Labrador Retriever/Border Collie
Picture of Saba, a female Labrador Retriever/Border Collie

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Home:Pittsburgh, PA  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 13 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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ba-ba bear, pup-pup, little girl, baby bear

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-mutt-dog rescue

May 1st 2003

daily walks with the dog walker, snow, italian ice on hot days, treats, the dog park, toys, tug-of-war, belly rubs, ear scratches, obstacles (dog walk, scramble, tunnel, tire)

- HATES getting a bath! - scared of cats

Favorite Toy:
plush toys with squeakies, frozen kongs filled with cheese and liver kong paste

Favorite Food:
Wellness Super5Mix - Chicken flavor, and a few squirts of salmon oil mixed in

Favorite Walk:
on the trails at Frick Park

Best Tricks:
wave, paw, "high-5", speak, roll over, weave walking, cover her eyes with paw, spin/twirl, "scootch" forward (for precision sit at heel position).

Arrival Story:
We first moved out to Pittsburgh in the beginning of August 2003. The second day we were here (before we even unpacked our boxes) we decided to go to the shelter to "just look" at the puppies. Of course, we were doomed from the start. We first stopped at the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania, but they only had pitbull mixed puppies. We were looking for a lab mix. Our next stop took us to Animal Friends. As we walked past the rows of kennels at Animal Friends, many of the dogs were barking and jumping up on the kennel doors. Then we saw our pup. She was just sitting there, calm as could be. She was so tiny -- about 15 lbs at the time -- and only 3 months old. There was a sign hanging on her door that read "Adoption Pending, but inquire anyway". We stopped one of the workers and she looked at the paperwork. She said that the people who were looking to adopt Saba had a young toddler, and it was their policy NOT to allow people with young children to adopt their puppies. So, the sign was supposed to have come down the previous day, but for some reason (fate) it was left on her door! It was a good thing that we asked about her. Needless to say, we spent some time getting acquainted with Saba and brought her home that afternoon!

Saba has made a cross-country trip to California by plane. She came with us when we went to CA to visit with family and friends in Winter 2003. The plane trip was pretty uneventful -- she was just really happy to see us and was pretty thirsty. While in CA, she met Fluffy, Whisk, and Kelsey. Saba gets at least 3 walks a day, and goes to Upper Frick Park everyday. She has been playing with other dogs since she was a 3 month old puppy, and going to Frick is one of the highlights of her day. Fiona, Penny, Tyke, Larz, Greta, and Mini are some of Saba's friends from Upper Frick. The other highlight of Saba's day is going for a walk with Sue, our dog walker. Saba *loves* Sue! Saba is a graduate of the Malone K-9 Obedience Class. She has also graduated from a puppy class at Misty Pines and is a member in their Intermediate Obedience program. Her academic goal is to have more degrees than her parents. Saba has passed her Canine Good Citizen certification, and recently just passed her Therapy Dogs International certification! We are very proud of her!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
January 23rd 2004 More than 13 years!

I Was In The:
2005 Valentine's Day Party!

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Saba's Memoirs


April 25th 2005 9:37 am
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This weekend, mom took me to Ithaca, NY to visit some of her friends. They have a really nice house with a big yard... but the best part was getting to meet their puppy Bryher! Bry has a lot of the same toys that I do, and he gets the same Charlee Bear treats that I do, so I felt right at home playing with him. It was lots of fun.

On Saturday, I got to go to the Ithaca Farmer's Market. Some mean old man told mom "No Dogs Allowed", so Bry and I had to hang out with Bry's mom and wait outside. It was ok though. On Sunday, we went to a local dogpark. There was another dog there that looked just like me! I played a bit, and also went swimming in the lake. BRRR that was cold!

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend. I hope that I get to visit Bry again, or that he comes and visits me in Pittsburgh someday.


stitches don't have me in stitches

February 28th 2005 6:10 pm
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I had to go back to the vet AGAIN today about my foot. I took all of my antibiotic pills and had to get more. While I was there, the vet looked at my foot and said that it wasn't healing. So, he decided to put some stitches in it. I was given a shot to knock me out, and then some local anaesthesia. When I woke up, I had a HUGE bandage on my leg. It goes all the way up my leg!

The doctor told mom that I couldn't get the bandage wet at all. If it got wet, then I'd have to go back to the vet to get it rewrapped. So, no walks for me at all for the next week. We go back to the vet on Friday, and hopefully things will be healed enough that I can start playing again. This has been a very sad and boring time for me.


Foot update

February 22nd 2005 11:41 am
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This morning, mom took me to the vet's office so they could have a look at my foot. The cleaned it all out (ouch!) and put a nice red bandage on it. The vet said that I'm not allowed to go romping around for a week or so while my foot heals. BOO!

I got some antibiotic pills, and an antiseptic footwash that I'll have to do everyday for five minutes. I also have a plastic baggie that goes over my foot for when I walk around outside.

This week is going to stink. Oh well, at least I am getting spoiled in the meantime.

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