“There’s gold in them thar hills”. Gold as in Golden Kali…
It was the evening of May 24, 2014 when we picked Kali up at SFO and drove her home to begin her new life America. Her new home and what had been our’s for the past 20 years in Livermore CA. She had flown 14 hours with 23 other Golden Retrievers from Taiwan. They all of had been rescued locally by Taiwan Pawprint Dog-Friendly Society (TPDS) and were tended to by the loving hands of Jade Lo for three months, longer for some, before being ready for travel and adoption. I fell in love with Kali as soon as I saw her picture on Rescued Love From Taiwan‘s Facebook page. Holly and I were thrilled and blessed to be able to adopt Kali. Two years later I cannot fathom the thought of living without her.
The morning after Kali arrived – the Sunday of Memorial Weekend – I sat in the yard watching Kali explore. It was a glorious warm morning with the yard in full bloom displaying the fruits of my earl Spring gardening efforts. This weekend and the following days and weeks were reserved for Kali several weeks in advance so that we could be close at hand to help her with adjusting to her new life in America. The adjustment period was pretty much a non-event. By the end of the second day she was eating side-by-side with her lil’ brother Smokey (the 10 pound Maltese/Yorky mix), sleeping through the night at the side of my bed, and had quickly adapted to the routine of the household.
So as I sat there watching Kali and surfing on my laptop I decided to start a blog. A blog about this dog I had fallen in love with and, by all accounts so far, seemed to love me too. It was striking how quickly Kali and I bonded. From the first night home she wouldn’t leave my side and to this day we are rarely apart while in and around the house. Now after two years I still endure the (good natured) teasing from family and friends about Kali and my dedication to one another.
So what do I call this blog I thought? “Golden Kali” immediately came to mind and so it was. What is this blog about? What is the context I asked myself. I looked over at Kali sporting her American flag scarf that was placed around her neck at SFO the night before and it was obvious: the blog is about Kali’s new life in America.
Since the day our Bailey passed away (now seven years ago) I had dreamed of the day another dog like him would join our family. Kali was and is that dream come true.
But now after two years we’re going to expand on the dream just a bit. Because another dream of mine has been to live in the mountains….
Holly and I began exploring the possibility of moving to the mountains. In parallel I discussed that possibility with Holly and suggested that the time was right to make this move. As we always do, Holly and I got on the same page, explored the dream together, and considered what was best for our family. We decided to “head for the hills”. We purchased a home in Tuolumne, CA which is located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Our property sits on five acres at an elevation of 3100 feet covered with pines, cedar, and oak trees and a wonderful home that is best described as “rustic elegance”. We’re thrilled to be making this move into the next phase of our life.
So here we go. Over the next several weeks Holly, Kali, and I will begin transitioning to our new mountain home.
The process of buying and selling homes is cumbersome and takes time. And oh yeah, theres also the process of organizing and packing 20 plus years of Livermore. I haven’t posted much during this period and it may be hit and miss for a while and until we are settled. In the meantime Kali and I will keep you “posted” as much as possible with updates and pictures as we begin reporting on this new chapter about Kali’s new life in the mountains.