Shelter Picks: Kelsie

By Sammy Johnson

Kelsie, age 2, is one of those dogs where you have no idea exactly what mix of breeds they are, but the combination is perfect. He looks like a Welsh corgi, Australian shepherd and Golden retriever all at once; he is fluffy and weighs about 55 pounds, with a cute white stripe on his face and a funny "mohawk" of fur on his head that sticks up even after you brush it. Like a corgi, though, he doesn't have much of a tail. Regardless of what he is, Kelsie is a loving, active and gentle dog that deserves a forever home. He is fine around kids of all ages and doesn't growl when people come near either his food or toys. He seems to be fine with strangers, as he never thought twice about coming up to me or anyone else at the shelter. Kelsie is an owner-surrendered dog, so he is fairly trained: he is already housetrained and crate-trained, and he was learning to sit, stay and go down while he was in his old home. The problem seemed to be that his owners didn't have enough space for him, or enough time to help him burn off energy so he didn't get bored and chew on things. I can picture him running around outside with a family and having a happy time. Kelsie is just an overall great dog, and I am baffled that he is still at a shelter.

For information on Kelsie and other animals at Animal Aid, call (757) 865-0511, go to, or visit the shelter at 80 Butler Farm Rd. in Hampton.

Shelter Picks is an occasional series of blurbs and photos by Sammy Johnson, a local 14-year-old animal lover and aspiring photographer. The blurbs will focus on family-friendly dogs and cats at area shelters that need homes. Contact Sammy at

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