Sable Steele

Sable was dealt a tough hand in life and it’s not surprising she was mistrusting of people. Sable is here to learn that not all people are creeps.

Last updated: Jan. 28, 2019

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Nov. 3, 2018
  • Breed: German Shepherd mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 65 Pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: She’s come a long way. Reserved around strangers but no longer fearful or defensive. Affectionate with those she knows.
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes (larger dogs)
  • Gets Along with People: Yes
  • Housebroken: Yes
  • Crate Trained: Yes
  • Departure date: January 18, 2019 –> S.A.V.E.


Sable’s mom left Sable with an adult daughter — then disappeared. Sable had 4 puppies at the time and would not let anyone near them or her. That put the daughter in a difficult spot, so she called Newport Animal Control to come pick up the lot of them.

Sable has been in residence at N.A.C. since March of 2018. She has survived this long because the Manager, Lisa, took a particular liking to Sable and they bonded. Lisa would have adopted Sable, except that the dog she already had did NOT like Sable.

Sable does get along with the staff at N.A.C. and they take her for walks several times a day, but she is (was) hostile to strangers. That has gotten worse the longer she’s been incarcerated at N.A.C. Her chances of adoption are slim to none, and now they HAVE to do something with her … so Piney Mountain Foster took her in and will work at calming her down and socializing her. Once that was done, Steele Away Home accepted her for rescue.

Known Issues

The aggression toward strangers is gone now. When she was spayed she was fine – if not openly friendly then at least not fearful – with the volunteers helping to manage the dogs at the event. Recently several rescue friends (new to Sable) have come to dog-sit for a while and reported Sable to be calm and friendly. She is ready to graduate the behavior mod class!

** NOT good with cats or small dogs. **

She and Rebel ( a Husky foster dog) are sweet on one another. They love to pay in the yard and he comes to lie next to her kennel and “chat” with her every chance he gets. She also likes to play with Hudson, and gets along fine with Blondie Bear. Sable is not fond of Callie, but Callie antagonizes her.

Sable is gentle on her bedding, in fact shows no destructive tendencies at all. She appreciates her comforts.

Sable walks well on a leash.


  • DA2PP: 11/2/2018 by N.A.C.
  • Bordatella: 11/2/2108 by N.A.C.
  • Wormed: 5/23/2018 Pyrantel Pamoate 6 ml by N.A.C.
    Wormed 12/3, 12/4, 12/5 Pyrantel Pamoate, 10 ml by PMFC
  • Rabies: Nov 30, 2018 by Claws and Paws
  • Spay/Neuter: Nov 30, 2018 by Claws and Paws
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Flea/Tick preventative: Dec 1, 2018: Advantage
    . Jan. 4 2019: Advantage
  • Heartworm preventative: Dec 1, 2018 – NuHeart (PMFC)
    . Jan 4, 2019: NuHeart (PMFC)
  • Heartworm Test: Nov 30, 2018 by Claws and Paws – NEGATIVE

Progress Notes

Updates are regularly posted on the foster dogs. For a listing of those that include Sable [click here]


In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom. Click the thumbnails to enlarge. Some pictures are linked to Doggy Tales and videos about Sable, click those to open the related story or video.


Settling in at her new home

Saying “hey” to her neighbors.

Sable REALLY likes Lily!

Sable & Rebel first play date (video)

Sable has a night visitor (video)

Sable and Rebel play chase (video)

Sable and Rebel in Gentle Play (video)

Learning table dining.

Lounging in the sunshine.
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