We recently did something crazy! We adopted an 8 year old, 150 lb. dog. (Talk about adventures!) So now, we have 340 lbs. of dog in our 1160 sq. ft. house. We tried to talk each other out of doing it for SO many reasons, but this guy is special and somehow I always knew that we belonged together.
I am Kai’s person. If I’m home, he’s within inches of where I am. That is usually a good thing, but I must be honest, the guy sheds and farts a little too much. We’re working with it. (Can you say Yankee candles and Furminator?) On the up side, he is quite the conversation piece once people quit exclaiming that he’s the biggest dog they’ve ever seen, with the biggest feet they’ve ever seen, and the biggest head they’ve ever seen! Honestly, he does look like he’s half Shetland pony. What they don’t see is that he also has the biggest heart they’ve ever seen.
He’s never met a dog or person he didn’t like even little nippy dogs that are just eggin’ for a fight. Kai takes it all in stride and walks away as if they never existed. Seriously, if he ever got the notion, he could fit them in his mouth and you would never know they were in there. But he is happy to reserve all his chompin’ for Milk Bone Biscuits, Joint Chews, and the little leftovers we save for him from the dinner table. Kai is a low stress, slow movin’, gentle-giant, lovin’ machine.
He does cramp my style a little. He’s still learning the difference between books and chew toys, shoes and chew toys, deck rails and chew toys, well…you get the picture. I don’t leave him for too long for fear of what he might decide to chew but he’s learning that I will always come home to him and he’s getting better by the week.
In a lot of ways, he is a good example of 1 Corinthians 13 (except maybe the “not seeking its own” part if food is involved. Then it’s just every dog for itself. We’re all growing.) He is kind, humble, doesn’t act unbecomingly (except for the farts, but I don’t think he can help it), doesn’t take into account a wrong, bears all things, trusts, always perseveres (except on walks), and loves with all his big heart can muster.
The world needs more Kai’s in it.