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Kali the dog

May 25th, 2015

My friend Paul Drewes recently got a new dog. It'd been some years since his other dogs died and he said he didn't think he would get a new one, but his kids nagged him into it, so he says.

Kali Drewes

Kali Drewes

"We had a family meeting. We all got to say what quality we wanted in a dog. I said I wanted a low-maintenance dog, because I knew I'd be the primary caretaker. I wanted something that didn't shed, an adult, well-trained, housebroken, friendly, and solved mysteries on the side," he describes.

So everyone had a list of what the perfect dog would be, and the children agreed they would walk it, feed it, clean up after it, and all that good stuff.

They had just started this process of looking when they saw a foster dog at the dog park. It was a cute female Lab-Spaniel mix that won the kids' hearts that afternoon.

"She was nothing on the list. Nothing," says Paul, who tried to discourage them, but it's hard when the kids have their heart set on something, so they adopted her and named her Kali.

"Now I have a dog with long hair that sheds like crazy, is a puppy, bites, pees everywhere, and to top it off, she does not solve mysteries in her spare time," he sighs. "Let me put it to you this way. She is so misbehaved, she was rejected from Petco for a grooming."

Paul and Kali

Paul and Kali

He brought her to my house where I met her for the first time. She is dear.

She is also needy and either sticks right to his leg or leans into the screen door to make sure she can tell he hasn't left without her, and whines or scratches the door every so often to remind him she's out there. She was out there with my dog and the two completely ignored each other.

Kali is still quite young (one year old) so she is certain to improve with time, because that was the trajectory with my dog. But I laugh at him, because the guy with so much on his plate is also now a dog dad all over again.

I'm going to buy him the Lassie DVD collection so somewhere in his house there will be a well-behaved canine that doesn't shed and still fights crime.

One Response to “Kali the dog”

  1. N:

    I so get Paul. I went shopping for an air filter machine...came home with it and a puppy since the Humane Society was having an adoption day nearby. I actually went to look at a dog that I had seen online. But in person I feel in love with Mackie. I vowed never to get a puppy as I prefer adults, Mac was 6 months old then, but luckily his owners had him paper trained. He was given up as he was too needy. They say needy I say sensitive. He sleeps nightly against my leg or by my chest. He'll sit cheek to cheek with me with whiskers brushing against my face if I'm lying down. I've had many, many dogs in my life...but Mac is the most loving, loyal dog I've ever had. All my dogs have been great dogs, but something about Mac who really needs me, just touches my heart.

    I made a list of all the things I wanted in a dog, but when Mac looked me in my eyes, that list went out and love took over. Live long and prosper Kali!


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