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Monday, 9 February 2015

The dog that never stops


Happy Monday everyone, and I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!
Today I would like to shine a light on a beautiful pup named Sadie.
Some of you may have already heard her story, as she has recently had a video posted to Instagram that went VIRAL.

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Sadie is currently up for adoption at the Edmonton Humane Society here in Canada.
And despite her viral video, and the extra attention, she is still in need of a home.

You may be wondering what her video is about, and why it went viral.
Take a moment to view, and hear her story by following the link below :


- Sadie the jumping pup -

As you can see, Sadie likes to jump!
Any time she hears motion outside of her kennel, she jumps up and down at her door for a LONG time! She is a girl, who wants her forever people to come a whisk her away to a new home. Sadie has been adopted and returned to the shelter more than one time.
Sadly, this happens more than you might think with adopted dogs.

This brings me to the next part of my post.
Recently, there have been a lot of conversations on my social media networks, referring to how strict some shelters are when someone tries to adopt a pet.
There is a good reason for this, and so many people can't see through it and just complain about it.
If a shelter has turned you down when trying to adopt, chances are, they have a good reason!
It's not like they want to turn people away. They want to see these pets go to good homes too, but some are just not a good fit!
Rant over.

My point in all this is -
shelters need to be strict.
People need to do their research on whatever breed they plan on getting.
People need to be sure they have the means to adopt a pet.
If everyone and every shelter did these things, there would be far less dogs and cats being returned to to these places.

So if there is ever a time when you try to adopt from a shelter and you are turned down, please take a step back and listen to their reasons for refusing you. Maybe it is not the right time.
Maybe there are a few things you need to do before you try and adopt.
Take the steps needed to prepare yourself for the new addition, THEN adopt.
Ok, now rant is really over ;)

Let's share Sadie's story!
Despite her video going viral, she is still in need of a home.
Sadie has a ton of energy and needs someone who can give her the needed exercise.
She will do best with older children and no cats.
Sadie is a hound mix and is around 14 months old. 
Visit the Edmonton Humane Society for more info.







36 comments:

  1. We think it is very important that the right match is made as it isn't nice when it doesn't work and the animal is returned. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. It's so sad when an animal is returned to the shelter. Our Vaks was returned 2 or 3 times when we adopted him. And yes it has been a challenge at the beginning, but we wouldn't dream of returning him. And now our little Vaks belongs to us and we love him so much.

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    1. Aww poor sweet Vaks. I'm glad he found a good mama!

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  3. Adopting without a good process of ensuring the dog and families are good fits is just setting both up for failure. A good shelter or rescue with usually work with you and let you know why they did not approve of an adoption, so you can have a chance to rectify the issue. Even though we might fall in love with a dog we have to recognize that does not always mean the dog is a good fit for us and our life style and we might not be the right fit for the dog. It is meant to be a forever home after all.

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  4. I agree with strict review of adoptions. It can end so badly if there isn't such careful review.

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    1. Exactly. It can end much worse than simply being returned to a shelter. :(

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  5. I completely agree with the strict adoption rules of shelters/rescues, but I hate when they use generalizations. I'm a proud military spouse and I would go to the ends of the earth to ensure I can always keep my furbabies with me. My husband and I were turned down from adoption (by one rescue) for one reason: being a military family. I'm assuming this particular rescue had a lot of cases of military families with the typical excuse "I'm moving and can't take my pets". As we all know, families who aren't associated with the military use that all the time as well. It was a really frustrating situation, but if it had not happened, we wouldn't have Atka. My sweet, sweet Atka <3

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    1. Everything happens for a reason as they say. :)
      I have to agree with you there though. There are some things shelters could cool it down a little bit with I suppose, but in general, they have the dogs best interest at heart, and that's what is important.

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  6. It is very important that animals have a good match with their adopters because you are right shelters want to find homes for their cats and dogs.

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  7. Best for the pup to have the RIGHT home selected the first time so there are no repeat visits to the shelter. We sure hope Sadie finds that pawfect furever home soon.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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    1. Yep, i think so too. It can be so hard on the pets, people don't realize...
      I hope she does too :)

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  8. She's so cute!! I agree, shelters and rescues have their rules for a reason. I couldn't even imagine adopting a pet and then returning it later. How do you not fall in love immediately....I always do!?
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Oh I know! i fall in love with the pets at shelters even when I am not taking any home!!! Hard not to!

