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Sadie the dog a hero to family — and the little pal she saved

Sadie (left) boxer/mastiff mix — shown here with Eli rottweiler — came rescue family member’s 7-pound dog thwas attacked by

Sadie (left), a boxer/mastiff mix — shown here with and Eli, a rottweiler — came to the rescue of a family member’s 7-pound dog that was attacked by a great horned owl in January. | File~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 31, 2013 6:16AM

This is another in a series of stories on people and events that shaped our communities in 2012.

PINGREE GROVE — A mild-mannered dog became the hero of her family after saving a canine companion one-tenth her size from certain death in 2012.

Sadie, a 70-pound boxer, was creating a commotion one winter evening that brought owners Patrick and Tricia Evans racing to their backyard. They found their daughter’s 1-year-old puppy, Ramadi, in the grasps of a great horned owl.

Evans’ daughter, Amy Black, is in the Army stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia. She was visiting for the holidays.

“When I came out the door, I saw Sadie on top of something and thought it must be another dog, but it was really dark,” said Evans. “An owl had its talons sunk into Ramadi, and Sadie was trying to get it off of her.”

Evans freed the bird’s talons from Sadie’s thick coat and called Pingree Grove police, who netted the bird and had it transported to a rehabilitation center. It was euthanized due to malnutrition and severe injuries, sustained likely from a collision with a vehicle.

“We haven’t had any more run-ins with wildlife, and things have been quiet,” Evans reported recently. He added, “Sadie is doing just wonderfully.”

The same can be said for Ramadi back in Georgia, but just barely.

Ramadi got out one night a few months back and came barking at the door at 4 a.m. Black noticed something wrong with the dog’s eye and took her to a vet. Despite treatment, the eye was too infected and eventually had to be removed.

“He’s so happy and doesn’t even seem to notice he’s missing an eye,” Black said about the seven-pound Shih-Tzu and miniature poodle mix. “It gives him character. He’s the one-eyed dog that escaped from an owl.”

“I think he has nine lives,” Black added.

That, and a canine body guard.

The same owl attacked at least two other dogs over several weeks. Police Chief Carol Lussky said the village has been free of owl attacks since the owl’s capture.

That’s good news for Ramadi. Black says she’ll bring him back to Pingree Grove in June, possibly to stay, when she transfers to Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Which is just fine with her dad. “Here he’ll have some big dogs to hang out with,” he said.

No doubt Sadie will be watching Ramadi’s back if trouble comes calling again.

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