Case Histories August 2015 Issue

Beauty for Ashes

Asta in July 2012, at about three months of age. She was a typically happy, bright, affectionate Shetland Sheepdog puppy.

Beauty for Ashes

A dedicated owner’s journey through – and past – her dog’s mental Illness.

Competing with our Sheltie Asta at her first agility trial was an answer to our prayers. After her diagnosis, we lived with months of uncertainty about what type of life she might have. Following her lovely debut, a friend aware of Asta’s condition commented on how “normal” it all looked. But our path to that first agility competition was anything but “normal” because Asta has a mental illness.

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