Saturday, February 11, 2006

A walk in our canyons with Sadie

It was awfully cold this morning, but Cliff and I put on our coveralls and went to the woods, for Sadie's sake.  Running around in the pasture and woods is the brightest spot of her days, and we hate to disappoint her.

This is the most hyper-active dog, outside, that I've ever had.  In the house she's laid-back and sedate, only asking to be petted every once in awhile.  But outside, she runs in circles as fast as any greyhound.  I don't turn her loose in the yard because I'm afraid she'll go off chasing something, or someone; but once we're in the pasture, she is set free.  Buddy sometimes runs past us on his way to hunt forest creatures, but he's gone in a flash.  Sadie will follow him just a little way, then return to us... knowing I'll reward her with a little piece of hot dog for not running away. 

I do think she's calming down somewhat when we're on our walks.  Perhaps she's just now getting used to such freedom, and realizes she'll get the chance to run every day.

She's back to Science Diet dog food.  She eats it with such gusto (about three cups a day, for a 22 pound dog) that I hated to force the Purina dog food on her, although I'm sure she would have done fine.  Sadie's worth the expense, and Buddy will eat up the Kibbles and Chunks, so it won't be wasted. 

I still can't help but wonder what Sadie's previous life was like.  She's one year old and as well-behaved as any dog I've owned.  I'm sure there were children in her life before, judging by the way she adores my granddaughters.  Why would someone have gotten rid of her?  Perhaps they couldn't afford to have her spayed, or maybe they had to move to an apartment and couldn't keep her.  Whatever the reason, their loss was my gain.  And Sadie loves her new life in the country.

21 comments:

tc01hm said...

Glad to see Sadie and you enjoying each other! Sadie knows how lucky she has life now!
Tess

madcobug said...

Whatever happened to Sadie is their loss and your gain. I do believe Buddy has gained some weight since you have been caring for him. Those pictures are cute where they are hunting something. Helen

marainey1 said...

All 3 of you will be blessed by the exercise.  I need it so bad.  Just got back from the grocery store and that was my exercise for the day.  Put in the cart,take it out of the cart, put it back in the cart, put in the car trunk, unload it all at home and put it all away, well, most is put away.  Now I need a rest.  'On Ya' - ma

starstarj said...

You have gained so much having Sadie. I am looking for a pound pup too (very small) to take on walks. Our dog is 15 and can not excerise anymore.

plieck30 said...

I do believe Sadie has taken up residence in your heart. Wonderful for you both. Paula

ora4uk said...

Life is good....and seems yours, Cliffs, and Sadies...is gooder LOLOL...Hugs

chat2missie said...

Sadie looks so happy in those pics!   It made me smile!
Missie

bnanajm said...

She sure seems to have made friends with Buddy.  She looks like she's looking to him to show her the ropes - - or woods.

robinngabster said...

I love those pictures! The leaves on the ground look so neat! Sadie is a real keeper!!!

am4039 said...

sadie is way to cute and just fits right in.

pudge450 said...

Is it possible you got a Hurricane Katrina rescued dog?  I know they have been disbursed all over the country in an effort to find homes for those whose owners could not be located.

shayshaydc said...

I really think Sadie was intended just for you!!!! http://journals.aol.com/shayshaydc/Golfaholic
Sharon:)

csandhollow said...

I am so glad that Sadie has a home with you.

mutualaide said...

I love reading about Sadie and knowing that she is in a wonderful home and so well loved!

astaryth said...

Sometimes you have to wonder how some dogs/cats/etc ended up in rescue situations.... Sometimes it's something tragic like an owner getting sick and having no one to care for the animal, sometimes it's simply we are a throw away society and they got 'tired' of having the responsibility, sometimes it's a natural disaster such as Katrina..... Whatever the reason, you definitely got a keeper in Sadie. She looks so happy in those picutres!
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redpoppy007 said...

she is a beautiful dog, I enjoy your pictures of her.

naturegirlfromny said...

Sadie and Buddy look like they are having a great time!  Linda

ksquester said...

Love the pictures.  I often wonder the same thing about my dog LUKE. He was picked up as a stray. He has been my best dog. I am hoping when I get back to KS in the spring that LUKE can visit Sadie and Buddy. Of course, I would love visiting YOU too!   Anne

bookncoffee said...

Sadie......another example of how God provides.  

cyandfayedavis said...

What a lucky dog Sadie is.

penguine4050 said...

SOUNDS LIKE SADIE HAS FOUND HERSELF A GREAT HOME.