July 14, 2003
Sarah proved to be too dangerous around other dogs when she initiated very serious fights where another dog in the foster home, twice her size, was seriously injured. We could not risk another animal getting hurt and felt that rather than return her to the shelter where she would definitely be in a cage with another dog putting that dog at risk, possibly be adopted to unsuspecting people or eventually be euthanized because of overcrowding at the shelter, that it would be best to have her put to sleep immediately and spare her the stress and trauma of the shelter life she had already experienced too much of. Sarah had 2 weeks of the good life in her foster home. It is more than most dogs will ever experience. Sarah was a great dog with people. Her foster mom became very attached to her and it was a very difficult decision, but definitely the right thing to do. She went to sleep very peacefully in her foster mom's arms.
Shar Pei mix? So where are the telltale purple spots on her tongue? Well, we wondered the same thing. She has the ears, body shape and tail of a Shar Pei and we were puzzled as to the lack of purple tongue spots - until she yawned... the purple spots are UNDERNEATH her tongue! Sarah had been picked up as a stray with 2 nursing puppies and was taken to the shelter. She spent 2 months there while raising her puppies and was then transferred to the main kennel for adoption once her puppies were weaned. That is where we saw her when selecting dogs to come into our rescue group. Her coat was in horrible shape. Tufts of dead hair sticking out everywhere. We brought her straight to a foster home where she was brushed and bathed, slathered with conditioner, and brushed again. After her bath, there were still a few die-hard tufts to be removed. We raked her and it pulled her skin, something most dogs won't tolerate - it can be very uncomfortable. But Sarah willingly let us remove all of the dead hair from her coat, no matter how hard we had to yank. She gave us kisses of gratitude because afterwards she felt so much better. Regular grooming will prevent her from getting into that horrid of shape again. Before leaving the shelter, some children wanted to pet Sarah. Not knowing how she would react, we warned them to be careful and stood ready to intervene should Sarah show any adverse reaction. And suddenly, without warning, as the children were petting her.... Sarah plopped down and rolled over for belly rubs! When the children walked away she was very upset that they were leaving her. She really seems to enjoy kids. Sarah is estimated to be about 1 1/2 - 2 years old and weighs 37 pounds. Sarah prefers a cat-free home. She likes other dogs but tends to be a little bossy with them so she would do well in a single dog household. She will be spayed on July 16. Sarah has proven herself trustworthy baby gated in the kitchen at night and when left home alone.