Sissy has a thick white mane, and little kids sometimes mistake her for a lion when she's out walking in her Harford County neighborhood. But this 13-year-old collie couldn't be any sweeter or gentler.
Holly Robbins and her family adopted Sissy when a relative couldn't care for her anymore and was forced to give her up. "She's unlike any other dog I've ever met," Robbins says. "She is not into retrieving toys, much to my dad's dismay, but she does love to go for walks." She also loves to be close to family members.
"She's as sweet as she looks," Robbins says. "Our dog groomer's husband likes to kneel down and put ham in his mouth for Sissy to gently slip out and enjoy."
Sissy spends much of her time sleeping, sometimes flat on her back. She gets a summer haircut each year that Robbins says makes her look like an entirely different dog. That's a relief for the family, though. "She hates being brushed!" Robbins says. "Her hair is very thick, and she will not cooperate when we try to comb through it. We've certainly tried. Her hair is so thick that we have a hard time getting her skin wet when we bathe her."
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The race is on to save animal lives, one adoption at a time.
The 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge kicks off Aug. 1. It's a 3-month competition among 50 animal shelters across the nation. Each shelter's goal is to increase their adoptions so they'll win some of the more than $500,000 in prize grants to be given away, including a grand prize of $100,000.
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter is one of the 50 contestants. They'll try to save at least 300 more cats and dogs during the months of August, September and October than they did during that same time period last year.
Learn more about the competition at the ASPCA's site.