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Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World

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Joal Derse Dauer was just donating blankets at a local no-kill shelter when a disabled and despondent dog caught her eye. With three "fur babies" already at home, Joal wasn't looking to adopt another dog. But there was something special about Sadie, a shepherd mix who had been shot in the head and in the back and left for dead in the hills of Kentucky after giving birth. O ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Citadel Press
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Michael G. Yes a lot. My mother read it and here is what she has to say. To tell you how much I liked the book "Saving Sadie", I have to tell you I read it…moreYes a lot. My mother read it and here is what she has to say. To tell you how much I liked the book "Saving Sadie", I have to tell you I read it twice. I got so wrapped up in how Joal was going to help Sadie. I get into the story, when I took a break, I looked up and saw I was sitting in my chair and not with Joal and Sadie. Sadie was in such poor shape and all the things Joal had to do to help her, well not many people would go through all that "just for a dog". You are eventually right there helping Sadie your self. It all paid off and I for one am glad Joal did so much for Sadie. All the things she thought up for Sadie are amazing. The guy that shot Sadie and then left her for dead, well, I'd better not tell you what should be done to him. You'll enjoy every word. Don't even start the book unless you have at least a few hours to read it from start to finish. Loretta H. Dyer
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Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, dogs, kindle
I received a free e-copy of this book from the author/publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Sadie was four years old when she had a litter of puppies and was shot in the back and head and left for dead. She was brought to a no-kill shelter where she was found by animal lover Joal who ended up on a mission to save Sadie's life and ended up having Sadie change her life in return.

This is a really sweet book though it's hard to read sometimes when you think about how sweet Sadie is and the ho
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really heartwarming story. I have a lot of respect for Joal. Taking care of a special needs pet is no joke, and Sadie truly got lucky when Joal found her.

I worked as a foster for a rescue for almost five years, and this rescue exclusively took dogs from the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. I’ve never seen more horrific abuse cases than the dogs coming from that area. It’s interesting that Sadie came from this area as well. I wonder if Sadie perhaps came from the same town as my own dogs and
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: discarded-shelf
The first half of the book was very touching and heartfelt, and the narrative made you empathize with her mom and her, and you felt fot her: all the money and effort needed to help Sadie, all the pain and cruelty ahe had been thru, all the good intentions to save her... not to say how hard that beginning had to have been, with a special needs dog which needed so much care and attention.
But then the book went downhill for me: too much detail in things like a radio interview, or things that turned
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington books for the chance to read this wonderful book!

Animal memoirs are among my favorite types of books; as an animal lover myself I can always appreciate the bond between an animal and their human friend. I love to read about that bond, how it grows and changes as the years pass, and this book does a give a fantastic glimpse into the life of Sadie, and her owner Joal.

Sadie's life didn't begin as the happy one we hope for all animals. Instead, badly abused and
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway I had no idea who Sadie was beforehand. Sadie's story is such a heartbreaking and beautiful story though. I have a special needs dog (epilepsy, pancreatitis, bad liver, and partially collapsed trachea). My dog has a seizure within a week of having him. His health issues just progressed from there. Did I get rid of him? No. Did I, and continue to struggle to care for him everyday? Yes. I'm taking my first vacation in 5 years because I finally got all m ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
It was a wonderful book about a dog who was left for dead in the mountains of Kentucky.  She had been shot twice, once in the head and once in the back.  Because of this, Sadie couldn't walk on her back legs.  Sadie was at a shelter when Joal Dauer noticed her. Joal took Sadie home so that she wouldn't have to live out her life in a shelter.  After a recommendation that Sadie should be put down, Joal decided that Sadie deserved more. "Sadie did not deserve
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, dogs
I have great admiration for this woman who found a dog that was severely abused at an animal shelter and took him in. I would never be able to do what she did. Every waking hour was spent with this dog trying to get him to walk again. She states that all his medical expenses and therapies came to $3,000 a month and she was able to raise enough donations at the time the book was written. She mentions in the book that people had commented that there were probably better ways to spend that money bu ...more
Paul Juniper
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Finally a book about a dog in which the dog does not die. This is a positive book, unfortunately over written. Too much gushing and very very repetitive.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington books for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a true story of the dog named Sadie who had been horrifically abused and then shot and how Joal came to her rescue when nobody else wanted her and even the vets recommended putting her down. I love dogs and animal stories and this is a great heartwarming story of love and a lot of perseverance on the part of Joal fighting to let Sadie have a chance at life. The first half of the
Teena in Toronto
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I love reading stories about animals and that's why this one caught my attention.

Joal has a big heart where animals are concerned and donated to animal shelters. She was donating to one and saw a dog named Sadie who had just given birth to puppies and was then shot between her eyes and in her back (leaving her paralyzed) and left to die in the woods in Kentucky. Though vets suggested that the dog be euthanized, Joal felt Sadie deserved a chance and took her home for a day. That day became a mont
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is a quote in the movie Ladyhawke that I think describes the message contained in Saving Sadie:

"Great storms announce themselves with a single breeze, and a single random spark can ignite the fires of rebellion."

An unassuming trip to drop of blankets at a no-kill shelter started a movement Joal Derse Dauer never thought she would ever embark on. A dirty, damaged, vacant eyed dog lying in a cage set in motion the "what's my purpose in life" many people question about themselves. I was worri
Ani G.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
I started to read this tonight but was immediately put off by her really bad writing .
"Catching my reflection in the glass, I smooth my little black dress, fluff my shoulder-length blond hair, and toss the long pink feather boa over my shoulder."

