guests they have come to visit, it wouldn't be so annoying. So, if you live out in the middle of nowhere, they might be a good breed to keep.

lytha said...

wow, i had no idea it was that bad. although debarking sounds cruel, probably no neighbor of a shelty would think it was cruelty!: ) i remember lisa telling me the breeder said debarking is the only way to go with her shelties.

they sure are pretty though. i wonder if breeders have considered breeding for "quieter"?

Anonymous said...

We had a Sheltie, and she was a loving, devoted dog and smart, too. My son, who was around 10 or 12 then, taught her lots of tricks. Her barking wasn't an issue, but the horse-chasing was a HUGE problem we couldn't overcome. We eventually re-homed her.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Crazy fun photos. Great action!

My next door neighbors have two shelties. They are sweet and gentle. I wonder if they've gotten them debarked, though, because they rarely ever bark. What is this procedure: debarking? And can the dog ever bark once it's done?

They walk their shelties off leash at least twice a day past our house, and their dog yard is right beside our fenceline, but their shelties are never annoying and I rarely even know they are there.
I have heard a bark every so often, though. It's more like a yip and a yap...and that's it.
Our German Shepherd barks ways more than them, which is why we created a dog yard for her up by the barn away from our house and most of our neighbors.
Zuni seems to do better, too, now that she believes she has a job to do in guarding the woolies. :-)


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Lisa - De-barking involves surgery to remove the vocal chords tissue. The dogs can still bark, but it sounds more like a whisper. Since Monty is probably in the last year of his life, I wouldn't do it now. He's an old man. It's good to know somebody has quiet Shelties. Monty isn't disobedient. He was actually the only dog to graduate from his dog obedience class out of a class of about 50 dogs. He just can't stop barking once he starts. The more you tell him to be quiet, the more excited he gets, so you have to acknowledge what he's barking at and then ignore him or bring him indoors where there's nothing to stimulate him, unless a J.W. or salesperson comes to the door. He's another reason for all our NO TRESPASSING signs. We don't want anyone ringing the doorbell or knocking, because it takes him days to settle down afterwards. He gets so excited about people coming to the door that he'll bark at the wind for days on end. I can't stand TV commercials and TV shows that crank up the volume of a ringing doorbell, because that will get him going too.