Paul Anka's new name is Bryn, for his brindle markings. He is smart, adores belly rubs and can't get enough cuddling. Sayer describes him as a "60-pound lap dog."
Her sons are head over heels for the dog, who likes to follow them around and supervise their bedtime routines.
What does Sayer's husband think about Bryn's blocky head now?
"It doesn't matter, he's the best," she says.
Sayer credits LifeLine's overnight visits with Bryn now being home. It took a lot of the guesswork out of adoption; it let them see for sure that the dog they'd ogled online would actually fit in.
She encourages other families to do the same: Pick up one of the shelter's dogs for a sleepover - and maybe turn that overnight into forever.
Sayer's so smitten with Bryn, she warns that every pajama party may not be quite as successful, because "I'm not sure every dog is quite as ideal as Bryn."