10 years ago, I bred a litter of GSD puppies out of my Libby. I fell in love with two look alike puppies (Falon and Sawyer). My family thought I was crazy, but I decided to keep Falon. Sawyer was returned to me after 1 year because she was fighting with their other dog. I took her back and thought I found a perfect home with a woman I worked with. Unfortunately they couldn't handle her high drive so she was returned again. A few months later I had found another home for her. A caretaker of a 20 acre estate which was owned by a 90 year old woman was interested in having Sawyer spend her days working on the property. A few months later I received a thank you card for the 90 year young woman thanking me for giving her such a wonderful dog. She renamed her Peggy.
I lost Libby to cancer in January 2012 and lost Falon in July to histiocarcoma. On Saturday a friend who has a training group that meets on Saturdays texted me a picture of one of her clients rescued dogs, with the caption, doesn't she look just like Falon? The dog was listed at the shelter as being 10 years old and given up because her owner was placed in assisted living. I knew when I looked into her beautiful eyes that looked so much like my Falon that it was Sawyer. I texted back, what did the shelter list her name as. She texted back "Peggy", but they want to change it. I couldn't believe that she ended up at a training group held by my friend. I was so upset that the family or the care taker didn't contact me and had her dumped in a shelter but am so happy that my friends client has a soft spot for Seniors and adopted her.
I am making arrangements to see her soon and have already provided information on her pedigree, etc and history to her new owner. He also did more research and found vet details from her first owner, which confirms it is Sawyer.
I am so excited to be able to see her again and to get the chance to hug a piece of Libby and Falon!
A lesson for people who are thinking of breeding. Your responsibility doesn't end once the pups are sold and it can be heartbreaking when you realize that the perfect life you thought you gave them can change in an instant.
Duchess Liberty of Bayberry, CD, RE, CGC, TDI
Liberty's Favorite Falon, CGC, TDI
Felice vom Amulree, SchI, TRII, CD, RA, CGC, TDI
Andi Bojovnik "Brenna"