2nd Foster Dog – Sadie

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Our second foster dog Sadie was a welcome and much needed distraction. I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed on August 19th and when we got Sadie on August 29th, I was still in pain. I wasn’t fully healed so I wasn’t as active and couldn’t capture as much of our time with her as I normally would have but I don’t think she cared. She was just happy to sit on the couch and snuggle with me!

Sadie is an estimated 4 year old shepherd mix with the cutest big ears that you couldn’t help but love! Just like our first foster dog Jet, Sadie made the long trip to Maine all the way from Mississippi and she was also a favorite among the people who were involved in her rescue. Sadly, she was missing a lot of her front teeth because she was eating bugs out of the dirt and around rocks before she was rescued. It always breaks my heart when I think about what these dogs go through!

It’s always a little crazy when we first bring a new dog into our house, our dogs are usually thrilled to have a new friend around so they all try to play with the new dog at the same time. But that can be pretty overwhelming for any dog, let alone a rescue dog in a whole new environment! That didn’t bother Sadie any though, when we introduced her to our dogs she was so excited to play with them, especially with Jax! She loved chasing Ali…maybe because he’s smaller than her? I’m not sure but it was pretty funny to watch! And she would even share the couch with Jasper. It was clear that Sadie’s forever home should have another dog in it. 

Sadie got along with everyone she met but she really loved the ladies and she also loved begging for human food (especially chicken!) She was definitely a spoiled pup at one time in her life! 

We had Sadie for 12 days and it was still tough to say goodbye. I tried to prepare myself this time, I tried not to get too attached to her but she was just so sweet and lovable! I’m grateful Mainely Mutts found her the perfect forever family with a fur brother that looks a lot like her! I can tell she’s going to be spoiled the way she deserves to be and I’m thrilled for her!

If you’re looking for a rescue dog to add to your family, I would HIGHLY recommend contacting Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue. Mainely Mutts primarily works with southern rescue partners, pulling high-risk puppies and dogs from Mississippi and Alabama. Not only do they strive to find the perfect home match for each rescue but they also provide education, resources, and support to every family beyond the adoption process. Plus the inspiring women behind Mainely Mutts are also some of the nicest people I’ve ever met!

Learn more about Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue and their available pets here!

For videos and more photos of our time with Sadie, check out the Sadie Highlight on @joyful_jax’s Instagram profile!

1st Foster Dog – Jet

Dogs, Foster Dogs, Maine

I met Lia from Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue at the Target parking lot in Portland, Maine to pick up our first foster dog Jet. I really had no idea what to expect, I just knew that Jet is a 4 year old Husky from Mississippi, that was scheduled for euthanasia days before he hopped on transport to Maine. I knew he was a favorite among everyone involved in his rescue who had a chance to get to know him and he got along great with other dogs.

Two hours later we were home and introducing him to our dogs. My dogs were very excited to have a new friend in the house but he didn’t really have any interest in them. I’m kinda embarrassed to admit that he was the best behaved dog in my house. Even after everything he went through, being passed from shelter to shelter and who knows what else!

Jet made himself right at home and loved settling down on the big comfy dog bed we have! Once he got comfortable in his new surroundings, it didn’t take him long to start showing his personality. He is very talkative which was new to us, our dogs bark but they don’t talk to us the same way Jet did! 

When I started brushing him, he laid right over on his back waiting for belly rubs. We had a large crate for him to sleep in but one of his favorite places to lay down was under a bench in the corner of the house next to my desk where the other pups couldn’t get to him. He would even sit by the door while we were getting ready to leave so that we wouldn’t leave without him!

My 9 year old cousin Sunny came over to hang out with us one day and Jet just loved her! They played and snuggled in his giant crate together, he did really great on leash for her when we went for a walk! We took photos of Jet and Sunny together and he loved all the attention (and treats!)

However, he could not be trusted around human food! Everytime we set food down on the counter or table and looked away (even for a second), Jet would try to snatch the food before we noticed what he was doing! One day we hooked Jet to a runner off the deck when we had grilled chicken and he was not happy, he barked and howled the whole time we were eating! But don’t worry, later on we gave him a few scraps. It was clear that this pup was used to living the good life at some point in his life!

Jet was only with us for 6 days but as soon as his new forever family shut their car doors, I ran back into the house and cried. Of course I was thrilled for Jet and his new forever family to finally be together but at the same time it was sad to see him go. His new family is perfect for him and I was happy to see photos of him enjoying his new life with them!

He is such an awesome dog and I’m so grateful for everyone who was involved in saving his life! From the rescue organization in Mississippi, the wonderful people who transported him all the way to Maine and the wonderful Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue who found him the perfect forever family and of course his new family for welcoming this guy into their lives!

Learn more about Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue and their available pets here!

For videos and more photos of our time with Jet, check out the Jet Highlight on @joyful_jax’s Instagram profile!