Sex: Female Weight: 51-100 lbs
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Baby girl, Princess,
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Be outside, play fetch, going for walks, boat rides, and snuggling with the cats
Men (sorry guys) except my dad!!, anyone who comes into my bedroom or backyard, not being able to go outside
TENNIS BALLS, she made me buy out the sporting goods store! Any kind of ball!
Cat food (when I wasn't looking) and cheese
On a trail by my parents place
Playing catch with you, she would roll the ball with her nose when we were on the floor, and running in a wheelchair!!!!
I worked at a local shelter when this beautiful German Shepherd caught my eye one morning I went into work. I was raised with the breed and have a huge soft spot when they come in. Sheena was different; she was “diagnosed” with hip dysphasia and SEVERE separation anxiety. After a lot of thinking I decided to bring her home to foster.
I am a student and go home, where my parents also have 2 Shepherds as well, for me to find out she is dog-dog aggressive (she hardly showed any signs at the shelter) As time went on she was snippy to people in the yard and just other things that made me realize I wasn’t suited to keep her, so I contacted a rescue to help me out. Over time Sheena's hips were getting much worse. It was to the point she could only stand on her back legs (you can probably tell how her back end slopes pretty bad in some of the pictures) and could not walk, so I ordered a doggie wheel chair from Doggone Wheels (awesome company). She loved her new wheels but that evening after I got the wheelchair she had an accident, I could barely get her out the door, mind you I had to hold her up with a towel or harness. I got her back inside where she plopped down in the bathroom and began to bleed out of her hind end non stop for almost 30 mins, I though I was going to loose her right then and there. She went in for tests and came back to me with a medical sheet a page long including degenerative spinal mylopothy, colitis, perianal disease, among many other problems, but her attitude told me was not ready to go yet. The vet said she only had about 2 weeks to a month left until her final stages of the spinal disease (loosing bowel and bladder control) when I decided to finally adopt her. I wanted her to know that she had a forever home. We shared 6 more months together forming the greatest, most loyal friendship I ever and will ever have! In January of 2004 I lost her, but she will always live on in my heart through the special memories we shared for the time we were together! I just want everyone to consider a shelter or rescue dog! And never think twice about the older dogs or ones with health problems! I shared so many memories with Sheena and I only had her for 10 months, I wouldn't give anything to take back the time we shared, no matter how hard things got at times, it always had a way of working itself out! I was lucky to have Sheena come into my life and she will be forever missed!
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January 28th 2005 1:03 pm
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Well I guess it is about that time one year ago that Sheena was laid to rest. There is not a day that goes by I do not think of her. Her happy face pastes the walls of my room so I am remembered of all the wonderful times I had with her unforgettable spirit. There are so many things I miss about her the way she would scoot around the floor and get excited and whine (she was a big talker), I would hear a thud (her coming off the couch) as I approach the door and she would be at the door when I got home, how she loved to play with tennis balls, the list could go on forever. I cannot believe it has already been a year, it seams like just yesterday I was thinking as I would pet her head and look in to her eyes, “This will be the last day I will ever be able to touch you, ever.” She was a beautiful creature who had changed my life and the way I look at it.
The rest of the story of Sheena was a bit more than what it seemed. I was going through depression, severe insomnia (I would not sleep for days, no kidding), and anxiety. It truly felt like my life was slipping between my fingers. I knew the responsibility of a dog would change my life, but never like Sheena did. I took her home for the first time and she did hot laps for 2 hours straight, I took her back, brought home again and she did not get along at all with the cats, so took her back, this went on for about the month of February until a lady called wanting Sheena only because she was a shepherd. There were other reasons why Sheena was not a good choice, I began to feel broke inside thinking of her going to another home, but this dog had some severe behavioral issues I didn’t think I could really handle her, I finally said no, and brought her home to foster. Not many phone calls came in about her which, I was worried about since was getting crabbier and her health was heading down hill. After her tests I decided to keep her, which was the best decision I could have ever made, everyone told me to put her down at that point, but she had not given up on me so how could I on her? The point is I was seeing psychologist, social workers, and on medication, but nothing worked, until Sheena came into my life. She had so many problems of her own that she needed extra help. I was forgetting about own problems and things didn’t seem so bad after all. I stopped my medication and seeing the doctors a month after Sheena came to stay in March, in fact is was on my 21st birthday. Sheena helped me get through the rough period in my life and I know deep in my heart there was nothing I could have ever given back to thank her for what she had done. Sheena was not just a dog, she was a life savor and I will be forever thankful to her. She was my best friend, my strength, and my hope and the day she died a part of me died as well. This past week has been hard actually realizing it’s been a year without her, I could never imagine life without her. I know Sheena is in a place now with no pain and suffering and playing with all the other loved and lost doggies. I know one day I will meet her at the bridge and we will be together forever. There was a candle I lit for her the evening she passed on and tonight I will light that very same candle to let her know there is not a day that goes by with her escaping my mind, heart and soul.
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