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It is showtime for pair of super dogs


Posted 02/14/99

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE (RIVERSIDE, CA.)
01/25/99
By Bob Pratte, The Press-Enterprise
Page B1

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COMMENTARY
Two dogs named Xena and Scully protected a 5 year-old in peril in Riverside County!

PRIMARY SOURCE

   The San Jacinto Valley has two new celebrities - Scully, a
4-month-old German shepherd mix, and, a big Great Dane who
turns 2 in February.

   The dogs accompanied 5-year-old Skyler Westall of San Jacinto
after she wandered away from a home in the hills above Valle Vista
late Monday afternoon.  Scully and Xena stayed with her until she was
found the next morning.

   "We're very happy with our little wonder dog, Xena," said Andrea
Sweet.  

   Young Skyler and, her mother, Gibrana Westall, spent the weekend
at the Sweets' residence while the family was away on a ski
vacation.  When the Sweets returned Monday evening, they found law
enforcement personnel and search and rescue volunteers looking for
Skyler, who had wandered off with the dogs at 4 p.m.

   Sweet said she was optimistic about the little girl's return
because she was with the dogs.

   "Xena has never spent a night away from the house," Sweet said.

   "When we found out she was with Xena, we felt better. "

   Searchers found Skyler the next morning walking with the dogs.

   She told her aunt, Taylor Westall, that Scully, the puppy, snuggled
with her and kept her warm.  She said Xena patrolled the area where
she slept and brought her a bird, which she declined to eat.

   After she was found, her aunt told her she could dine anywhere
she'd like.  She chose Carl's Jr. Scully, who is part of the Westall
family, was treated to a Carl's Jr. meal too.

   People have given the little girl a Bible and a whistle she can
blow if she ever needs help.  They gave Scully a bag of dog bones.

   Sweet said their thermometer dipped to 32 degrees that night.

   "The little girl just had a sun dress," she said.  "Without the dogs,
the little girl would have been in a lot worse shape. "

   Scully has received extra attention at home.  Skyler entertained
her kindergarten classmates at Hyatt Elementary School in San
Jacinto with an account of her night in the hills.  She was found
before class began Tuesday, which spared the students an anxious
day.

   "Inside Edition" visited the Sweets' home to do a story about the
dogs.  An animal show has expressed interest in featuring Scully and
Xena.

   "We keep telling her she's a movie star," Sweet said of Xena.

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