Deb’s delighted with Sienna
DEBRA Thurley, a financial officer for Volunteer Tasmania from Rokeby, hardly had any problems when asked to babysit her son’s German shepherd Chase, apart from the fact she didn’t like having to say goodbye. Eventually, getting her own German shepherd, Sienna, was just the tonic.
Tell me a little more about why you decided to get Sienna?
I often looked after [ my son] Cameron’s German shepherd, Chase, because he works in Launceston and spends a lot of weekends away playing football. Every time he came to pick her up though, I’d get upset and miss her, so eventually I said ‘ enough is enough’ and bought Sienna three years ago from a breeder in Cradoc.
I noticed that you are minding Chase today, how do they get along together?
Surprisingly well since they are both girls! Sienna tries to be the domineering one and Chase, being the elder of the two, is fairly patient with her, but if she [ Chase] has had enough, she lets Sienna know.
Individually, they do differ in personality a lot – Sienna’s a lot more energetic, she loves to swim and run, as opposed to Chase, who hates getting wet and is way more placid.
Sienna will chase anything and ironically, Chase chases nothing. Even though she’s more placid, Chase does display some diva- like qualities if she doesn’t get what she wants. Since her stay this time she’s managed to rip a bed to shreds and dig a reasonable sized hole in the backyard in the midst of a tantrum.
What do you love about Sienna?
I just love the attributes of German shepherds; they simply crave attention and are so affectionate.
They’re extremely loyal, Sienna is particularly attached to me and will follow me wherever I go when I’m outside and just sits by the back door waiting when I am inside.
When she’s outside with me running around, I never fail to look at her and admire how beautiful she is.