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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Meet Sorcia

Meet Sorcia

As Halloween approaches, I am sadly reminded that we no longer have our live-in, year-round Halloween decoration – our black cat, Maui. We lost Maui to the highway last fall, and we were devastated. He was the smartest, most personable cat I’ve ever owned. Honestly, I thought he was too smart to cross the road …

The kids wanted another pet, but my husband and I knew no cat could replace Maui. So, in our grief, we went a little overboard and acquired a GERMAN SHEPHERD.

I swear, when we brought her home, I got nervous. I looked at those markings, those ears, the shape of that head – and I felt like Little Red Riding Hood. “What big teeth you have, Sorcia …”

We’d never owned a dog before, and I admit to making some rookie mistakes. I quickly learned not to talk while the dog was licking my face, unless I wanted a French kiss. And although Sorcia loves chasing a red dot from a laser pointer as much as Maui ever did, an 80 lb dog crashing around the house produces a lot more destruction than a 10 lb cat.

When we first got her, she spent her early days trying to “herd” us all into one room and keep us there by lying across the doorway. She’s gotten better about that now, but she’s still very protective. The one time my husband went out to the hot tub without me, Sorcia barked and whined at him continuously, her feet up on the side of the hot tub, staring worriedly down into the water where I usually sit. Sorcia clearly thought that Bob had carelessly let me slide under the water and drown. He had to bring her back inside to show her I was safe (writing on my laptop, of course).

With Sorcia at my side, door-to-door salesmen don’t stay long. I’m pretty sure she would just put her paws on their shoulders and lick their faces if I let her go – but they don’t know that.

And one of the more amusing things about Sorcia is her guilty little secret … Her favorite flavor of dog food is … wait for it … LAMB.

I’m pretty sure German Shepherds aren’t supposed to eat the sheep. But I guess all that baa-baa-baa can get on your nerves after awhile, and the temptation might just become too much!

Sorcia says: “Is it dinner time yet?”

7 Responses to Meet Sorcia

  1. salarsenッ says:

    This is a great post! I love it. So sorry about Maui. Losing a beloved pet is always rough.

    I’ve owned dogs all my life. I’m totally a dog person. My husband was a cat person. For our first pet, we ended up getting a half-breed–yellow lab/husky mix. That dog ended up being huge!! My hubs had to ‘learn’ not to play with him like a cat. I can’t tell you how many things that dog broke from playing. But, we loved him. lol

  2. Love this. What a cutie. So sorry to hear about Maui. I have two kitties and I love them even though they are like having two more kids in the house.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. LOL. Yuck on the french kiss but the imagine of the lazer pointer game was priceless. Yep a German Sheppard sure would be great for when annoying sales people call. *grins evilly*

  4. Candyland says:

    AWWW!!! What a beautiful dog! I’m sure it will all work out.
    Sorry about the kitty:(

  5. mshatch says:

    My last dog was a German Shepherd, Marcus Aurelius. Now I have a not so smart lab: lovable but kinda dumb. Love the name Sorcia:)

  6. Linda G. says:

    Aw, what a big sweetie-pie! With emphasis on the BIG. 😉

  7. Lenny Lee! says:

    hi miss dianne! WOW did you see that! sorcia just did a big jump and got over to my blog to visit me right on my side bar. how cool is that! shes so neat looking. i love animals. im real sorry about maui. i know how animals could get right down in our hearts. we had a pet raccoon one time and she slept in every ones bed. ha ha. her name was rowdy raccoon. im gonna do a story about her some day. i hope you have a real fun weekend. ill make sure soria gets back real safe. 🙂
    …happy halloween hugs from lenny