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Best Friends: Sue Sacker
(Times photo: Marissa Weiher)

Best Friends

Best Friends is a weekly feature highlighting local residents and their pets. To suggest someone for the series, contact Shari Rampenthal, assistant editor, at

Sue Sacker, president of the Green County Humane Society board of directors, has a pack of best friends.

There's Peppermint Patty, a 3-year-old mini-Australian shepherd, Charlie Brown, an 8-year-old Australian shepherd mix, and her granddog Aspen, a 1-year-old Great Pyrenees.

Sacker adopted Charlie just before the humane society moved to its current location.

She adopted Patty from a friend after Patty's mother was attacked by another dog and could no longer nurse her, so she volunteered to take care of her and fell in love.

Sacker also has four cats and two horses.

- Marissa Weiher

Describe your dogs' personalities.

Patty is a very sweet, loving little dog. She loves to rough-house with her big buddies, and she holds her own. She loves to play frisbee. She also loves her cats. I find them curled up together a lot. She also loves to be the center of attention.

Charlie has a one-track mind. He likes squirrels. He likes looking out the windows at squirrels, and he likes running after squirrels. He's very loyal to me. He has been one of my biggest challenges because he's hard-headed. My daughter always says I was chosen to choose him because no one else would be able to handle him.

Aspen is usually here two to three times a week. She's very loving and curious. She likes to be with you and guard her territory and to be outside. She's always got to check you all over and make sure all is well. She's still in the chewing stage. This is the longest dog bed we've had because she likes to tear them up. She's a goofball.

What do you like to do together?

They love to hang out outside. Anything I'm doing outside they have to be with me. They love going for car rides. My son will take them on long walks in the fields, and they like that because he's the only one that lets them get that dirty. They enjoy doing the chores with me with, such as feeding the horses, and they like to chase rabbits and cats outside.

What has been the best part of having them in your life?

You always come home to a greeter and having someone wanting to be with you. It would be pretty empty in the house without any dogs or cats. I've lived in this house for 33 years, and I've always had one or the other. They're like my kids; they make my life complete.