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Happy birthday Shiloh! February 8, 2011

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Our friend Ben and Silence Dogood’s black German shepherd, Pioneer Hawk’s Haven Shiloh von Shiloh Special, turns two years old today, February 8. We feel very proud and privileged to have shared our home and our hearts with our big, beautiful girl for the past two years.

It’s hard to believe that Shiloh was ever as small and funny-looking as our puppy pictures remind us that she was when we first brought her home. You see, a German shepherd puppy’s ears flop over, and they don’t begin to rise into the upright position for which the breed is known until the pups are a couple of months old. Shiloh’s ears had just risen the week we got her, and, let’s just say, they were still a little wobbly. Every time we looked at her, one or both would be tilting off in some hilarious direction. We have photos of her where her huge ears were leaning together on top of her head like an elaborate fur bonnet. It still makes us laugh to look at them.

Back then, those enormous ears seemed like the biggest part of her (though her snout came a close second). But by now she’s more than grown into them, and is a credit to her breeders, Pioneer German Shepherds, from the tip of her nose to the end of her huge plumed tail. She looks like an enormous black wolf—at least, until you see the big, happy smile and the long, bright pink tongue lolling out happily. I doubt that most wolves are always rolling over for a belly rub, either.

And yes, those folded-down puppy ears still make an appearance when Shiloh wants us to rub her head, especially when she first wakes up and hasn’t remembered that she’s not still a puppy. True, it’s not her most noble look, to say the least, but we think it just might be her most lovable.

To celebrate her birthday, we’ve gotten some special treats. It’s time to give her one now, so we’ll sign off.

Happy birthday Shiloh! We love you!!!

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