Saturday, October 31, 2009
Introduction - Rescue Icelandics
Icelandics rarely need to be rescued and re-homed, thankfully.
Although Icelandic Sheepdogs are an ancient breed originating in Northern Europe thousands of years ago and first brought to Iceland with early settlers more than one thousand years ago, they are relatively new, comparatively speaking, to North America.
Occasionally a mature Icelandic needs a new home as the result of the death of an owner, the divorce of a couple, a dramatic change in a family's home situation, etc.
The goal of this blog is to post relevant information about a dog that needs to be saved. We will post as much information about the dog as possible including its temperament, health history, age, color and fur length, current general location, photos, lineage including a pedigree, current reproductive status (intact or neutered), etc.
Prices for Icelandic Sheepdog puppies in North America range from about $900.00 United States Dollars, USD, to as much as $3,000.00, USD. The price may not be indicative of the true quality of an Icelandic. Although uncommon, great dogs may be found for $900.00. Conversely, a high priced dog may not have a good health background. As with everything else, caveat emptor.
We have wiggle room with our rescues cost-wise. In general we may need to charge a reasonable fee for travel expenses and vet fees. When possible, we will try to match a dog with a family that lives reasonably close to its current home so that adopters may visit the dog before adopting. That often is not possible. There are few Icelandics in North America and rescues rarely become available. Dogs are often fostered to assess temperament before leaving for a new home.
We only rescue dogs that are known for sure to be pure Icelandics. Our resources are severely limited; we have few people involved in the operations.
Those people who are familiar with Icelandics know that generally speaking, Icelandics are extremely people friendly. Our dogs love people and have an almost overwhelming need to be with people. While they are content to be alone for a few hours every day, leaving them alone for long periods of time is not a good idea.
They need to be with us when we are home, i.e. they are not 'yard dogs' that can be left chained up outside or confined to a kennel. They are not demanding when they are with you; although they have great physical stamina, you don't need to take them for long walks or give them strenuous exercise. They just simply need to be with you. Thus, they make fantastic companion dogs.
When we post a dog on this blog, we will be forthcoming about important relevant information. Ask one question or many questions, and we will answer.
Our goal is to find a good forever home. The very last thing we want to do is place a dog in a home and then have to turn around in a few months and find him or her another home.
We will answer all of your questions.
However, in turn we will also ask you questions. We need good honest answers to our questions in order to determine if your home is the best forever home for one of our beloved dogs. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers. We just want the match to be a good one.
Please scroll through posts to find available Icelandics. Photos may be enlarged by clicking on them.