Well, these days, between myself and the Mr. it seems that we both do whenever we can. With both of us having left the cushy safety of the corporate world this year, we find that we have far less time to get stuff done than we thought we would. We are busier than we've ever been, but blissfully and blessedly so! In our day to day hustle and bustle, however, we do what we can to manage not only our household, and of course, our fur babies. Today, we talk about one of our two pups, Keylo the Pit/Lab.
I mean REALLY?? How adorable are these two?!!
You know, part of the reason I don't post more blog posts, is because I'm constantly trying to think of something to write that people would be interested in, but I think now I'd rather post more often about what I love rather than worry on whether someone will find it enjoyable or not. Everyone likes something, and there's something for everyone, so onward!
So what makes these two so special? Nothing and everything at the same time. The bigger black one, that's Keylo. He's the 2.5 year old big brother to Queen Yansa, who just turned 5 months old this week. Keylo was the younger brother to King, who passed away at age 12 in February this year after a very brave and brief battle with lymphoma. Keylo is amazing as an older brother and protector of his younger (and incredibly fiesty) little sister and was the ultimate comfort giver and caretaker of his older brother King as King's body was being taken over by the incredibly quick spread of the cancer. This dog is the ultimate physical empath and always on the ready, alert, aware. He's as loyal as they come, and gentle with his humans and his baby sister to boot. But good LAWD, if you're a squirrel, bird, or fluffy white yip yap dog, watch out and run for your life because Keylo is also the perfect athlete, with his long legs and big barrel chest. Here's a picture of Keylo with his older brother during King's last days, keeping King warm and comforted:
We've learned to trust our instincts more with Keylo around, and we've learned a lot about not really needing much but one another. Keylo isn't a Mr. Fancypants type of dog, and we think that may be the Lab in him, because Pit Bulls are a bit prissy when it comes to creature comforts. But not Keylo. He's content curling up on half a towel or a tshirt that missed its mark in the hamper. He loves to run through clothes just out of the dryer, and to eat a good raw egg now and again. He's not food picky, but he wouldn't eat a freshly slaughtered and butchered chicken that we'd been lucky enough to get recently. We think it's because he and the chicken had a back and forth conversation before it died. He's happiest with a stick or even a simple tissue right out of the box. The point is, the smallest things make his tail go nuts and brings that big sloppy smile to the mouth in his big flat pit bill head. When you're faced with this type of genuine happiness every day, it makes you stop and look around at all the things that are going right with your day and with your life overall. Even when you come home to his shenanigans like getting very angry with the mail and some other unidentifiable stuff in the kitchen...
My happiest and calmest moments of the day are in the morning, when I first let him out in the backyard and he's watching the birds and squirrels intently, wanting them to make the wrong move so that he can start the chase and have the little squirrels literally run for their lives!
He's a great dog. He's my protector and that is a role that Keylo self-proclaimed! He actually told me so in a dream. He told me that firstly, he thought it important that I know that his real name is Ogunda and that I was his assignment and come what may, he's not allowed to leave me. And I'm good with that!