Friday, October 30, 2009

Long Island

Sadie and I moved to Long Island about two months ago. I had been in Boston for about five years prior...Sadie came into my life after I was there for two years, and I moved into my own apartment. Besides Tennessee, Boston was all Sadie knew of as home. However, she has been quite the little traveler since I got her! Besides driving up from TN, and stopping in CT, RI, and NH, Sadie has been to NJ, NY, FL, and NC! She is a very good traveler, too. She loves the car, and sleeps in the passenger seat while I drive. She is also great on planes. Very calm. Most people are shocked when they see her waiting with me at baggage claim. They’re always like, “That dog was on the plane??? I didn’t hear her at all!” She’s better than most children!!!

Sadie is adjusting quite well to Long Island though. She really seems to like it. We’re staying with my aunt and uncle (and their two cats!) right now, so we’re living in a house. Having a yard is nice, and Sadie enjoys it. The weather was great when we first got here, so there was a lot of outdoors fun to be had! Most of the time, if the sun was out, Sadie would refuse to come inside after a walk. She would lay down on the grass and there was no moving her unless I picked her up. (She has learned how to wriggle out of her collar if she doesn’t want to walk any further...Is this a Corgi thing? Stubbornness???)

We found a great dog park in the area, and met some really nice people there, too. We used to go to dog parks all the time in Boston, so Sadie was pretty used to the whole scene. We loved going to the dog park...until one day several weeks ago, when Sadie was attacked by another dog. Let me tell you, that was the scariest moment of my life. It felt so surreal, and it all happened so quickly. The other dog, a pitbull, was running the length of the fence barking at other dogs, when I guess Sadie walk past her. Apparently this set the pitbull off enough, and she went right after Sadie. Luckily, Sadie was able to get away quick enough, so that she wasn’t seriously injured. Sadie is a tough little girl. She will tell a dog, no matter what size, when they are pissing her off. After she got free, I was able to get to her, and the second I touched her, she just screamed. It was the worst sound I have ever heard. And my heart broke because I knew she was hurt. It’s a good thing my aunt was with me, because when I saw the bite, and her bleeding, I collapsed to the ground and started crying and shaking. I was just so scared. We rushed to the vet, who had to shave a patch of fur on her shoulder to clean the cut. The laceration wasn’t terribly deep, but it was horrible to look at. I had to clean it every night for a week, and give her some meds. I came to learn that this pitbull had attacked before, and the other dog wasn’t as lucky as Sadie. It really made me mad that this owner would bring his pit back to a dog park after it had seriously injured another dog. I am just so grateful that Sadie is ok. Her hair is finally starting to grow back, and she seems to be fine, mentally. We have ventured back to the dog park, and she is still excited to be there...just a little more tentative. She hangs around me a lot more than she used to, but that’s ok with me.

One good thing we discovered from this dog park? Sadie loves to swim! There is a lake there where the dogs can freely swim, and Sadie was in heaven!!! I was amazed by how far she could swim with those little legs!! Everyone else was amazed, too haha. All you can see when she is swimming are her ears haha. It’s too cute.

Here are some of Sadie refusing to go inside, one after the dog attack :(, and one of her swimming in the lake! Next time: The Dog Halloween Parade and pics!!

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