Jia (Brea)

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Age: 9 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Originally named Brea by her rescuers. Jia is a Chinese name meaning "Beautiful" We also call her "Brea, Jia, Onomatopeia," "BreaJia," "Sweetness," "Darlin'," and "Babydoll." Other names are "Miss Jia," "Princess Jia," Jia Juana and "Miss Dogg"

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-mutt-dog rescue

December 9th 2007

Going to the dog park and sitting next to her Moms when they are working.

She doesn't like baths, loud noises, aggressive people, the cats slapping her, and dry dog food.

Favorite Toy:
A cloth cat toy.

Favorite Food:
She LOVES dessicated liver treats.

Favorite Walk:
Any dog park

Best Tricks:
High Five, sit, lie down, leave it, shake, target, stay, loose leash walking.

Arrival Story:
Mary and I wanted to adopt a dog. We decided not a puppy, but an older dog. We looked at the Humane Society and such in Sonoma County where we live, but didn't see any dogs that really caught our interest. So we started looking on the internet. We finally picked out about 20 dogs, and then started weeding the photos down. We liked Jia's photo the best, and so we applied to adopt her. It was a surprise when we found that she was in Taiwan. But we decided to go through with the adoption, anyway. We had our home visit, and we were totally excited about adding her to our family. She flew in on March 8th. We picked her up at the San Francisco Airport, and brought her back to Santa Rosa. We let her out in the backyard, but she was so nervous, she didn't potty. We brought her in, and fed her a little bit of food, but not too much. She slept in Mary's room that night, but she was a little restless. Tuesday, we took her to the vet who said that if every dog breed in the world was mixed together, Jia is what the result would be. So she said, "Congratulations, you have a perfectly beautiful and healthy little mutt." One photo is of her graduation from her basic class. And there is one where she's helping Mama Mary grade papers. (Mary is a professor.) And there is one with Margie her obedience class teacher.

I want to thank AHAN for giving us this wonderful dog. Jia is one of 4 puppies found homeless in a park in Taiwan. The puppies were rescued and she and her brother were fostered together. They named her Brea which means "Little Fat One" because she was bigger than her litter mates and looked different from them. Her original foster mother could not keep her, and she was fostered again last August to a really wonderful family who miss her very much. Jia is shy with strangers but friendly with cats and dogs. Our cats are scaring her a bit, but I think they will eventually become friends. She likes to go to Home Depot and sniff around the garden department. They know her name there, and often give her treats.

Forums Motto:
Caution is my watchword.

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I am SOOOOOO Allergic

July 5th 2010 3:31 pm
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Mama Sandra took me to the vet once already, and now I heard her tell Lee I'm going to go tomorrow. I hate the vet. The last time, she and the vet sat on the floor with me while the vet looked at my eyes and mouth. They have been giving me eye drops since we went, but now I'm itching all over and scratching myself raw. Mama Sandra says I will probably have to have a cortisone shot.

Everyone is sneezing and itching right now. They say this stuff called pollen count is higher than it's ever been. I am having to wear this cone thing made of fabric on my head so I can't scratch my chin and bit my front legs where I itch. Mama Sandra says my eyes look very asian because they are so swelled up. I don't think it's funny, but to be fair, no one really seems to think it's funny. Everyone seems to be maybe trying to make jokes but no one really laughs. Auntie Jo had to be taken to the hospital a couple of weeks ago because she couldn't breath because of the pollen, and Mama Sandra is sneezing all the time, and itching. I am taking Benedryl, but Mama Sandra can't even take Benedryl which is for allergies because she's allergic to it. Benedryl makes me sleepy.

I do not like this feeling.

I even growled for real at Toby the other day because he wanted to play and I didn't feel good. And I love Toby.

Mama Mary is at a retreat (she's a Buddhist) but she never takes me to the vet, anyway. She gets stuck giving me baths and eyedrops. Mama Sandra takes me to the vet and buys me cheeseburgers. I'd rather not itch and miss the cheeseburger, though. I really don't feel good right now.


Strangers Wrecked Our House!!!!!!

December 7th 2009 7:39 pm
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Well, I guess not really. Mama Sandra invited them in. They pulled all the windows and doors out and put new ones in. I've never heard of such a thing, but they did it. It took them six hours. There were a lot of them. They came in and ripped all the windows and doors out with crowbars and hammers. It was scary and exciting. Toby and I barked and growled.

I shut up pretty much when Mama Sandra told me to, but Toby wouldn't shut up for awhile. And Mama Sandra turned off the furnace. It got cold, so they put my coat on me, and wrapped Toby in a blanket and held him. I guess it was down to 57 degrees today in the house.

Everyone thinks it looks great, and it will be much warmer in the winter, they say. The new windows are insulated. It has something to do with taxes in Sonoma County. I guess my family has to pay higher taxes to pay for the windows. It's some kind of government plan for energy saving.

Alaric and Tamurlain got under the Christmas tree and cuddled together. Alaric likes his space, but maybe the cold got him. Morgan ran around screeching at everyone. She finally hit me (I was just standing there.) and Mama Sandra told her to "knock it off." I don't know what she wanted knocked off, but Morgan sat on the steps and glared at everyone for awhile.

I got very interested in the sliding doors off the kitchen. I watched very closely while they put them in.

We got some treats after everyone left. Mama Sandra said I was VERY good. And Toby was good, though they had to put his bark collar on and turn it on to get him to be quiet.

Daddy Lee got home and said he bet that the windows made the house worth at least $20,000 more. And he bets our fuel bills will go down a lot.


Yesterday, I Chewed a Slipper...

December 4th 2009 12:01 pm
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Yesterday, Jo noticed I was chewing one of Mama Sandra's slippers. Mama Sandra got my hippo toy and tried to trade it for the slipper, but I didn't seem to get the trade. Mama Sandra took her slippers away, anyway. Toby grabbed the hippo and tore it's leg off. Then I tore up a paper towel Toby had been ripping up, and then I chewed the hippo a little. Mama Sandra said Terror is right for Toby AND me. Jo pointed out that I was doing exactly what Toby had just done. (Except the slippers. Apparently that was my own idea.) Jo has to sew my hippo toy up again.

We also have baby gates on certain rooms where there are cat litter boxes. This is because Toby and I ate a bunch of cat litter and Toby had to go to the vet. (Well, it wasn't exactly the LITTER we were eating. It was those kitty "leftovers.") Mama Sandra has tripped over them a couple of times. (They are high) But it seemed like the only way to keep us out of the cat box. Toby is pretty naughty and pretty determined when he wants something, and I tend to follow his lead.

Mama Sandra was pruning the wisteria a few days ago and she let Toby and me be in the front yard with her without a leash. But Toby kept running across the street. I'm very good. I know when she does this, it means not to go off the grass. But Toby wouldn't mind. Then he ate dog doo that some other dog left in our grass and she made us go back in the house. I had to go, too, even though I didn't do it.

She and Jo are going to train me and Toby to use only one corner of the back yard to potty because she wants to landscape back there and have a garden. I hope it still means we get to play back there.

A pit bull named Maia has moved in next door, too. Mama Sandra is going to set up a play date with us and her. I think that will be fun!

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