Those flowing locks. That perfect button nose. That (mostly) calm demeanor. Sadie was born to be adored as a show dog from the first moment her tiny paw alighted on her first silk cushion. Until the unthinkable happened... her legs got too long. (This human wouldn't mind having such a problem.)
Now retired from her career as a champion Japanese Chin, Sadie enjoys greeting fellow rescued Chins and Tibetan Spaniels, human friends, and horses. Occasionally, she'll goes to extremes to visit her equine neighbors. She'll use those long legs to jump the back fence.
Watercolor & Ink
8" by 10"
on Cold Pressed Paper,
Matted & Framed 12.75" by 16.75"
Buy Original $250
by Barbara Fleischhaker
Canine Rescuer & Author of Lessons Learned
Sadie is a Japanese Chin, an Asia breed known as the Empress’s dog. These dogs are breed for companionship and treasured for their intelligence, their lively and alert attitude along with attachment and loyalty to their person. That description clearly fits this Sadie perfectly!
Sadie was a show dog that matured just a little taller and longer than the breed standard allows so she was retired from the show ring. Her first adoptive family included small children and despite the parent’s best efforts, they just didn’t feel the kids understood that they needed to be gentle with her so Sadie came into rescue. She was perfect: potty trained, social, leash trained and just plain adorable! Her foster family loved having her and there were many people interested in adopting her. Three different times, she was placed for adoption with wonderful loving families but within a week, she was returned. In the adopter’s homes, Sadie would be naughty, making messes and clearly not wanting to be there!
So, each time Sadie was returned to the same foster home and all went well! She ate her meals like a lady, took care of potty chores in the doggie yard, and was perfectly behaved. She was a joy to have and obviously happy in their home which brought the foster family to decide to adopt her. It was a Tuesday afternoon when the adoption contract was signed and the check mailed to the rescue group. Wednesday afternoon the foster mom came home from grocery shopping, Sadie was in the dog yard where she had been many times over the last 5 months but this day she jumped the fence and ran out to greet her “forever mom” in the driveway. The check had not cleared the bank when the dog cleared the fence, but only for one reason! She jumps the fence to go out to greet her mom, a sign of the breed’s attachment and loyalty to their person!