Monday, September 6, 2010

Kendra's Gotcha Day

 Today, the 6th of September is the eleventh anniversary of Kendra coming to live here.  Since she's sort of a bah humbug dog, I, Daisy, will recount her story.
 Kendra was 15 weeks old before she came to her forever family-- running wild in a pen with some Westies.  She was the puppy prospective buyers are warned to steer clear of.  The breeder's story was that her husband was ill and hadn't had any time with the puppies.  He was the main socialiser.  So Kendra was terrified.  After being trapped in a corner and caught, she cuddled into our human's arms and went to sleep.  There had been an 11-month wait for a female puppy, so we think she had been rejected by more discerning people.  Anyway, she'd found a family of suckers.
She joined another supposedly perfect scottie who was very gentle with her.  But no attempt of socialising with  people was successful.  She just hates people.....and loud noises....and change.....etc.   She has always held a jaundiced view of the world. Our tradition of early morning walks started  because she became upset if there were other people on the street. She eventually accepted them on the early morning walk, only. 
 This shows her first haircut.  We don't get skinned cut that short anymore.  Kendra loves other dogs and doesn't care about chasing cats or birds.  She loves being at home doing her own thing.  She acts quite vicious if anyone comes to the door, and has been known to go for ankles.  However, at the vets, or when trapped so someone can pet her, she goes into THE ZONE and ignores everyone.  Therefore, she is the best behaved of us at the vets.
 Kendra loves one gets between her and food.  Her stomach clock is always correct--except with Daylight Savings. She always gets hers first.....she still thinks is the top dog.  She loves chasing a ball, killing cushions and the gorilla.
 On walks, she has to stay on the lead because she becomes engrossed in a smell,  heads off in the wrong direction,  spends most of the time rolling or may bolt if frightened.  Usually she just plods along.  She has become more at peace with the world now and  will occasionally go on daytime walks.  She determines our walks.  If she comes it will be a slow, short walk.  Sometimes she gets to the end of the driveway and refuses to go further.  We leave her behind and go off on longer, faster walks.  She doesn't mind  and is happy when we return.
Kendra likes hiding in out-of-the-way places and becomes decorated in cobwebs and leaves.  She also loves sitting in the front window ready to bark at anyone who dares walk passed the house.  Kendra is a fantastic watch dog.  Even people who know her won't come in the yard.  In the past few months, she is starting to move closer to the 'regulars' we meet on walks.  Maybe after eleven years, the world isn't quite so frightening.  Hope that explains why you don't see her as often as Bella and me.  (Oh we celebrated by taking her to the river for a long walk.  There were no other people. Then came home for treats.....roo tendons.)


  1. Thank heavens for ' where are they? Let me at them dogs! ' and the people who love and look after them. Perfect dogs are wonderful companions but iconoclasts bring colour and texture to our lives. Well done Kendra.

  2. You can't possibly be 11, Kendra! You're the perfect example of what good love does for a doggy! Happy Gotcha Day!

    We just gave you an award! Stop by to pick it up!

  3. You've come a long way Kendra :) Happy Gotcha Day to you!

    Thank you for telling us Kendra's story Daisy... a wonderful story shared.

  4. Happy Gotcha Day, Kendra!!!!

    I think you sound like a lovely independent girl who knows her own mind!! sure you not part doxin??

    Just kidding! Enjoy your day.....and I love, love, love da piktur with da cobwebs! (been there, done that!)


  5. what a wonderful life scottie is just the same about timing walks...barking at visitors etc....also i had a terrier that took most of his 13 years to calm down....hope you get lots of treats!!!!

  6. Happy Gotcha Day Kendra
    We're glad your humans could see the great dog hiding behind the fear.
    Love Ruby & Penny

  7. Happy gotcha day Kendra - we're so glad you found such a wonderful furever home. We loved hearing your story - we're glad that you're finally relaxing but commend you on keeping such high standards!! Your views on some people remind us a little of Max, he he he! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

  8. look like a little kid...what a great home you guys have
    Benny & Lily

  9. Oh thank you Daisy for giving us a full and rounded picture of Kendra. How odd that she likes the vet but not other people. Surely that's the wrong way round!
    Anyway, please tell her Happy Gotcha Day from Gail and me,
    Toodle pip!

  10. Thanks for telling us about Kendra, and a Happy Gotcha Day to her, its nice to hear shes coming out of her shell. That photo of her with the cobwebs is funny.
    See Yea George xxx

  11. Happy anniversary Kendra!!!!!

    -The Klan

  12. Happy Gotcha Day Miss Kendra, we love your cobweb photo :)

  13. Happy Gotcha day Kendra. That was alot of cool information bout you. You are are special!! It is so nice to know that there is another dog that sits and barks at people walkng by!! LOL


  14. Happy gotcha day, Kendra! You sound like an absolutely normal senior girlie to us - we love the part about the aloof ankle biter!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  15. What a wonderful post!! Happy Gotcha Day Kendra!!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

  16. Eleven is the new five.
    Happy gotcha day.

  17. Oh my goodnesses Kendra...HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!!!!!!
    They be nuttin wrong withd an independent girl. You know, you sound JUUUUUST likes my sissy. I swears ya'll could be twins...her black too! Her gets covered in cobwebbies and she REFUSES to go on a walk...nadda, zip, NO walks!
    Kendra, I am so happy dat you found a loving, furever home and peoples dat adjust to your personality. You has a good family.
    I soooo thoroughly enjoyed dis post.

  18. Happy Gotcha Day, dear Kendra! I'm glad you are learning to be more accepting of people, but I'm very determined to keep everyone safe by barking at people, too.

    I'm not sure about roo tendons...

    Nubbin' wiggles,

  19. Kendra! Happy Gotcha Day!!
    That's okay that you are sister barks at all the other dogs. No sense in being average....


  20. Looks like she has a job like Pippi's, clean all the corners out