Sadie’s Story

Green Sadie's Story

Sadie was found in the mountains of Kentucky with a bullet hole between her eyes and one in her back put there after she had a litter of puppies and left to die. Strangers found her and took her to a veterinarian.

Through a series of events, Sadie was transported to a no-kill shelter in Wisconsin where I found her while I was donating blankets. As I was walking out, I saw Sadie and asked what her story was.

I was curious because even though her head was hanging down, I thought that she was beautiful, but I had no intentions of adopting another animal because I had three at home.

After I was told by the volunteer what Sadie’s story was, I asked if I could take her to a doctor, and I was told that I could, as long as I paid for it, so off we went.

The first doctor said that we should get Sadie a cart because the x-rays confirmed the bullets and shrapnel. The second doctor told me that because Sadie was urinary and fecally incontinent plus the fact that she couldn’t walk, that I should do the kind thing. But I saw something in Sadie’s shining eyes that told me differently.

I took her home and put her in the garage for the night because sweet Sadie was a mess.

The next day, I took her to the Animal Doctor near my house and the vet said that we should give Sadie a chance and so we did.

Fast forward to today:

Sadie receives every therapy known to man including acupuncture, aqua puncture, cranial sacral, chiropractic, laser, e-stim, Power Plate, and far infared therapy just to name a few. Sadie uses her “hot wheels” as a tool to teach her legs to walk again and is no longer fecally or urinary incontinent.

Despite all that Sadie has gone through, she is happy, lively and animated. She enjoys each and every day of her new life and has even taught her mom how to howl!

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Bring the power of inspiration and change to your school, business or community with a Saving Sadie appearance!

Joal and Sadie website home pageSadie and her mom, Joal Derse Dauer, are poised, confident, and engaging personalities with a wealth of experience in media appearances and other public activities and events. They understand how vitally important raising awareness of animal abuse and advancing the acceptance of animals and humans with special needs.

Sadie was adopted to her forever home in April 2012. She has undergone surgery and receives daily therapy in her journey to one day walk again. Despite her disability she is a happy, healthy dog, who along with her mom, travel around the country spreading their message of hope, healing, and disability acceptance. A true “media darling,” Sadie has been featured in newspapers, radio, TV and even had a presence at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.

Born and raised in suburban Milwaukee, Joal has had a passion for animals since early childhood. She has used this passion to become an animal activist, teacher, lecturer and author to share Sadie’s story in hopes of strengthening animal cruelty laws and enforcing harsher sentences for animal abusers.

Set up an appearance to meet this incredible, beautiful dog that no one wanted. See how Sadie and Joal turned a story of tragedy into a love story of compassion, kindness and acceptance!

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