Before Sadie, I had had a couple easy-going labs: Suzy, the World's Most Perfect Dog, and Maggie, a happy, independent puppy. I didn't know what it meant to rehabilitate a dog; I didn't know training could be such a lifelong project; I thought Cesar Milan was a great trainer; I was a dog owner but not an impassioned dog lover.
Sadie changed all that.
Many people labeled her an aggressive pit bull mix in our first months together. But when I looked at her, all that I saw was a scared dog. She came to us unsocialized with a fear of people and the world in general. Yes, she may have snapped, growled and lunged at the things that frightened her. But at her core was this heart. A heart that wanted so badly to bond with people and enjoy life. A heart that just needed someone to believe in her. And in the process of working together to conquer her fears and encourage Sadie's heart to shine, she gave me the greatest gift in the world: purpose and a dream. I came to realize how fulfilling I found working with dogs and their people and thus started down the path that brought me to where I am today. The rest of my life will forever be changed because of her. My parents gave me the gift of life; my husband gave me the gift of love and partnership; Sadie gave me the gift of lifelong passion and purpose.
While Hurley may be the face of NoPo Paws, Sadie will always be its soul.
Happy Gotcha Anniversary, Sweetie. Mama loves you forever and ever.
In Sadie's honor and in celebration of our 1st Anniversary, my shop, NoPo Paws, will be donating 10% of our non-food sales to Born Again Pit Bull Rescue Apr 20-22nd. If you are in Portland, please visit us and support this wonderful rescue. For more information on the many events occurring in the shop this weekend, check out our website.