Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted July 8, 2015
I got Ayla from a lady in the town where my family and I lived. She came offering to donate the dog, and we fell in love with her, so we kept her. She was an incredibly playful and cheerful dog, and was very friendly towards strangers. She did not stay in the house, but didn't have as much energy as other dogs I have had before; eventually she would prefer to me petted than to play. Taking care of her was not so easy, however. Ayla lost a lot of fur, so I always had to clean it if she went into the living area. She also needed a bath every week, and had to take many shots. Also, if we left our slippers or flip-flops outside, she would chew them all up. She was partially obedient, but too excited for her own good.
Unfortunately, even though Ayla had all her vaccines, she died of Leishmaniosis, a disease caused by parasites which was common back then. We did not understand why she died dispite all our care and having taken all the shots. We think that possibly, when she was given to us, she already had the disease, and that is why the owner gave her away. But we will never know.
I do however, reccomend this dog, even to those who live in small houses or apartments. The only downside is all the fur that you will need to vacuum up.