Xena is a long haired German Shepherd and is 7 years old
I am a Registered Nurse and live in Michigan. I rescued Xena from a German Shepherd Rescue in California. I am also involved in the Golden Retriever Rescue of Michigan. I had a Golden Retriever, Samson, who died of cancer at 6 1/2 years old in December of 2006. Xena has been my saving grace. I call her my "Spirit Dog".
What is one thing your dog does that reminds you to open your heart and love more deeply?
When I get home from work, she is always there to greet me with her "wiggle butt" and her big brown eyes. She rolls over on her back, and just begs for a belly rub. It makes me realize that love is shown in all ways, shapes and forms. The love just radiates from her.
Boy, I haven't been on this site in a very long time. Xena is now 7 and is doing great. I just sent her DNA to be tested to see if she is a mix or purebred. I can't wait to get the results. Other than that, I am still a nurse working at Beaumont, and I still live in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Susan, Thank you for agreeing to be my friend. You said you worked at Beaumont Hospital. Do you happen to know Pat Colombo? She worked there, too. Her husband worked with my husband. If you know her, it is a small world!! I don't miss MIchigan, as far as the weather goes. I have 2 sisters, who still live there. My brother moved to Dallas, Texas a long time ago, and my other brother is in Savannah, GA. My husband's brother is in Las Vegas. I guess we all needed to go somewhere warmer!! Hope you can some day, too.
Susan, Xena is beautiful! I have been around German Shepherds most of my life and love them so much! I had an absolutely beautiful black and tan male that wondered into my yard when I was living in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He was so skinny, so we knew he hadn't eaten in awhile. I fell for him immediately!! After a week or so, no one claimed him. We went through all the methods of trying to find his owner, to no avail. So.....I was more than happy to adopt him!! He was about 8-10 years old at the time. We got him checked out at the vet, and even though he had missed some meals, he was healthy. We got him to his correct weight and he was so gorgeous!! He was so smart and loving. He appreciated that someone had finally given him a home. He was easy to train, even though he was older. I thoroughly enjoyed walking with him 3 times a day. He loved our walks and always protected me from strangers by placing himself between me and them. I didn't teach him that, he just did it. He lived with us for 6 years until he couldn't walk any more in the fall of 1991. I thought my life ended when we had to let him go to the Rainbow Bridge! I cried for 3 weeks! I didn't have another dog until we moved to Alabama. A big black puppy wondered on our property and decided he wanted to stay here. He was a Newfoundland/Flat-Coated Retriever mix. He was only 6 months old. Unfortunately, he was killed by a speeding car in October of 2006, at the age of 2 1/2. I thought I would die then, too. I found my Goldie, an 8 month old Golden Retriever mix, in January of 2007 and she helped heal my heart. She is my best buddy, my shadow, and I hope that I will have her love and affection for a long time.