Siena is a female, chocolate Labradoodle – half Labrador Retriever and half Standard Poodle. She is named after the color, but her name is spelled like the city in Italy. People call her Siena, Sia (pronounced seeya), or sometimes even Si (like see). She answers to any and all of them.
Siena is a registered Service Dog for her mom, Rachel Phillips. She assists Rachel with mobility and stability as Rachel’s EDS can make simple tasks difficult. Her most unique characteristic is the ability to sense when Rachel’s oxygen level is low and alert her that she needs to check her oxygen supply. It was initially thought she could sense this via smell but it isn’t clear as she’s able to detect this even when Rachel is in a different room. We’ll be adding one of our favorite stories soon about how Siena sensed Rachel’s low oxygen levels while she was in the waiting room at the hospital with Steven and Rachel was in her first brain surgery.
Siena enjoys going everywhere with her mom and meeting new people, but is afraid of fireworks and dislikes people using whistles. She enjoys staying at hotels when she has to travel for Rachel’s ongoing airway surgeries but isn’t overly fond of the four days straight (each way) of driving in the car. Her role models are Lassie and Old Yeller.