Sami has been through a lot in the past few years. At about 12 years old she was brought from a shelter into a small rescue who intended to adopt her out but found that she was difficult to handle in a city environment: leash-reactive to other dogs but needing a good deal of exercise. One of their volunteers convinced a young family to adopt her but it was a very unfortunate match including the daughter’s dog allergies. Sami has lots of hair and she sheds a lot as you’d expect from an australian shepherd/border collie type of dog!
ODH found a very GOOD match where she is flourishing. Thanks to a very patient ODH mom who is experienced with behavior issues, Sami has learned to go to the barn and be confident around horses, to enjoy the beach with other dogs around, to share her home with two small dogs and generally be a much better adjusted and well mannered lady. She fights with serious arthritis in both her hips and elbows but usually remains comfortable with medication and supplements. Her trail-riding days may be limited now that she’s aging but Sami is very happy with her life now and her ODH mom loves her a lot.
Update: Sami spent an incredibly happy 10 months in her ODH home, being a barn dog, going to the beach and trail riding, becoming confident with other dogs. Despite all our efforts to help her severe arthritis she finally couldn’t keep that body going. She will be very much missed and remembered with love.