Deb’s de­lighted with Si­enna

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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.

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