It was late July 2002 when we got the call from JoAnne, our
pet and house-sitter while we were away on vacations. JoAnne, a friend
of my daugher's mother-in-law, had been pet-sitting for us for several
years. We were lucky to find her as she truly loves animals and dotes
as much over everyon else's pets as her own. She loves Padi to death and
remembers him each Christmas with a nice little packet of treats and toys.
Once, at Christmas, she came by the house to take Padi to have his picture
taken with Santa. She was, and is to this day, like a surrogate mother
to Padi. Anyhow, about the call.
It seems as though JoAnne had a friend whose daughter
Ana had just graduated college and been offered admission into
a PHD program in Boston. Ana, along with 11 of her college friends
who shared a house bught a Pug puppy in October 2001, their senior
year, naming the puppy Kaylie. When they graduated and dispersed
to the four corners Ana was left with Kaylie. When the harsh realities
of attending a PHD program, working, studying and her other obligations
related to her schooling set in she realized she couldn't keep
Kaylie. It wouldn't be fair for such a young dog to be alone so
much of the time. Ana went in search of a good home for Kaylie.
Her Mom told JoAnne and JoAnne immediately called us. She knew
that Anne and I were crazy about Pugs and I'd be willing to bet
she knew before she dialed the phone that we'd be willing to take
her into our home and give her the love she deserved.
Kaylie arrives at her new home
with his Mom Ana
school and she wanted to spend as much of that last week with Kaylie as she
could. We agreed on a date and time she could drop Kaylie off the next week
and off they went. I was very excited about having anohter puppy in the
house. I'm not sure Anne was excited as there is always a host of problems
to face when introducing puppies raised by others into the household. Kaylie
would prove to be not exception.
Kaylie wondering what I am doing!
A few phone calls later it was arranged that Ana would stop
by the house to "check us out" and introduce Kaylie to
us. A few days later Ana and her Mother showed up at our doorstep
for our first meeting. It was love at first sight. Padi, now 10
years old, had long ago lost that puppy energy and Kaylie was just
overflowing with it. She was friendly and affectionate right from
the start showering Anne and I with kisses. An, more importantly,
seemed to get along well with Padi and the cats.
Ana approved of us and our home and agreed to let Anne and I
adopt Kaylie, but she wasn't quite ready to giver her up yet. She
had one week left before she had to return to Boston
Kaylie playing with Alyssa
That week passed very slowly for me. I couldn't wait for Kaylie
to come and live with us. Thankfully the waiting period was over
and it was time for Ana to drop Kaylie off and bid her farewell.
I have to admit, Anne and I were shocked. When Ana and her
Mother arrived they not only brought Kaylie and her remaining
food, they brought two large shopping bags full of toys, dishes
and 7 or 8 "designer" coats for her. It was obvious
that each of her "mothers" loved her and showered her
with gifts. I'd never seen so many coats for one puppy in my life.
After a tearful goodbye Ana and her Mother were off and we
were finally alone with Kaylie. She didn't take long to make our
home her home. She moved right in and became one of the family
right away. And it wasn't long before we began to discover her
personality and a few bad habits that I knew we had to change
if she was going to live in this house. But the important thing
is that she took to Anne, Padi and myself immediately. She showered
us all with kisses and was eager to play with all of us. Especially
Padi and the cats, new toys to her.
|Kaylie was only 14 months old when she came to live
with us and was full of that puppy mischief and energy. Unfortunately
for Newbie and Twinkie she unleashed that energy on them. Cats to
her were new toys that needed to be chased and attcked whenever one
came into view. Newbie was OK with this, but it really stressed out
Twinkie. I don't think we saw her for several days after Kaylie moved
in. She didn't want to hurt them, but she was so much more powerful
than them and she played hard. So those first few weeks we had to
keep a close eye on them to make sure no one got hurt. I wasn't to
worried about Kaylie being hurt as the cats where declawed. I was
more worried Kaylie would inadvertently bite them when she grabbed
them. Kaylie's bite was extremely hard and unrelenting. Even playing
with me she'd grab hard and resist letting go. That was one
Kaylie and her toys
Padi wondering "Why me?"
|thing that would have to change and, surprisingly,
it didn't take long for it to change. Kaylie proved to be a smart
dog who learned fairly fast. I simply taught her to badk off when
I yelled the word "easy" to her when she was biting me.
When she was after the cats I would yell "be nice to kitty"
and she would back off them as well. So it was fairly easy to break
her of her outward roughness. Mind you it didn't stop the constant
I'd like to say that Kaylie settled in quickly, but I'm not sure
that's the right word. She adapted easily, but she definitely wanted
to rule the house, humans, cats and dogs included. So there were
some trying moments those first few weeks, but we managed to make
it through unscathed and none the worse for ware.
Enjoy a couple pictures of Kaylie.
<< Kaylie napping on her new Mommie's lap
with a kitten >>
<< Kaylie with the grandchildren and a present ^
The first few months held many surprises for Anne and I as
far as Kaylie was concerned. We'd owned Pugs for over 30 years
and thought we knew the breed well. Every Pug we had, from the
Puggie to Padi, were all similar in physical characteristics and
their personalities, while different, were also similar. And then,
along comes Kaylie.
Kaylie was so different in many ways. First, she weighed in
after a year at a whopping 28 pounds. When I took her to a new
vet who owns 5 Pugs herself she told me that when she saw the
chart and read that she weighed 28 pounds she expected to see
an extremely overweight Pug. Kaylie might be a bit overweight,
but she is by no means obese. She is extremely fit and muscular.
She's also at least two inches taller than Padi and built very
solid. So her size and build are somewhat different from the Pugs
we previously had.
Another striking difference is her bark. Every Pug we've had
has had a very low bark, certainly not an ear piercing bark. Kaylie,
unfortunately, has an ear piercing bark. To make matters worse
she exercises her bark often. I think she has a philosophy of
"if it moves I need to bark at it." The worst is when
we ride in my 4-Runner. She stands in the backseat with her front
paws on the armrest between Anne and I. When she sees something
she lets out one those ear piercing barks, ofen totally unexpected
by Anne and myself. It really goes through you and leaves your
ears ringing for a few minutes. Anne is always yelling at her
for barking in her ear. Maybe we will get lucky one day and her
bark will go down a couple of octaves.
Now, the next major difference between Kaylie and all the
other Pugs we've had deals with eating. If you've ever had a Pug
or been exposed to one, you know that their favorite thing to
do in life is eat, eat, eat. They love food and would eat to the
point of exploding if you let them. Kaylie is no different. She's
starving from the minute she awakens until the minute she goes
to sleep. Heck, she's starving after just finishing dinner. Not
that doesn't surprise me. Every Pug I've had has been that way.
What does surprise me is that she eats anything. And I mean
anything. Leave a napkin or tissue unattended on the coffee table
... gone. If it hit the floor ... gone. She will chew anything
up and try to eat it. We have to be extremely careful that she
doesn't get her hands on something dangerous. Around there that's
difficult. If you leave something on a counter, well out of Kaylie's
reach, that sitll doesn't solve the problem. Twerpe, our youngest
kitten now 2, plays with it and it eventually ends up on the floor.
It's a challenge just to make sure she doesn't get something bad
for her to eat. But, thank goodness, we've been lucky so far.
We've lost money, ear rings, cigarettes and lots of other things,
but they all managed to come out he other end safely.
|Two of Padi's house mates
Kaylie and Twerpe enjoying a hug.
Kaylie has been with us three years now (I was
slow adding this page) and she has certainly endeared herself
to us. I don't know what we'd do without her. She adds so much
life and spontnaiety to our lives and our home.