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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Keep your pet happy during the holidays, Maryland SPCA experts say, by following some basic tips when it comes to holiday feasting:
*Let them eat turkey: Only give pets well cooked and boneless portions of the bird though.
*Don't let them overdo it: Too much feasting can upset pets' stomachs or lead to pancreatitis.
*Skip the herbs: Sage and other herbs can also upset pets' stomachs and even cause central nervous system depression.
*Instead of offering pets people food, give them Nylabones or chew bones. A little peanut butter or sweet potato may be an appropriate treat.