Likes: Vinyl squeaky toys, fiberfill, cookies, people, rolling in grass or on cement, playing with her squirrel friend in the back yard.
Pet-Peeves: cats, possums, if I'm on the phone.
Favorite Toy: Any of her range of vinyl squeakies... she rotates them.
Favorite Food: Carrots, any kind of meat, almonds, peanuts and cashews (yes, she's odd), pizza (just a taste).
Favorite Walk: Usually straight to the food bowl or into the bedroom for another nap!
Best Tricks: Placing her squeaky hedgehog to sit looking at the fridge where the cookies are to "hold" her place, shaking hands.
Arrival Story: Sara was adopted from the Oakland SPCA during one of their mobile adoption functions. This one was at the California Museum as part of an exhibit of artistic doghouses. I had lost one of my two Akitas 6 months previously and was beginning to search for a new companion for the remaining Akita. Sara essentially fit my requirements for an essentially non-Alpha dog.
Bio: Sara has proven to be one of the best dogs I've ever owned. Her initial parents took a lot of time to socialize and train her before being forced to give her up. She is easily one of the smartest dogs I've ever had the pleasure to know. She is totally people-oriented. She does share the bed with me and I've managed to teach her to "spoon" since that way, I get more bed space. :-)
Max the pitbull is dead. It really wasn't his fault, at least not the way I see it. He's a dog. Dogs are known to bite, particularly if they aren't properly socialized. I also don't know if he was neutered, but he should have been.
Max made news because he bit two people. A court in Alameda, California determined he was a danger to society and ordered his destruction. Just hours before his scheduled execution, his people busted in and busted him out.
Max was ultimately tracked to Reno, confiscated, and ultimately returned to Alameda where he was euthanized.
If Max's people do get another dog, I hope they take the steps necessary to train and socialize it. Over the years, I've had Huskies, Akitas, and now a pittie mix, and a sweeter dog you'll never meet.
Could she potentially bite? Of course she could. Would she? Probably not. But I won't take the chance of leaving her unsupervised in situations where it could happen. She's a dog, it goes with the territory. That said, I have taken every possible precaution to see that we don't have an incident by, among other things, having her spayed, trained, socialized, leashed in unfamiliar situations, and because we live in an apartment building, introducing her properly to any new tenants who move in. I also make sure she's kept away from those tenants who are either timid of dogs or don't like them particularly. I immediately leash her if we're out in the back and a tenant who is not as sure of her comes out. I have instructed the building's kids on how to react when they see a dog.
It is up to us, the humans, to protect our furry charges -- and that includes taking the steps necessary to insure that they are the best canine citizens possible.
Rest in Peace, Max. Run free at the Bridge where no one can neglect or hurt you again.