So said Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts. I am in complete agreement. My dog Sasha, a beautiful yellow Labrador, is the center of attention in our family, and in return she is loving, loyal, and always ready to snuggle. She is a consistent source of comfort and joy in our lives, and I don’t know what we’d do without her. So although I’ve shared a few photos of her before, I wanted to take today to give you a proper introduction!
Our first dog when I was growing up was Shayna, another yellow Labrador, who was a member of the family before my brother or I were even thought of. She was a wonderful dog, who definitely behaved according to her place as our predecessor, watching over us like a guardian who slept between the doors of our two bedrooms at night. Sadly, she passed away when I was in middle school. A few years later, we decided it was time to bring another puppy into our family, and Sasha was born on Valentine’s Day of 2006.
We got the call from the breeder while watching the figure skating competition of the Torino Winter Olympics. My mom and I both loved Sasha Cohen’s routines, and thus came our Sasha’s name! I like to joke that it was already in the cards. Shayna came first in our family, but before her, my parents’ respective dogs when they were younger were named Sparky and Socky. It was a totally unintentional tradition, but Sasha carried on the S initial.
She grew from the most adorable little puppy into one of the cutest adult dogs ever. It’s funny, but she seems to know her place in our family just like Shayna did – except her place is that of the baby, who came into a household with two teenagers and was doted on by everyone. And she still has a puppy face, even at age 9. When Sasha is in a room, she commands the attention of everyone present. She has her spot on a choice piece of furniture in every room of my childhood home, whether it’s right in the middle of your bed or on the center cushion of the living room couch.
She loves long walks and playing outside, but only if you play with her. She just loves attention from all humans and other dogs. I am one of those people who thinks a proper dog needs to weigh at least 20 lbs, and Sasha agrees – but she will play with even the smallest dogs, treating them like her own pet!
As evidenced, she is in her element in the snow. She loves to make “dog angels” and can scamper through fresh powder faster than we can chase her while wearing clunky snowboots.
But there is definitely a Sasha for all seasons. She is always ready to cuddle (or receive a belly rub).
I’m happy spring is here, because it means my fingers won’t freeze while we’re going for long tramps through the woods. But later in the season, I’ll look back fondly on the snow, because of Sasha.
Do you have a canine companion? What’s your favorite memory if you do?
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