|We're not quite sure how to start to tell this dog's story. We first heard about "him" at the end of March in an email from Julie, who reported that there was a one year old male white German Shepherd at the Lancaster (California) shelter. Due to overcrowding, the dog was being housed in "the back" with the larger dogs and getting very little exposure to the public. To make matters worse, the elist for the next day had just come out, and "he" was on it--his number was up.
Thanks to our vast network of California rescue supporters! An email from Monique on April 6th told us that arrangements had been made to have the dog pulled, neutered and kept safe in boarding until transport could be arranged (supposedly for the following week). An email on April 12th from Monique let us know that he was now neutered and it was just a matter of finishing up the paperwork and he would be on his way.
Once we knew the arrangements had been made, we emailed our dear friend and volunteer, Dianne, for a name choice. "Cade" was one of her suggestions, and so this newest orphan was dubbed Cade...that is until Monique's email of the 18th, which told us that "he" was a "she!"
At right, Cadie waits at the Lancaster shelter, hoping that someone would find out that she was there and save her before it was too late.
Monique also told us that Cadie had not been pulled from the shelter 2 weeks ago as we had been told, but had only been pulled recently and was now being spayed. The next email, however, told us that Cadie was being treated for pneumonia and a bladder infection at a private vet's office in Los Angeles -- which (we're guessing) probably means she is NOT going to be spayed before coming to us.
I don't think we've ever had such confusion or delay in taking in a dog. There were times when we were about to say "FORGET IT" and give up, but Cadie was well worth the wait.
Cadie has a long road ahead of her to get healthy and prepare for her spay surgery. She could sure use your help.
UPDATE 6/29: Cadie had her check up and spay surgery at the vet today. She weighed in at just over 48 pounds. The vet found her to be in good health, thought that she might have had a litter or two of puppies, and estimated her age at approximately 3 years of age. She came through her spay surgery without complication, and the vet's office staff just fell in love with her. Cadie will be given some time to recuperate from surgery and will then be available for adoption.
UPDATE 7/14: Cadie's spay sutures were removed, and she's healed perfectly. She's now ready for the rest of her life and sure could use a foster or an adoptive home...anyone looking for a sweet girl on the smaller side? Cadie's size would be perfect for a small home or condo, although she can definitely hold her own with the big boys.
UPDATE 9/29: Cadie continues to thrive in her temporary foster home, but she needs socialization. She will be starting Boot Camp towards the end of the year to work on her obedience and social skills. We'll be taking more photos of her once she starts class. A foster or foster-to-adopt home would be ideal for her so that she doesn't have to share her foster's attention with multiple other dogs.
UPDATE 1/6: Cadie brought in the new year by starting in Bert's Boot Camp class. Even her foster mom had to admit that she surprised us all. She greeted everyone in the class with a smile and a wagging tail and was completely social and well behaved the entire time.
FOSTER UPDATE 1/15: "Cadie is settling in, somewhat. Seems very anxious here and I’m not sure what that is about. She wined most of the day and night the first 24 hours, even while we were petting her and loving on her. We stop when she wines and then pet her and praise her when she’s quiet. ...My boys call her “Katydid”, like the grasshoppers that make noise all the time. She’s getting along fine with my other two and ignores our cat. I’ve taken her for several walks, but a couple times when she got tangled up in her leash, she went ballistic and screamed like I was beating her. She must have had a very reactive, anxious, possibly short-tempered owner at some time. Poor thing. As she is an adult dog, this may take some time, but we will just keep doing what we’re doing."
FOSTER UPDATE 3/4: "Cadie is doing well. She is still a very nervous dog around here, she whines a lot and I suspect she worries about the coyotes and various “monsters” she can smell...nose always to the air. She HATES having her nails trimmed and fussed like I was amputating a leg the last time I did that. However, she is quiet through the night now. Yeah! She is getting along great with the other dogs, cats, chickens and our horses. Mostly she just wants to be loved and can’t get enough affection. I’ll try to get photos now that we’ve caught up with our farm duties."
Adoption fee $275.00.