SABRINA'S STORY

Sabrina came into our lives and wrapped
herself around our hearts in March of 1989,
about a month after Samantha's death.  Our
other two dogs (Sandy--2 years old and
Ginger--9 months old) eagerly accepted her
into the family.

Sabrina came from a Doberman breeder in
Michigan.  There were three pups left from a
large litter.  I was drawn to Sabrina because
of her red and tan color.  I was far from being
over the loss of Samantha (I don't believe you
can ever really get over losing a pet -- you just
hold the memories close in your heart), but
having a shiny black Doberman would be a
constant reminder of her.  I also didn't want
Sabrina constantly being compared to her
predecessor.  Her color helped everyone in the
family realize that she was an individual with a
personality all her own, and not a clone of
Samantha.

Sabrina definitely had a personality of her
own.  Samantha was a fireball and very
protective of her family.  No one except family
could enter the house when Samantha was on
guard.  Sabrina, on the other hand, loved
everyone.  She would bark at first, but when
told everything was OK, she would immediately
snuggle up and expect the guests to give her
ear rubs.  She was quite a character with a
heart of gold.

Our Dachshund, Ginger, gave birth to a litter
of puppies in January 1990.  Sabrina and
Sandy both decided they wanted to be the "big
sisters" to the little wiener dogs.  I think they
spent as much time in the crate with the
newborns as Ginger did.  In this respect
Sabrina possessed many of the same traits as
Samantha and her parents, Bonnie and Satan.  
They were all very fond of little animals and
never showed aggression toward them.

In March of 1993 we moved from Michigan to
Florida.  A large Ryder truck was rented to
carry the furniture and I drove behind with
the smaller dogs.  Sabrina was very excited
about traveling and even more excited because
she got to ride in the big truck in the passenger
seat all the way to Florida.  She gave us the
impression that riding in the truck and being so
high above everything else really made her feel
special.  And she was very special to us.

Sabrina adapted quickly to her new home in the
country.  There were a lot of new sounds to get
used to.  In Michigan we lived very close to the
Detroit Metropolitan Airport and also near
train tracks so there were always planes
landing and trains going by.  In Florida we live
on 2 acres of land that has a chain link fence
around it.  Sabrina took such joy in being able
to run unleashed across the property.  Every
morning she would listen to the cows and
roosters in the neighborhood and look at us as
if to ask "what are those sounds all about?"

In the spring of 1995 Sabrina lost her
appetite and would only eat every few days.  
Other than that, she appeared quite normal.  
The vet checked her for a number of different
things, but nothing appeared out of the
ordinary medically speaking.  Even though she
acted normal, she started to lose excessive
weight.  At that point I became really worried
and frightened of the outcome of her
symptoms.  The vet made the decision that
exploratory surgery should be done.

I dropped her off at the vet's office on my
way to work.  In the middle of the surgery I
received a phone call.  Sabrina had stomach and
liver cancer.  Most of her liver and part of her
stomach had already been destroyed.  He told
me that she had probably been in a lot of pain
but just never let us know how much pain she
was in.  Was her love for us really that
strong?  This was our chance to return that
love to her as much as it hurt us.  I had to tell
the vet to release her from that pain and let
her go to sleep without even waking up after
the surgery.

God had given me two very special Dobermans,
Samantha and Sabrina.  They both taught me
that I could still open my heart to many dogs
and provide them with all the love I could give.  
The part of me that I thought had died with my
first Ginger was finally fully alive again.  Part
of that kind of love is returning a beloved pet
to God when their job on earth is complete.
SABRINA  
SABRINA WITH SANDY &
GINGER
SABRINA
SABRINA AND SANDY
SABRINA WITH GINGER & ONE OF
GINGER'S PUPPIES  
SABRINA AND GINGER
SABRINA, GINGER, & SANDY
SABRINA WITH NEW PUP,
MAGGIE
SABRINA AND HER CHEW BONE
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