Nicknames: LAYLA (formerly known as Fanny), daddy Jake started calling me THE WHINERY...because I whine a lot. (But recently we found out why so it will be corrected)!
Birthday: December 20th 1998
Likes: Ear rubs and licking everyone to pieces.
Pet-Peeves: Loud noise or yelling, being left alone
Favorite Toy: Pita at this point, always trying to be friends. Loves attention
Favorite Food: Merricks can food and chicken bits Loved dads home cooking
Favorite Walk: Loves to trot up and down the streeet. Wants to meet other dogs. Very very friendly.
Best Tricks: Sit, give a paw, that great big smile and thank you!
Arrival Story: During the week of December 18th, our friends on dog rescue forwarded us a photo of LAYLA. She was red listed to be euthanized at the Harbor Shelter in San Pedro, California. We contacted Liz Marshall, Diane Kinder and their friend Karen and asked if she was still available. We jumped at the chance to take our Service Dog Pita with us to see if they would get along. They did. We immediately started the wheels in motion to adopt (Fanny), LAYLA. She is a 10 year old Chow chow/german shepard mix who knows commands, is very very gentle and was eager to please. We fell in love with her immediately and decided that this was the perfect Christmas gift of life for our Pita and ourselves. Thus, she came home with us the following day. Her past history is sketchy. We know that she was a stray and was a runner. We experienced that ourselves as we found that when we opened the car doors she would try to bolt. However, with attention, affection and loving, she came to trust us and I believe knew that she found herself a loving home. As of this writing, she has been with us for about three days and have found her to be an incredible dog who is responsive and loving. I am sorry for whoever let her go. I feel blessed that we are now the proud guardians of this wonderful creature and will love her till the end.
Bio: LAYLA has a cauliflower ear, good hearing though, responds to a few commands and is forever licking us. She is a wonderful addition to our family. Our other Chow chow, Pita, is taking a liking to her and although LAYLA has much more energy, we will work with her to slow down a bit. She is house trained and we left her and Pita together for an entire evening to get acquainted. They got along famously and are now friends, sharing water, food and beds. What a wonderful thing to have this loving creature of God in our lives!
To be determined: As LAYLA is still new to our home, we have yet to explore all of her likes and dislikes. So far, she is obedient, loving and willing to share. She was in isolation for 2 months therefore is starving for attention, love and playing with other 4 leggers.
RAINBOW BRDIGE: It is with great sadness that we had to put LAYLA down on February 19th, 2009. unknown to us until we took her in for respiratory problems after her alteration that she had level9 - inoperable cancer and she was literally suffucating from the fluids in her lungs. The Dr removed the fluids but said that chemotherapy was a long and painful process and it would not really help Layla. We spent the last day with her at the vet and I sat in until the very last. She will forever remain in our hearts. She will be cremated and her ashes shall remain in our home. Thank you to all for your kind words, zealies and prayers. Love Pita, Bob & Jacob, guardians to a very loving and wonderful creation of God.
For Jacob, family friends and all who have ever known our beloved Pita, this by far is the hardest thing I have had to do. Altough I have buried family members over the recent years and our two other dogs,LAYLA and TEDDY; our Pita was never separated from us by years and miles. She has been a constant, at our side for the past fifteen years.
Briefly, Pita has achieved more in her life span than most dogs that I know. From the day that she wrapped her leash around my legs and plopped her bottom on my feet in San Diego, fifteen years, ago, we have been inseparable. During her life, she achieved the Agility Course, been certified by the State of California as a Medical Assistance Dog, having been my life saver on more than one occasion, been on the front page of newspapers telling of her unique and unusual abilities, Received the Canine Good Citizen Award from the American Kennel Club, traveled extensively from California to Florida, Texas where she and I met our partner Jacob who has been with Pita for these past ten years.
She has eaten at 5 star restaurants with us, been to all the major film studios in Hollywood, even the Los Angeles Opera where she met and photographed with Placido Domingo having a 5th row seat to observe the opera.
She has rubbed shoulders with famous TV and Film stars, befriended thousands of dogs and their guardians, from around the world, on her personal site Dogster.
I was recently asked why I obsess over her so much because after all she is just a dog.
The answer is quite simple, over the years that we have been together she was so much more.
Guardian, protector, best friend who has been completely loyal, loving, forgiving, trusting and all of this was unconditional. Both Jacob and myself have learned very valuable lessons from Pita. She is so much more than "just a dog". She is sentient, has feelings, memories, is self aware, an incredible memory and to paraphrase William Shatner, in all of our years and all of our travels together, she was the most Human".
I do not believe I have ever run across anyone that did not fall in love with her almost immediately upon meeting and her gentleness and loving, nurturing nature made it so easy to love her unconditionally.
Mark Twain once said that "If there are no dogs in heaven, than when I die, I want to go where our dogs go." I agree.
Pita is going on her journey to the Rainbow Bridge where she will be welcomed by all who have gone their before her. Her in life friends, Layla, Teddy, Taya and so very many more will be there with that first biscuit and grand tour where they will romp together awaiting the arrival of their guardians.
Although I am profoundly sad today, I will continue on know that one day we shall meet again. Finally I do know that so long as we keep Pita in our hearts and memories, she will remain alive and be a strength for us to continue on.
She will now be our guardians from afar.
I thank all who have met Pita for your devotion, love and friendship of Pita. On behalf of Jacob and myself and Pita, our love to you all and thank you for being our friends.
Our beloved guardian Jake - Although we were unable to come and join you in your fun, we were absolutely there in spirit and watched all the high jinks and are sure everyone had a great time. We just wanted to let you know that we did not forget as you never forget us as you say a gentle love you to us everyday at our photos and memorial. We love you too and know that we will see each other again. Love Layla
My dads sister Liana, had a most wonderful doggy named TAYA. Unfortunately, she succumbed to cancer and left the family for the Rainbow Bridge where Taya is now friends with Teddy and me as well as so many more up here. We are becoming fast friends and showing Taya around the place. Taya is no longer in pain and will be watching over Liana and her family until that time when God has us all join up again. I have asked Bob to put up a photo of TAYA on my page and so if you look, you will see Taya with wings and with us. Love to all - LAYLA