This past Thursday, January 29, 2009 we said goodbye to our eldest canine family member:
Shadkatz Sensational Sadie CDX, TDI.
Sadie passed quietly in her sleep shortly after I had said "good morning" to her.
Sadie was a rescue pup that was found on the city streets of Albany in 1996. I volunteered to foster her until a suitable home was found - you know the rest of that story. She was a very smart pup and took immediately to the obedience training I started with her, which led me to get her ILP number from the AKC so that I could compete with her in the obedience ring.
She did very well in competition, and was always a crowd pleaser as she had a way of being quite comical in the ring! One example of this was when I had her entered in the utility class at the 1999 American Staffordshire Terrier National in Chicago. When she ran out to the scent articles, she happily "play bowed" to the judge before commencing to get the right article!
She loved people and relished the visits to nursing homes and rehab centers (even when I dressed her up for the holidays) where we did frequent therapy dog visits.
She was always very tolerant of the new pups that were introduced into the household, although she was getting a bit more grumpy as she got older and slower. Hazel proved to be way too much energy and movement for Sadie's senior years, and she usually tried to avoid her as much as possible!
She loved to swim, play frisbee and destroy tennis balls!
She was a wonderful dog who made many friends and touched many lives.
She will always be remembered with great fondness as the goofy little AmStaff that stole our hearts.