Years ago I adopted Kaya from San Francisco Animal Care & Control which is SF's city shelter. I recently got a newsletter from them saying they would be posting stories from adopters on their Facebook page in a "Love Stories" album for Valentine's Day. Of course I had to send Kaya's story! Lately I've been hearing stories of my internet friends running into those who helped and cared for their dogs before they were adopted. Maybe this is my chance to reach one of those people who knew Kaya! If not...I'm just happy to share and maybe make someone smile. Here's what I wrote...
I adopted Kaya (then Daisy) as a little puppy almost 4 years ago! She
has grown up to be such a loving, loyal, affectionate and hilarious dog.
Her favorite activities include sunbathing, fetch, hangin' with her
"brother" Norman, giving kisses, digging in the sand and being a big lap
Kaya was the first in my animal family that is now a very
happy & adorable trio including my other former pound puppy, Norman
and their kitty, Gina. When I adopted Kaya I didn't have much, having
just moved back to the area. An apartment, an airbed, a pile of clothes
and a dog...what more could you need!? And it was perfect. I quickly
started fostering cats because I wanted to socialize her from a young
age. I nicknamed her "the cat whisperer" because she was able to turn
even the most scaredy of scaredy cats in a dog lover.
few months, I realized she needed a dog buddy too. When I adopted Norman
I could have never imagined 2 dogs could be so perfect for each other.
They sleep on top of each other, share all their treats & toys,
wrestle for hours in the back yard and follow all the same smells when
out on the trail. They adore each other endlessly. Norman thinks Kaya is
just about the coolest thing on the planet. While Kaya loves having her
dutiful companion at her beck and call.
Kaya is also a master at
fetch. She leaps with joy at the sight of her beloved chuck-it &
ball. She'll bring it back over and over...and over. And I always marvel
at her quest for the missing ball should she have missed where I threw
it. I've seen her sweep an acre's worth of land and come up victorious
time and time again. Swimming fetch is another great passion of hers.
She never gets tired when she's out but she certainly crashes hard once
When not playing fetch, Kaya is a great adventurer.
On most days, we go on long hikes in the Oakland hills. She explores
many nooks and crannies on her own but any mention of "go up there" "go
down there" "go over there" with a point in the right direction and
she's off to investigate! She also loves the snow at Lake Tahoe and
running her little heart out on the beach. And we've been lucky enough
to move from my tiny studio to a beautiful house with a yard.
is my right hand girl. She leaps at the opportunity to join me no
matter what we're doing...taking out the trash, moving from the couch to
bed late at night, climbing a huge mountain, going for a swim or even
if I want her to move from the foot of the bed to cozied up tight by my
face. Since her very first night with me, she has spent every one
burrowed deep under the covers, cuddled up against me. In fact, her warm
head is resting on my lap as I type this.
important to me is promoting Pit Bull type dogs in a positive light.
Kaya's made that easy on me. She loves everyone she meets from little
kids to old people, along with dogs of all shapes and sizes. She was a
rambunctious and ambitious pup so I put countless hours into her
training. I wanted us to be a team, not just a dog obeying her owner.
And it worked! She knows what I'm saying from the most subtle motions
and has a barrel of tricks that she loves running through. I can't
express how much I love taking her places and seeing her run free. She
always keeps me in check and makes sure we're along for the ride
If you are interested in seeing more of our
adventures, I love documenting our daily activities on Instagram @
mytwopitties. We're also on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube & Blogger
under the same name. Thank you so much to those at SFACC who helped rescue
and care for my girl!
I had a really really hard time narrowing down the pictures too. Everyone else just posted one sweet picture so I felt like kind of an a-hole submitting a whole collection. But...I just couldn't decide. Oh well! You can click on the above image to view it larger.
Have you ever connected with some who knew your dog in the past or helped rescue them?
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