Sadie's Story

I [Valerie] had been looking to adopt a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel when I found out about Sadie in July 2013. In June she had been rescued from a puppy mill in Ohio by Vermont's Champlain Valley Canine Rescue (CVCR). A CVCR volunteer in Waitsfield, Vermont was fostering her just a couple of miles away from me. I met Sadie and adopted her the next week.  It seemed like fate that we had found each other.

Sadie has a sad history as a breeding mother in a puppy mill. At over four years of age, she has probably had six or more litters of pups. She had just weaned her last puppies a month before she was rescued.

Sadie had not received good medical care in years and was in need of TLC. CVCR got her excellent veterinary care. She was spayed, had a full dental work up, had a polyp removed, and was being treated for urinary track and ear infections.

Medical issues aside, Sadie's foster told me that Sadie was hands-shy, afraid of doors and showed separation anxiety. Sadie had never gone up or down stairs, she wasn't house trained, had no idea what a dog bed or toy was, and was fearful, untrusting and submissive. Oh, and she had probably never seen a cat. I had two. The adventure began.

Within just a few days of adopting Sadie, she was starting to relax. Within a week she had mastered the 23 steps up and down from the house. The next week she understood that the big dog bed on the floor was hers. Within a month she was mostly house broken. She was getting healthier every day and building up her strength and stamina through daily walks.

Sadie and I have been together for four months now. It has been a learning experience for both of us (Sadie is my first dog). She is sweet, has shown no aggression at all, gets along with children, and just loves to play with other dogs. I take her around town to meet her doggie friends every week.

I thank CVCR for saving Sadie. I am happy to have her in my life. I look forward to watching her continue to come into her own and for our relationship to grow.

With Deep Gratitude,

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