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CAMBRIDGE -- Maggie Gai wanted a German Shepherd since she was five years old. She's 59 now and she only got her wish three years ago when Sacha came into her life. The German Shepherd once belonged to one of her clients -- Gai owns the hair salon 'M' on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge -- but he soon became ill with a degenerative neurological condition. When Sacha lost the ability to walk, Maggie's vet told her it would be too hard to care for a paralyzed dog Sacha's size. Gai had a wheelchair made for the dog so that he can still go for walks and play in the parks. She has extra work caring for the sick, 13-year-old animal. But she waited a long time for her 'calm and majestic' dog, she says, and she wants to keep him as long as 'he wants to live. I'm sure he'll let me know.' (Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter) audio: Click the play button below to hear Maggie and Sacha <object classid='clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B' width='200' height='30' codebase= 'http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab'> (Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)
Dog's best friend
CAMBRIDGE -- Maggie Gai wanted a German Shepherd since she was five years old. She's 59 now and she only got her wish three years ago when Sacha came into her life. The German Shepherd once belonged to one of her clients -- Gai owns the hair salon "M" on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge -- but he soon became ill with a degenerative neurological condition. When Sacha lost the ability to walk, Maggie's vet told her it would be too hard to care for a paralyzed dog Sacha's size. Gai had a wheelchair made for the dog so that he can still go for walks and play in the parks. She has extra work caring for the sick, 13-year-old animal. But she waited a long time for her "calm and majestic" dog, she says, and she wants to keep him as long as "he wants to live. I'm sure he'll let me know."

(Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter)

audio: Click the play button below to hear Maggie and Sacha
(Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)