Pets are family-1 year with Sadie

Yesterday, February 8th, marked our 1 st year with Sadie. Oh what a blessing she is to our lives!

Here is our story on how we acquired her. On December 31, 2012, we lost our beloved full-blooded Chocolate Lab, Hershey.


We purchased him as an 8 week old puppy in October of 2001 and he was part of our family. He had been with our boys through their childhood…our youngest was only 6 when we got him. So losing him was very difficult. We actually never thought we would get another dog. It was a month before I could even watch a commercial with a dog in it (think Subaru commercial-chocolate lab–{insert tears here}).

We went to Tractor Supply one day and they had some dogs outside one day from a local facility. Oh how I loved hugging on them. Then, I looked on our local Animal Shelter page and saw a picture of a dog we thought was cute. It was snowing and cold, but we decided to go anyway. The dog we were looking for was a yellow mix. She looked cute in the picture. When we arrived, we found the dog but the sign said she was being adopted.

We were sad and cold because of the weather, but decided to take one more stroll through the cages anyway. We looked, talked, petted, and even moved away from each and every cage. We saw a cage with 1 dog in it next to a cage with 3 dogs in it. We were told that the boy dog kept jumping out of the cage his sister was in and into the other cage. This is the face we saw when we looked into the cage with the 1 dog.


Isn’t that the cutest face! She looked so sad and just seemed to be begging us to take her with us. We decided we would get a leash and walk her. All the while, the 3 dogs in the next cage were barking like crazy. We think her brother was definitely the alpha dog, but she didn’t seem to care. She was VERY skittish when we first opened the cage, but once she realized we were taking her for a walk she was excited! She was very good on the leash and just had to stop and sniff everything. Her fur was so soft and she had the prettiest eyes. We talked about getting her and we were going to go look at Tractor Supply for a bed, leash and toys while we talked it over and decided for sure.

The weather kept getting worse, but by the time we decided we were going to go back and get her on Monday I had seen a FB friend post a picture of her saying they had adopted her and were picking her up on Monday. My heart was broken. We wanted her so bad, but just decided it wasn’t meant to be. I sent a message to her and told her I was happy for them and that if they hadn’t gotten her we had planned to get her on Monday.

That Friday, that person sent me a message and they had run into an issue and weren’t going to be able to keep her after all and wanted to know if we wanted her. I told her we absolutely DID! Since it was a weekend, they brought her to us and I was going to contact the Animal Shelter on Monday to see what needed to be done to get her transferred to us. We wanted to do everything the right way for fear we would lose her again. I actually contacted a friend of mine that volunteers at the shelter and gave her the story. She talked with the director and assured them that we loved our new fur baby and we would be really good parents. I’m SO glad everything worked out because she had our hearts!
This is the picture of her after her 1st night with us!

One thing you have to remember and be aware of is that animals that come to the shelter have all kinds of backgrounds. It was immediately evident that our girl had been abused in some fashion because she was terrified of most men, quick movements, loud voices and pretty much her own shadow! It was a very sad thing for us, but we knew that once we proved we were her family (and she accepted us as such) that she would be fine. And she is better than fine! We are FAMILY! This is such a personality shot of her!20140209-205127.jpg

Here are some cute things that she does that make us smile:

  • We tell her she is part cat. She loves to lick her paw and clean her face and she LOVES milk!
  • She has to have a collar/bandana on at all times. If you take them off, she puts her nose back into them basically begging you to put them back on. We believe that is part of her identity. I don’t know if she had a collar before she went to the Humane Society, but she acts as if she didn’t. Like this is WHO she is.
  • Every time we change her bandana, she prances around and wants to “show it off” to you.
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  • She has a particular chair and blanket that she prefers. We still have the first dog bed we bought her, but she is too big for it now. We bought her a large pillow, but she doesn’t like it. She would rather be sitting beside you or snuggled up in the chair.
  • She HATES a cage of any kind! I will never try to put her in one because it is too traumatic. Been there/done that/never again!
  • She doesn’t sleep with us all night, but she always comes to our room in the mornings and jumps in the bed. She wants to be near us.
  • She knows exactly what and where her leash is and you’d better spell it if you’re talking about it. Otherwise, she thinks she is going on a trip. She gets very excited when you get it.
  • She doesn’t scratch to go outside or really do much of anything except just look at you. If you ask her if she needs to go outside, she starts turning circles. And she loves it when you hook her up to her cable and say “Ready! Set! Go!” when you open the door.
  • She rarely makes a peep! She is the quietest dog we have ever owned. If someone knocks on the door she will bark or if she doesn’t know someone, but most of the time she doesn’t.

