Following the Leader

kira and cabana sitting next to each other, facing the camera, kira is leaning in and trying to kiss cabana's mouth, cabana has her tongue out in a stress-induced yawnKira continues to learn and improve by leaps and bounds everyday. She adores Cabana and is ALWAYS giving Cabana kisses. A kiss here and there would be fine, but the constant unsolicited affection wears on Cabana's good humor until, finally, Cabana will protest with a growl or a bark. You tell her, Cabana--after all, Kira needs to learn to mind other dogs' social cues.

cabana and kira walking side by side on separate leashesKira is fabulous on leash. She's just so happy to be next to Cabana that I almost don't even need to leash Kira. I don't know if it's her temperament or her breed or because she was a stray? Kira knows what being lost and alone is like, and she doesn't want to experience it again, so she stays close and checks in often.

kira standing on green field, while a group of dogs, including cabana, play and interact behind herAt the park, none of the other dogs will play with Kira. They come up to her for a meet and greet, but they don't solicit her to play. I suppose they know she's still too tentative.

cabana running and playing with black and white springer spaniel maggie, kira is right on cabana's heelsBut when Cabana plays with her springer friends, like Maggie above, Kira is right there, either trying to get in on the action or maybe just getting front row seats? It will be interesting to see if this changes over the next week or two.

In this video, Cabana is playing with her pal Bodhi. They LOVE to rough house with each other. Kira does her best to keep up with them. It's so cute how she runs after Cabana, no matter what.

Kari in Vegas  – (August 20, 2011 at 8:26 PM)  

Love the kisses photo :)


OSU 98  – (August 20, 2011 at 8:48 PM)  

Cabana, I am so proud of you. :) It takes a pretty big dog to allow other dogs come into your house and show them how to be dogs. You are a very special girl. :)

Raiser Erin  – (August 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM)  

Yes, I think a two dog household would be best for this sweet girl. :-)

Tessa99999  – (August 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM)  

This really does remind me of Addie and out yellow lab mix, Nugget! Addie WORSHIPS the ground that Nugget walks on and wants to go EVERYWHERE with her! I'm so glad to see Kari is progressing so well! Perhaps it's her temperament that makes her not want to leave anyone's side. Addie is very similar in public. It's very hard to get her to leave my side unless it's someone she really likes (ie: America).

Min  – (August 21, 2011 at 9:55 PM)  

Maybe I should leave Bella with you for a few days and hope that Cabana's good habits rub off on her!

Mango  – (August 22, 2011 at 5:40 PM)  

She sure has bonded with Cabana. I hope that her confidence remains when she transitions to her forever home.

Mango Momma

Anonymous –   – (August 24, 2011 at 1:31 PM)  

that first photo must be just about the cutest thing. they make quite a handsome duo!!

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