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Sasha's full name was Sasha Lucy Genevieve, her nicknames were Puppy and Sushi
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May 10th 2006
Playing fetch and "backyard agility" tricks like bar jumping & hoop jumping
Tennis ball, no other toy on earth could ever be better than a tennis ball
Peanut butter sandwiches, I would make these for Sasha whenever I'd get mself a midnight snack
Hoop jump, jump over another dog or a person, bar jump, sit pretty, give hugs, crawl under chairs and other stationaries, wave hello or good-bye, exchange between left paw & right paw, play dead, and more!
Sasha was my first personal dog that I "bought" from a backyard breeder, I was not as well informed at the time as I am right now, I was aware of the problem with irresponsible breeding for profit but I was not so aware of the real problems behind closed doors in animal shelters where millions of dogs and puppies are put to death each year in the United States, although I would not go back in time and change from where I acquired my first dog, I would never change bringing Sasha home and raising her for barely three years before it was time for me to say good-bye. I saw an ad in the paper for Australian Shepherd x Great Pyrenees puppies for sale at $100, and I still have that very news paper with the advertizement of Sasha and her siblings. Sasha was the only puppy out of a litter of eleven or twelve that was blonde & white while the rest were either black & white or black tricolor. I was told that Sasha's mother, called "Drifter" was half Australian Shepherd and half Great Pyrenees, while the sire was supposedly a purebred Australian Shepherd. The dogs did not seem very loved or even valuable to the owners who seemed to have one use out of them - pump out puppies and cash in on them, nothing more; the father Australian Shepherd and one of the puppies from the previous litter were both tied to barrels next to one another with very short tethers, the puppies from the current litter were hoarded inside a chicken coup never to see the light of day except for when fed or when people arrived to take one home, and the mother was left outside to come and go as she pleased; while I did not particularly like the way the dogs were "cared for", by law these owners were not negligent as the dogs had food, water, shelter and the living conditions were typical for being outdoors, the owners were nice people but it was easy to tell that dogs were nothing more than accessories and a way to profit on the side, this "breeder" also had a very expensive Dachshund x Shih Tzu mutt that they boasted about which they had just purchased and had shipped to them from a breeder in another state.
When I brought Sasha home, she had the worst case of worms I had ever seen in an animal, and just less than a week later she began having seizures, they were at first occasional but then became something of a regular basis requiring her to be put on Phenobarbital to keep them under control; I also learned that Sasha had urinary incontinence which explained why it was impossible to fully housebreak her, and throughout her life she had severe allergies to all sorts of food resulting in scratching herself raw to the point of bleeding. Despite her illnesses, Sasha was a happy, friendly, appreciative soul and an incredibly intelligent dog that knew very many amazing tricks that impressed everyone. After our three short years together, I had to make the most difficult decision of my life in February 22, 2010 to have Sasha humanely euthanized, as Sasha developed "rage syndrome" and had lunged aggressively to the humans in the family and had attacked the other dogs in the household which were all seemingly unprovoked incidents, during these incidents Sasha was not herself and after she "came out of it" she acted as if nothing had happened, like it was a bad dream that she had just woken up from, she was no longer the Sasha I once knew at the time, and she became a danger to the family, to other animals and especially to me. When I took Sasha in to be euthanized, before being injected I requested a sedative to calm her down and for everyone's own safety which unfortunately caused a violent seizure that lasted for about eleven minutes which broke my heart as if the entire ordeal was not painful enough for me already, then she was finally injected with the euthanasia solution, I laid my body over hers, held her close to me, petting her softly and felt her take her last breaths and drift off to a forever slumber. Sadly Sasha was unconscious during the process so she was not aware I was with her during her last moments and knowing that will haunt me forever. I will always miss Sasha, and the only people to blame here are the backyard breeders that bred dogs prone to epilepsy and rage syndrome. Since the many struggles with Sasha my goal has been to educate others on the great differences between responsible, ethical breeding and the backyard breeding done solely for profit, in hopes to help others see the light and to make the right decision - to either adopt from a shelter and save a life, to take home a secondhand pet from an owner who no longer wants it or can no longer care for it, or to go to a responsible, reputable, ethical breeder that breeds for soundness in temperament and excellent health, because Sasha's medical problems could have been entirely avoidable, but the selfishness and greed and total carelessness gets the best of many self-proclaimed breeders who should not even own a dog in the first place let alone breed them.
I will always love and deeply miss you Sasha, despite our ups and downs due to your many health problems, I was still very lucky to have you in my life and I will never forget all those many happy days we had together. Rest in peace, my little pooh bear.
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