Sassafras suffers from a form of asthma. She wilts in the heat of summer. Even the briefest of walks causes her to lie down with her flanks heaving afterwards. She spends most of her time in front of her fan (yes, we bought her her own fan). She loves ice water after her daily walk. She takes steroids and a bronchodilator twice a day (which is one reason she's shaped like a little nail keg -- she gets treats twice a day).
At first, we thought she'd be a good snow dog, what with her furry feet and all. She also pulls like a sled dog. But after her first winter, she didn't care for snow.
Spring is all cold and rainy. She'd rather stay inside and drowse in "her" chair or on the bedroom floor.
So that leaves Autumn, and Sassy is in her element. She wants to go for extra-long walks -- every day. She wants to play when she's in the house. She's up for anything. She's wearing me out.
God bless her.