In January, Kiara and I joined our first Puppy Kindergarten class, followed by Puppy Basics. Wow, what a handful! I realize now that she was significantly younger than most of her classmates, but her puppy brain - lack of concentration - was quite the challenge! Soon we had her in Agility 1 though, jumping over hurdles and managing to focus for a treat. Wait till she's a year old, they told me!
At five months old, Kiara was spayed. I honestly felt like a mother - so nervous for her! They kept my gorgeous puppy for the entire day, and returned her to me with $200 worth of medicine and a cone! Well, at first, she had some attitude about the cone - but 10 days later, she wouldn't let me take it off! I guess it was fun to bump into things and catch food that was slid down her cone like a slide!
I love snow!
My all-time favorite Kiara story. This story trumps them all. I come home from work/tutoring/gym one night, and have my roommate ask "How many bottles of syrup do you have?" Oh no, I think, she got to my coffee syrup. "No, how many bottles of pancake syrup?
"One, I think, somewhere." Where? Turns out that my sneaky little puppy had managed to open a cupboard where her treats were hidden, take out the lazy susan and - behold! - discover a bottle of unopened pancake syrup. "It's not open? No problem!" She snatched the bottle, ensured no one was home (I'm sure), took it to her favorite spot on the couch, opened it, ate what she wanted, and spilled the rest on the couch, as well as in the cubby hole she made for herself in the couch itself. Then, she proceeded to roll around in the syrup - and my roommate came home to find her sticky! My house smelled like Sunday morning brunch for weeks!
Leaving Kiara for 2 weeks in September to go to Peru would have been, I expected, something like my 1 week trip to California the month before. Extremely happy, smiling, puppy greeting me at the door. Oh, no, not this time - this time I got an angry puppy ignoring me for a whole hour! She followed my dad around the house instead of me, played with others and basically said "#*@# you! Deserting me like that!!!" - despite the fact that Sean, Diyuma, Ross & Rainier, not to mention my brother and parents, were all caregiving for her! After about an hour, she warmed up to me and was back to her happy self. Thank god I didn't put her in a doggy hotel for the 2 weeks; imagine her reaction then! Emoti-puppy!
One year after I got Kiara, I feel the same way I did three days after her arrival - I could not live without her. She really is 65 lbs of a loving companio