kino, is our golden retriever and today he turns 9.
i like to think of kino as my smelly, younger brother. he annoys me, he drools, he's smells, he steals food, and he's pretty doofy. i still love him though.
in 2005, it was the first time we were living without a dog. my mom said no more dogs after misaki, our dalmatian. well, that lasted about a year and then we got ellie ruffles..and we had to find her a new home. after ellie, mom said "okay, NO MORE dogs." she then suggested that we should give back since so many people have helped us in our lives and we became puppy walkers at the Guide Dog Foundation for The Blind. how it works is, you receive a puppy around 10-12 weeks and you have them for 9 months. in those nine months, you have to socialize them, (they wear a yellow coat so you can take them to public places), take them to puppy classes at the Guide Dog Site, and DON'T teach him things like, give paw..or go on furniture...etc. i was in my first semester in college and i remember i came home after my class to wait for kino's arrival. no one was home, and i was the first to meet him. he was so gosh darn cute. i mean, lab/ retriever puppies are pretty much, across the board, always adorable. i felt that we instantly bonded. i took him to his class every friday and really helped with training.
..however...we always felt that kino would fail. not that you should hope that on anyone, but there were just certain things..like..he hated grates in the street ,wearing his harness, and the only thing he could remember was give paw..even though he wasn't supposed to know that. i also think he got a high out of shitting in public places. we would always walk him multiple times before taking him out to a public place..and no matter where it was he always shit in the public place. there was this one time we were in the mall, and all of a sudden kino starts going in the MIDDLE of the walk way in one of the busiest parts of our mall.
i yelled " NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo!"
we dragged him and now it was more like a walk and shit. there was a couple sitting on the bench that were laughing hysterically.(we pretty much made their day and if they're still together i'm sure this story is told over and over) when he finished, my mom ran to the bathroom..of course it wasn't near a bath room..and a woman with a stroller came and rolled RIGHT INTO ALL THE SHIT PILES. at this point, sam and i were so embarrassed and i'm pretty sure that not only did we make the entertained couple's day..we made their year.
after 9 months, kino went away and they said they would let us know when his graduation was. it was tough. at this point, he became a part of the family. i worked at a puppy store and i tried to bring home so many dogs. one made it through the crack, and it was jake. a couple of months after we got jake, we got a call from GD saying" Kino failed, do you want him back." my mom said yes. we went from "NO MORE DOGS" to two. TWO. with 3 cats, a bird and a chinchilla. we were nervous how kino and jake would be, but they hit it off right away.
since kino's been back, any sort of training that kino previously learned has disappeared. he owns the couch, he pulls terribly when you walk him, he goes in the litter box, steals food right in front of you..he has no shame. he's pretty doofy and can be annoying.
however, he is the favorite by almost all of our friends. he's a ham and loves attention and he's pretty.
cheers to you, puppy bro!