K is for Kayo

Posted by on Monday, June 2nd, 2008

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As in “yippie kai yo,”  and as in Coyo(te), and as in our wonderful dog, half Chesapeake Bay Retriever, half Siberian Husky, and quite possibly the dog of a lifetime. 

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He is officially elderly now, though you wouldn’t know it to look at him most of the time, so we have dedicated ourselves to spoiling him as much as we can.  This big guy is now a couch dog, and is lobbying to become a bed dog.  So far, we have refused to relent except when we’re camping.

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Kayo is my first dog.  I grew up around cats, and really learned to understand dogs hanging out with Scott and his Mom and their dogs and our friend Oona’s fantastic trio of shepherd mixes.  I’ve been hooked since, and was really anxious to get a dog once we were able to buy a house with a yard.  It took us a little while, but we found a fantastic pet.

Kayo is intensely loyal, devoted to pleasing us, a quick learner, very kind to our cats–to the point of alerting us if one of the cats is ill and pestering us until we rush off to the vet, an excellent fetcher and hiker and camping companion, a master of expression via eyebrow and ear manipulation . . .


I doubt that I can explain quickly what a great dog he is.  He is by turns joyous, and melancholy, and goofy, and placid, and defensive, and athletic, and maddening, and adorable.  I hope he lives forever.

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6 Responses to “K is for Kayo”

  1. --Debon 02 Jun 2008 at 10:57 pm 1

    Awww, let the poor guy on the bed! He sounds like he deserves it! (The rule in our house? If I don’t have to go to work the next day, Chappy gets to sleep on the bed.)

  2. lellaon 03 Jun 2008 at 5:45 pm 2

    I’ll put my vote in: let him sleep on the bed if you can. I know he’s bigger than a lap dog but…. It is the place that the pack sleeps, y’now? 🙂

    He’s just a great dog, and may he live a long, long time.

  3. kon 04 Jun 2008 at 5:41 pm 3

    Good dog. Lucky you.

  4. Marfaon 06 Jun 2008 at 7:45 pm 4

    Isn’t he a handsome gentleman caller? What a dude.
    Thanks for telling us about him.

  5. Bullwinkleon 10 Jun 2008 at 5:12 am 5

    He’s beautiful. And I love the expressions. Although the samoyed of the house thinks it is too hot to sleep on the bed, I vote for bed sleeping – its probably good for his old joints. 😉

  6. sally M Cutneron 25 Jun 2008 at 11:10 pm 6

    I had a Chesapeake Retriever show dog father and show dog Golden Retriever who got together one day when the owner was gone, and 14 pups came from that play day. Mine was magnificent and smarter than any dog that lives. Awesome dog, BIG and curly-Hoss, I still miss him and will ever get over losing him. Great combo

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