Just call me “She”

Sheena has had a lot of healing to do after her mastectomy, but she’s all healed now and doing great! Her only other issue at this time is her hair loss. It might be from alopecia or perhaps not timing her thyroid medication just right? We’re not 100% sure so first of all we’ve adjusted when she gets her thyroid medication and we’ll see first if that helps her regrow some hair. While waiting for that, we decided that Sheena really needed a little protection from the sun and those darn mosquitoes.

So we went shopping. Trying to be thrifty, we’ve adapted a couple of girl’s tank tops. That seems to work really well, actually, to give her some light cover from sun and insects. I embellished the tanks a little. Here Sheena (or “She” as we’ve been calling her) models a summery little number in blue and white tie-dye with cute buttons and a couple of pink flowers. I still need to add a little tie around the waist to show off her new figure.

Sheena in her summer shirt

Sheena continues her walking and diet regimen to help her lose weight. It’s going slowly, but it’s going we think! After her stay at her previous foster home with Gary and Marie-Andrée, she is very fit for a ten year old and can jump and bounce and dance in the kitchen as her meals are prepared!

Sheena is 10 years young, gets along fine so far with other dogs, the cat (the cat disagrees, but then she’s a bit opinionated and grouchy, so what does SHE know) and of course all people. My dog Rio had grouched at her a couple of times, and she hasn’t even thought about retaliating in any way. She is a very sensible girl.

She is currently on a raw diet and it would be preferable if she remain on that kind of diet. Her only medication is her thyroid tablets. They are inexpensive and easy to administer.

Sheena loves, LOVES her walks and sometimes takes the leash in her mouth to hurry you along. She will sleep a good portion of the day away, but as soon as she hears the tinkling of her leash and collar being picked up, she’s at the door in a heartbeat and ready to go! She will pull occasionally on the leash, and she IS strong, but she doesn’t do it a lot and it’s not hard to convince her to walk more politely and be mindful that she’s attached to a human on the other end of the leash. Sheena also loves to cuddle. We have “dog couches” downstairs in the tv room and she easily jumps up to curl up beside me, or she’ll just curl up on one of the dog beds available.

Sheena may or may not regrow all her hair. She may always have some thin or bald areas. We’re just hoping that someone can see past that to the happy, active, I-love-my-life girl underneath it all! Sheena continues to wait for that special person to show up who will just give her the best life possible for the rest of her days….which, at the rate she’s going could be several good years! I know it takes a big heart to adopt a dog knowing that they won’t have her for the same length of time as one might expect when adopting a puppy or much younger adult, but she really deserves to find that person.

Here is a fun video of walking with Sheena, with a little emphasis on the bittersweetness of loving a foster dog and knowing you have to send them on to their forever home at some point.

If you are interested in adopting Sheena, please contact http://www.airecanada.com/applicationform.html

3 thoughts on “Just call me “She”

  1. What a great video and beautiful Airedale. Would never guess she is 10 and she looks quite trim & stylish in her Tee. Can sure tell she loves a walk! Great job everyone who has helped Sheena get to where she is today!!

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