Sadie and Hawkins
Today, March 24, 2017 is the 11th anniversary celebrating our adoption of Angel (we renamed her Sadie) rescue tag 524. We were notified by Doberman Rescue that they had received a 3 1/2 year old female blue Doberman (owner turn in). They thought she would make a good companion for the 6 year red male Doberman we had adopted a few months before. The Kelly’s were her foster parents. It was love a first sight when we saw her. When we brought her home it wasn’t exactly love at first sight between her and Hawkins (the 6-year-old male we adopted). He liked being an only dog and didn’t want to share his sofa or his peeps. They never hurt each other but had many verbal arguments.
It took about 9 months for Sadie to get the nerve to jump up on the sofa next to Hawkins and snuggle into the corner. Hawkins was astonished that she would dare to get on “his” sofa and jumped down. That was the day they became best buddies. On June 10, 2010 her buddy died of stomach cancer. Sadie’s grief was so great that within days she developed severe colitis and was rushed to the emergency hospital. The only cause they could find was that she was grieving the loss of her buddy. It took six long months for her to come out of her depression. Many times during that 6 months we thought we would lose her. We took her to daycare 5 days a week so she could be with other dogs.
The same daycare she went to with Hawkins. She sat in a corner of the yard and would growl at any dog that came near her. We worried she would never get over Hawkins. We were thinking of reducing the number of days she attended daycare since she didn’t want any dog near her. Then one day when I went to pick her up from daycare the staff all rushed to me with their cell phones showing me pictures of Sadie finally playing with the other dogs.
Sadie is 14 1/2 years old now. Our lives revolve around her and her needs. We are thankful for every day we have with her. Thank you Chuck, Barb and Tim for trusting us with this wonderful doberman girl.