She made several trips with us last year. She is a great traveller. She went with us to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina in April, Ft. Eustis, Virginia in July, Missouri (almost Kansas City) in July and Ft. Eustis again in September along with countless other short trips. She goes everywhere with us and a “pet friendly” hotel is the only kind we will stay in.

Having an animal that you love and loves you back is such a blessing. I wanted to write this post to share about our Sadie, but I also want to encourage you to help out the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society by adopting a pet, volunteering and/or donating items they need. I have a friend who is a volunteer at the Humane Society and has a huge impact there. She will be writing some information on how you can get involved for a future post! I can’t wait to share it with you!


Happy Birthday Sadie


When Sadie came to us a little over a month ago, we thought we knew how old she was. Then I looked on some papers from the vet and they had her a year older than we thought. I was concerned, but had basically come to the understanding I was going to have to just make up a day for her birthday!

When I took her to get spayed, I also took her microchip we got from the Humane Society. I had called a couple weeks earlier to get the information on it changed over and they had told me to call back in a couple weeks to verify the information had been updated and so I could get a username & password for their website.

So, I logged in and added more phone numbers (it’s imperative for you to have as many updated ones as possible) and also a picture of Sadie. While looking around on the site, I found the Humane Society had already entered some information, such as her weight and her birthdate! We had a birthday!!!!! And it was in less than a week!

So, today is the BIG day! Sadie is a year old, is healing very well from her spaying and has captured our hearts! She loves to “talk” like you’ve probably seen in some of my videos. (Here’s a clip if you haven’t.) Sadie Talking

She also loves “hugs”. Every day when we come home from work she jumps up (standing on her back legs) and hugs us and waits on lots of talking & petting. After a minute or so she gets down and she’s good the rest of the night.


Sadie is a very quiet and mostly extremely well behaved dog. She loves to snuggle & loves to sleep. If you are looking for an animal to share your life with, please consider adopting from a local shelter or pet rescue. There are so many animals out there that need a good home. Here is a link to the Hamblen County Humane Society MHHS Facebook Page

Think of all the memories you will be creating with a little pet food, a warm place to sleep and a lot of love!

A furry addition

Wow! How things work out sometimes! Who knew after losing our beloved family pet of almost 12 years that we would have another furry addition 1.5 months later!

We have never been in a position to have an indoor pet before. Hershey had been indoors as a pup, but got big pretty fast and needed to go outside. By the time we would have been able to bring him inside, he was already too old & definitely set in his ways to house train.

We finally got to the point we could look at dogs again without crying. Of course, we certainly didn’t expect to find one. We had been looking on Craigslist and at the Humane Society. We knew it would be easy to find someone who bred puppies, but we really didn’t want to start with a puppy. Plus, we thought it would be great it we could save an animal.

We went to the Human Society one Saturday….actually the Saturday it snowed. We looked at all the dogs and found one we really liked. We took her our of the cage and walked her in the snow. We thought she was a great dog, but it was hard to make that decision. Partly because we knew it was a BIG responsibility and partly because we wanted to be sure we were ready.


We drove to Tractor Supply and looked at crates, dog beds and other dog items. We talked about how we knew the dog we had just seen wouldn’t last long because she was such a great girl. Sure enough, as soon as we got home, I saw a friend on FB had adopted her.

We had another dog we were scheduled to look at that week, but that didn’t work out. She was an older dog that needed a good home due to a divorce situation, but she had some other issues that wouldn’t work out for us.

Even though we were disappointed those two dogs didn’t work out, we trusted that we would eventually find the perfect dog for us! We knew what we were looking for, we just had to find the perfect dog for us.

A few days later, we received a message asking if we wanted the dog we had seen at the pound. (Just that morning we were going to talk to another rescue about a dog they had.) There were circumstances that wouldn’t allow the sweet people who adopted her to keep her. There were lots of things that transpired and we had lots of people help is in making it work. So, 1 week ago tomorrow, the perfect dog came into our lives!

Her name at the shelter was “Jill” but we named her Sadie (because we liked the name & Duck Dynasty). She is 10 months old, house broken and she does great without a crate! She brings such joy to us! I only wish everyone could find an animal that brings them as much joy!


Sadie greets us at the door every day so happy to see us and jumping around and “talking” to us! She makes noises that sound like she is trying to tell us about her day! She snuggles with us and makes us laugh. She is a very quiet dog most of the time and is learning not to beg for food.


Please visit your local shelters and rescues if you are looking for an animal. We have several in our area that do great work in trying to find these animals good homes. Also, if you are unable to care for or keep your animal, please find someone who can. We appreciate the ones who called us. They can see pictures & video of the girl they cared for for almost a week. They loved her for us and we are now loving her for them. 😉