Status:   Available

Status: Available
Type: Tri-color
Age: 12 years
Gender: Female
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Good with children: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes
Good with cats: I will chase them if they run!
Housebroken: Yes
Foster Location: Caledonia, WI
Special needs: I have been an outdoor dog, so I may need a refresher course in house training!
Adoption requirements:
Available for adoption with an application & home visit. Don't hesitate to complete our adoption application form
Adoption Fee: Click here for fee
Description: Sassy can’t speak but her eyes will tell you what a long, sad trip her life has been. Sassy was one of a large group of collies that was seized coming through customs between Canada and Montana. The dogs were living in deplorable conditions in a semi tractor trailer. Many rescue groups came together to vet the dogs and find homes for them. Sassy was adopted but didn’t fit in at her new home and spent several years as an outdoor dog until she was surrendered to MWCR. Needless to say, Sassy has finally found the love, comfort and stability that have been missing for much of her life.

Sassy is a petite girl, weighing only 48 pounds. She is fully housetrained and crate trained, and her foster mom can confidently give her the run of the house, even during a long work day. She sleeps on her doggie bed and never tries to jump up on the furniture. Sassy has a good appetite, likes her food and treats, but is a ladylike eater. She doesn’t care for loud noises such as the vacuum cleaner or the neighbor’s lawn mover, but she isn’t panicked by them. She is an extremely quiet girl and has barked only once at her foster home, when she and the resident collie saw someone they considered threatening outside their fence.

At twelve years old, Sassy has some stiffness in her hips for which she takes a glucosamine supplement. In spite of this, she handles stairs quite well, though it would be best if her forever home didn’t have lots of them.

Sassy is a gentle, loving girl who is just learning the joys and comforts of being part of a caring family. She has reached the age where she enjoys lying on her bed and watching the world go by, though as she has become more comfortable in her foster home she will sometimes romp with the resident dogs. She loves to go for walks and likes to have the company of another dog who will lead the way. Sassy’s foster mom uses a push lawn mower when cutting the grass, and Sassy likes to follow her up and down the rows. Sometimes the resident collie and pug join in and they form a small, lawn-mowing parade.

Sassy likes the company of other dogs and frequently takes her cue from them when she encounters something frightening or unfamiliar. She is perplexed about the cats at her foster home, and though she enjoys watching them play, she doesn’t know what to make of it when they try to cuddle up to her. She is very patient with children and will stand quietly and let them pet her.

Sassy is a sweet, gentle girl who is just learning how to be part of a family. She is initially shy and somewhat reserved, but she is not standoffish. As she has come to know her foster family, she has learned to soak up loving attention like a sponge. She especially enjoys one on one “talks” with her foster mom who lavishes Sassy with praise and ear scratches and describes her as “a very good listener.”

Sassy’s ideal forever home would be a quiet one with a family that understands that she needs patient, steady love and encouragement. She would be fine with gentle, respectful children; cats; and calm, adult dogs. In fact, another dog would be a real plus for Sassy, since she likes to look to her canine companion for guidance in strange situations. Sassy has lots of love to give, and though hers has been a long sad trip, the last leg of that trip will be filled with love.