How embarrassing! I thought Kloe’s Gotcha Day was on May 9th but it is actually on May 7th – today. Thank goodness for Facebook who reminded me this morning by showing me my post from last year. As if Kloe would know or even knows what the heck a Gotcha Day is. But I know what it is and I’l always remember the day we brought her home from Lodi, CA where we picked her up.
She rode home to Livermore on Holly’s lap squirming a little bit but only because she wanted to play and cuddle. We arrived home to introduce her to Kali, her new big sissy and soon to be surrogate mother. Kali, true to herself, barked when Kloe entered the house as if to say, “No! I’ve been very happy here having mom and dad to myself for the past two years and I don’t need the competition of a incredibly cute puppy. So you, missy can just go back where you came from.”
Within an hour Kloe won over Kali’s heart and they were playing and cuddling. Kloe wanted to be wherever Kali was. At times coaxing Kali to play tug-o-war and Kali was so respectful and cognizant that Kloe was a wee 15 pounds so taking it easy on her. At other times when Kali was sleeping Kloe would lay on top of Kali or find a way to spoon. Kali was so tolerant and such good big sissy.
Two weeks later we packed up 23 years of Livermore, put Kali and Kloe in the back seat of my truck and drove to our new home in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Kloe wasn’t in Suburbia long enough to get used to that so our five acres in the middle of the foothills was just another step in her brief two month life.
Fast forward two years and Kloe is a true mountain girl chasing squirrels and jack rabbits, co-existing with the black tailed deer and – being the chewer she is – loving the lifetime supply of twigs and sticks that are at her disposal.
That little 15 pound pup we brought home two years ago has grown up into a beautiful 80 pound young lady who brings endless and ongoing love and joy into our lives.
Happy Gotcha Day Kloe. You are my sweetie girl. You are a great companion, You are a fantastic listener. You are unconditional love in it’s truest form. For that and for you I am so grateful.
Kloe: then and now