Kali was the first and oldest. She had a storied history long before Kloe joined the pack. Kloe always looked up to Kali and considered Kali the alpha until the day Kali crossed the bridge. Koda, the youngest, has always been
a loud mouth gregarious. From the day she joined the pack at 4 months old, Koda demanded vocally and physically the attention of everyone in the room and general vicinity. So with Koda, Kloe usually has no choice but to play second banana. And I think for the most part that’s ok with Kloe.
Kloe The Puppy
Kloe was 7 weeks old when we met her and her litter mates. There was “Green”, “Purple”, and “Red” as designated by the color of their ribbon collars. We sat on the lawn in the yard of the rescue group’s organizer watching the puppies romp around. We picked them up, sat them on our laps, and interacted with them in our effort to see which one would be right for us. OK, full disclosure: I laid on the grass and
let them encouraged the puppies to crawl on top of me and smother me with golden love!
After about an hour we decided that “Red” was the one for us. We liked her her confidence and calm demeanor. At only seven weeks she seemed interested in more than just her siblings and these new human visitors as we observed her looking beyond her immediate surroundings with a serious and quizzical look. And, she had a little pouty face that I fell in love with! We decided Red’s name would be Kloe. Two weeks later we went back to pick her up and bring her home. That was almost seven years ago.
Kloe The Lover
There is a saying, “I’m a lover (not a fighter). That’s Kloe!
Approaching seven years this Spring, Kloe has been a full fledged Golden Retriever adult dog for over three years. She has always been rather serious and never displayed some of the goofy and silly attributes that make many Goldens so fun and entertaining. That’s not to say Kloe doesn’t have fun. It’s just she approaches things with purpose. Whether it’s catching a ball, engaging in play with her sister Koda, or mealtime. Kloe is also very earnest; especially when meeting new people. She tries her best not to get too excited as we remind her not to jump). She’ll place herself in a sit at her new friend’s side looking up at them the entire time while her tail wags excitedly. She lets out deep groans as if to say “I just met you but I love you so much!”
Kloe Our Protector
Kloe, even as a 6 month old puppy, has always had a very deep bark. As docile as she is Kloe’s bark is a force to be reckoned with. If Koda’s high pitched bark is the “alarm” then Kloe’s bark is the ancient battle horn calling the troops into formation and ready to charge! The alarm sounds, the battle horn blows, and she is off to defend the Golden K with little sister Koda along side as her squire. Kloe typically starts out her day by smelling most of the front and back areas of our home along the fence lines. She methodically, much to the chagrin of her less interested sister, inspects every inch assessing what critter may have been there the night before. When she finally arrives back at the kitchen door for her breakfast meal I sarcastically ask her if the perimeter is secure and she
nods affirmatively looks up at me expressionless and sits and waits for breakfast.
Kloe Our Conscience
When I look at Kloe I see honesty. I see compassion. I see a peace maker. Sure, these are human traits but why not also true for dogs? Kloe’s eyes tell the truth. Her body language adapts to the people around her. And when confronted with the choice to share or fight for what is hers (a ball, a bone, or a stick) she will usually acquiesce to the perpetrator (Koda). Admittedly I’d prefer to see her stand up for herself more but that’s Kloe; always willing to stand down to keep the peace.
Because remember, she’s a lover (not a fighter).
I also believe you can read a dog’s personality and soul in their eyes! And like people, some dogs just prefer to avoid confrontations. It sounds to me as if you understand Kloe very, very well!
You spot on Ann. Kloe even gets nervous if she thinks Koda is in trouble. LOL. Take care!
I love the story of your sweet Kloe. I feel as though I know her almost as well as you do.
My Golden Girls, Ducky, and Bogie always liked to make a perimeter check of the backyard, too, whenever we were out there. And I’m sure as they get older, the Z Kids will as well. They already head in that direction when I take them out for their “potty” walks.
Thank you! It’s important to have a safe perimeter. We’re lucky to have our girls looking out for us. Happy New Year. 🙂
What a beautifully written story about your ‘Red’ girl. What a sweetheart. Thanks for sharing (in prose and through pics) this precious companion. Norman and indeed Sam before him, are a lot like Kloe-a lover, not at all a fighter. They both left fierceness to the Ninja. 💙
Thanks M. Kloe is one sweet girl (except if she sees or smells a cat!). Koda is like the kid on the playground willing to take on the bully verbally but the runs away before any fisticuffs cause she knows she is faster. 🤣. They’re a good team. Have a good week at the ranch. We’re appreciating the rain at the Golden K but also hoping not to float away.
🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 Try to stay dry…or a reasonable facsimile thereof. 😆