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September 25, 2008

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Sahara, the Dog of the Day
Name: Sahara
Age: One and a half years old
Gender: Female Breed: Yellow Labrador Retriever
Home: Salina, Kansas, USA
   Sahara has been a special dog even before she came to our little family. Sahara was the runt her litter and the owners of her parents didn't think that Sahara was going to make it. But they did their best and fed her and kept on eye on her. Eventually Sahara did gain her strength and was able to join her brothers and sisters. Then I came and got her and brought her home. I felt horrible at first because I could tell that she really missed her siblings, and she didn't really want anything to do with us. I was scared that she would never come around. It took her about a week and now we are her family. She doesn't like to be separated from us, but she does well with other people too. Sahara is a real people dog, she loves meeting new people. When we take her on walks she has to go up to people and say hi. So my husband and I always wondered what she would do if someone came to our house uninvited. Unfortunately we had the opportunity to find out.

    One week last October, my husband left to go out of state for business. I always hated to stay home alone until Sahara came into my life. She always makes me feel comfortable. Until that night. Sahara and I were asleep on the bed, Sahara in my husband's spot next to the window. It was about 4:00 in the morning when I woke up to Sahara barking and growling at our window. As I opened my eyes I saw a flash of light come our window from a flash light. It took a couple of minutes, but Sahara finally settled down. Then she ran to the back door that led to our back yard. She wouldn't leave it, I tried to get her to come back to bed, but she wouldn't leave that door. I knew she had to go out there and see for herself that who ever was there had left. So I let her out. It only took a couple of minutes and she was back inside. We went back to bed and just laid there. Sahara eventually went back to bed, but I was awake the rest of the morning.

    I don't know what would have happened if Sahara hadn't been there. The cops said that she scared the burglars away, which I knew. They must have climbed over the fence and our window is right beside that. Sahara must have heard them climb over that fence and that is what set her off. It was quite the sight. If I was the person on the other side of the window I would have left, too. So needless to say now my husband and I know that Sahara is all business when it comes to people trying to break into our house. Just another added bonus to having a dog. People say that having a dog is a good security for your house, but you really never know until it happens, I'm just thankful that she didn't get hurt. I know in my heart that Sahara would have done anything to save me that night. She is a great dog and I wouldn't give her up for the world. Sahara saved my life.

    Thanks for reading my story about my dog Sahara, she really is a great dog. This is a picture of her from the doggy salon, I figured this is the best picture of her I have looking her best!

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