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10:24 am:
I have been in emotional rollercoaster hell the past 24 hours. SadieMae was doing great and stuck to my side every minute I was home. yesterday while I was at work, Chris was putting things in the car and there was a slight accident involving Perrin, a door and SadieMae in which she ran away. Chris raised his voice to Perrin and she just took off.

No amount of words can define and describe the fear in this dog. Chris can cough and she jumps and hides. If he stands up, she backs away, cowers down and tries to hide. A sudden move scares her badly and she suffers from terrible nightmares every time she goes to sleep. I have no clue what the dog has suffered in her life, but it has not been good and has apparently been at the hands of a man. She has been beaten and abused horribly. In addition to that, she does not know her name yet and if you whistle or call her in any way, she is terrified and runs. I have never seen a dog that has been abused to this point.

I searched for her last night for hours. My daughters searched as well. Chris searched and finally I just had to go home. Mostly because Norm and Vickey were back from vacation and Norm was just mean and cruel to me. He said something, without thinking...AGAIN...and it just brought tears to my eyes because he has no clue what I have been going through. After I stopped the search, I cried, a lot. I went to bed early and cried. My sleep was filled with nightmares. I woke up many times and laid in bed awake for hours worrying about her being alone and scared in the woods, and I am talking about hundreds of acres of woods, creeks and briar patches. At 5am I could not stand it anymore. I felt like she was out there looking for me and it was driving me insane. I got up, put my hiking boots on and made the trip back up to the car. I told Chris I was going on to work (yeah 3 hours early). I turned the headlights out when I got to his Mom's house and headed out to the woods. She was no where to be seen. I got back in the car and was heading on to work when she ran from across the road. I stopped the car in the middle of the road and jumped out. As soon as I said he name, she ran to me and leaped into my arms, seriosuly leaped to the point of knocking me down into the ditch. I just held her and I think we kissed for 5 minutes. I picked her up and put her in the car and called Chris to meet me at the top of the hill with the leash. He got up there (in his robe and tennis shoes) and I just laid on the ground with her for about 15 minutes.

I was covered in mud, called Amanda, Chris went home and got dressed and we went to Amanda's at 630am. I took a shower and SadieMae laid on the couch with me for a long time. I had to wrap a present for my supervisor and she was right by my side the entire time.

We are making a trip to Marietta GA tomorrow to take Hazel to her sister's house for a week. I just talked to Amanda and she plans to babysit SadieMae while we are gone. So I will not have to worry about her. After that, I will have 2 weeks with her, without having to leave for work. By then, hopefully she will feel safer and more secure with us and we will not have any more sleepless nights.

So...she is home....I am happier than words can describe and I hope this is the end of the doggy drama.

Things are so crazy hectic right now. We go to Marietta tomorrow and that will be an all day thing. I want to spend some time alone with Vickey and go out to dinner or lunch to talk to her about some things but not sure with our schedules when I can fit that in. I have a day with Amanda Tuesday I think and alas.....things are stressful right now.


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Date:December 19th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, Cyndi. I am so, so glad you got your sweet new SadieMae back! Believe me, I know how you felt...when my Ebony went missing, I was inconsolable.
But animals know when they are loved. It may take time for her to trust again but she will. She Will.
Time and love will heal her wounds.
Your patience and faith in her will pay off...eventually.
Heck, it already has!
Safe journey!
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Date:December 22nd, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
She is doing much better. It is like the accidental seperation just made her know that I would take care of her and love her. She now knows her name and is doing fantastic in her potty training!
Date:December 19th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the stress you went through - you certainly don't need any more right now, by the sounds of things. But at least the story has a happy ending, especially for SadieMae. I'm sure she's found the one refuge that will allow her to recover, eventually.
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Date:December 22nd, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
It was stressful, but with a beautiful ending. The seperation just bonded us like you would not beleive. She is such a good dog and very smart. Once she feels safe with us, she will just be amazing. I cannot imagine someone treating a helpless animal the way she must have been treated.
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Date:December 20th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
I'm so glad she showed back up. Sounds like your instincts were spot-on in heading out early to work and finding her.

Safe travels. I miss Marietta. Have you been to La Familia Restaurant in the town square. It's fairly decent Italian. Then there's the Marietta Diner. Well shoot, you probably won't read this till you get back. Hope all is well.
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Date:December 22nd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
ROFL....our friends suggested the Marietta Diner and my goodness was I impressed. The food was delicious and we had a fantstic time, despite the horrible drive home!

BTW...your Yule card is going to be late....sorry. LOL...I thought it was next week, not THIS week.
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