Docker fails to load image when using 'load -i' command

I saved an image that I want to export using the ‘save -o’ command. The image is now in tar format. When I go to load the image with the ‘load -i’ command, docker works for about 8 minutes and then appears to complete. However, when I enter ‘docker images’ the loaded image does not appear. I have tried multiple times and in various ways, both tarred and untarred images, same problem. Any advice helps!