This is Shiya, my American Eskimo dog. She is such a contraction - she rambles down the road like a clumsy ox, but is afraid of the vacuum cleaner and thunder. She is wonderfully affectionate, but has been known to nip at a fast-moving child. And she barks! And barks. And barks. If I go upstairs for a little while, she'll bark at me like I'm a stranger about to empty out the place. It doesn't matter that the door bell is broken, 'cause she'll let us know when someone is at the door.