German Shepherd/Rottweiler
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Home:Atlanta, GA  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Sweetie (Fuzz), Devil Dog, Mio Cane Sergio, Mr. Fritz, Puppie Pie, Buster

FOOD, gal pal Renney, sleeping in bed on the pillows, chewing, ripping apart toys in under 1 minute, pulling Mom to the ground by her hair tie

Touching his paws, brushing his teeth, thunder, little fuzzy dogs, boy bands (he'll howl and cry at the music),someone else trying to get in bed,

Favorite Toy:
Mom's hair tie, shreiking Gorilla, none lasted very long

Favorite Food:
Toast with low calorie spread, German shepherd's pie, pizza, burgers (not veggie). Once in a while he'd eat a plum tomato that fell from the vine.

Favorite Walk:
To pick up Pizza or Chinese food

Best Tricks:
Tricks, what tricks? Gator Grip the toothbrush, Toot & Scoot or keep the hair tie away from Mom.

Arrival Story:
My fiancee wanted a dog. He had German shepherds his whole life but I was convinced I could convince him to get a Corgi. Wrong. The day before we were to go to SPCA he bought a pup. A German Shepherd with a touch of Rottweiler pup. I was soo scared how big Sergei was going to be. A week later I left to work in Germany a few weeks. There were lots of GSDs there, well behaved and loving. One even put its head in my lap. It wasn't long before I asked myself " Will Sergei look like this dog when he grows up?" when I saw a big black & brown dog. When I came home, jet lagged, Sergei stayed awake with me. I fell in love right then & there. Sergei became my best friend and was with me through my highest highs and my lowest lows. At times he was very stubborn, just like me. I could easily write a novel about our life together. The biggest gift Sergei gave me was the chance to become active in GS rescue. On a trip to the SPCA with a dog mom to be, I was shocked to see lots of dogs that looked just like Sergei, smiling with tails wagging. I could not believe people would give up a great dog like Sweetie. I got involved with GS Rescue of SE PA the next day. We moved to GA in 2002. Sergei came with us, at 8 yrs. old he still acted like a playful puppy. He sat (almost) quietly in his crate as we drove 13 hrs. to our new home. He loved the nature trail and looking out the windows. We dressed him up that first Xmas in his top hat. I thought we'd have more time together but it was not meant to be. Sergei became ill and went to Rainbow Bridge very suddenly 1 month after he turned 9. I held him in my arms one last time and sang our song "You're my Best Friend" as he drifted off one last time. Sweetie will always be missed.

Sergei was named for hockey player Sergei Federov even though Dad is a Flyers fan. In Sergei’s memory, we adopted Effie from a shelter 2 days after he went to the bridge. GS Rescue was his legacy and Sergei would be very proud to know he helped save her life. I truly believe things happen for a reason.

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My Best Friend

5 Years ago Today..

February 20th 2008 10:48 am
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I lost my Sweetie 5 years ago on 2/20, can’t believe how long it’s been. I’m glad your day is so close to Effie’s since I am baking a cake for her I’m thinking about all 9 cakes I baked for you.

I can finally think about you or a funny story without crying. How you liked to play with Renny, and how keeping the 2 of you entertained for the day was challenging. You loved your lady…you chewed everything and toys never lasted. You loved staying in bed and knew you did not were such a brat that we could not take you to rescue events or Petsmart, the only place you went was the drive through window. You really made me feel like I was home when we moved and you loved your new home with windows you could look out of without the use of the couch or bed. You’d love the new place… fenced yard!

I think of how Effie would put you in your place, esp. if you tried getting in her tub. I call Trets a “good Sergei”. It is very different with these 2 than with you. I can’t say it’s better though. You taught me big dogs are lots of fun.

There’s a couple things I can say about you to remember you though…I’ve been with you such a long time… you’re my sunshine. And I want you to know that I really love’re my best friend. That’s what you’ll be to me.


Still Missing my Sweetie

February 23rd 2007 9:18 am
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Sweetie Fuzz, I can’t believe it is 4 years since we lost you. I almost forgot your day and it makes me sad. You know your legacy was GSD rescue so we adopted another GSD this year, Tretiak. Your Dad chose another hockey name for his son. He is lot like you, silly, playful, pees everywhere, eats toys, loves wrestling with Dad, plays with the ball a few seconds and stops. He has a loving soul. We went through a lot with him emotionally, just like with you. Effie is well but like most big sisters is a bit jealous. She has developed your appetite though and is not the scared baby she used to be (except during storms!). Both our sweeties know you are there to watch over them, even when they misbehave. it does not feel right calling anyone else Sweetie Fuzz.


Two Years Ago

February 20th 2005 2:37 pm
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I lost you 2 years ago today, Sweetie. I was just beginning to not cry when I heard our song "You're my Best Friend". Today when I heard it and realized what today was, I could not help but weep. Effie knew too, she hung her head.

I know things happen for a reason, but it is unfair we lost our last few years together. I know that if it wasn't for you, Effie's life would not have been saved. I know you're looking down at her, happy that we have a special bond. I'm OK. I know (thanks to you) it is better to love completely than not at all. But I miss you everyday and I won't ever forget the nine years of happiness you brought to our lives.

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