A Is For Active (Shetland Sheepdog) ~ A to Z Blogging Challenge 2020


Due to their herding heritage, Shetland Sheepdogs (aka the Sheltie) have an activity level that is one of exuberance. These agile balls of fur are super active. They run, jump, play and herd with such stamina. A working dog by nature, the Sheltie must have opportunities to work off their excess energy. Not doing so may lead to an unhappy and destructive pup.

Not only is a Sheltie super active physically, they are an extremely intelligent breed that needs mental stimulation as well. They love using their intellect to figure things out. Shelties excel in obedience training, agility and challenging games.

Message from a Sheltie mom – Although I have had several dogs over my lifetime, I am a first time Sheltie mom. I found out very quickly that this isn’t a breed to get if you want a laid back kind of life.

Misty Blue is a bundle of non-stop energy! She goes to doggy day care two times a week and still comes home energetic. The doggie day care workers think she is quite entertaining. They have said that Misty Blue is the fastest dog in her class (and they seem to think she knows it). Her quick turning ability leads to some funny scenarios.

What do you do to keep your Sheltie busy?

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Shetland Sheepdog ~ A to Z Blogging Challenge 2020 Posts
A Is For Active
B Is For Barking
C Is For Characteristics
D Is For Dental Care
E Is For Ear Tipping
F Is For Famous Shetland Sheepdogs
G Is For Grooming
H Is For Health Conditions
I Is For Ivermectin
J Is For Jumping
K Is For Kisses
L Is For Lilies and Other Poisonous Flowers
M Is For MDR1
N Is For Nose Work
O Is For Origin
P Is For Phenol
Q Is For Quarantine
R Is For Rainbow Bridge
S Is For Shedding
T Is For Traits
U Is For Unconditional Love
V Is For Veterinarian
W Is For Working Ability
X Is For Xylitol
Y Is For Yelling and Other Noises
Z Is For Zoomies

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29 comments

  1. My aunt had a Sheltie, but I always got the impression they were kind of laid back. Maybe that was just hers.

    We knew a man in his 80’s who decided to adopt a Jack Russell Terrier. Not exactly the best idea for an older person who wasn’t fast enough to chase the dog and catch it…

  2. It was great to hear from you today, Cheryl. I had an extended, unintended blogging break as I’ve been researching Australian soldiers serving on the Western Front in France during WWI and the project blew out of all proportions, but I think I’m coming up with a series of books which will be both personally satisfying to write and with a commercial viability as well.
    I smiled reading about Misty Blue being the fastest and she knows it. Dogs have a sense of pride as well.
    We have three dogs….Lady is a Border Collie x Cav and the two “pups” are border collie x Kelpies. Lady turned out to be more cav in her temperament and doesn’t chase balls and sticks, but is a skilled hunter. She had lived on a farm before she came here when she was two and was quite skilled as a hunter as we found out on day two when she found some rabbit roadkill near the beach and skinned and ate it in front of us and a few stunned backpackers.
    The pups are at us 24/7 to throw the ball or stick and Rosie is quite the expert and gets jack of Zac chewing the stick up before she can retrieve it.
    They are very loving and entertaining and so good we have them atm when we’re in lock down at home.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

    • Hi Rowena. Loved your B post today on Berlin. You lead such an interesting life! Three dogs, that must be fun. I am only allowed one pet where I live. I often wonder if Misty Blue would be better having a 24/7 playmate. She is constantly wanting to play. She sometimes will throw a toy at us if we don’t pay attention…lol. Please stay well.

      • Hi Cheryl,
        Our pups are definitely better off having each other. It wasn’t our intention to keep them both. We we supposed to be keeping one and fostering the other and adopting it out. However, very early on the two pups connected with each other and we couldn’t decide between the two and so they’ve both stayed. In many ways they’re almost like one dog cut in two and they almost go everywhere together. They’re incredibly funny and non stop action and we couldn’t live without them.
        Best wishes,
        Rowena

    • I haven’t done the challenge for two years, but I did remember that planning ahead did make things easier. I still have letters I can’t think of anything to write, like Q. I hope my creative side kicks in real soon. Good luck with B and all your other posts.

  3. Good idea for a topic for A2Z. My dog, Chauncey, a Boston Terrier, passed away in 2016 but it’s nice to read about another small dog that is smart and full of energy, which Chauncey was.

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