Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: No training
Woodstock, Georgia, United States
Posted September 27, 2016
Sadie was a very fearful rescue when I adopted her. With time and patience, she became a loyal, loving, wonderful dog. Despite a bad start in life, Sadie was always happy. Coming home from work, she would be waiting for me to walk in, tail going a mile a minute and smiling (yes, I believe dogs smile). She didn't know how to "play" per se, (although I tried to teach her fetch - I would throw the ball and then run and get it and bring it back and do it again. I was very well trained..). However, she did have her own method of playing - I would hide under the bedspread and snort - and she would run up, jump on the bed and dig like crazy to find me. She may not have been a typical dog, but she was wonderfully kind (except with other smaller dogs. She wasn't too keen on them). She adapted well to road trips to my son's home, learned to accept the other dogs in the house, and even allowed my 2 year old grandson to climb on her. She was very even tempered, only barked when necessary and her biggest flaw was digging holes. She had the nose and loving sense of a beagle and the sharp awareness of a Doberman. I wouldn't hesitate to adopt this mix of dog again.
Give this mix time to relax and get used to the surrounding. Discipline lightly, they learn very fast what you do and do not like. Be aware they are protective of their owner/owners when other dogs come around and will bark at strangers. None of this is bad. If I had to do it over, I would adopt Sadie again in a second.