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Sydney – Critter Q&A

June 9, 2016

Sydney 1Pet Type and Name:  Mixed breed dog, Sydney

Q: How did you meet him/her?

After a lengthy search to find a friend for my Lab/Irish Wolfhound, Jake, we found her at Orphans of the Storm in Kittanning.  Jake picked her. She was the only puppy he wasn’t afraid of. All of the other puppies we had met, all 93 lbs. of him would try and hide behind me in total fear. When he met her (Rosie was her name at the time), he just laid there as she crawled between his long, front legs. It was a match made in heaven.I think it was because Jake also came from Orphans of the Storm from a couple of years prior.

Q: Do you talk to your pet? If so, what do you talk about? What does he/she say back?  

Of course I talk to my girls. Sydney knows me better than anyone. She looks at me with those dark, old eyes, and just lets me know that no matter how bad things may be, she is there with me — good times and bad — just as she has always been. “Now please pet me.”

Q: Imagine your pet as a human? What does he/she do for a living? What is his/her personality like?

Sydney would have to work alone. She isn’t one for much human interaction other than her immediate family. She isn’t mean spirited, she just doesn’t crave interaction with others, as many dogs do. I think she would be a writer of some sort. Whether it would be a modern blogger, novel writer, newspaper editorial provider, etc., her life journey would provide great insight with all she has absorbed in her many years. Sydney typically sits back and observes what is around her while her pack plays and frolics. She is typically on guard, yet gentle, as she is always sits perched perfectly to guard her pack. So maybe a a bodyguard could be her profession as well. I know, even at 14 1/2 years, she would fight to protect this family if someone would ever pose a threat to the Gibb Mansion.

SydneyQ: Is there a life lesson that you have learned from your pet?

Never let age be a factor in living life. She may be 14 1/2 years old, but she runs out the door with her younger sisters as if she was 14 1/2 weeks old.

Q: To you, what does it mean to be a responsible pet owner?

I’m not a pet owner. I have family members with fur. I worry about them if something is off. I ensure water bowls are filled up at all times. They all have their special places to eat — have their spots in the family room and bedroom. They are all comfortable when we have to leave for a few hours. When we go on vacation, they are all properly taken care of with a lengthy list of instructions. I will go hungry before they do….my list of why I’m responsible is endless. Basically, it’s because I love them.

Q: How has your pet changed your life?

I can’t image my life without her. She gets me up almost every hour on the hour to go outside as she is incontinent of urine.This has gone on for the last 12 years. She is on medication for it and wears diapers. I can be very irritable the next day for a lack of sleep. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love her. She has gotten me thru the worst times of my life. She has been here thru the best times of my life. I want her to be in my life always.

Q: Share a local resource for pets of any type that more people should utilize.

1) You all — Your Critter Sitters. I’m not saying it because you asked me to do this feature about one of my girls. I always recommend you when someone needs a recommendation for pet walking, sitting and massage because you have taken care of my babies in the past and they loved you.

2) Kelly Campana, for dog grooming. She was also my doggy sitter and dog walker at times, when she was a teenager. Now she grooms dogs. She can be found as a friend of mine on my Facebook page. She is amazing and my girls LOVE her.

3) And I have to recommend me. Naturally Made Pet Products. I believe I am an the only local resource for all natural, chemical and preservative free dog and cat treats, cakes, cupcakes (Puppycakes), toys and hair care products. And I stand by what I make. If a fur mom or dad isn’t happy, I ensure I will make them smile. No one hasn’t yet.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?

I have 6 more Gibb Girls, I would love to share all their stories at some point with you. 4 more are rescues. 2 are Great Danes. Each of them is unique and has her own special story.

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Thank you, Maria, for sharing about how you met Sydney and why she is special to you. 

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