|Shanna & Holly|
Shanna, how did you and Holly find each other? I was fourteen and was allowed to pick a puppy from my mom's champion sheltie. This puppy would be my companion and partner in agility and herding and obedience. There was one particular puppy that was having a hard time, and everyone didn't think she'd live. I stayed up and watched over her, making sure she nursed. I assisted my mom in tube-feeding her too. I refused to give up on this pup! I had a strong connection with this little sheltie; I knew she was the one. I kept her and named her Holly.
Had you had shelties before? I grew up with shelties and golden retrievers. So, of course, I played with and "trained" the family dogs. When I was in second grade, I had the pleasure of taking care of and training a very special sheltie boy named Tye. He, in his own way, changed my life and showed me to look at things in a different way. But Holly was my first dog. She was all mine to train and take care of and make decisions about.
You and Holly have a very special relationship. Tell our readers how Holly saved your life:
When I was seventeen, I had my first seizure. Even before I was diagnosed with epilepsy, my amazing Holly started warning me something was wrong. As a result, she has become my certified service dog. She is one of the few dogs in the country to become certified as a seizure alert dog. Holly has given me
|Holly in her work vest|
And I happen to know you donated your winnings to Sheltie Rescue of Utah. What else do you do to "pay it forward"? Together we go to elementary schools and teach kids about service dogs and how to take care of their own dogs.
What do you and Holly do for fun? When Holly was younger, we competed as a team in agility, obedience, rally, and herding. Now that she is ten years old, her favorite activity is going out to lunch and going to class with me. I have Holly's daughter, Alaska, who is also a trained and certified service dog. She also alerts when I have an oncoming seizure and will take over for Holly when the time comes. Alaska and I compete in agility, herding, obedience and rally.
|Alaska and friend|
Shanna, in five words, tell us what Holly means to you:
Holly is my guardian angel.
Holly is more than just another dog. She is my life, my love, my protector, my everything. I believe everything happens for a reason, and Holly was sent to watch over and protect me.
Wow. See what I mean? Thanks so much to Shanna and Holly for sharing their inspiring story with us!