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Come Play With Us!
Please join us for our Spring Picnic on Saturday, May 20th. Start time is 10 a.m. and the picnic will be at Memorial Park in Sierra Madre (driving directions are on the Events Page). We will have a raffle headed up by Judi Barry and we certainly welcome any raffle prizes you can donate. It's very important that Judi have a "heads up" on what raffle donations are coming in, so please call her at: (310) 339-8219 or email her at judibarry@aol.com so she can plan the table setup. You can make arrangements to drop off your donation(s) ahead of time or you can bring it to the picnic. If you plan to bring your donation(s), please plan to have it there by 9:15 a.m. If you aren’t able to be to the park that early, please bring it anyway and we'll use it at our next picnic. Your donations are precious to us and they're tax deductible! Every ticket sold means more money to help the Shelties in need. We also plan to have our doggie play area which has been very popular and we look forward to watching our Shelties play together. We will also have a potluck. Please bring a main dish if your last name begins with A-L, and a side dish or salad if your name begins with M-Z. Desserts, soft drinks, and paper goods will be provided by SSRI. Fall picnic will be in October!
Did you know?
In addition to donating on our website (we take PayPal!!), you can help the Shelties out when shopping for groceries or online at Amazon! If you are a Ralphs club card member, you can choose SSRI to receive a portion of your purchases in the Ralphs Community Contribution Program (registration is annually on September 1st). Shop AmazonSmile and you can select SSRI to receive .5% of all eligible purchases you make online.
~ Thank you from the Shelties
Landon - by Connie Coleman
Landon was adopted by SSRI volunteer Connie Coleman in 2009 after she discovered him in the medical ward of an animal shelter. Landon had been hit by a car, severely injured, and abandoned, but was found by someone who brought him to an animal emergency care center. After receiving initial treatment there, Landon was taken to the shelter. Connie immediately fell in love with the little dog and brought him home to foster for SSRI. She knew pretty quickly, though, that she would be adopting Landon.

After Landon healed, he became a fit model for dog wear (he is a perfect size Medium). Shortly after this, Connie was asked to design for a dog fashion show fundraiser for the Amanda Foundation. Landon wore a snazzy Louis XIV ensemble and received worldwide media attention. This led to Landon going to acting school, getting an agent, and landing more modeling (and even a couple of acting) jobs.

Realizing the motivational potential of Landon's story of resiliency, Connie developed an educational program for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Recently, news of Landon's educational program caught the attention of the CEO of ISD Innovations-a high-tech company that addresses mental health issues.
Landon was given the title of "Wellness Ambassador" and will be presenting his educational program within elementary and middle schools to spread positivity and resiliency among youth. Landon will also be representing ISD Innovations during Oxnard College's Prevention Week and they are sponsoring Landon's upcoming book, "Landon Loves Life," which will be launched this summer. In his free time, Landon (whose namesake is soccer pro Landon Donovan) likes to play soccer with his two Sheltie sisters, take naps, and help out in the kitchen. This "help" includes inspiring new dog snack recipes like the one in this newsletter. Landon hopes that your dog likes these snacks. ~ Woof!
Landon’s Apple Carrot Dog Treats
1 cup of whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour
1 cup of grated carrots
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
½ tsp. salt (optional, salt helps extend the shelf life of the treats)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients together until dough forms. Roll the dough into small balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press each dough ball down slightly so the biscuits are about ¼ inch thick. Bake until golden brown (30-40 minutes); cool treats on a wire rack. ~ Makes 2 dozen small treats.
Follow Landon’s activities on his website and blog LandonTheSheltie.com, Facebook Page Landon the Sheltie and Twitter @LandonSheltie. He will also soon be getting an Instagram Account.
In Loving Memory Shelby 1999 – 2016
I adopted Shelby in 2010; he was 11 years old and deaf. It was a total a joy to watch him grow. He was abused before I got him and didn't really know what it was like to be loved. It only took a couple of months for him to realize that he was now in a safe and happy place for the first time in his life.
I'm writing to share what a great experience and pleasure it is to adopt an older dog. An older dog needs you as much as a puppy does, and they have so much to offer. Shelby showed me in so many ways how he enjoyed life and was so grateful to me. I would just look at him and say I love you too sweetheart.

Shelby was 17 when he passed away a few months ago. He was so beautiful and regal and I treasured every day I had with him.

Please consider adopting an older dog. They really need you, and you will be rewarded in ways you could never imagine. Rest in Peace my wonderful boy. I will see you later; I love you and always will. ~ Judi
Rescue’s Wish List
Foster homes are always needed! As are volunteers to scout shelters, transport Shelties and do home visits. Donations of the following are also needed:
- Certificates for gas, food, grooming, training, carpet cleaning
- Frontline Plus or Advantage
- Washable beds, blankets, towels
- Training treats and toys
- Postage stamps
Southland Sheltie Rescue is only possible because of YOU; the volunteers, donors, and adoptive homes. Each rescue Sheltie requires a valuable donation of time, effort and resources. Thank you for your work and participation in finding the rescue Shelties the very best homes. It wouldn't be possible without you.
~ Thank you from the SSRI Team
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