Thought I'd send an update. In November we adopted "Penny" who was one of five puppies in her litter picked up on the side of the road in Mississippi. Her litter was brought to the SPCA by Homeward Bound.
We adopted her and for the next week or so she went through a series of name changes (don't even ask), but ultimately ended up as Sadie. She came to us already crate trained. In fact, the day we brought her home she had a good time playing and checking out her new home and then curled up in her crate around 6:30pm and we didn't hear another peep from her until about 6am the following morning. (Many thanks to the family that fostered her for 2 months before we adopted her!!!)
Sadie comes with me to drop my kids off at school in the mornings and again when I go to pick them up from school in the afternoons. She loves car rides, playing at the dog park, and chewing on sticks she finds in the grass. She successfully completed Puppy Kindergarten at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center here in NJ. The whole family attended these classes with her so we could all learn the best ways to teach her appropriate behavior through positive reinforcement. We're thinking of signing her up for another class to reinforce what she learned before, to teach her more, and for the fun of it.
The kids love to walk her around the neighborhood and she has a fan club of kids who love her at both of the schools my kids attend. Even the crossing guards love her. She's playful and fun, but also fairly reserved for a puppy and generally well-behaved. But we'll be needing that class for the finer points of manners - like not to jump up and eat the ice cream off the stick of someone she doesn't even know (or anyone, for that matter).
We still haven't taken her for DNA testing to see exactly what breeds are in her. But she's definitely has the coloring of a German shepherd and the basic shape and size of a beagle or other hound. She's definitely part scent-hound - she walks with her nose to the ground everywhere we go - and unfortunately one of her favorite snacks to find for herself is deer poop (and rabbit poop). But we do our best to steer her away from it when we see it before she smells it.
I'm attaching some pics - one in the car on the day we brought her home and a few more recent pics. Anyway, thank you for all that you do to find homes for animals. It truly amazes me that there are people out there who would just leave them by the roadside (or worse). And thank you for allowing us to provide a forever home for Sadie. We love her and wouldn't want to be without her.
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