High-energy mischief maker in search of work

By Ryan Cornell

EDINBURG — Scarlett is like the Energizer Bunny; she keeps going, and going and going.

The 2-year-old red heeler, a dog at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, loves to work and play fetch, said animal caretaker Katrina Keywood.

“She’s very energetic,” Keywood said. “Cattle breed dogs tend to need a job to do so they don’t become bored, and she is definitely one of those dogs.

“She’ll play ball with you all day long, until your arms fall off.”

Although, according to caretakers at the shelter, her overabundance of energy and affection can prove tiring.

“With the heeler dogs, they nip at the heels at whatever they’re herding to get them to go,” Keywood said, “and she’s constantly nipping at you.”

Scarlett doesn’t have a job at the shelter, said animal caretaker Thelma Rhinehart, so the 44-pound dog often tries to herd them.

“She needs something to do,” Rhinehart said. “Someone who’s willing to work with her, to play with her or run with her, or a specific job on the farm to do.”

Scarlett arrived at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter as a stray a little more than a month ago.

Keywood said Scarlett would benefit from taking a dog obedience class and being taught some manners.

“She needs persistence of the word, ‘no,'” Keywood said. “She needs a home with a firm hand.”

Keywood said Scarlett would make for a great hiking companion or as a working dog on a farm.

She described the dog as “picky” when it comes to sharing space with other animals. Scarlett doesn’t get along well with cats and certain dogs, she said, and would do better with older kids rather than younger ones.

Scarlett is spayed and is current on all of her vaccinations. The price for adopting her is $25.

Anyone interested in adopting Scarlett can contact the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter at 540-984-8955. Visit the shelter at 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg, or go to http://www.goo.gl/4VPhvU for more information.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com