Sadie changed our lives in big, earth-shaking ways. We were looking forward to fostering a dog, wary knowing loving and leaving could be hard. We were not prepared for the skinny, sad, soulful dog who arrived at in the middle of a dark spring night. Our hearts were simply not prepared to watch her grow, heal, blossom, because our hearts just melted and then expanded and she came into them and can't ever leave! As Sadie came into our home, we did experience wholly unexpected problems with our two current terriers. Milo and Sadie were okay together (till Milo passed last year), but Sadie and Josie, even after over a year of living together, never learned to fly the white surrender flag and forcing the rest of us to live in hostile territory. And, I won't lie, it was hard! As a dog owner, I'd never been faced with this problem; I'd grown up with multiple dogs, had multiple dogs before and never had a problem. Now - BIG PROBLEM. And NLBR was so fabulous as we tried to find the best solution. Our family learned so much from the dogs, and we are now much more dog savvy than before. We also experienced a little heart-break, as we worked with behaviorists and reached out to experts for help and came to the conclusion that one of them had to go (If it were just my husband and I we might have made it work, but not with 3 young kids). And we were all sort of stunned to realize it was Josie, the senior rattie, who needed to go. Our home had become too busy, too noisy and too full for her - her needs included being completely spoiled and being an only child "Queen Bee." Sometimes being a responsible pet owner includes heart-break. We had never, ever re-homed a dog before. Now, we have, with happy endings all around. A senior couple in our small town had lost their dog and desperately wanted another, but not a puppy. They needed a quiet, low maintenance dog to spoil. I still tear up when I think of Josie, but I know she is far happier in a quiet house where she is the only dog, where she is a spoiled couch potato who gets undivided attention and all the treats to herself. We still call frequently and are invited to stop by and visit anytime. When it thunders my daughter calls to check on Josie, because Josie hates thunderstorms. It is hard, because we love Josie, but we know Josie is happy. And that left Sadie, and we reached out to NLBR because I wanted Sadie to have a buddy - enter Moose! And this is just a really long story to say that wow! Now that we have Mo and Sadie, the change in our family is so amazing and we are so grateful! At first Sadie would tolerate Moose, then she began to kinda like him, even enjoy him... now? When you watch them together there is obvious true affection! Mo is part of family, part of the pack and Sadie adores him! The change in Sadie has been remarkable. Many of her anxiety issues are just gone - who has time for that when she is too busy wrestling, playing and sleeping with her new brother? I think one of the biggest things is treats - Sadie has always been very protective around her food with other dogs and though we still feed them separately and keep food dishes away from common areas, we can now offer treats together. And Sadie sits calmly and gets her treat and watches Mo get his and she is relaxed and happy and content. And Moose is just the happiest, silliest, most lovable dog we could ask for. He is all smooth where Sadie has sharp edges and together they just fit and make our house more fun, more peaceful, more protected... just MORE! Thank you to NLBR for helping find the right dogs, for working through problems with us patiently, and for giving us the support and confidence we needed to be successful. I tell anyone who will listen how awesome you all are! We have confident, happy, harmonious dogs and we are so thankful!