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Newest addition to our family

Newest addition to our family

We decided yesterday to adopt a new dog, sixth months after Tilki, our dog of 13 years, passed away. My husband thought this would be a nice thing to do for Mother's Day :-).

She is about a year old and was brought by the Washington Animal Rescue League all the way from Kuwait, where the country's only dog shelter just burned down. We can't bring her home until Tuesday and are in the meantime trying to get our house once again dog-ready. We're also trying to think of an Arabic name for her that people here can pronounce. Since the WARL called her a "desert dog," I was thinking of "Sahraa," which means "desert" in Arabic (as in the Sahara). In any case, it's an exciting event for us! I'd also like to learn some basic commands in Arabic because when we rescued Tilki in Ankara, she knew Turkish, and as we spoke the language, it helped immeasurably in the beginning to communicate in terms she understood.

For local news about the rescue, go to -- watch the video "Adorable Pups Up For Adoption." At the very end there is a dog who rolls on her back; that's our dog. She seems to do that all the time, but rather than seeming submissive, she really just wants her chest scratched (and never wants you to stop).

According to the rescue league: "Most of the dogs are mixed-breed of the sort that one would expect to find at any American shelter (there’s even a mixed husky), but eight of them are “desert dogs,” according to the Kuwaiti shelter. The Kuwaiti desert dog is an indigenous, naturally occurring breed that comprises most of the population of stray dogs there. They are medium-sized dogs with short coats and large ears."

For more information on the Washington Animal Rescue League in general and the Kuwaiti dogs in particular, go to

A relatively recent article (December 2015) about Sahraa published by the Washington Animal Rescue League:

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Alexander Kazakov25-Aug-2015 18:04
Great! V
Karen Moen17-Aug-2015 17:37
She has an incredibly intense and intelligent expression. She should be quite trainable. Congratulation! Voted.
Dave Petersen Photography18-Jul-2015 12:28
The expression on Sahraa's face is priceless. A very beautiful dog Helen. Voted
victorswan11-Jul-2015 13:59
She seems to be a wonderful dog, A charming capture Helen big Vote
Carol Rollins10-Nov-2013 18:01
I loved hearing about how you adopted and named Sahraa. A beautiful friend and photo. ~
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)26-Jul-2012 20:25
A charming capture...BV
Jim Coffman04-Feb-2012 23:42
Bless both of you for being so wonderful!! What a pretty little dog! I know it is hard to lose a dog and I also know how fulfilling it is to bring another one into your home! A big thank you for getting a rescue dog.
bill friedlander19-May-2010 18:33
Congratulations on your new acquisition. She looks like a wonderful dog and I am sure you will enjoy her. V
William Barletta17-May-2010 05:26
You had not mentioned that you got a dog. Congratulations.
norbi11-May-2010 07:58
She seems to be a wonderful dog, looking so confident and concentrated. v. norbi
Isabel Cutler09-May-2010 18:41
How exciting for you and your new friend. I see that she is looking Tim right in the eyes. You won't have a dominance problem here! My last dachshund, a wirehaired male was so dominant that until the day he died he would never let us look him in the eye. Can't wait to hear what her name is going to be.
Zaid Kurdi09-May-2010 18:37
My Vote too....:)
Zaid Kurdi09-May-2010 18:36
Sooooo cute.....What a lovely Dog......Wonderful pose and details.......Very interesting informations.....:)