Age | estimated DOB 01.08.2019
Height to top of head | 45cm
Weight | 16kg
Size | Medium
Neutered | Yes
Breed | Saluki type mix
Mixing with dogs? | Yes
Mixing with children? | Yes
Mixing with cats? | Not tested
Sadie in three words | A bright spark
Sadie was found abandoned in a junkyard in Askar, Bahrain, along with Sampson and Suki. She had found refuge under an old, derelict porter cabin, in an attempt to escape the scorching heat of the sun. She was extremely nervous and had zero trust in humans, so tempting her out with food was a real challenge. Sadie proved the most difficult to rescue and it was a long wait until Sadie felt safe enough to emerge on her own. But the moment she knew she was safe and was with people who cared about her, her attitude completely changed; it’s as if she knew she was finally safe.
As you can see from photos and videos, all three of these Salukis show signs of unimaginable cruelty and neglect. Some of their legs are not properly formed and are shockingly bowed; the result of the unrelenting sport of dog racing, which is popular in Bahrain. Sighthound type breeds are often injected with human steroids in order to make them ‘perform better’ when racing. When this illegal practice goes wrong, leaving the dogs permanently damaged and no longer ‘valuable’, people merely toss them aside to fend for themselves, dumping them with not a care as to what happens to them next.
Local Saluki rescuers and veterinary experts in Bahrain have advised that surgery isn’t needed when the legs aren’t too disjointed. Luckily Sadie & Suki’s legs are not too damaged. Sadie should be able to live a happy and comfortable life with a slight change to diet – this usually involves a reduction in protein and an increase in vitamin C taken. It is likely that Sadie will suffer some arthritis in the future.
As you will see from the videos, Sadie is extremely mobile – she still loves chasing around with her friends and her leg structure doesn’t affect this at all! Much like Suki, Sadie enjoys the freedom to run around on big, open green spaces.
Sadie has become a very sociable girl and would be a pleasant and calm-natured addition to any family. She has a well-rounded character; mostly calm and gentle, but energetic come playtime! Sadie is very eager to please and gets excited when being praised or receiving attention. She is very alert, bright and is already showing signs of being a fast learner with a willingness to learn commands.
As with all our rescues, we’re committed to ensuring that these Salukis have a happy and healthy life. If you’re interested in adopting and would like more information about Sadie’s dietary and veterinary needs, we would be happy to talk to you. Her disability does not cause her discomfort, and she plays and walks as happily as any other dog. We’re hoping Sadie will find a home where love and playtime is in abundance!
As this is a particularly special case, we are prepared to consider either an adoptive or foster home that think they could offer a good life and special care for this girl.