Sadie needs a home.
Sadie is a ten-year-old Catahoula, spayed, with all her shots up to date. Her mom can't keep her any more.
She's a sweet and mellow dog who loves to nap on the couch, and go for rides...just jumps into the truck, "Let's go! Can we stop at the Mconald's drive-through?". She gets on well with other dogs.
All very well, you might say, but what in blazes is a Catahoula?
I'm glad you asked!
The Catahoula Leopard Dog (so named because the prevailing brinle coat does look vaguely leopard-ish) is Louisian's only native dog breed. It's thought to be a mix of native American dogs and Beaucerons brought to the New World by French settlers.
They're very close to the 'original'; the breed was only recognied by the American Kennel Club in 1996, an so were bred for strength and stamina; they love to work (though Sadie may be an exception!).
They're also free of almost all congential problems, though deafness and hip dysplasia can occer ("Not me!" says Sadie).
They also have some remarkable skills...they've mastered the Catahoula Lean...
...which means, "You belong to me." (And no, that isn't Sadie, and isn;t me.)
They're smart, and know it...
...Catahoulas can walk on water.
You may ask, since I'm a dog person and seem (!) to have a soft spot for the breed, why don't we take Sadie?
First, 'terminal cancer'...kind of bad to bond with a dog and then die. A bit unfair, yes?
Second, she's an older dog who is used to being in a quiet household. Here she'd be in a pack. a lot o dogs with various opinions on all topics, expressed very vocally (especially at mealtime). This place has the ambience of a group home for professional wrestlers...and Sadie, at this point in life, deserves a bit less stress.
Will we take her if she runs out of time and options?
What do you think?
But it's truly not the best option for Sadie, or for us, so if you would like to consider adopting her, or know someone who could give her a good home, please let me know, at <email@example.com>.
In honour of the Catahoula Lean, the musical selection is...wait or it...Lean On Me.
Usually there's be a disclaimer apologising for slow response to comments, but this is time-sensitive...even if I am ill there will be other sets of eyes on this.
Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback soon.