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Savanna and Sadie
Posted On 02/15/2013 16:05:34 by housemouse

Savanna was born in June of 1993. She was big for a Shih-tzu and such a happy dog. 

If you praised her she'd wag her whole body.


In April of 2004 she ended up having to have her left eye removed because of glaucoma. 

She got around very well with only one eye...it didn't bother her at all. Then in November of 2005 she lost her right eye...also to glaucoma, and she was totally blind, but you'd never know it. 

We have a doggie door that goes out onto a little porch and then there's a ramp going down into their fenced-in yard. 

They even have indoor/outdoor carpeting covering their whole yard, but they're not spoiled.  Savanna would go in and out on her own and she'd often spend awhile laying out in the sun.  I joked once that I should get a seeing eye dog for her for when we let them out of their yard to run around. After she became blind I would walk her around outside their yard on a leash.

In January of 2006 we brought Sadie home...she was 3 months old...also a Shih-tzu, but a small one.

When she was about 6 months old they were outside their yard and when it was time to come back in I got them back in their yard and dropped Savanna's leash so I could close and hook the gate. Well, Sadie picked up the leash and started walking and Savanna followed her right up the ramp, through the doggie door, onto the sun porch, and back into the livingroom. After that whenever I came back into the dog yard with Savanna and dropped the leash, Sadie would pick it up and lead Savanna back inside. Savanna never balked or tried to pull away. I don't know if she knew it was Sadie leading her or if she thought it was me, but I've always believed she knew it was Sadie and knew she wast trying to help her even though she could have done it on her own.

Sadly, we lost Savanna to other health problems in Jan. 2008. For a long time after that I'd still carry the leash with me when I took the other dogs out and I'd drop one end and Sadie would pick it up and lead me inside. Sadie is now 7 years old.






SAVANNA (before she lost her sight)


SADIE




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08/07/2014 22:02:03


chillipepper wrote:

Such a beautiful story Ann.  Animals have a natural instinct far superior to humans. It does not surprise me that Sadie wanted to help and care for Savanna. Did she fret when Savanna passed away?  I have two little dogs who are my dearest friends and companions. Chanelle is a 4 1/2 year old Maltese X Chihuahua  and cute, small like Sadie. and Muffy is a Shihtzu X Maltese just 16 months of age.  Muffy is the little man of the house he is larger than Chanelle although not as large as Savanna appears to be. He is extremely protective.  Whenever anyone comes near Chanelle or me he becomes quite aggressive. Unfortuantely Muffy has blocked Tear Ducts that cause his eyes to water plus a Summer allergy but my Vet does not want to operate on his eyes at this stage as it is a delicate operation and we are hoping that as he is still growing he may grow out of both complaints. Where would we be without our little animal friends. Thanks for sharing.

Sadie seemed to be at a loss for a while after Savanna passed away. That's why I would let her lead me back in with the leash for a while.

Dogs are so much smarter than we give them credit for and I think they can tell time! I don't know what I'd do without mine.



08/02/2014 09:22:02

Such a beautiful story Ann.  Animals have a natural instinct far superior to humans. It does not surprise me that Sadie wanted to help and care for Savanna. Did she fret when Savanna passed away?  I have two little dogs who are my dearest friends and companions. Chanelle is a 4 1/2 year old Maltese X Chihuahua  and cute, small like Sadie. and Muffy is a Shihtzu X Maltese just 16 months of age.  Muffy is the little man of the house he is larger than Chanelle although not as large as Savanna appears to be. He is extremely protective.  Whenever anyone comes near Chanelle or me he becomes quite aggressive. Unfortuantely Muffy has blocked Tear Ducts that cause his eyes to water plus a Summer allergy but my Vet does not want to operate on his eyes at this stage as it is a delicate operation and we are hoping that as he is still growing he may grow out of both complaints. Where would we be without our little animal friends. Thanks for sharing.



03/01/2013 19:17:22


Puyallup6 wrote:

Such loving pets and yes they know when something is not right and instinct tell's them what to door.  God bless you Ann.


You are so right Mike. I could not have trained Sadie I to do what she did. She had to want to do it. I don't know what I'd do without dogs in my life.

Hugs, Ann



03/01/2013 09:14:14

Such loving pets and yes they know when something is not right and instinct tell's them what to door.  God bless you Ann.



02/17/2013 21:26:40

I'm so glad you all enjoyed the story of Savanna and Sadie. They are/were such special pups. Sadie is such a sweet little girl and you could tell when she was leading Savanna inside that she was so proud! Sometimes she would walk head first up the ramp with the leash over her shoulder, and other times she'd back up the ramp leading Savanna up that way. Once she got her all the way inside she'd drop the leash.



02/17/2013 09:20:44

Awe// what a touching story Ann.  Our pets can amaze us so much at times.  They can love and care for each other in ways that are beyond what people can imagine.  Give Sadie a special treat and tell her Oppise said she is a good puppy.



02/16/2013 13:27:38

Yes, Walter...thank you very much for that. I have saved it.

Hugs, Ann



02/16/2013 12:06:32

That was beautiful, Walter!



02/16/2013 00:41:42




02/15/2013 17:46:00

What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing. I believe our furbabies can see into hearts in a way humans can't. Hugs, Bree



02/15/2013 17:15:35

What a heart warming story! Our animal babies are so much smarter than some people give them credit. Perhaps Sadie wanted to make sure you got safely into the house? Just a thought.


Thanks you so much for posting this. I truely enjoy reading about special-abled furbabies.





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