Friday, April 13, 2012

Our First Dog

Since my dad got a new dog last week, I thought it would be fun to reminisce about my first (and only) dog, Sheikh.

Sheikh was a Doberman Pinscher, just like Caesar. His name comes from Arab Sheikhs, since we used to live in Saudi Arabia. As you can see in the picture his right ear flopped down, something my dad hated because it made him look less menacing. I always thought it was adorable, though. Sheikh was a really sweet dog, but was very protective of our family and took a while to warm up to strangers (men in particular).

When I was in 5th grade we had to put Sheikh to sleep when he was only five years old. It was really sad how it happened. I remember letting him out into the backyard one day and the dogs next door were also out. Like they always did, the dogs ran back and forth along the fence. When I let him back inside he was pulling his hind legs. Long story short, he had basically paralyzed himself.

Dobermans are only supposed to be about 85 pounds, and Sheikh was over 100. As you can see, he wasn't an overweight dog by any means, he was just much too large for a Doberman (he was the size of a Great Dane). My parents took Sheikh to the vet that night and while there was a surgery that could have helped him, they said it wasn't very effective in large dogs. So the only humane thing to do was to put him down.

Oh gosh, that was terrible. I wore all black to school the next day and was an absolute wreck. I saw my 5th grade teacher right after I graduated high school and she said she would always remember how pitiful I was that day!

Wow, I didn't really talk about the picture at all, did I? Anyways, I think this picture was taken when Sheikh was about three, before that fence went up. I also remember really loving that outfit, in all it's matchy-matchy glory.

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