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08:55 am:

So the story goes…

 

I went to the shelter to adopt a Saint Bernard/Akita mix and well, that did not work out. He was very loving to me and gentle, but when Amanda came over to the shelter, he began to drag her around the room by her arm and actually broke skin with his teeth. I was then informed he had killed a cat and it broke my heart, but I could not risk any of the other family members getting hurt by the dog, so I had to walk away. I went on through the shelter and fell on love with another dog who was so scared, shaking and shy. Then some idiot woman informed me they THINK “he” MIGHT be part Pit Bull and in order to adopt her there was a home inspection, you cannot have kids, you have to have a fenced yard and crap. This was after I spent a LONG time in the cage with this dog. So once again my heart was just broken.

 

Of course the dog’s picture was in the paper Friday night with animals needing adoption from the shelter. I stopped by the shelter in Knoxville Sunday and I could not stand even looking at the dogs, so I just left depressed. But yesterday I called the shelter about the black dog. The lady I talked to said there were no special adoption procedures for the dog but she cold not understand why I would want it, it does not bark, won’t eat, is severely depressed and blah, blah, blah! Well good grief, that is why I wanted the baby. But, they said I could have her. I would not take any chances, so I called Amanda and she was 45 minutes away. She said she would go straight over there to get her before they changed their minds again. She did and the dog was in the front lobby where I work within an hour.

 

HER (shows how much the shelter knows) name is SadieMae and I love her so very much. She is Lab with a bit of Pit mixed in. She is about 10 months old. She is terrified of men, leashes and thunderstorms. I finally got her to eat last night, but she would not go out on a leash to use the bathroom. She won’t walk on a leash. She did great with all 3 grandkids, even with Perrin stepping on her feet a few times she never snapped, growled or got impatient with him. Chris had to carry her all the way from the road to the house (we have to park up there because my driveway is impassable with all this rain lately). Cletus was mega excited. She made a few low, tiny growls at him and he made a few at her. She paid no attention to the cats. She crapped and peed in the floor right before bed. Both of them ended up on the couch on each side of Chris. When he came to bed they slept together until 4am.

 

At 4am I felt something very cold on my face. I opened my eyes a bit to see some lightening outside and thunder. SadieMae was nudging my face with her nose. I whispered “come on up here baby” and she slowly and gently made her way onto the bed. She ended up underneath the cover with me and took her head to put my arm around her. I think she was scared of the storm. She slept under the cover with me until after 6am. Then she proceeded to use the bathroom in the house again (that is something we will definitely have to fix). This morning, with the encouragement of deer jerky, she walked all the way to the car on the leash. She was excited to see Amanda and Perrin this morning. She is adorable and I love her so very much. My favorite part is the droopy skin at the corner of her mouth that is so very soft and I love to kiss and kiss and kiss that soft skin. She loves me too and I am so thankful we could save her life and give her a good home. She will have a wonderful Yule with the family and I will be buying her stocking today, put her name on it and hang it up beside everyone else’s in the family. So... presenting to you my newest family member…SadieMae



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From:qryztufre
Date:December 16th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)

PISS!

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Seemingly you should not punish a dog in any way if it defecates in the house. Rather you should take it outside till it does it's duty and praise the piss out of it so it won't go in the house later ;)

With that, I've taken the dog out twice now, once for 15 minutes, and once for nearly a half hour. It did not go, but I got too cold. I'm now off to try once again, so if you call, I may be outside hoping she's going.
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From:mitakola
Date:December 16th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)

Re: PISS!

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I will bring pads home for the night

it will take her awhile but she will get the hang of it.
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From:qryztufre
Date:December 16th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)

Re: PISS!

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I left her out in the pen for about 15 minutes... I can only assume she piddled due to the fact shes not gone in the house yet. But I've been taking her out at least once an hour for a short time... I think I'll leave her out there again, in case she is just being shy about going in front of a guy ;)
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From:yardlong
Date:December 16th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Glad you got her, and I like her name!
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From:mitakola
Date:December 16th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Thanks...I am so lucky to have gotten her, she is precious!
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From:starrytxnights
Date:December 16th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Welcome, SadieMae! What a beautiful, sweet girl!
I bet it won't take her long to learn her potty manners. It's just such constant work until they do. When I got both of my smaller pups, they weren't housebroken and it was literally taking them outside every 30 minutes so they wouldn't go in the house. Day and night! UGH! So glad those days are over for now. That is such a shame about the big dog. Hopefully someone willing to be patient and teach it good manners will come along!
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From:my_lady_f
Date:December 19th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
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She's soo pretty! What big sweet eyes she has!
From:riversidemusing
Date:December 22nd, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
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Awww. :o)

She does look like what we call Staffie. (Staffordshire bull terrier.)

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