Risse is an 8 year old Jack Russel Terrier. She loves to go on hiking adventures with her "daddy" along the many trails of the Hayward Area Recreational District and the San Francisco Bay Trail. She is a great dog & companion that has helped me to overcome the reluctance to have another dog after the cruel murder of a Border Collie I had adopted as a teenager, 32 years ago. 

When I got Risse for my wife as an anniversary gift in 2000, I wasn't really crazy about the idea, but doing so has turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. This photo was taken on 4/16/08 during Risse's first visit to the Alameda Small Dog Park.

For all the joy & happiness that Risse has brought into our life, and for the gift of love that she has given that has allowed me to love a dog again, she definitely deserves to be "Dog of the Month."

Keith Sikora