Hi, I'm Becky. I made Sheltie Planet because I can't get enough of these beautiful, agile, hilarious, sensitive and intelligent furballs.
The Dogs of Sheltie Planet
As you probably know, I co-reside with two devastatingly handsome Shelties named Howard and Piper Woofington Moon. They are incredibly sweet, you have to agree. Why aren't you agreeing with me? Agree at once! Quick, here's a picture to help you agree with me.
We discovered Howard Woofington Moon as a puppy when he was 8 weeks old. Despite his timid first appearances (he was only a baby after all), he turned out to be a rather bold, proud, confident grown-up Sheltie.
Somewhat unusually for a Sheltie, Howard loves strangers. He bounds up to everyone on our beach walks to say hello. He doesn't mind if you're sunbathing, that's ok. He'll take time out of his busy schedule to block your light and sniff your bum. Of course you don't mind. You're having the honor of meeting Howard.
At night, Howard turns his affections to us and becomes one smoochy devil of a dog. He enjoys snuggling up with us on the couch and in bed. Yes, IN bed. He is Howard after all. Didn't I mention that?
Piper moved into our house when he was 9 months old, having responded to a flatmate wanted ad in the local paper. Although our ad specified a 30-something professional with at least three references, we made do with the fact that he was toilet trained.
Piper was an immediate hit and turned out to be an especially affectionate and loyal adult Sheltie. All in all, Piper is the more typical personality you'd expect of a Shetland Sheepdog, who are known for their sensitivity and eagerness to please.
In fact, Piper follows me everywhere he possibly can. He's very doting, and never hesitates to lick the toe-based wounds of our house guests while they try to relax on the couch and hold a conversation. Yes, Piper is the sweetest, loveliest, timidest, silliest dog in the world and will nibble the toes of anyone who disagrees.
Since we live in New Zealand, we've had the immense pleasure of taking our Shelties on many outdoor adventures. Beaches, coastal tracks, forests, parks, Mount Doom, you name it. No, maybe not Mount Doom. But definitely some very large hills and the occasional escarpment.
True, these dogs have been around the block and even followed us overseas when life got really crazy. They're now back in Auckland, living out their old age in what must be one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Sheltie Planet wouldn't exist without these guys and I love them to bits.
I've had a longer ramble about Howard and Piper here. It shows Howard as a puppy and has a few cute videos of the pair. Else, let's turn our attention to the slightly less furry members of this party.
The Humans of Sheltie Planet
My name is Becky Casale (once Turner, if you're trying to piece together my history for a Wolverine-style origins movie). I'm a 30-something-mumble-mumble mother of two human babies and two fur babies.
It was 2008 when I fell in love with the young Howard Woofington Moon. Little did I know that this adoration would turn into an online business. One where I would be dog-blogging (dogging? No that can't be right) for a day job. For the record, every time you buy something from Amazon via a link like this, we get a small share of the sale and Howard drools a little. This helps pay our bills.
So with thousands of awesome Sheltie photos on my computer, I decided to start blogging about the little fellas. I used the famous Solo Build It (SBI) to set up my blog website step-by-step. I've since made several niche blogs on my passions and it's super creative fun.
Besides writing, I'm halfway through a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, covering many aspects of Animal Behavior, Classification, Development and Evolution (ABCDE for short). My goal is to be a full time science writer, and I'm developing the illustrated blog Science Me to this end.
My partner, Pete Casale, is a freelance web designer. I've twisted his arm into helping me with Sheltie Planet more than a few times. He works with all kinds of clients around the world from retail giants to small businesses. If your website needs a fresh look I wholeheartedly recommend his services with barely a hint of bias. You can email Pete here.
Pete's a natural born Kiwi who introduced me to the delights of New Zealand. His special features are that he's 6'7" tall and has taught himself how to play seven musical instruments. He intuits complicated technology the way a monkey intuits bananas.
Have a listen to his highly addictive digital music, some of which you'll recognize some from our Sheltie videos. This year, Pete released an indie video game which starts out in New Zealand a century in the future. See? Multitalented git.
Pete and I have two kids: Fox (8) and Kea (2). Of course we named our children after animals, why do you ask?
As any parent will tell you, their own children are amazing. But in our case, it's actually true, our children are like, crazy awesome.
I think it's pretty wonderful that Fox is obsessed with learning about animals and wants to be a Zoologist when he grows up. His autistic brain means his default mode of living is "daydream" and that makes him the most liberated, living-in-the-moment human being I've ever met.
Kea is still new to this planet. She's got huge eyes and shouts an awful lot. I suspect she's going to be incredibly bossy which may or may not be endearing depending on whether you're the subject. She has a wicked smile. Seeing Kea and Fox grow up will be the highlight of my life.
That's everything you could possibly want to know about us. Or is it? Stay tuned for more dog droppings including photo updates of our fur babies. My preferred mode is Facebook even though I was informed today by a 13-year-old that "Facebook is for old people". Hmmmph. Follow us below and star us as a favorite to see our latest Sheltie pics.
Download my Pet Owner's Guide to Shelties
If you dig my vibe here, you'll love my ebook, The Pet Owner's Guide to Shelties.
It's lavishly illustrated (lavishly!) with photos from Sheltie Planet readers. Of course, Howard and Piper squeeze their faces in too from time to time. Besides being an excuse to ogle Shelties, it has detailed advice on feeding, grooming, training, de-sexing, health, obedience, personality, breed traits, and more.
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