It's so bad that it's almost a parody of bad chic-lit. So glad I didn't buy the book but borrowed it from the library.

So the author went to an animal shelter, found a dog, provided medical treatment that gave the dog a wonderful life and was in turn a
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Joal Dauer comes across a hurt, dirty and terrified dog in a local shelter while dropping off some blankets. She learns that Sadie was found in the mountains of Kentucky, shot once in the head and again in the back, soon after she had a litter of pups. Now lying paralyzed from the bullet to her back, Sadie can not walk. Joal takes her from the shelter, and to many vets before she finds one wiling to try to help. Sadie is put through strenuous exercises, supplements and operations but still remai ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
It's always nice when someone adopts a dog that needs special help.

Don't buy this book though ! This author should be ashamed of herself. In her own words, she faked needing an Emotional Support Dog & lied that Sadie was in fact an Emotional Support Dog so she could fly in the cabin. Shame on the therapist too, who issued her the certificate without ever meeting them.

Per U.S. federal law and the ADA, Service Dog handlers must be disabled. Service Dogs perform tasks that their disabled owner
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dog-books
Wow this book touched my heart. I just fell in love with Sadie and her story. All my dogs have been rescues and I think adopting and giving these dogs a second chance is what they deserve.

Casey who passed away almost a year ago was chained onto his doghouse and left outside in the heat, rain, snow, ice storms and wasn’t fed for 8 years. He then came to us and we were lucky to have him for 8 more years. Having a rescued dog is so rewarding, they reach you so much love and compassion. These dogs
Kims Sliceoflife
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was good in the beginning. When you go through the Sadie's journey of being discovered by Joal and going through the rehabilitative process. I enjoyed reading about the rehab process because it opened my eyes to all types of treatments they have for animals. I especially loved the part toward the end of the book, where Sadie receives rehab care from an Athletic Trainer! That is my profession and it surprised me to see that it was extended to the animal world as well.

I felt that Sadie'
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was scrolling through Goodreads Firstreads nonfiction give-away books and was stopped by the sweet face of this dog on the cover of this book. In short, I fell in love with Sadie just like her "mom", Joal did when she saw her while delivering blankets to an animal shelter. She was just going to take Sadie home and foster her until an appropriate family could be found for the dog, who had been shot in the head and back and left to die. However, Sadie worked her magic on Joal, and Joal in turn d ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won a copy of this book on goodreads in exchange for an honest review. this was a heartwarming story and a reminder on how resilient dogs are even when they have suffered horrendous trauma. I enjoyed this story, brings to mind of my friends family that are forever fosters to a special needs dog that also suffered abuse from it's previous owners and ripped away from her puppies as well. I gave this book a 3 star rating because I found it places very repetitive. yes I would recommend this book, ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this book "Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World" from Netgalley for my honest review.

The book started off well but then lost me. I think maybe it was too much detail that I really didn't want to read. I had to skip over some parts because it just didn't keep my attention. I liked the idea of Sadie's story but it just seemed repetitive - treatments, what Joal had to do each day, how she was on the radio, etc. I think it is great that Joal rescued Sadie from a
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Saving Sadie is a book of hope and inspiration. I couldn't put it down after reading the first paragraph. The writing is pristine and sharp.
By the end of the book, I to wanted to take Sadie home and cuddle her. As for Joel, I give her credit for her compassion and strength in believing and nursing Sadie back to life. I love how they are using their shared healing and rehabilitation to help others heal and find their courage.
I have a new hero in Joal and Sadie.
Sharon Huether
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this Free book from Goodreads First-Reads.
Joal found a German shepherd mix dog in a shelter. Joal took her even though she was in bad shape
Joal went above and beyond in helping Sadie regain her strength. It was several years before she could even walk.
Sadie opened a new world for Joal, much more than she could ever imagine.
Good story
Jane Thompson
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dog Story

A book that tells about a woman who became caught up in rehabbing an abused paralyzed dog. Her adventures with the dog are fun (,but I don't think I would be so accepting of paranormal as she is). What a person do with a disabled animal is truly wonderful.
Sara Anne
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-december
A good story and I am grateful for this lady for devoting her time to such a wonderful pet. The Book itself was very repetitive and I got bored with it by the end. I also don't approve of her near faking problems to have her dog identified as an emotional support animal.
Martha Brindley
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very heartwarming tale of a woman who adopts a dog with special needs. Joal has a big heart for taking Sadie on. Full of emotion and very well written. it will appeal to animal lovers everywhere. Have the box of tissues at the ready! Thank you Net Galley for my copy.
Ellen Daniel
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me from the moment I picked it up and I couldn't put it down. What an incredible and inspiring story. What happened to Sadie was horrific but it is amazing how far she has come with all the love and support of people all around the world. Joal and Sadie have a great message!
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a great read for people that love animals. The bond that developed between Joal and Sadie was amazing. Their story really shows the importance of animal rescue and adoption, for people and animals.
Gail Dewitt
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart warming and uplifting

What joy to see what determination and love can accomplish. Sadie's journey is amazing. To all those who helped a big hug
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book about an amazing recovery

The book was hard to put down. I encourage all dog lovers to read this especially those involved in dog rescue.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this as part of a goodreads giveaway.
This was definitely a feel good book.
Linda McCune
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Very inspiring book about a special needs dog.
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