At 10 years of age, Sassy is in fine form. She is curious, outgoing, and loves to explore her new foster home. She is also energetic, adventurous, and alert.
Sassy came into rescue care due to the passing of her former human. When police and Animal Control officers responded to a request for a welfare check, they found Sassy’s lifetime human companion had passed away at home. Sassy was where she had always been for her entire life - right by her side.
With no relatives or friends to assume custody of Sassy, she was taken to Animal Control. The humane officers there recognized the brave goodness in Sassy, and also knew that she would have little chance of being adopted if she remained in their facility. They contacted Hedgesville Hounds immediately, and Sassy entered her foster home with gratitude and an abject eagerness to please and to learn, despite her confusion and loss.
As our rescue researched Sassy’s life, we learned that she had been very well cared for - her veterinarian knew her well. He also shared that even when Sassy’s human’s health had begun to decline, she still managed to bring Sassy in for her annual exams and vaccines. Sassy was up to date on all her preventives and her vaccines.
Sassy’s foster care providers are touched by Sassy’s loving nature, her profound desire to have a permanent home, and most of all - her willingness to learn and understand things that are new to her. Having spent her entire life in devoted companionship to one individual, it is extraordinary how bravely and trustingly she has ventured into unknown territories. When asked what traits of Sassy’s touch them the most, her fosters replied, “Her sweetness. She really is a nice, sweet dog and gives gentle kisses. She also takes treats very gently."
Sassy has been exceptionally willing to navigate something entirely new to her - sharing a household with other dogs.
We are very impressed not only by her willing spirit, but by her efforts, which, although understandably clumsy, are well intentioned. She relates to other dogs happily, but with the exuberant innocence of a puppy. Given that she is a large fully grown dog, this way of relating is not always welcomed by other dogs. Sassy is getting better in understanding more nuanced “pack behavior”.
We had also been given to expect that Sassy might be somewhat wary of men, to whom she likely had little exposure. However, she warms up to the new male figures whom she meets if the introductions are taken slowly and without pressure. She adores her foster dad, with whom she has now taken to sleeping at night.
Sassy’s house manners, are, as one would expect, excellent. She has full run of the house when her caregivers are home, and goes into a crate easily and dutifully when they are both away. She loves to ride in the car. She is fluent in basic cues such as “come”, “sit” and “stay”.
Sassy’s energy level is moderate, and sometimes high. Her foster care providers say “stairs are not a problem for her - she runs up ours routinely. She gets very excited when we come home, and runs around. She can run really fast after squirrels.” Sassy delights in belly rubs, and in being petted and scratched. She gives kisses frequently. She even let her caregiver cut her nails. Sassy’s eye contact is open and direct, imploring and curious.
Sassy’s world revolved, since puppyhood, around being of purpose, and her demeanor reflects a lifetime of perfecting this skill. She is attentive, willing and responsive. Her face lights up whenever she receives the smallest attentions. She is capable of bonding deeply, and she has clearly known great love. When asked what emotions Sassy inspires in them, her care providers responded “Happiness. Humor.”
We are proud of Sassy, who despite suffering a terrible loss at the age of ten, has continued to soldier on, bringing humor and happiness to others. We could not ask more of her, and we look forward to meeting the adopter(s) who open their hearts and home to Sassy.
Although Sassy walks adequately on a lead, we are requiring a fenced yard for her, as that is something she has always known and enjoyed.
We also have been told that Sassy is good with cats, and that she shared her former home with one. (We have learned that the neighbor did step up to care for the cat.) We are not able to confirm this, as she is not being fostered in a home with cats, but in observing her around cats at Animal Control, she did seem very friendly.
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