My girlfriend is in need of a new home for her 16 year old (as far as we can guess; she is at least that old, perhaps older) Aussie Shepard, Sadie. She does not wish to rehome Sadie, but we are faced with very few options. At this point, she has had to make the very difficult decision that she can no longer adequately care for Sadie due to disability. We live in the Olympia, WA, area.
Sadie is a lovely dog. She is friendly, easy to get along with, she's awesome with children, no issues with cats, or other animals. She will growl if cats or other animals try to steal her food, but she has never bitten or snapped at the animals, or people.
Here is the problem. She's getting older, and at this point she has a three hour bladder, almost like clockwork. She has always been an indoor dog, and is utterly terrified of the outdoors. We have set up a dog run and despite our best efforts, she has managed to tangle herself in the line regularly. She will do this until someone comes out to untangle her, but upon someone going inside, she will immediately re-tangle herself. She is also Houdini dog and will wiggle out of her harness regularly and try to bury under fences. She must be an indoor dog.
She is also going on a hunger strike due to being outdoors. She is scattering her food and refusing to eat unless someone is with her. The apartment that my girlfriend and her family have been able to find (temporarily; they moved cross-country and are job-hunting but being in training w/o pay does not count as income for renting a house) does not allow dogs, and my rental home does not allow indoor dogs. Even if we could have Sadie indoors, most of our household is disabled and on vacillating sleep schedules. It is simply not possible to arrange to walk her every three hours (or less; it has crept up to every hour at points), especially now that she is not signaling when she needs to be walked.
More minor issues are that she is arthritic, although she does not seem to be in pain. She is deaf in some ranges, but not completely. Prior to my girlfriend and family adopting her, she spent five years in a household that did not care for her and actively abused her. This has resulted in a few things, such as she is triggered by men in plaid shirts and baseball caps. She was never properly trained (commands such as sit), and by the time my girlfriend adopted her at age five, no amount of verbal training was successful. She is not ill-behaved, beyond the frequent walking needed, and some amount of gesture training has been successful.
Unfortunately, nearly everyone in the household is disabled with chronic pain at this point, with the exception of those who are working and thus cannot walk a dog on a three hour schedule. It is simply not possible to give her the care that she needs, as much as we want to. This is not a decision that has been made lightly. She is very loved, and this is breaking my girlfriend's heart, but my girlfriend wants the best for Sadie, and none of us simply have the capability to provide for her needs at this point. She is not in pain, and we do not want to put her to sleep.
She is very sweet, lovable, and kind. She likes to tuck people in at night (my girlfriend adds to this that she comes to the side of the bed and will tug the blanket over her), and she protects those she loves. With her age and arthritis, she is not very active, but she is very loving. She is an amazing dog who just needs people who are physically able to meet her needs. There is a video of her here, if you would like to see video.
Again, we are in Olympia, WA. We are willing to drive her to Seattle or Portland (or another city of similar distance, but 2hrs is about the max based on health issues). If anyone is interested, please contact Omi at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please CC her husband Louis at email@example.com.
If anyone is willing, re-posts and signal boosts would be appreciated. Thank you very much for reading.