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Sarah Furr

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Patti is a Cost Accountant for Trouw Nutrition USA located in Highland, Illinois.  She is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of manufacturing costs at the production sites as well as overseeing the management and costing of inventory.

Patti and her family have 2 dogs: a Miniature Schnauzer named Sadie and a Labrador Retriever named Avery.  Patti and her family lost their Miniature Schnauzer, Heidi, unexpectedly during a medical procedure nine years ago.  The day that she passed, Patti and her family found a new 8 week old puppy of the same breed, Sadie.  Sadie was the runt of her litter and very shy for about 1 day.  That did not last long; she quickly enjoyed the love and attention and became a very lively part of the family.   She likes Patti’s son, Kyle, best and whenever he is home, she is not far from him.  Patti’s son, CJ, has been an avid duck and goose hunter since he was 8 years old.  He had wanted a Labrador Retriever of his own for many years, and when he finished high school, he brought 4 month old Avery home.  He spent that summer training her and developed a strong bond.  She is now 2 ½ and a very accomplished hunting companion. 

Patti likes the Miniature Schnauzer breed for their mild disposition, and the fact that they don’t shed is definitely a plus.  The family chose a Labrador Retriever for her natural strength and skills for bird retrieval.  Both pets make great family dogs and companions!

Trivia about Sadie and Avery

Breeds: Sadie is a Salt and Pepper colored Miniature Schnauzer and Avery is a Chocolate colored Labrador Retriever.

Unique Traits of the Breeds: Miniature Schnauzer - intelligent, loves attention, alert watchdog, playful, low shedding, barky; Labrador Retriever – good natured, friendly, requires vigorous exercise like swimming and fetching games, quite responsive to obedience training, strong swimmers with a short, water repellent dense coat that can withstand very cold water.

Breeds Purpose: Miniature Schnauzers were originally bred to be farm dogs due to their efficient ratting, herding and guarding skills. Labrador Retrievers were originally used to retrieve fish that fell off hooks and help haul in swimming lines or fishing nets.

Personalities: Sadie- smart and playful; Avery – always happy and ready to play, her tag wags pretty much non-stop when she is around anyone (ok maybe not in her sleep!).

Weights: Sadie weighs 15 lbs. and Avery weighs 70 lbs.

Favorite Things to Do: Sadie loves to be outside as much as possible.  She likes Patti’s son, Kyle, the best and can usually be found wherever he is.  Avery enjoys going anywhere with CJ especially on a successful hunting trip.

Favorite Toys: Sadie has a stuffed duck that squeaks that she enjoys retrieving and chewing. Yes, CJ chose that toy for her long before he had Avery and she loves it!  Avery likes to play Frisbee and she is getting really good at catching!

Things That Make Them Grumpy: Sadie doesn’t like other dogs in her yard or taking a bath.  Avery doesn’t like to be inside if she knows CJ is outside.

Things That Scare Them: Sadie doesn’t like when Avery charges her from across the yard when she is not looking.  Avery doesn’t appear to be afraid of anything except maybe Sadie.  When Sadie has had enough of Avery’s nonsense playing, Sadie will bark and growl at Avery and Avery will usually back down…for a little while anyway.

Nicknames: Sadie – Saders; Avery – Fry, we often call them “the girls”.

Click here to see more pictures of Sadie and Avery. Picture 1Picture 2  | Picture 3

Other Facts about Sadie and Avery

- When CJ first brought Avery home, Sadie didn’t want anything to do with her.  She barked and growled at Avery every time Avery tried to get close which was all the time since Avery was a young, playful, inquisitive puppy.  It took several weeks until Sadie realized that Avery was here to stay and although that puppy chewed up many of Sadie’s favorite squeaky toys, they have grown to be great buddies.  They wrestle together on the ground and even though Avery could easily overpower Sadie, she is very gentle with her. 

- Sadie likes to “sleep” in front of the living room on top of the loveseat so she can see out the window and bark at everything that moves outside.  She hates going in the car as she is afraid she is going to the vet or groomer, which she dislikes both.  She loves attention and will nudge your hand with her nose until you pet her.

- Avery loves to eat ice and comes running each time anyone gets ice out of the dispenser.  Of course she gets a piece each time! She likes to find CJ’s socks lying around his room and carries them to another location in the house.

- When CJ shoots a duck, Avery cries until he releases her to retrieve.  She truly loves the sport as much as CJ does. She enjoys watching hunting shows and dogs on the television 

Patti’s Advice to Others Interested in Miniature Schnauzers and Labrador Retrievers

A Miniature Schnauzer is a great family dog.  They like to play as well as lay on your lap. Although it is a plus that they don’t shed, they do need to be trimmed regularly to look nice.  Be aware that they do like to bark to let you know someone is nearby.  A Labrador Retriever is an all-around great dog.  Although they are a large breed, they can be trained to be great family pets if you are willing to put the time in to train them and exercise them regularly.  Be aware if you keep them in the house, they will shed a lot! All-in-all both breeds are great and we wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world!



Patti Fochtmann - Avery

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