Khaki

Khaki

Driving home, an 8 year-old girl pointed out a sign to her mother that read, “free puppies.” Beth was the mother and Andrea the little girl. They went to the house and saw a litter of tiny Springer Spaniel mixed pups freezing in the winter weather. They picked out a little girl pup, and Andrea put her inside her own jacket to warm the shivering body. They named her “Khaki,” and took her home to meet the rest of the family. Khaki was incredibly intelligent, affectionate and stubborn. Khaki taught her humans a great deal about animal behavior and training, and when her family had been properly schooled, Khaki blessed them by becoming the most loyal dog they ever had. Years went by, and Andrea began affectionately calling the now white-faced old girl “Dirt,” because she was older than dirt but too stubborn to give in to old age, so much so that we often joked that she would outlive us all.

khakiwithpuppyAt 15 ½ years, Khaki would greet foster pups into the house with a wagging tail and would show them happily around the house and yard, so happy to have a youngling to tutor. She loved Christmas and unwrapping presents and treated everyone like family. Even though Khaki was incredibly old for a fifty-five pound dog, she left her family very unexpectedly, and she left a gaping hole in the hearts of many bereaved loved ones. I know Barney had been waiting a long time for you to join him, but we just weren’t ready to let you go.

We love you, Khakerbeast!

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