Sadie is our one and only dog. A Catahoula mixed with who knows what and I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. She has the sweetest disposition and loves other animals. She loves playing with other dogs at the dog park and even tries (annoyingly so) to make friends with the shy dogs or the nervous dogs at the park. She follows them around trying to help them relax or if they are being extra feisty she will herd them away from the larger pack of dogs at the park. She loves and protects all her cats, even if they don’t necessarily love her back.
The cats, as well as my husband, child and myself, are part of her pack and she takes care of her pack. She is extra gentle with my parent’s 15-year-old dog when she comes over when my parents are out of town. She even did fairly well with the rabbit for the short while we had him. She was surprisingly wonderful with our son. When he was a baby she growled at me when I blew raspberries on his tummy because she thought I was growling at him and she didn’t like it. She kept close to him when new people came over to make sure she trusted them with her newest pack member. She puts up with his often rough man-handling (because he also shares his food with her) and is almost always a part of our frequent park adventures. She wants to make friends with everyone, child, adult or animal. She has a gentle soul, and old soul, and is so incredibly wise for a dog.
So how did we get so lucky as to obtain this dog you might ask? It went something like this. . . I was at the vet with my diabetic cat and I ran into someone I had worked with during my rescue days. Her rescue worked with both dogs and cats whereas the one I had worked with was cats only so I asked her if she had any Border Collies or Aussie Shepherds available for adoption. She did not, but had received an email from a woman needing help placing what she thought was an Aussie Shepherd, so she forwarded the women’s information to me.
The women was a park ranger and the dog in question whom she called Sadie was abandoned in one of her parks. After she had been at the park for about a week and it started to flood the women couldn’t take it any longer and brought the dog home. She already had a German Shephard puppy in an apartment and didn’t feel it was fair to have two large dogs in such a small space so she was looking to find a home for Sadie. When we met with Sadie she was sweet and happy so we decided to bring her home.
After we had Sadie for about a month I could totally understand why someone might have abandoned her in a park. She was very high energy and needed a LOT of exercise and stimulation, a far cry from the low maintenance Pit Bulls that I had owned previously. She also couldn’t be trusted home alone not to find something to amuse herself with while we were gone, she had a fondness for nibbling things like my books and my favorite shoes. . . After Crate training, finding the dog park, and my husband being able to take her to work either to ride along with him or play with his bosses dog all day, she settled down enough to where we no longer wanted to abandon her at a park. She got along great with the cats inside the house and she was a great exercise companion for me. All in all, after we learned how to handle a smart working dog, we feel in love with our Catahoula Mix and I’m so glad we have had the pleasure of owning her.