Siri

Siri
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Siri (formerly Jace) is an excellent example of why shelters rely on other organizations, such as rescues to help save more animals. Sometimes, the shelter environment isn't working for adoption of an animal and other avenues must be pursued.

From Siri's mom:
Siri is the newest rescue member of my pack, weighing in at only 47 pounds. This little bundle of energy is the smallest dog I’ve ever owned, and certainly one of the most entertaining! 

He’s loving life! You see, he was picked up as a stray in Grapevine, TX and brought to the animal shelter. At that time his name was Jace. There he sat… no, more like bounced…. day after day for 2 months. Although he was a volunteer favorite, he was never taken to adoption events because he was a black dog, unidentified breed, and had far too much energy; another route for his placement had to be determined. The volunteers pleaded for help from the public through Facebook where he was identified as an Australian Kelpie mix. A fellow dog rescuer/transporter through Midwest Canine Rescue shared his pictures. The moment I saw the videos of him playing fetch with a Frisbee, I knew he belonged with me and my pack! With the help of volunteers, Midwest Canine Rescue Shannon and Shirley, the founder of Nicholas’s Pet Rescue in Tyler, TX, and the awesome foster mom Lize, Jace was transferred to rescue. On Dec. 6th, Jace was transported by a volunteer from Dallas, TX to Joplin, MO where another volunteer made the journey to Gray Summit, MO. That is where my BFF Angie and I picked him up!

As Angie and I made the trek home with him, we discussed a new name for him. As we cruised past Springfield, IL on the Interstate, Angie was looking up constellations and star names. There it was! Sirius, the Dog Star: the sky’s brightest star and part of the constellation Canis Major! We looked at each other and just knew that was it! And since Siri (the voice on my iPhone) guided us safely to Gray Summit and back through GPS; it was a perfect fit to call him that.

Siri is a dream to train! He is so smart, and so willing to please! He is happy to see other dogs and people, and he keeps my pack exercised. But, as most of you know, an incredibly smart dog can be an incredibly challenging one, too! Shortly after arriving home, Siri chewed the cord to my brand new Dyson vacuum in half, the legs off my night stand, and the cord to the window air conditioner – not to mention destroyed my snow boots and many dog beds. More recently, he has chased chickens and roosters, leaving me breathless trying to catch him! He’s STILL learning how to appropriate show affection to our cat.

Within the first week of bringing him home, we headed to the local dog training club. I introduced him to the puppy agility equipment. He was a bit shy at first with the A-frame, but when introduced to the “table”, he jumped right up and sat down without a cue! Holy cow – this is one of the more difficult “contacts” for most dogs and their handlers! It was as if he had been doing it all his life! We immediately enrolled in beginner agility and beginner obedience. He soared through his agility class, earning the highest score of a “fun run” at the end of our 8 week session! Because of his high skills, we by-passed the intermediate class and moved on to advanced. My only struggle with Siri on the course is his need to check out every speck on the floor, as it might be a bit of food left over from someone’s treats! Siri accompanies me in the obedience classes that I instruct as the “demo” dog on focus, meet-and-greets, and a number of other skills we cover in class. He has helped me work with an unsocialized German Shepherd overcome anxiety.

Siri was registered for his first official AKC agility trial in March 2016. Since I didn’t know his breed, he was registered as a PAL “All American Dog”. I was unable to officially name him Siruis, so he is now “Siri of Kelpie’s Star”. Siri didn’t qualify for any ribbons during his debut dog show, as he was far too interested in meeting other dogs while in the ring! But we had a great time! Siri and I have been just practicing agility over the last year.

I had Siri’s DNA processed and its says she has Chihuahua, Korean Jindo, Border Collie, and a bunch of unidentified breeds. He’s not an Australian Kelpie after all. Siri attends doggie daycare a couple times a week to stay fit and trim. He is a staff favorite, once again. And just last week, he passed the 2nd of 4 phases to pass his Therapy Dog test through Alliance of Therapy Dogs! Our hope is he will have his completed registration as a therapy dog by May. Once this is achieved, he will begin working with the Peoria Humane Society’s “Paws to Read” and “Special Paws” program by attending local nursing homes, schools, libraries, and child welfare agencies to provide comfort and support.

He is the perfect example of how a cast away, "unadoptable" dog can become a great companion and the joy of someone’s life!!!! Never, never judge a book by its cover!