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Kira - celebrates her 14th Birthday!
was a special day here at Omega Shepherds - my buddy and ever-faithful
Kira turned 14 years old. A true German Shepherd she did all her chores
even though it was her Birthday. That's right - even at 14 Kira still goes
almost everywhere with me. To get to the arena you have to walk down a
steep hill - and back up the hill to go to the house, no matter how many
times a day I walk to the arena and back - she is always there with me.
She still "helps" move the horses around in the morning - when
I turn them out she barks and lets them know she is still there so they
better keep moving! She can't really get to the horses because I lock her
in the office while I run them out so they don't run over her, the same
routine we have had for the last 14 years!
other dogs still respect her as top dog, and she is quick to remind them
if they get a little forgetful!
-----I made her
a birthday cake out of fancy dog food and she got several new stuffed animals
- her favorite toys of all time and reflect on the last 14 years with her.
I remember picking her up at the airport - just 8 weeks old and her ears
where straight up and she had a fuzzy little head - hence the life long
nick name of Kiwi Fruit. She leapt out of the pet carrier into my arms
- I was only 10 years old at the time and just looked up at my dad as proud
as I could be, I knew this dog was meant to be mine - she just had to be!
I just remember thinking the rest of the day that I had the best dog in
several days she started following me everywhere - I mean everywhere! Something
she still does today
.. when I was younger my parents could always
tell where I was because if I didn't take her with me she would stare out
the window to the last place she saw me and if they opened the door she
would take off and find me.
-----She is still
quite the protection dog as well. A month or so ago some friends moved
up here with us - but we didn't know them to well and Kira really didn't
know them - so every day when they would come home Kira would get between
them and the house - just standing there - making sure they didn't come
to the house until I told her it was ok. She learned after a few times
that they were ok and now readily accepts them. Her whole life she would
accept anything that I liked and protect it with her life, but things I
didn't like - like deer eating out of the horses hay - she didn't like
either and would chase them off
.. this spring she still tried her
best to chase the deer away - but the fact is 2 feet of snow is getting
a little hard for her to plow through (pssst
. Don't tell her I told
you that though!) But even at her age she is very tolerant of "my"
things - several weeks ago I got a little Border Collie puppy - now this
little guy is full of himself and quite the little terror at times! And
he loves to jump all over Kira - but she is such a good grandmother to
him and just lets him do what ever he wants - including trying to nurse
on her when I first got him and he was just weaned!! Now that is tolerant!
14 years old is about 100 years old in human years - so I am thankful for
having her here and everyday with her is a blessing - she is my baby girl
and I love her. I am happy that even at 14 she is still very healthy and
sound and that SHE enjoys life still
in addition to that
- other than being spayed after she was retired and getting her shots she
has never seen a vet - so she has also had a great quality of life.
-----She is our
main foundation female - so if you have a dog from us chances are she is
their grand mother, great grandmother or even great great grandmother -
and what an incredible dog to have in a pedigree!
Birthday Kira and Here's To Another Great Year.
and Everyone at Omega Shepherds
All Photos are of Kira at 14 years old
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