Name: Merry
Age: 5 years
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Gender: Female

Meet Princess Merry! Merry is a beautiful five year old aussie who came to us needing a lot of help. She has blossomed in her foster home, and has received all the medical attention she needed. She has dry eye which may require eye medication for the rest of her life, but it’s a small trade off for those pretty blue eyes!

Merry is a high energy girl, but loves to snuggle on the couch after a good yard romping or a good game of fetch. She is completely housebroken, and will let you know when she needs to go do her business. She’s crate trained, but will whine if she’s wanting to be next to you! She’s a velcro girl and wants to be next to her human at all times. She’s grown very attached to her foster dad, but loves everyone she meets (including cats)! Merry would prefer to go to a home without any small dogs-they remind her of her previous litters and she gets a little grumpy! Merry is doing well learning basic commands, and wants to keep learning so she can keep getting treats! Merry’s weakness includes cat food-but she is quick to correct by saying her name in a disapproving tone! She loves water and being outside, so would be best for someone with a yard and active lifestyle.


We introduced you to Mama Merry when she first came into rescue back in December, and today we would like to share a bit more and ask for your help.

Merry is yet another product of the vicious cycle of being an unaltered “yard dog,” and she came to Carolina Hearts in deplorable shape; she was scared, had recently raised a litter of puppies, was nearly hairless and incredibly itchy, and had lost sight in one eye. At her first vet visit it was discovered the hair loss was due to flea dermatitis, something that is easily preventable with monthly treatment, and had some vision loss due to a form of chronic dry eye. She has a mild heart murmur and had clearly given birth to multiple litters of puppies, but was, thankfully, heartworm negative. The vet prescribed eye drops and medications for her skin. Merry’s eyes cleared up and her fur began to grow back – she had left her old life behind and things were looking up!

However, during her spay surgery the vet found a number of masses in her mammary glads. Just when we thought this sweet girl would be ready for her forever home, her past and the unchecked breeding she was subjected to has come back to haunt her. So, Mama Merry is now with our vet in North Carolina, and will have surgery to biopsy and remove the masses. So often in rescue we are left to clean up the mess someone else has created, and we rely on the donations of our supporters to help us do so. Please consider donating toward Merry’s medical treatment fund – any amount helps!

Thankfully, Merry’s tumors came back BENIGN and she is now ready for her forever home. Her bloodwork did reveal that she has hypothyroidism, which is easily managed with inexpensive medication. Merry is a little thing, under 35lb and is just as sweet as can be. She adores the toddler in her foster home, gets along well with (non pushy) dogs and cats, and loves her people. When asked to describe Merry her foster mom came back with one word, WONDERFUL. She loves couches and dog beds and the occasional spontaneous romp around the yard. She is lower energy (for an Aussie) girl of 5 and would be a great companion to someone looking for a walking and Netflix buddy. She walks well on a leash, is great in the car (and at the vet!) and hardly ever barks – she is truly a dream!

Merry is spayed, UTD on vaccines, and microchipped. She is currently fostered in Pittsboro, NC. Her adoption fee is $300.