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New Dog!

Last Wednesday, in the early hours of the morning, Chris heard a scratching at the back door. He opened it to find a big, fluffy white dog, who sported a collar with no tags and the frayed end of a rope.

We put her in the laundry room overnight, and Chris went door to door the next day while I was at work, trying to find her owner. We had already agreed that we would consider keeping the dog if her owner could not be found, but we weren't getting our hopes up. She was the sweetest, most even-tempered dog I had ever seen, and was making me seriously reconsider the Weim Dream.

Chris eventually located her owners and spoke to a daughter of the family: she said they had been planning to take her to the pound that same day because she kept escaping their backyard and shed like a beast!

They said we could have her if we wanted her, and her name was Sasha.

Behold, my first dog!!!



She's a Great Pyrenese, bred for protecting sheep and fighting bears. She's not food or emotion-oriented; she's very independent and obeys commands only when she wants to.

She does shed like a beast, and is only partially housebroken, but with a rigid schedule and daily groomings she hasn't been too much of a pain :-)



I've never had a dog of my own before -indeed, I have always professed to be a cat person. But there was a very unique feeling I experienced in the moments leading up to the revelation that we could keep her, then the euphoria that followed. I felt excited and eager and happy, and feel that way even now when I think about her. Is this why people love dogs so much?


She looks like Dug from Up!

Anyway, that's what I've been up to for the past few days... and also why I've gotten zero writing done :O

(If you feel like it, you can see more pics at my Facebook)

Comments

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sjmaas
Oct. 25th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS DOG.
savannahjfoley
Oct. 26th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
:-)
outfortea
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
SHE IS SO CUTE! And holy smokes, you are so lucky! That is my dream dog (closely followed by a lab). I first saw one visiting my friend's farm and they are just way too adorable! Like they look really fierce and protective and wolfish but they're very affectionate and quiet. Well those ones were anyway. Good luck with the housebreaking!
savannahjfoley
Oct. 26th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
You're right; they are affectionate and quiet. It's almost sad because I know logically that she doesn't care about me, and yet when we took her to my parents house, Chris and I had to run out an an errand so we left her there for 20 minutes, and when we came back she jumped up and was really excited that we had come back. So, there's that. But in general the breed is independent... bred to make decisions on their own. So she's not so much interested in my pack, or making me happy, lol.
lalaith7
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
the thing about Great Pyrenees is that they bond with whatever they're with when they're growing up. This is why sheep guarding G.P.s have to be left alone/not touched by humans (so they bond with the sheep and guard them). So yes, she/he/it may not totally be protective of you and 100% bonded, but I feel like there will still be that level of caring there, dogs are pack animals so in absence of other dogs or sheep, this one should make you into its pack.
katzhang
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
omg, she DOES have that same smile!!

And how does she get along with your cat?
savannahjfoley
Oct. 25th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
She is totally uninterested in attacking or chasing cats... they are filed under 'harmless creatures' in her head, lol. She wants to smell them if they get close, but otherwise doesn't care.
angelwingsbaka
Oct. 26th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
She does look like Dug! I'll bet she's just as uber sweet too. :)
savannahjfoley
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
She's pretty sweet, but doesn't have that unconditional love thing going on. It's the breed, lol. Still, she's pretty nice. :-)
brigidkemmerer
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your new arrival! :-) I love dogs -- I have two myself. I've been following the drama on Facebook, and I was so worried that you'd find the owner and would be sad to give her up. Then I read that they were taking her to the pound anyway, so really, you rescued her!! What a great story. She's beautiful.
savannahjfoley
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Aww thanks Brigid. Yeah it was a little dramatic there for a while. When Chris went down to talk to the owners that day we decided that Sasha had better stay at home with me in case they saw her and felt guilty or something and wanted to still keep her, plus I'd rather say goodbye on my terms than theirs. When he came back with the news I was so excited I hugged her. :-)
secretdoorways
Oct. 26th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
ahem.

DOOOOOOGGGGGGGGGGIIIEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry if I sound like a kid but DDDDOOOOGGGGGYYYYYY!!!!!!! SHE'S SO PRETTTTY!!
savannahjfoley
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks!!!
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savannahjfoley
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Chris's mom has some Yorkshire Terriers that we call the Shit Rats because they're greasy and yappy and they poop in the house all the time. Yuck. I love that Sasha is a big dog.
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About Me

Savannah J. Foley is the author of the NAMELESS series (known as Woman's World and later as Antebellum on Fictionpress). She is signed with the Bradford Literary Agency, trying to sell NAMELESS, and working on her sixth novel. She is also a frequent (and proud!) contributor to Let The Words Flow, a writing blog from former FictionPress writers.

Savannah enjoys coffee with cream, busywork, reading in the car, rainy days, hot wings, the mythos of writing, solving for x, and tortoise-shell cats. Savannah dislikes mysandry, college electives, birthday cake, not remembering the right word, small dogs, the color yellow, and olde english.



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