Look at those eyes. How can you not fall in love with eyes so sweet and soft.
My husband brought a puppy home one day in 2008. He told me he found her, while working near the state college, walking around the neighborhood all by herself. She was probably about 6 months old at the time and he knew that she wouldn’t last long on the streets all alone, she was thin and scared.
He brought her to our house with the intention of me finding her a home through my work, but that’s not how I roll. I’m prone to keeping stray animals if I’m unable to find their owners. In my heart, I can’t stand not knowing if the new family is going to take care of them and treat them right.
So I named her Kennedy and I fell in love.
Kennedy got sick shortly after she came to live with us, she got a fever and was very lethargic. We never found out why she got sick, but we formed a special bond during the time we spent together, nursing her back to health. She was sick for a few weeks, but slowly got better and returned to being a healthy puppy.
Kennedy was a chewer as a pup. She chewed everything she could get to. It wasn’t fun, but that’s the reality of owning a puppy, they can chew you out of house and home. She chewed me out of a couch, a coffee table, and multiple DVD cases.
Kennedy is one of those dogs, you may have one now or have had one in your past, that touches your heart in a special way that can be hard to describe. She’s just special.
She protects our home, she tolerates my children’s antics, she comforts me when I’m sad, and she makes me laugh. She has the sweetest doe eyes and the thickest lips.
She’s always near me, laying at my feet or beside my bed.
She’s best friends with my other dog Shelby. Since the day they first met they have been best buds, napping together at night and wrestling together during the day, they love each other endlessly.
Due to the heavy duty wrestling they both enjoy, Kennedy had to have both of her knees surgically repaired due to cruciate ligament tears, totaling over $4,000.
It’s a lot of money, and I’m lucky that I work at a veterinary clinic where the doctor there was able to perform the surgeries, but I would put any amount of money down to make sure she leads a happy and healthy life.
It’s been 2 years since her last surgery, she walks, runs, and wrestles as if she’s had no issues at all.
Kennedy has a special bond with my cat Pippi as well. They play together and Pippi will rub up against Kennedy and encourage her to nibble her back, which Pippi loves. It’s funny to see one of my biggest dogs play with my smallest cat.
Kennedy has been in a few fights with one of my other dogs. Having so many dogs, We have five, can be a difficult situation. I have 4 females and 1 male.
Female dogs can have dominance issues when living together, which had been a problem for us when I brought another dog, Aggie, to come live with us.
Kennedy and Aggie have had some issues, nothing too dangerous, that started about a year after Aggie came to us. With proper behavioral modifications and medications, it’s no longer an issue. But it was tough for a while, having to figure out what worked best and treating two of my dogs for wounds.
Kennedy being my baby, it was harder for me to see her getting hurt. I had to understand that this can be an issue when you have so many animals, especially females, and something we had to work on and figure out.
Kennedy is very special to me. I hate to say it out loud, but she is my favorite. We’ve all been there, have felt that special bond that you sometimes can’t express with words. It’s just in your heart that way.
She will always be my baby.