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DOG VLOG: Sue Ellen & Grover

Chicago dogs Sue Ellen & Grover traveled to live together at SARA in October 2020. After a few weeks of decompressing, they are getting used to their new sanctuary life as Texas farm dogs. To build their update, we have pulled together text, pics and video of their whole Chicago to Texas journey from ALIVE Founder Kristen, volunteer Alexis and SARA Dog Handler Chris and SARA Founder Tracy.


Dog History Grover
Grover was rescued by ALIVE Rescue in 2016 and was adopted soon after. Almost four years later he was returned displaying a lot of anxiety. “While in the home he exhibited some negative behavior toward humans that could not be corrected through training. We’ve assessed him and watched him closely since his return and decided he would be much happier living in a sanctuary environment,” said Kristen Gerali, Alive Founder and President.

Dog History Sue Ellen
Sue Ellen was rescued by ALIVE Rescue in early 2020.  She was completely shut down the first 24 hours she arrived, but soon started exhibiting signs of fear aggression.  “We have been working with her ever since trying to get her to trust humans again. She does LOVE other dogs, so we feel is a good candidate for the sanctuary.  We just want to give her a little bit more time with the training to see if she can come around,” said Kristen.

“We believe every dog deserves a home.  Sometimes their preference is sanctuary life.” ALIVE Founder Kristen Gerali


Sue Ellen & Grover’s Journey to Texas
There are times when we save an animal and realize they may not be adoptable, preferring the company of fellow canines over humans.  

Kristen said, “Luckily, ALIVE Rescue partners with SARA in Texas. SARA takes in dogs who are unsure of humans, but who love other dogs.  Alive Rescue has several dogs and one cat currently living their lives out at the sanctuary.”

“In order for SARA Sanctuary to take in one of the Chicago dogs for life, ALIVE Rescue must take 10 of their adoptable animals.  That means if both Sue Ellen and Grover go to sanctuary, we will have to bring back 20 adoptable animals.

How are Sue Ellen & Grover doing now?
Founder Tracy matches up dogs to share their living quarters based on size, temperament and bonds. Grover & Sue Ellen were already used to each other and being together has helped them adjust to their new life and living arrangements together.

SARA Dog Handler Chris: “Grover is super sweet and very toy and treat motivated and loves to learn. Sue Ellen is scared of strangers, but has been making tons of progress with us. She used to bark at me any time I’d walk by but she is coming around and is a lot calmer when I’m by her and has eaten treats out of my hand.”


Many of the before pics in Chicago came from ALIVE volunteer Alexis. “I volunteer as a shift leader and led a lot of shifts with Sue and Grover. I know SARA is the perfect home for them, but definitely miss those silly guys!”

This time we had a lot of background information at videos and pictures of Sue Ellen & Grover. Watch for more DOG VLOG videos and pictures from Dog Handler Chris who interacts with SARA dogs daily. 

Your monthly support on Patreon helps us take care of dogs like Sue Ellen & Grover who really like other dogs, but are not great fans of humans. SARA has helped save these two and other dogs who are not considered adoptable. THANK YOU! 

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