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My girlfriend Omi is in need of a new home for her 16 year old (as far as we can guess; she is at least that old, perhaps older) Aussie Shepard, Sadie. She does not wish to rehome Sadie, but we are faced with very few options. At this point, she has had to make the very difficult decision that she can no longer adequately care for Sadie due to disability. We live in the Olympia, WA, area.

Sadie is a lovely dog. She is friendly, easy to get along with, she's awesome with children, no issues with cats, or other animals. She will growl if cats or other animals try to steal her food, but she has never bitten or snapped at the animals, or people.

Here is the problem. She's getting older, and at this point she has a three hour bladder, almost like clockwork. She has always been an indoor dog, and is utterly terrified of the outdoors. We have set up a dog run and despite our best efforts, she has managed to tangle herself in the line regularly. She will do this until someone comes out to untangle her, but upon someone going inside, she will immediately re-tangle herself. She is also Houdini dog and will wiggle out of her harness regularly and try to bury under fences. She must be an indoor dog..

She is also going on a hunger strike. She is scattering her food and refusing to eat. The apartment that Omi and her family have been able to find does not allow dogs, and my rental home does not allow indoor dogs. Even if we could have Sadie indoors, most of our household is disabled and on vacillating sleep schedules. It is simply not possible to arrange to walk her every three hours (or less; it has crept up to every hour at points), especially now that she is not signaling when she needs to be walked.

More minor issues are that she is arthritic, although she does not seem to be in pain. She is deaf in some ranges, but not completely. Prior to Omi and family adopting her, she was raised by a household that did not care for her. This has resulted in a few things, such as she is triggered by men in plaid shirts and baseball caps. She was never properly trained, and by the time Omi adopted her at age five, no amount of training was successful.

Unfortunately, nearly everyone in the household is disabled with chronic pain at this point, with the exception of those who are working and thus do not have time to walk a dog on a three hour schedule. It is simply not possible to give her the care that she needs, as much as we want to. This is not a decision that has been made lightly. She is very loved, and this is breaking my girlfriend's heart, but it is the best for Sadie.

She is very sweet, lovable, and kind. She likes to tuck people in at night, and she protects those she loves. With her age and arthritis, she is not very active, but she is very loving. She is an amazing dog who just needs people who are physically able to meet her needs. There is a video of her here, if you would like to see what she's like.

Again, we are in Olympia, WA. We are willing to drive her to Seattle or Portland (or another city of similar distance, but 2hrs is about the max based on health issues). If anyone is interested, please contact Omi at omimouse@hotmail.com, and please CC her husband Louis at louis.adkins@hotmail.com.

Please re-post and boost the signal if you can. Thank you so much!

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Jul. 24th, 2014 10:44 am (UTC)
Tucking me in consists of her bouncing over to the side of the bed, nudging me and headbutting at me for pettings and scritches, then when she's satisfied I'm properly settled in, curling up on the floor next to me and staying there until I fall asleep. According to the rest of the family, once I'm out, she'll get up every so often to make a round of the house, and then return to her 'post' to curl up again.

She deserves all the love and spoiling she can get.
Jul. 25th, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
Aww that is so sweet!

I feel for you that you can't keep her, when she's so devoted. *hugs*
Jul. 25th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
Not sure if it'll help much but I shared it on my LJ - I do have a long flist so maybe someone on it is in your area and has space for a wonderful old dog.

If I weren't disabled and had a house I'd actually be tempted. Cats would come first but she gets along with cats and a good dog can be a cat's best friend.
Jul. 25th, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Signal boosting is very much appreciated. She gets along well with cats; the needing walkies every 3hrs is unfortunately the problem. :(
Jul. 25th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the main reason I haven't gotten Ari his very own chihuahua is that even daily dog walking would be too much for me. He loves the little San Francisco dogs. Any dog smaller than he is becomes an instant friend, even if it's just shorter like a dachshund.
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