Siris

Siris came to us from Michigan along with Roxy, Sissy, Beech, Walter, and Willow. He is a super energetic, playful, friendly guy. He loves all people, pets, and attention in general. Siris’s signature move is to rub his head, and eventually his body, into whoever is petting him for maximum snuggles, regardless of whether they are standing or sitting. He is a good listener, and overall great dog to have around!

Before coming to Cornell, Siris was a sprint dog. He and his team ran in the Open class and the Fur Rondy in teams of 6-10 dogs. He was a good leader for his group, and was actively running this past season before joining Vaika's team.

Siris helped out to create a first of a kind Canine Brain Atlas. For that his brain was imaged by magnetic resonance while he was asleep. This type of imaging is commonly in humans and allows to identify such alterations as brain tissue volume and connectivity as well as to identify neuropathology at the early stages. However until recently this technique was not utilized for the same purposes in dogs. Participation of Siris and 9 other Vaika dogs allowed to build a comprehensive atlas of canine brain which from now on will serve as a reference standard for canine neurological research. Most likely more MR images will be taken while Siris ages - it will help to better describe which alterations canine brain structure undergoes through aging. 

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