Hey, my name is Becky and I made Sheltie Planet because I can't get enough of these beautiful, agile, hilarious, sensitive and intelligent furballs.
Since this site was whelped in 2009, it's become a hub for Sheltie lovers around the world. We have the largest Facebook page for Shelties and a YouTube channel. We also host our own Sheltie forums and Sheltie breeder directories for the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
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 the early years of Howard and Piper here. It's full of super cute puppy photos if you want to learn more about the origins of these magnificent beasts. 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 genuinely helps pay our bills.
And 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 business step-by-step. I've since made (and sold) several niche blogs and it's the most creative fun I've had at my computer.
Besides blogging, I'm halfway through a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, covering many aspects of Animal Behavior, Classification, Development and Evolution (ABCDE for short). This will one day make me a qualified science writer and I'm developing the illustrated blog Science Me in the meantime.
My partner, Pete Casale, is a web designer. I've twisted his arm into helping me with Sheltie Planet more than a few times. He also works with other Solo Build It bloggers to design their sites. If your website needs updating or re-designing I wholeheartedly recommend his services with barely a hint of bias. You can email Pete here.
As you can see, Pete's so very handsome that it makes Piper look bad. That's no easy feat. Don't worry Piper, come and sit near me, you'll feel much better.
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. Pete intuits complicated technology the way a monkey intuits bananas and so he's been able to create these incredible tracks of digital music. You'll recognize some from our Sheltie videos.
Pete and I have two children together: Fox, who's seven years old, and Kea, who's soon to turn one. Of course we named our kids 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 animals and wants to be a zookeeper 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. Never stop, Fox!
Kea is a lot newer 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 of her bossiness. I think she's great. 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 updates on the fluffy kids and the not-so-fluffy kids. My preferred mode is Facebook, even though I was informed today by a 13-year-old that "Facebook is for old people". Hmmmph.
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Download my Ebook
If you're enjoying Sheltie Planet, you may like to download my ebook, The Pet Owner's Guide to Shelties.
The downloadable guide is 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's also a detailed guide to Sheltie health, obedience, training, development and way more.
Our Community Portals
Last of all, thanks for visiting behind the scenes at Sheltie Planet. Check out our social media pages and we hope to see you again soon!
- Forums - Talk woofy to your heart's content.
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- Instagram - Follow us for pictorial bursts of cuteness.
- YouTube - Watch videos of Howard and Piper in action.
Becky and Pete
PS If you're like me and are the type of person who wants to start at the beginning at lay everything out straight, you can review our article archives here. Enjoy!