Our morning routine at The Golden K typically kicks off with
me opening my eyes to a morning sun and calmly rising from bed Koda sitting at the side of my bed insisting that we start our day; as in RIGHT NOW. That’s usually around 6:15. She is less insistent passionate as she has grown older but none the less very determined to get my attention and start our day. But I can’t put it all on Koda .
Kali has usually been awake since 5:30. She stands up in a dark bedroom and stares in my direction. When she realizes I am not awake she’ll walk into the bathroom to get water. Tap tap tap her nails go clicking across the tile as she subconsciously hopes her activity will get my attention. When it does not she returns to the bedroom and shakes her head flapping her ears and rattling her collar to see if that will get my attention. When it doesn’t she reluctantly lies back down with a thud and deep sigh. She’s resigned to leaving the task of waking me to her younger and more determined sister.
Then there is Kloe. Kloe is our teenager-like girl who would be content to sleep and lounge in bed until lunchtime. When Koda and Kali finally do get my attention and I get up I have to “encourage” Kloe to join us but sticking my foot under butt until she finally gets up and follows us out of the bedroom.
And so our day begins.
Turn the coffee pot on that Holly has prepared the evening before. Administer CBD oil to Kali and Kloe who both have varying degrees of hip dysplasia. Send the three girls outside to do their “business”. Kali returns immediately: squat, pee, let me back in please so we can get on with food! But the red girls take more time exercising their olfactory surveying the property “see” what critters may have come through over night. Eventually they return and breakfast, consisting of chicken and rice kibble and egg whites, is served. Kali is content to lie down and return to sleep; after all she’s been awake since 5:30. Kloe and Koda restlessly wait for me to finish coffee and breakfast. How dare I take so long to do so! They know walks are to follow.
By now it’s about 8:00 and we take our 30 minute walk sometimes 1:1; me with Koda and later Holly with Kloe. More recently it’s been me with both girls using the leash coupler which they’ve adapted to fairly well. After walks the red girls are on their own to spend the morning asking to come in the house. And then asking to go out. And then asking to come in. Meanwhile, Kali has been sleeping and is content to do so until Holly or I go into the kitchen to make lunch. Because when there is someone in the kitchen there is always a chance for food.
This morning after walks was different. The red girls were content staying outside rather than following me into the house as they usually do. They seemed to appreciate the mild weather and calmness in the air showing an unusual (and welcome) independence. Fighting the urge to get on with my day and “get something done” around the house I joined the red girls outside. I brought along a cup of tea and my computer to write this post. Much to my surprise and pleasure Kali joined us and instead of lying down to sleep she began exploring and foraging with her sisters.
Although the three girls are always together they are not always “together”. Kali and Kloe tend to do their thing (rough-housing, exploring, digging, barking at critters) and Kali tends to do hers (sleep). The contrast is obvious and understandable. Kloe is in her prime at four years old. Koda is emerging from puppyhood at almost two years. Kali’s At 11 years old it’s obvious why Kali’s post breakfast day is much different than that of the Kloe and Koda’s.
So this morning we had nowhere to go and all morning to get there. But what made that trip so special was my Golden Kali was along for the ride.
I’m glad Kali was able to join you this morning. There’s something so sweet and yet a bit sad about old dogs, and it makes us treasure our time with them all the more.
Thanks Ann. Bittersweet for sure. Hope you and yours are weathering the health storm!
Aww, how sweet to see your Golden Girl foraging with her sisters. As a long time observer of dogs, I think they are most conscious about those early morning wake up calls. That or they’re far more passive aggressive than I could have imagined. 😆 Please give those precious fur babies nice ear rubs from me.
Ear rubs delivered! 🙂