Friday, March 6, 2009
Happy Gotcha Day, Ms. Sadie!!!
Lady Sadie arrived here one year ago today, via the SPCA and Okanagan Collie Rescue. Her story is here: http://mylifewiththecritters.blogspot.com/2008/03/sadie-says-hello.html
In many ways she fit in right away, and yet of all the dogs I’ve fostered or adopted over the years, she took the longest to decide that this was not just a temporary holding place until her family came back for her.
It was three months before she stopped racing to the door in eager anticipation any time the doorbell rang and then sadly slipped back to her post by the patio door when she saw the guest was not the person she pined for. It was six months before she left her post by the patio doors for more than a few minutes at a time, as she carefully watched every car that drove by. It was almost eight months before she finally clambered on the couch or the bed and claimed this home as hers. Once she made that decision, she took ownership, deciding she must fly out the door the moment it opened and run around the perimeter of the yard barking “go away, go away, no intruders allowed here, this is MY place!”
I have no doubt that if she saw her previous family again she would not only remember them but joyfully run to greet them. But I also have no doubt that she would return to me, and that she knows that this is where she belongs now.
Happy Gotcha Day, Ms. Sadie. You are one very sweet girl. I am so glad you came to join our family.