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Sydney (9/18/96 - 9/2/10)

Australian Shepherd/Belgian Tervuren
Picture of Sydney (9/18/96 - 9/2/10), a female Australian Shepherd/Belgian Tervuren

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Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Sydney (9/18/96 - 9/2/10)

Syd, Little Miss

Quick Bio:
-service dog

September 18th 1996

Being a "buckethead" - which consists of tossing a plastic plant bucket around by sticking her head in it. Playing with her big floppy eared bunny.

Having ear drops put in, wet grass, and B-A-T-H s (shhh...)

Favorite Toy:
Floppy eared bunny

Favorite Food:

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere she can run off-leash

Best Tricks:
Speak and high five

Arrival Story:
Well, in the summer and fall of 1996, my husband and I were living in a small townhouse. We had been without dogs for about a year so we used to stop by a local puppy store to get a "puppy fix" because we knew that we weren't in a position to adopt a puppy. Riiiiight. Hey, it worked for a few months. day we were there and I was looking at little dogs and he was looking at big dogs, our general pattern, and he held up this little ball of black and grey fur with the most gorgeous blue eyes. I was smitten from 20 feet away! Needless to say, she went home with us that day and I have been in love ever since. Some cute stories: * She will only eat if someone is watching her. Sometimes this means that she has to get a mouthful of food and bring it into the living room to eat. Sheesh. * She likes to sleep on our bed during the day so everyday when my son and I come home, we sneak into the house quietly so we can catch her sleeping. She accomodates us by blinking sleepily and looking appropriately ashamed at being caught (which means that she rolls on her back and paws towards us). It is great fun for my son and she is so very cute. * She somehow manages to suck everyone into her realm of cuteness, even non-pet lovers. My mother-in-law buys special packets of soft food to feed her when she visits. My father and step-mother have never allowed pets in the house but when Sydney visits, they treat her like a queen and she has full run of the house. * On occasion her water bowl gets low (it is blue so it is hard to see) so when someone is watching, she will pointedly walk to the bottled water dispenser and look at it and then at her bowl. I have learned that this means "I need water, people!".

I am hearing impaired and spent two years training her to be a Hearing Ear Dog. She tells me when the phone is ringing, when someone calls my name, and when someone is at the door. Also, she will tell me if the fire alarm is going off and lead me to the door. It is pretty amazing. Because of her status as a service animal, we have been able to take her on a plane which was a wonderful experience for everyone. People are familiar with Seeing Eye Dogs but no so much with other types of service dogs and how they can assist the disabled.

The Groups I'm In:
♥ Paws with a Purpose ♥, Service Dogs Group

I've Been On Dogster Since:
February 5th 2004 More than 12 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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