Newest update: Helen has gained weight and is quite healthy now. She is good with some dogs but will try to herd them when they run so she needs to be with a dog that won't be upset by that behavior. Helen has some odd behaviors...I know rescues always jump to say the dog must have been abused...and it does appear that Helen was. When she's in a crate and I go to remove a bowl she flinches, when she's out running around the yard she's hestitant about coming and when I do get to her she cowers down as though she thinks she'll be punished, when throwing a ball she flinched and acted as though I was throwing it at her...whomever owned her before must have treated her roughly. Helen came from the Springfield Animal Shelter. She was extremely skinny...possibly the skinniest dog we've ever taken into our program....she is slowly gaining weight. She was taken to our vet for an exam and heartworm test. The heartworm test came back negative and they did a fecal which showed whipworms. She has been dewormed twice with drontal plus and has one more dose to give in 3 months. Helen is a very active girl who has herding instincts. She loves to chase water out of a hose and appears to have been played fetch with before. I think it is possible her old owner used rocks to play with her. She doesn't catch things you throw at her as though she's learned some things can be painful to catch. She waits for the item to fall, sniffs it, then picks it up to bring it back to you. I'm sure with time and only playing with tennis balls, stuffed toys, etc she'll learn that these things aren't going to hurt her. If you are interested in adopting please fill out our online application: http://members.petfinder.com/~KS87/application.html. The adoption fee is: $150 and includes the vaccines, heartworm test (if the animal is over 6 months of age), spaying/neutering, microchip, and deworming.Autumn Acres is a no kill animal rescue. When we have space, we take in all breeds and all types of dogs. We rely on foster homes and donations in order to keep being able to help the animals. Please consider fostering a dog or donating what you can. We can always use donations of blankets, towels, beds, toys, shampoo, brushes, dog bowls, crates, and treats/rawhides. If you can afford to please consider making a monetary donation via the paypal link below. We are a 501c3 organization and we are also state licensed as a non-profit animal rescue.