September is always kind of a special month for our family.  It was in September, 8 years ago that Sarge came to live with us when he was 4 months old.  Here’s the story… while on vacation, our 5 yr. old Weimaraner, Troop passed away.  We were incredibly heart broken, grief stricken and guilt ridden that we were not home when it happened.  It was awful.  It still breaks my heart when I think about it.  As any pet owner knows, losing a pet is soooooo hard.  Troop was Scott’s baby.  Troop loved Scott even more I think.  He had love hearts in his eyes every time he looked at Scott.  Best friends.  So it was particularly devastating to Scott.

We definitely wanted another dog, but felt we weren’t ready.  I started going on the Internet and looking at all the puppies and dogs that were in rescues that were in desperate need of adoption.  Scott and I decided this time we would adopt a dog from a rescue.  We wanted to do something extra special in honor and memory of Troop.  We felt maybe this would help us with our grief.  That’s how I found Sarge.  As soon as I saw his photo, I knew that was our dog.  We had talked about naming a future dog Sarge and there he was…already named Sarge.  It was meant to be.  Scott was not ready.  He didn’t even want to look at his pic on the Internet.  After much convincing, we made the nearly 4 hr. car trip to go meet Sarge.  He was at a rescue that a woman ran at her home.  Nothing fancy.  She was just a wonderful woman that would foster animals that local law enforcement would bring her until they could be adopted.  Obviously, we didn’t just meet Sarge, we brought him home.

He has been the most wonderful dog.  I swear, he’s a genius too.  So smart.  Sarge is an Australian Shepherd – German Shorthaired Pointer mix.  He also came with some baggage, though.  Sarge was rescued from an abusive home.  A man had been burning Sarge with his cigarettes.  How awful is that???  Makes me sick.  As a result, Sarge would suffer from submissive urination.  Meaning if you bent down to pet him or when we would come home and be happy to see him…he would pee.  It was so frustrating for us because we didn’t know how to fix the problem.  Scott consulted the Michigan State Veterinary School to find out what we needed to do.  Finally, we were able to fix the problem.  Dog psychology…we had to retrain ourselves to be pack leaders and Sarge to be a “regular” dog.  I sound like Cesar Millan.  πŸ™‚

Sarge is the best dog.  He loves the girls. 

 They’ve grown up together.

Like many pets, he can tell time too.  He knows what time the girls get out of school.  He always waits out front so he can watch them walk home.

Sarge just plain loves life.  It’s like he’s so grateful to live here.  Yes, Sarge is a rescue dog in every sense of the word.  Only we didn’t rescue him, he rescued us.


  • WoolenSails says:

    What a wonderful story and rescues can make the most wonderful and loyal pets. You can tell he loves his new home and all the love you have given him.


  • Sue says:

    Oh what a precious post! It gave me big crocodile tears! We love our pets so so much.
    How sad that he was abused. I can't imagine that at all. But how wonderful that you guys were able to bring him home and that he was named a name that you were thinking of anyway. No one could say that wasn't Providential!

  • Lisa Sipes says:

    Beautiful story and beautiful dog!

  • Impera Magna says:

    What a wonderful story about a puppy finding the family he needed…. and a family finding the puppy they needed!

    And they lived happily ever after….

  • Yvette says:

    What a great story, thanks for sharing.

  • Debbie B Sam says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I am in the process of rescuing a dog from GA – also an Aussie mix πŸ™‚ They are the most amazing dogs in the world, after 3 years we are finally ready to bring a dog into our home after losing our beloved Sydnie. You are wonderful!

  • Sunnybec says:

    I absolutely love him, rescue dogs are lovely and it gives us a warm glow too knowing we have saved at least one dog for cruelty…how anyone can burn a dog like that I will never know. Extra big hugs from me, him and them! xx

  • Brandie says:

    Oh I have tears in my eyes, sniff, too sweet!

  • Darlene says:

    Tear jerking story, Linda! You and yours are very lucky that Sarge found you. πŸ™‚

  • AJ says:

    Wonderful. Thank you for giving a torture survivor a loving home.

    I also have a GSP mix. Mine looks a lot like a spotted 5 lb Chihuahua. Smart! Gotta have situational awareness at all times around these GSP types.

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    What a wonderful post – you've brought tears to my eyes. Sarge looks like a wonderful dog – it's hard to know that he was abused before he met you…

  • Cascade Quilts says:

    what a wonderful story – literally made me weep! I can't imagine life without doggy companions!

  • Diana says:

    What a sweet post!

  • Diane says:

    Thanks for sharing your terrific story. Dogs have a way of rescuing us, repeatedly if necessary.

  • Donna says:

    So sweet! Sarge found his perfect home! Love the story πŸ™‚

  • Gretchen says:

    Wonderful story. Brought tears to my eyes. I well know how rescue pets can rescue people. Big hugs to you & Sarge.

  • Lori says:

    Ah, that is so sweet!!

  • Jeanette says:

    Such a wonderful story. Like Gretchen it brought a tear to my eye( i'm a big sook :)). I'm glad Sarge & your family found each other. Hugs,

  • Cardygirl says:

    Gorgeous story!

  • Carolyn says:

    Wonderful and sweet story. What a handsome boy he is. So sweet to see him sleeping with the baby. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love this story. Both happy and sad but a wonderful ending!

  • Lynn says:

    What a sweet boy and a great story! We are a cat family, but all have been rescue cats.

  • QuiltSue says:

    What a happy ending for all of you. He looks like a wonderful dog.

  • Sheila says:

    What wonderful touching story , I also have tears in my eyes , I love dogs and have a real weak spot for them and hate to hear of them being abused so glad you rescued this handsome dog , Sarge is a lucky guy. I also love Ceasar Milan ,an amazing man , I saw him last year in Saskatchewan , wow !

  • Amy, a redeemed sheep says:

    Sarge is the most handsomest of dogs. =) I'm glad he rescued you….

  • Carrie P. says:

    Oh, I just love the story how Sarge came into your life. How special.

  • Candace says:

    What an absolutely prescious post, Linda! Sarge is truly an amazing dog! You are all so lucky to share each others lives!

  • Mama Pea says:

    What a great story. Sarge must be a great dog. (I'm listening to the coyotes howling as I write this! LOL) I would love to meet him. Dogs are so awesome, and I have quite a few I've loved in my life, so I could relate to everything in your story! Give him a pet on the noodle for me!