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Many of the notes and comments we have received over the past couple of weeks have asked how Kiska is fairing without her “Boyfriend” Kodiak to lean on. We just wanted you all to know that she is doing quite well. Interestingly, as you can see in the picture above, she seems to have taken on sentry duty in the Jeep. Kodiak was always our official greeter, the dog most likely to hang out the window and say hello to anyone who came up. Kiska will never be the greeter, but she certainly watches anyone who moves anywhere in sight of the Jeep. So Kiska says thank you everyone for your concern.
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March 26, 2023
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The Queen and Decorum
Even after a long hike, a Queen must always avoid a fashion faux pas like, say, an out of place tongue. No, the Queen and Decorum are intact.
Never easy to loose one of the pack. 🙁
I’m glad to hear that Kiska is doing okay and finding her new role in the pack.
Our dog, K, really went haywire when her elderly brother (16 year old Lab named Astro) died when she was about 6 months old. Prior to that, our dogs seemed to take the loss of their packmates in stride. Not K – she was a basket case for about 6 months, and developed a whole array of phobias during that time, some of which still persist today.
I’m so glad that Kiska is weathering the loss that you’re all feeling so acutely. We’re thinking of you.
We is glad to hear dat Kiska is doing well and has taken over Kodiak’s Sentry duties. Dat is her way of honoring his memory.
She is a doll! I’m glad she seems to be handling it ok. I hope the humans are doing as well.
Oh beautiful Kiska, we are so glad to hear that you are adjusting and adapting. My sister Puff looks up to you so much…you are her role model! She, too, lost her lifelong mate when the puppy mill was shutdown and she came to live with us. Dusty was sent to Colorado and ended up being adopted by an elderly woman in Denver.
We are so happy to hear Kiska is doing well. That was the first thing our hu-dad asked….We were all very concerned.
So glad to hear Kiska is doing okay.
I’m glad to hear that she’s doing okay! After Treat died, I really thought Hawk would grieve himself to death. I was thrilled to have him with us for another year and a half. I think he felt he needed to train Bunny for me and then his work was done. Some days, I wasn’t sure if it was harder for me to miss Treat or to watch him grieve for her. The ties between us and our dogs are always such a mystery. Give Miss Kiska a hug for me!
Are you planning to get another dog?
She has the bonus of four other best friends around her. That helps.
We just got back from our daily hike…exercise…you know how important keeping the Humans moving is.
Caught up on y’all and your trip. Sounds like you found a new and exciting park.
Love the sneaky slurp you got too. 😉 And Rusty, you look really pleased with the hike in the crisp autumn air. What a secret smile.
Kiska you look like you’re enjoying your new job.
Y’all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog
Poor Kiska. But she’s carrying on…
This reminds me of my dog Bandit. After my dog Lady was PTS, I came home and told Bandit. But I don’t think she understood, because whenever we went to my mom’s house, she’d go to Lady’s favorite sleeping spot and look for her.
Well, they’re together now because I had to have Bandit PTS in May due to an autoimmune disorder. RIP, girls, you were the best dogs in the world, still much loved, and never forgotten.
I have another dog now adopted from my city’s shelter. Her name is Krystal, and she is very sweet and wonderful company. But of course she’s not a replacement – you can’t replace a much loved animal.
Just being part of The Herd will help her, I think. We have no idea what her thoughts might be, but I do hope the spirit-guide of Kodi is with her. She is one of the most beautiful Sibes I have ever seen.
Jo and Stella
Aww hugs to Kiska.
Thanks for the update on her!
We are glad to see Kiska doing ok. We hope that she will continue to be how Kodiak’s special girl — maybe even be a greeter just like him in the future.
The Herd are in our thoughts.
Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie (Tabby, too)
Poor Kiska, she looks so sad, though, and as if she’s waiting ….. waiting …..
I know how I feel when my humans take Ice somewhere (like to the vet), and I get left at home, and we’re apart even for a couple of hours. Or, if they take me somewhere, and leave Ice at home — I can’t wait to get back home again so I can be with Ice.
It is great to see Kiska looking so well. You never know, she might just become the watcher and the greeter.
Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning
I’m very happy to see Kiska handling things. She’s a beautiful girl. Hope everyone else is hanging in there as well.
Glad to hear she is doing well. Kodiak may very well have prepared his girlfriend for his “going home.” They are so intuitive and communicative, and by being the sentry, she is paying an honorable homage to her late beau. Or, as some believe, she is watching him, her spirit guide, who is always with you all. With you as her hu-dad, I knew she would be fine. You are a very special Herd indeed.
So glad to know Kiska is doing well. I was just wondering this morning, before I read today’s entry, how the Herd was coping with their loss.
that was on my mind as well. I’m glad to hear she is doing well. Maybe she will remember all that Kodi taught her and emerge with more confidence and grace having known and loved him.
With a special furiend right there beside her too!
Glad to know she is coping well
If only we understood how they grieve for the loss of a friend. I think Kiska is remembering her friend in the way he would like. Hugs to you all!
Holly & Khady