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Saving Sadie - The Story of a Miraculous Relationship




The story of a miraculous relationship began in 2012.

Sadie the dog was found in the mountains of Kentucky with a bullet hole between her eyes and one in her back put there after she had a litter of puppies and left to die.

Through a series of events, Sadie was transported to a no-kill shelter in Wisconsin where Joal Derse Dauer found her while donating blankets. Joal states “As I was walking out, I saw Sadie and asked what her story was. I was curious because even though her head was hanging down, I thought that she was beautiful and saw a sparkle in her eyes.”

In that moment, Joal felt deep in her heart this little girl deserved to know what “love” looks like.  She took Sadie home and they began a healing adventure to Save Sadie. With the help of an amazing team of professionals & numerous alternative therapies, Sadie is alive, happy and living life.




Sadie still requires daily therapy and has some disabilities, but it never stops her. In her free time she travels the world in her little red wagon educating others that anything is possible. Sadie’s goal is to spread her message “think about what you can do in life, not what you cannot do.”   Her message gives hope to those who perhaps need a little boost, she represents the importance of understanding and acceptance of disabilities and she is an ambassador-dog for anti-bullying. 

The animal- human connection is powerful and her message “barks” louder when you look at her than any words. 


Sadie collage 1

Sadie happy

  Saving sadie collage 3

Shop at Sadie's Store! 


Be sure to check out the website for more information on Sadie and the wonderful work her and Joal are doing to make a difference in this world.  You can follow them on Twitter and on Facebook.





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Ron A.

Great story! I feel sorry for Sadie, but I'm also happy because she has been given a great family to take care of her. I hope Sadie would be an inspiration to everyone.

Colorado Pet Fence

What a heart-touching story. Wow. Feel so sorry for Sadie. So blessed to have great rescue groups out there to help dogs and pets like Sadie. She appears to be in great spirits, such a great story. Best of luck dear Sadie!

Ellen Pilch

Poor Sadie, she has been through a lot. I am glad she was rescued.

Two French Bulldogs

What a story
Lily & Edward

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