Satchel was born in June 2011 at Horizon Doberman's in Rosemont, Texas. He arrived via plane in Tampa in September to start his work as a successful show dog and breed ambassador. At 6 months, Satchel moved back to Houston with his owner. In Houston, there was a lovely "greenway" that Satch ran on nearly ever day. Although only about 35 feet wide, the greenway was almost 2 miles long. Bounded by trees and a canal, Satchel was able to run and play off leash enough to keep him in tip-top condition. So good, in fact that he eventually won his American championship! Retiring from the showring, Satchel turned to agility to fill his time. Eventually, Satch and his family returned to Tampa. Three times Satchel faced off with the grim reaper. Each time, a bowel obstruction was resected and things were touch and go. But each time, his indomitable spirit pulled him through. The problem was that on returning to Tampa, Satch had no place to run free. Dog parks were tiny, or other, unsocialized or aggressive dogs challenged this big boy. His dog park visits were carefully timed to avoid those dogs which limited when he could go. Beaches allowing dogs often required leashes which seriously interfered with his ability to gallop full speed. Despite that, Satchel was always a happy dog. He loved going to restaurants and meeting new people. He deeply loved children and would sit quietly while they petted the head and ears of this huge boy. Unfortunately, soon after Satch turned 7, his gently and loving heart stopped. Early one morning, he was running free at a local dog park chasing his ball. Leaping high off the ground, he caught the ball, ran back, placed it gently at my feet, laid down and died. As his heart stopped, mine broke.
Satchel's Place is the park Satchel never had. Dedicated to the memory of his love of running free, the park is where owners can bring their dog to be free of leashes. Without other dogs present owners and dogs can spend time simply enjoying each other and the nature around them.