My name is Sammie D3294!

Catahoula Leopard Dog/Australian Cattle Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Shakopee, Minnesota - Sammie D3294
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I'm being cared for by:
Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue

Facts about Sammie D3294

  • Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog/Australian Cattle Dog Mix
  • Color: Merle
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10646889-D3294
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Oh, hai!

My name is Sammie! I'm looking for a caring family to give me a lifetime full of fun and love... and treats :p

I was rescued from the streets in Arkansas as a stray, where I unfortunately picked up Heartworm Disease from all those pesky mosquitos. -dang 'skeeters- Luckily, the pound in Hope was able to provide treatment, so I can enjoy a nice long life with an awesome family... who will keep me on monthly heartworm prevention for the rest of my live-long days! A Heartworm/Lyme combo test is recommended 6 months after treatment, so late February 2017 (this is NOT covered by Wags & Whiskers, since an annual HW test is the standard veterinary recommendation). To learn more about heartworm, please visit the American Heartworm Society's website:

I'm a young adult with plenty of spunk and intellect. As a people pleaser, I picked up quickly how to sit, (lay) down, come, and spin; and  my foster mom tells me I'm a very quick learner! She tells me that once I master those, we can move onto "stay," "crawl," pick out my different toys, and lots more! I'm pretty good at keeping my mind busy with a couple different food puzzles too, but I do love a challenge. Home life is really great, so it's hard to contain myself sometimes... I guess my foster mom isn't too keen on me jumping up with joy, so I'm also learning "off" and to "settle" when I feel overwhelmed with excitement. Once I sit and wait for a bit, then I get lots of attention and sometimes get invited onto the couch for a cuddle even!

When my foster mom and dad have to leave for the day, I hang out in my crate with my frozen peanut butter with kibble Kong toy without a peep... unless someone creeps up on me. That freaks me out a little, so I try to bark away the perpetrator. Speaking of, I'm a little leary of new people, especially guys. However, my foster dad has been patiently working with me and feeding me my meals and special treats, so we're cool now (after about a 7-10 days)... as long as he doesn't move too suddenly or act scary. I'm slowly learning to trust everyone the same... peanut butter spoons and other treats tend to speed along the process! I LOVE treats!! However, they tell me I need to go on a diet. Hey! it's not my fault that restricted activity/crate rest was part of the heartworm treatment. Since food is a great motivator for me to enjoy/tolerate the company of new people, my fosters have been cutting back on my regular kibble to allow for the increased calories from all those treats!

On the other hand, I loved my feline foster "brother" and "sister" right away! Mr. T (boy kitty) and I are good friends now! ...RC (girl kitty) is still hesitant around me; I just kinda ignore her, so she can approach me on her terms. -typical cat- LOL Moxie is my canine foster "sister" who is trying to get used to another pup in the home. We get along fairly well, though she doesn't really seem to like playing with me as much as I like playing with her. Hobbes is my canine foster "brother" who takes a while to warm up to newbies, so we're working on a slow introduction... I think we'll be pals pretty quick! (There are no kids in my foster home, so I'm not sure how I feel about them. I bet if their movements weren't too irratic or voices too loud, at least in the beginning, we could figure it out.)

I've never had an accident in the house in the 2 weeks I've been here, so I'm pretty awesome about that! ...but my foster mom doesn't set me up to fail: she lets me outside and goes out with me into to fenced backyard to potty right away in the morning, when getting home from work, and before bed. For walks, I do fairly well on a regular leash and collar, but walk perfectly with a head collar (gentle leader). Car rides are no big deal for me... unless I have too many treats before, then I get a little queasy in a moving vehicle. I've gone to work (vet clinic) with my foster mom a couple times: everyone loved me there. It was a little much to take in, but I handled it very well; probably because of the treats and the calm, respectful attitude of the people there.

If you have any questions about me or maybe if you just want to meet me to see how adorable and smart I am in person?!, please send an email to Wags & Whiskers:

I hope to meet you soon!

Sammie (aka Sammity-Jam)
Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler X Catahoula
(blue merle with a hint of red/tan and white)
Date Of Birth 6/8/13
50# now, but ideal weight is ~43#

PUPDATE! Well, I'm settling into my foster home as if it were my very own. I am no longer freaked out by my foster (human) dad, and warming up to the idea of other stranger's company... as long as they ignore me while I get used to them being around. Oh! And did I mention treats? Treats help me trust them a little faster, especially peanut butter. My foster (dog and cat) brothers and sisters and I are all getting along fantastically. I love running around the backyard and chasing the squirrels with Hobbes (boy dog). My foster mom and I have been working very hard on lots of fun tricks lately. Here's what I know so far: sit, down, stand, off, wait, ok/come, sit pretty, crawl, bow, spin, rewind, and ball. I can't wait to learn more!!! (Bone/toy, rope/other toy, strengthening the wait command, roll over, dance?!, and the list goes on and on) Potty training is a cinch... as long as I have a bit of time outside to do my business. I'm good in my crate until the humans come home, but I do get a little excited/bark-y when I hear them arrive or when someone knocks on the door. If you want to learn more about me, please send W&W a message. Or I'd love to meet you in person to show you my awesome tricks! Check back often to find out what else I can do!! XOXO -Sammity Jam

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Interested in adopting this lovable animal? Please go to our website and fill out an Adoption Application.  Once the application is processed, a Wags representative will contact you, answer any questions you may have, and set up a time/location for a meet and greet!  A home visit is required prior to adoption. Wags & Whiskers adopts animals within a 60 mile radius of the Twin Cities or a 30 minute radius of Duluth, Rochester, and Mankato.

Thank you for choosing to adopt!

Breed and temperament determination:  Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue attempts to determine breed and temperament using a combination of looks, information provided to us at intake, and our experience with the animal while in our Rescue.  We do not guarantee this determination.

About Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue of MN is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to finding forever homes for stray, abandoned and surrendered companion animals. We are a small, volunteer run organization. All of our animals are housed in foster homes waiting to be adopted. We do not have a physical shelter. Please visit our website at

Come Meet Our Pets...

All animals are available to meet by appointment arranged with the foster.
Please come see us at Petsmart on the 2nd Saturday of each month in Eagan (Petsmart 1297 Promenade Pl, Eagan, MN 55121); 4th Saturday of each month in Richfield (Petsmart 1100 W 78th St, Richfield, MN 55423); and the 3rd Sunday of each month in Maple Grove (Petsmart 11200 Fountains Way Maple Grove, MN 55369). We will have many adoptable dogs, puppies, and maybe a kitten or two that are able to attend for public viewing... please stop in and play! If you are interested in a specific dog or cat from viewing our available animals at, please email us in advance of an adoption event (, and we will do our best to have them at the event.

Our Adoption Process...

Our adoption process includes adoption application which can be completed at our website Current fees can also be accessed on our website. After reviewing your application, a meeting is scheduled between you and the pet in the foster’s home or a neutral dog friendly place. If there are any resident dogs in your home, it is required that the dogs meet at this time. After the meeting, a home visit is scheduled and, if everything goes well with the visit, the adoption is finalized. A home visit by one of our representatives is required prior to finalizing any adoption, and we must meet all members of the household where the pet will be living sometime during the adoption process. We reserve the right to refuse any applicant for any reason Adoption fee includes: vet exam(s), spay/neuter, de-worming, heartworm test (if 6 months of age or older), vaccinations, microchip, and FIV/FeLv testing (for cats only). Email is the best way to get a fast response (