I am so excited
about getting another Shiloh/Hajna
hard to believe that Savannah is already over
two years old. I don’t know where the time
is such a joy to John and me! With Shadrach (our
14 year old mutt whom we adore) declining in health,
the timing for adding another Shiloh puppy couldn’t
be better. I
want to thank you for letting us know about the
upcoming litter. John was so excited to hear about
the possibility of puppies that we actually bought
a home with a larger back yard (fenced, of course!).
Now are we Shiloh lovers or what?
you might get a kick out of bits and pieces of
emails that I have sent you over the past two
years regarding Savannah, her development, and
how we have grown to love her. I don’t know
how to explain the relationship – we’ve
always been dog people, but there is just something
so special about her. It’s got to be that
Hajna/Shiloh bloodline! Here
are some excerpts from past emails I sent to you
when she was a puppy. It gets me all excited to
go through the process again. Do you remember
when . . .
is so loving and so CALM -- it's almost like she
isn't a puppy -- there's almost a maturity or something
there. I can't explain it, but she is just so agreeable
and calm. We are just thrilled beyond our wildest
dreams with this little pup. She is just a joy!
Sometimes she reminds me of a bear cub, and other
times she reminds me of a lion. She is something
else. I could just go on and on and on about her!
Jan, I cannot thank you enough!
We're doing just great. Savannah knows what
'no" means and what "sit" means.
Best of all . . . she sleeps through the night
-- which she basically has since we got her from
April 6, 2002:
is so smart and such a joy to have --- Gee, have
I bragged about her being potty trained yet? We
went to a Steeple Chase event today and left around
11:00 -- and I did not crate her nor did I use baby
gates. I had my Mom come over at about 12:30 to
check on her and feed her lunch. No messes (AMEN!),
and no messes when we came home at 4:00! John and
I were practically doing cartwheels!
sleeps "on the floor" on her dog bed
beside our bed --- and Shad sleeps in the bed
with John and me. We decided since Shad was so
bummed about the puppy that we would keep the
sleeping arrangements this way. Shad feels special
and it also lets Savannah know that Shad has special
privileges. Well that lasted all of nine days.
This morning (in the mornings Savannah is rowdy
. . . the rest of the day she is extremely calm
-- I think she is just trying to get her middle-aged
owners up and moving and out of bed!) Savannah
was scratching at the side of the bed and trying
to bite Shad's feet -- very frustrated with the
situation of Shad being allowed on the bed. So
John says . . . "Oh Gina, let's just let
Savannah on the bed this one time and keep her
over by you." So at 6:30 this morning, the
arrangement in our queen size bed was: John, Shad,
Gina, Savannah. And when I put that rowdy little
soul on the bed, she snuggled in beside me and
didn't move a muscle. It was like it was "such
an honor" that she didn't dare blow it. She
is so smart. We laughed hysterically -- if you
could have seen the expression on her face --
how reverent she was being!
We just think she is wonderful. She truly
has brought an added sense of joy to our day-to-day
lives. She and Shad are getting along better and
better. They each save food out of their respective
food bowls for each other. It's a riot.
Yesterday she took a little swim in the toilet!
She came out to see me in the kitchen and one
side of her was completely soaking wet -- like
someone had thrown a bucket of water on her. Earlier
that morning, John's travel kit was floating in
the toilet -- and I thought "how did this
happen?" Now I know! Needless
to say, we keep the toilet seats down now!
Well, John took his mother back to Tennessee
on Sunday night. It was a great visit, but it
really put me behind in my work -- I've been playing
catch up all week long. Did I tell you about how
Savannah would snap at her hands? She is 84 years
old and has arthritis, so her hands are cupped
from her swollen joints. Every time she would
lean down to pet Savannah with her mildly deformed
hands, Savannah thought she was holding a treat
or something and would try to pull her fingers
back! Well, that didn't go over real well with
Sylvia, but it was comical to watch!
Jan, I’ll end with this last note I wrote
to you from almost two years ago. It looks like
John might finally getting his wish . . .
John actually said at dinner tonight that
he would like to get another pup now, so she would
have someone to play with but the thought of dropping
another 1700 bucks is not what we need right now.
She is just no problem at all. She is housebroken,
she barks when people drive up or come to the
door, but is not rude. And she is so smart! She
is so much more than we could have ever hoped
for! The most she does is chew wood and sticks
all over the house (I swear she is part woodchuck!),
and that is no problem to clean up with my Rainbow
sweeper. I don't know what we would do without
I think that
sums it up . . . “we don’t know
what we would do without her.” She
has brought us joy, laughter, a few tears, and
an incredible amount of unconditional love.
guess that’s why we are so excited to get
another Hajna/Shiloh puppy from Howling Winds.
Gina, John, Savannah and Shad