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Zia

Zia

Zia

My girlfriend, Zia, chose me at the Humane Society of Sedona, 3 years ago. My husband and I, along with two elderly dogs,made the drive from New York. After unpacking, we went straight to the Humane Society to inquire about volunteering. We had no intention of adopting another dog, much less a 4-year-old Pitbull mix. Zia stole our hearts immediately and we knew she was waiting for us after spending over a year behind bars. She is my forever girlfriend and her forever gratitude is apparent every day. Whenever I'm in a seated position, she's there with her head on my lap. On our hikes and walks, she "wiggles" up to everyone for a pat on the head.Most people can't resist her invitiation for extra love. Zia is quite a sight in my convertible with her own seat belt, and pink

doggie baseball cap. We go everywhere possible together. The banks give her biscuits and my haircutter enjoys her monthly visit. I have taught her numerous tricks. The best is to lay a treat on her paw and let it sit there until I say, "release. ' We took doggie dancing lessons last year which was so much fun for both of us.

At night she curls up in my belly under the blankets and lets out many sighs of contentment.I count my blessings that we found each other; she has made

my life richer in so many ways. Because of her, I feel the need to "pay it forward."

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