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Shelties, gentle but demanding.

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by GlennR, Oct 21, 2022.

  1. GlennR

    GlennR Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2019
    Ontario, Canada
    When company comes over, Willow seems to know just what to do. Last night my wife's brother came to our house and stayed the night. When we get company Willow is usually quite demonstrative, running to the foyer to meet them with a wagging tail and getting lots of cuddles. My brother-in-law isn't all that comfortable with dogs. To my surprise, Willow waited until he sat down before walking slowly over, and then she sat right in front of him. He petted her and both of them seemed happy about it. I don't know how she knows what to do. Other visitors get a lap full of wiggling, silky Sheltie but he got the gentle side of Willow. She got what she wanted, another human to do her bidding.

    Willow has a large crate to sleep in. I had removed her four-inch thick cushion so I could clean it. However, by bedtime, it was still slightly damp at one spot on the edge. I decided to use a different mat in there, about an inch thick. Willow walked in as usual but she wouldn't sit or lie down. She just stared at me through the door of the crate. She didn't bark, whine, or grunt a complaint, she just stared. I opened the door, she came out and I switched out the cushion and put in her thicker one. She walked back in, without any prompting from me. She immediately walked to the back and curled up in the dry area.

    She is a master manipulator, not that I mind, it makes me chuckle.
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  2. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Moderator

    Oct 31, 2009
    Smart, smart, smart, and intuitive. Isn't this what we love about Shelties? I love Willow stories. :)
  3. Calliesmom

    Calliesmom Moderator

    Mar 29, 2008
    near Mobile, AL
    you can't change the beds- the princess will feel the pea:yes:
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  4. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Moderator

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    They know what they want and don’t like it changed! Lol
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  5. Ann

    Ann Moderator

    Feb 25, 2008
    Boy, this is the truth. I've had to get numerous duplicate beds so they can be washed (must be the EXACT same bed!) because if I try to change the favored brand I get the Sheltie Stare and then rejection of the offending bed. What can I say, we live to serve..... :rolleyes2:
  6. Ron Atkinson

    Ron Atkinson Premium Member

    Oct 5, 2019
    Sugarcreek, Ohio
    Me too!!

    I agree with Ann on the bed issues. I bought Teddy the same brand of bed as his first 1, but it has a slightly darker color on the cover, and he refused using it. I finally donated it since it was new
  7. RikyR

    RikyR Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2013
    Baton Rouge LA
    Same here. Bought Z a really nice big bed to replace the one in my office. Totally refused to try it out. Put the old back, climbed right back in. Gave the new bed to a friend who has cats, they love it!
  8. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Moderator

    Oct 31, 2009
    :yuckyuck Well mine all have favorite beds of different types, but my angel Brooke would just get SO excited when a new bed arrived. It would be barely out of the box or plastic and she'd get right in! :lol:
  9. Sandy in CT

    Sandy in CT Premium Member

    Aug 5, 2018
    My mom built my childhood sheltie a bed, which then resided in mom and dad's bedroom - they spoiled her SO much. Mom put real pillows in that - no dog beds then that I knew of. When they went to bed, Sarah (Sarah Lee) would stand by her bed until one of them fluffed her pillows and then walk in, curl up and go to sleep. I slept in an adjoining room and used to tease cuz you'd hear mom snore, dad snore, then Sarah snore....
  10. Chris

    Chris Forums Celebrity

    Feb 25, 2008
    How funny! Willow has her favorite bed, just like most humans. Layla wasn't a big fan of dog beds; she preferred t lie on the carpet. Beckon, too, liked the carpet. Penny has two thin rugs by DH, and those are her special spots. Only Annie Laurie would sleep with us -- spread out horizontally between us!! :lol:
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