A few days ago one of our favorite bloggers, Miss Harper Lee, nominated Golden Kali for the One Lovely Blog Award.
Miss Harper Lee is a beautiful Golden Retriever who, with help from her human mom writes a fun, informative, and entertaining blog site called thek9harperlee. Click here to go to their About page and learn more about the site which at times is like a travel log for dogs as they spend lots of time traveling around New Orleans and surrounding areas.
Thank you so much Miss Harper Lee and everyone at thek9harperlee for thinking of us and for enjoying our blog site enough to feel we merit this nomination. OK, now onto the fine print 🙂 …
One of the guidelines is to list seven facts about yourself, or in our case about Golden Kali. Another element is to nominate up to 15 other bloggers for this award. We’ll start with the seven facts and then follow with our nominees. The full list of award participation guidelines are listed at the end of this post.
Seven Facts About Golden Kali (getting to know Kali)
- Kali is a rescue from Taiwan who shared a commercial airline flight to America with 23 other Golden Retreiver rescues in May of 2014. She was approximately five years old when she arrived. No, we did not have to learn to speak Taiwanese (everyone asks when they hear about where she came from). And we didn’t have to because Kali spoke the universal language of love (and food, see fact #2).
- Kali loves food. Hey, what Golden Retriever worth their two coats of fur doesn’t? You may have seen that video that went viral of an obedience contest where dogs are recalled at a distance by their owners. They have to trot past lots of treats and food and go quickly and directly to the owner when called. At the end of the video a Golden Retriever zig zags all over scooping up food as fast as possible while the song Yakety Sax plays (you may know it as the Benny Hill theme). The Golden is eating everything in site much to the dismay of the owner, a young girl who is quite embarrassed. This would be Kali.
- Kali doesn’t walk – she prances. It may be an artifact of her bad hips but nonetheless she prances which generates a lot of smiles and comments when we are out and about in town. There have been countless times someone who meets Kali for the first time says, “oh look – she prances!”. When she runs she does an exaggerated version of the prance that looks like a steam ship (slow) on stormy seas (very bouncy). For every 60 pounds of energy exerted when running Kali goes about three feet. It is not very efficient but it is so very cute and makes me smile and LOL each time I see her do that. Which is usually on the way back from morning “business” as she heads to the kitchen for breakfast. Again, see fact #2.
- Kali has a little sister named Kloe. When we brought Kloe home, also a Golden, Retriever, she was just nine weeks old. Upon meeting Kloe, Kali made it very clear that she was not in favor of this addition to the pack. As soon as the shock wore off Kali looked to me as if to say, “oh no. No, no, no. You take that puppy back where you got it.” But little Kloe possessed magical powers over even this larger and older dog. Kloe cast a love spell upon Kali and by that evening the two of them were spooning and cuddling. Kali, who we think may have been a breeder in Taiwan before she was stray, became a loving and caring surrogate mom for this little 15 pound pup. Kloe is now 80 pounds (compared to Kali’s 60) and still likes to cuddle with big sissy Kali.
- The tagline of this blog site used to be “Kali’s new life in America. Then in 2016 Kali moved from San Francisco East Bay suburbia with Kloe, Holly and I to the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Kali now lives on five acres under the pines, oaks, and cedars. When we moved the new tagline became “Kali’s new life in the mountains”.
- Kali does not play fetch. From day one she made it very clear to me, much to my chagrin, that if I wanted the ball retreived I should go get it myself. Initially she would run after the ball and sniff at it, look back at me, and then wonder off to smell other things. After several weeks of effort (on my part not hers) I accepted her logical reasoning to not throw the ball if I just wanted her to bring it back. With that logic I guess Kali would also choose not to snow ski if given the opportunity….
- Kali recently received the American Kennel Club’s “Good Citizen Certificate”. To receive this distinction Kali had to perform 10 basic activities ranging from sit and stay, to recall at a distance, to remaining calm during distractions, heel while walking amongst a group of strangers, etc. She had to receive 10 out of 10 in order to pass. To top it off there could be no treats involved during the testing. Yikes! See fact # 2… We are very proud of this certificate because of the work Kali put in over the years to be that good very good canine citizen.
Golden Kali relaxing at home
Now for our nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award. Click the links below to go to the sites’s “About” page.
- Tails Around The Ranch
- Marking Our Territory
- Muddling Through Middle Age
- A Dogs Life (Stories of me and him)
- rachelmankowitz – The Cricket Pages
- Oshie’s World
- FACE Foundation
- Gardens For Goldens
- Within The K Streets
And now finally for the full set of rules should the nominees above choose to participate:
- Thank the person (or dog) that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- List the rules.
- Display the award on your post.
- List seven facts about yourself.
- Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.
What fun it was getting to know Kali a little better. I think our lives are somehow on parallel tracks–a little hip issue that gives us a cute walk (my humans say I sashay), a reluctance to play fetch, and little sisters who have taken a bit of getting used to but who now hold the keys to our hearts. I know some of your nominees, but can’t wait to hop on over to visit the ones who are new to us. And thank you so much for the nomination. That is truly sweet.
Yes indeed, you guys definitely have one (actually two, but that’s a minor detail) lovely blog(s) that we adore. Congrats on the well deserved recognition and special canine-grats to Ms. Kali for earning her Canine Good Citizen certification. Especially without benefit of treats! That’s just pawsome. Many thanks for the nomination. We appreciate you thinking of us. We have been nominated twice in the past couple of weeks for this award but have yet to prepare our acknowledgment and appreciation to the nominators but definitely wanted to send our appreciation, Michael. Thank you! We look forward to many wonderful stories about life on the Golden K in the future. 😍
Thanks so much for the nomination! And I loved getting to know a bit more about Kali…I didn’t know she didn’t like to play fetch, but I sort of get it. The dog is like, “hey, you threw the ball, you can go get it!” LOL! My Lucy does fetch, but only if she’s in the mood. Thank you again for rescuing Kali and for sharing her story with the rest of us…it is inspiring and heartwarming, and that’s exactly what I need to be reading right now!