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  9. This post strikes a chord for me on several levels. I hope Sadie finds a home soon; I'll do my part by sharing this post. The jumping is not uncommon w/ high energy dogs in shelters, I see it a lot. I call that constant jumping "Pogo-sticking". I've found that taking the dog out of their kennel for a long walk, a raucous game of fetch, or even a hike near the shelter area helps them burn energy & get tired. Even the most energetic pup will then take a long drink of water & lie down on his blanket. Sadie probably just needs a ton of exercise before the shelter opens! I'm glad some shelters approve/deny adopters, at many municipal shelters they have open adoptions & are obligated to adopt to virtually anyone. I don't like that at all.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe
    www.dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com

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    1. No, I don't like that at all either!!! That right there is the TOP reason why pets get returned or abandoned. There HAS to be some stipulations! Sadie is a highly energetic pup lol, they do exercise her as far as I was reading, but who knows. It did make for a cute video though :)

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  10. It's sad, but the average person has no clue about how different dog breeds can be and they end up so unhappy. I wish all humans had to take a class about dogs before adopting so they might "get it".

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    1. I agree!! There should be a class for both pet parenting and child parenting!

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  11. Thanks for introducing us to Sadie. And we agree, shelters need to screen potential adopters thoroughly. Many people don't have a clue as to what is involved with pet ownership, especially some dog breeds.

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    1. Yes especially with some breeds as you said! Not all breeds are for everyone as much as people would like to think so!

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  12. She's like a big Jack Russell Terrier with those jumping skills. In all seriousness though i completely agree. I volunteered at a shelter a few years ago and I saw my fair share of bad matches being made. I wanted so badly to tell that elderly couple that a Lab/Border Collie mix puppy wasn't a good fit, but we weren't allowed to refuse anyone. We could try and explain the breed characteristics but trying to discourage any adoptions was frowned upon. I really wish people put more time into researching dogs before they adopted, or better yet make the choice to go through a rescue that fosters. That way they're truly getting a good look at a dogs temperament in a home setting.

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    1. See and that is what irks me the most. Shelters who tell their workers not to discourage people from adopting a certain breed. I mean, really?? WHy not try your best to prevent these things??

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  13. Sadie is so cute! I hope she finds a forever home soon!

    I've had a really bad experience with a rescue before I got Zoe. I put in a glowing application for a puppy and they denied my app because I didn't have a fenced yard. It was devastating. I understand that shelters and rescues have to have rules but I also think they should be some exceptions made for special people. I had glowing recommendations from friends/family and our vet and well you've seen how I take care of my girls.. it was just so upsetting. I actually had a very good experience adopting from Oregon Humane Society. Both girls came from there and I'd adopt from them again. They actually sit you down and you talk through everything and they don't just throw you application out because of one thing. They take the whole picture into consideration.

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    1. I agree with you Lauren. I think some shelters don't look enough into a persons life. They just see one thing and refuse. I definitely think they should all do as the Oregon Humane society does. Sit people down, talk things out, and truly see if it is a good match.

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  14. Hope Sadie finds her furever home soon. Thanks for sharing her story.

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  15. It is SO important to get th right match!! The FIRST time!! Too traumatic for the dog if he gets returned...

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  16. I am not sure that video does Sadie any favors. That dog needs training not to jump. Maybe then she would find a good home. We were turned down by a rescue for a dog because we cannot have a physical fence where we live. I think in many cases shelters are too strict and arbitrary with their rules. It is not better for a dog to pine away in rescue rather then have a shot at a home.

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    1. Yes she does need that training. They have been working with her and are offering training courses to potential adopters should they adopt her. She has had tons of interest since her video went viral but no matches as of yet.
      I agree with you to a point. Some may be a little to strict without really seeing if the dogs and human could be a good match, BUT I don't always think having a shot in someones home is better than staying in a shelter. Sometimes a persons situation is not one bit feasible for a dog to come live with them, yet they still try and adopt. If the dog will not be in good hands, I don't think the dog will have a good shot there. Dog knows what could happen.

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  17. my local shelter recently relaxed a number of the requirements to get pets into homes and I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not as they don't keep statistics on the returned, but I've noticed a few of them.

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    1. Aw :( To me it is not a good thing. If shelters just start letting any and everybody adopt just for the purpose of getting pets out of there, dog knows where these poor pets will be going. I like that they are strict, and I love the ones that do home checks etc...

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