09-23-2017, 09:06 PM
Ruaidhrí Faolán (Rory) and Shadow Mist (Ongoing Thread)
Shadow Mist is a Blue Merle Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
Shadow came from "Majestic Shelties" who breeds only for show.
That means the breeder is breeding strictly for herself by matching the best of the breed in the parents to try to produce a puppy that will be eligible to show.
The parents both have to be tested with to ensure they don't have breed specific health issues that might carry genetically to the offspring.
If a puppy is oversize, under size or has medical issues or physical traits that are considered to be "faults" when showing dogs, then those puppies are sold as pets.
The puppies are measured each week to see if they are staying within "standard" and other traits such as their gait, stance, fur, tail, etc. are all evaluated as well.
It turned out that this little male is "probably" going to be just about 1/4 inch too tall to show.
The breeder contacted me on Sunday, 9/17 when she decided to make him available for adoption as a pet.
I worked out the logistics and drove up to Cleveland OH on Tuesday, 9/21 to meet him.
I stayed overnight, picked him up the next morning and made the 7 hour one-way drive back home!
Birthdate: February 22, 2017
Shadow arrived home to become part of the renowned "FaeryBee Flock" Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Shadow is a very sweet tempered, calm and loving little boy and I'm completely head over heels in love with him!
Shadow Mist will be joined by another little sheltie (from a different breeder) on October 14th and will become the official "big brother" at that time.