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Leave a bone for Sierra (In Loving Memory)
Dogster stats for Sierra (In Loving Memory)
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October 1st 2003
BELLY RUBS! FOOD! PEOPLE! She doesn't love anything halfway, you see.
GETTING PAWS DIRTY! SCARY NOISES! GARBAGE TRUCKS, NOOO! She also can't stand anyone, human or dog, being dirty or having so much as a scratch - we joke that she must have been a nurse in a past life.
Anything destroyable, soap bubbles, people!
FOOD? FOOD! FOODFOODFOOD
Anywhere I take her. :)
She knows the basics - but teaching her to 'roll over' would be redundant, as she rolls over for belly rubs at the slightest provocation.
Adopted from the local SPCA, Sierra (then known as "Tara") was literally one of the last dogs I would have considered in the shelter, as much as it shames me to say it. Suffering from "big black dog syndrome," she looked fat and plain, and her sweet but slightly anxious behavior was easy to look past, with all the energetic, eye-catching pups around her.
But then, as it looked like I might not have a good fit with that shelter that day - having an old dog and two older parents, but high energy myself - it was suggested that we meet that lab mix I kept walking past, and looking past on Petfinder. I said sure, why not.
I first started noticing something unusual about her as we stood waiting for someone to come get her and take her back to a meeting room. I was standing with my mother and a friend of mine, but she was looking right at me, intently, like she knew something I didn't. She'd yip whenever I'd look away.
And when we were taken to the back room and she was let off her leash, I fell in love. She came right to me, leaned into me, kissed me, looking overcome with excitement. I'd heard stories of dogs 'choosing' their owners, but I had no idea what it felt like. My mother and my friend reached out for her, but she mostly just kept to me and the guy assisting us... and admittedly, that felt amazing, too. Like she was telling me -I- was the one.
She came home the next day, and I renamed her Sierra, as I felt it was more fitting.
We had been hesitant to bring another dog into our life with our old dog Brownie ill with untreatable cancer, but as they got along like best friends from the moment they met, we knew he would be fine. What we didn't realize was that she would actually help him with his illness.
As of writing this, I've had her for about two years. Brownie passed away this summer, but we have no doubt that Sierra added almost two years onto his life. She and Brownie loved each other dearly, and I love her not only for being my dog, but for lengthening our beloved family dog's golden years.
Sierra is a delightful, goofy charmer. She may be a plain looking dog, but watch out for those big, dewy brown eyes, that movie star smile, and that adorable little pink spot on her nose! She'll capture your heart, and she knows it!
This girl is a lazy, lazy dog and won't do anything I'm not doing. She doesn't exercise herself - she'll only run if I'm running. And if I try to get this dog to play fetch? When I throw something far enough, she'll look at me like I'm crazy! She'd much prefer wrestling, snuggling, and snapping at soap bubbles.
She's also quite the priss. Perhaps it goes hand in hand with her hammy, attention seeking nature - she's fastidious about keeping herself clean, and hates getting her dainty little paws dirty.
Life is a stage, ham it up!
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