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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Kayla: A Life, And A Lifesaver

Best buds from the start.

I was in California for a week in June, 2006, teaching a series of one-day crash courses at various PacBell locations.  My friend C of C&D had sent me a link to "Sheila's" page on her favorite no-kill shelter's website, suggesting I acquire this dog as a companion for Mexico.  I was interested, but hesitant to make any decision while I was on the road.

Then Dad called to tell me that Mom had died.  For some reason, that cinched the deal for me, and I asked C&D's help in getting "Sheila" to VT.  Blessed souls they be, she spent a few days with them before I was able to make the handoff.

She was a bit confused, reticent to get in my vehicle because, you know, they were her family, right?  "Sheila" hadn't lived at the shelter very long, having been found near the Maine interstate, but I'm sure C&D's house and pack seemed like they should be home.  Anyway, she was a great car dog, it was an uneventful ride, and she and Mex acted as though they'd known each other their whole lives.


Our first night together, Dear Departed Onsamyetsdurak (Sam the Cat) slept on one side of me, Mex the other, and NotSheila...on my head.  Literally.  And I mean that literally, not that weird figurative 'literally' that people use to mean something completely different.

She eventually became Kayla, based on a couple suggestions from C&D (C: Lola, D: Kaylee).  And it's been a good name for a good dog.

Kayla gave me a good scare once, disappearing overnight after the old Check It Out ritual, wherein she and Mex would roam the nayb at night.  She barked at me that morning as though I were the one in the wrong, but I was so happy to see her.  After that, Kayla rarely wandered too far from home.

That sweet girl saw me, along with Mex (and eventually Lola the Cat and his Dear Departed Brother Vinnie), through some very, very dark times--really helped me to have a Pack to take care of.  And we all had some wonderful times together over the last 6 and a half years.

More pics (in no particular order) below the fold...

Welcoming Neppy to the Pack.

The Pack is skeptical of Neppy's claims that the water feels great.


Back before old age and cancer took them away.

A Duet (I think a repeat from Neppy's memorial, but whatever).


I don't wanna know what you were just eating.

So calm compared to her brother.

This is, in fact, a "submissive grin."

Fun in the meadow.

It's nice to have a Lady's Maid take care of one's toilet.

Fun in the snow!


If only I could've harnessed this power with a dogsled.


Treats, please?

So tolerant of Sam.

To make the game more sporting, Mex usually would circle back.

Always the Top Dog.

Mex learns the error of circling back.

So tolerant of the cats.

Mex always became a little worried when she got rambunctious and rolly on the couch.

So, so, so, veryveryvery tolerant of Sam.

If I hide, I'm technically not violating the No Dogs On The New Couch rule.

Please let me in!

Wish I could still do that.  Goodbye, Baby Geel.


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Beautiful dog. Beautiful tribute. So many happy romps.

Posted by: mnkid | Dec 4, 2012 12:43:57 PM

Lovely tribute. Quit making me cry!

Posted by: Vicki | Dec 4, 2012 12:45:57 PM

Peace be to all of you. Their lives burn so fast and hot, but they give sooo much. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: Darryl Brashier | Dec 4, 2012 12:51:43 PM

as someone told me after neppy was gone, a dog's only fault is that we outlive them. there's a big space gone from our family right now. miss you kayla kayerson of fox news.

Posted by: ericka | Dec 4, 2012 12:55:41 PM

What a lovely and appreciative memorial to your good doggie. Love the photos.

Posted by: ellroon | Dec 4, 2012 6:04:30 PM

I spend more time crying over other people's pets . . .

Lovely tribute. She was lucky to have all of you.

Posted by: Nancy in Detroit | Dec 5, 2012 8:29:50 AM

So sorry to hear the news. {{{with tears in my eyes}}}

She was indeed lucky to have all of you -- almost as lucky as you were to have her.

Posted by: Di | Dec 6, 2012 12:04:41 PM

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