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Jon (Author's Website)

I am the proprietor of ShaynaTheMiracleDog.com, and the luckiest guy in the world to have been Shayna's "dad" since adopting her in 2002. I'm also the author of the upcoming e-book, "Saved By Shayna: Life Lessons from a Miracle Dog."
To learn more about me, please visit www.jonsutz.com.

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19Jan13 – Toy training at Albemarle High School

19Jan13 – Toy training at Albemarle High School

January 20, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

It was a relatively warm day today (low 50s), so we did our after-lunch toy retrieval training at Albemarle High School. I comment in the video that she’s gotta be one of the smartest females I’ve ever met – which I guess either (a) means that she’s as brilliant as I think, or (b) doesn’t […]

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18Jan13: Drive to and walk through McIntire Park

18Jan13: Drive to and walk through McIntire Park

January 18, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

We’ve had a pretty rough last 11 days, since Shayna developed a new medical problem, nothing serious, but terrifying nonetheless given her underlying diagnosis, which is devastating.  The good news is that she is rapidly mending from her current malady, and was very amenable to going out for a ride this very cold morning, to […]

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03Jan13: An amazing gift from one of Shayna’s friends

03Jan13: An amazing gift from one of Shayna’s friends

January 5, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

An amazing gift for Shayna, from an amazing fabric artist, that came completely out of the blue.

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04Jan13: Shayna running and playing with “Little Man”

04Jan13: Shayna running and playing with “Little Man”

January 5, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Shayna has a new boyfriend, “Little Man,” and today she had the chance to run and play with him, in absolute bliss.

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19Dec12: Toy training at UVa

19Dec12: Toy training at UVa

December 22, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

It was a gorgeous, unusually warm December afternoon, so I took Shayna to the UVa athletic fields to do our toy training today. She had a blast, as you can see. I am truly blessed – and I know it.

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08Dec12: A walk around UVa, and visiting with Mr. Jefferson

08Dec12: A walk around UVa, and visiting with Mr. Jefferson

December 9, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

On this warm December day, we took another long walk around UVa, Shayna chased her ball, and we visited our “sacred ground” in front of the Rotunda, where I began my quest for renewal – and to ask for help in finding the “right” first dog for me – eleven years ago. I took this […]

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09Dec12: Update on Shayna’s medical condition

09Dec12: Update on Shayna’s medical condition

December 9, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

(Note: This is going to be a document that will evolve over time; check back for updates)     Catching up: Our life from Sept. 5 through Oct. 28, 2012 For the seven weeks after Shayna’s liver surgery on Sept. 4, life for us was pretty awesome.  As I describe here, she recovered very quickly, […]

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08Dec12: My Kickstarter book crowd-funding campaign is LIVE!

08Dec12: My Kickstarter book crowd-funding campaign is LIVE!

December 9, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

If you don’t know, Kickstarter is a website that enables aspiring artists, musicians, filmmakers, inventors, etc., to submit their project ideas and funding needs to the general public, with donors receiving some value in return, often the product that is being funded.  The catch is that unless the entire budget is raised, the campaign sponsor […]

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15Nov12 Shayna excited getting her toys by name

15Nov12 Shayna excited getting her toys by name

December 7, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Considering the fact that two weeks prior, she was given a terminal diagnosis, and had been (to my eye) not far from it, to see this – to experience it, to feel her joy and love and warmth and optimism – was like cool water to my parched mouth. I have never known a more inspiring, loving “person” than Shayna.

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Nov-Dec 2012: Select videos

Nov-Dec 2012: Select videos

December 6, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

A compilation of the best videos taken since Shayna’s awful Oct. 30 diagnosis.

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