introducing... kai!

Our first meeting
Introducing Kai, the new addition to our pack, and Diego's new sister!

Kai (rhymes with eye) is small for us, about 30 pounds, a pit-mix with a "Staffie" look. She is much smaller than a Staffie -- unless her foster mom was very wrong about her age! We believe she is about 18 months old. Her coat is a dark brindle colour with a white blaze.

More than two years after losing Tala, Allan and I decided it was finally time to restore our full family, a pack of four. About a month ago, Allan found a Vancouver-based group that rescues street dogs from other countries. He sent me a few links, and I immediately chose a honey-coloured Shepherd mix living in a tough city in the Middle East. We filled out an extensive application.

While we were waiting, Allan went to the vet to pick up some supplies, and saw a flyer, looking for a home for Kai. (Foster Mom spelled it Kye. We changed the spelling but not the name.) I was already getting attached to the idea of the Shepherd mix. But, as Allan pointed out, in our area there are fewer options for Kai -- less of a chance that she would find her forever home. The other dog was on Petfinder so had a better chance. Plus, Kai is dark, and subject to the "curse of the dark dog". She's already lived in at least three homes, probably more.

Final Foster Mom
We drove down to Port McNeill on Monday to have Kai and Diego meet. Diego wanted to play right away. Kai was quiet and shy, although not afraid.

I'll be honest: she's not my favourite look for a dog. I adore Staffies, but I'm not a big fan of brindle. But who cares. She's sweet and wonderful and she's going to make us very, very happy.

We left and did some errands, then came back for a second meet. Kai wagged her tail and was happy to see us! Diego tried to get Kai to play. That's a great sign: he normally only plays with his packmate! Poor little Kai doesn't know how to play. Diego will teach her.

That second meeting went really well. Then, while I was at work, Final Foster Mom brought Kai to our house. Allan told me that Diego was desperate to play with Kai -- barking in her face, doing deep play-bows, really going at it. Kai ran around the house, drank some water out of Diego's bowl, picked up a toy, and was generally curious and happy. I believe Diego knows this thing is on.

Today was Kai Day! FFM brought Kai to us, along with whatever gear she's acquired. She had Kai spayed and vaccinated, and won't take any money from us. I love this pay-it-forward idea, as I funded an adoption a few years ago.

In 2011 we said bienvenidos to Diego. Now it's gilakas'la to Kai.

Can't you hear me barking?

Gypsy, November 28, 1987 - November 12, 1998
Clyde, October 21, 1989 - August 4, 1999
Cody, April 19, 1999 - August 24, 2010
Buster, December 14, 1999 - November 16, 2005
Tala, January 29, 2007 - December 29, 2016
Diego, April 26, 2011
Kai, April 3, 2019


Jay Farquharson said...

Congratulations to Laura and Allan on getting adopted , )

Casey was brindle, so I’ll always love brindle,

Good on ya for going local, and getting a PitX,

They really need the love.

Kai got luckey and so did you guys and your pack

laura k said...

They do. And they give it back a million times over.

Thank you, Jay. Very kind of you.

Amy said...

I can't wait to hear more about Kai and how she adjusts to the pack! :) Congratulations! xo

FenFan said...

Congratulations, Laura and Allan! Kai is a real beauty, and it looks like she and Diego will be best of friends.

James Redekop said...

She looks like she's fitting in! Looking forward to meeting her sometime. :)

laura k said...

Amy, FenFan, James, thank you!

Diego loves her. They are having a great time already! Pupdates to follow.

Amy said...

Looking at the photos again, I am reminded of what I was told to do when adopting a shelter dog. Have her/him roll on her back and see if s/he will let you pet their belly. I guess it's a way to see how trusting they are. Of course, Cassie passed with flying colors, and it looks like Kai did as well! :)

laura k said...

Sorry Amy, I have to call bullshit on that one. The vast majority of rescue dogs will learn to trust, but there's no telling how long it will take, and there's no test you can give when you adopt them.

When it comes to love and trust, rescue dogs are no different than dogs from a breeder. It might take a bit longer, but it's all there inside them, because they're dogs.

Stephanie said...

She is beautiful! Love the brindle coat. So glad you could get a pitbull cross.

Amy said...

Ok, well, it worked for us. We still had kids in the house so could not take a chance on an aggressive dog. I know all or at least most dogs can be taught to trust, but we needed one we could trust around our kids and friends from the get-go.

laura k said...

It worked for you because it gave you confidence to take her home, so I'm glad someone suggested it!

laura k said...

Thanks Stephanie! Me too!

impudent strumpet said...

Hi Kai!!!!! She's so pretty!!

It's funny, in photos of either one of the dogs alone, they both look the same size to me, but then when they're next to each other Diego is so much bigger

laura k said...

Yay, thanks Imp Strump! Funny perspective, isn't it?

johngoldfine said...

"I adore Staffies, but I'm not a big fan of brindle."

There's a wonderful book about Icelandic horses called, 'A Good Horse Has No Color.'

Add the 'u' to color and sub 'dog' for 'horse'--and there you have it.

laura k said...

I agree.