Last Sunday, 26th August, was National Dog Day.
Personally, I believe that every day should be considered as National Dog Day, but whatever. This post was supposed to go live on Sunday, but I stuffed up the scheduling – oops! Anyway, to celebrate this most sacred of days, I want to share with you the beautiful doofus dog in my life – Keiko.
Keiko joined our family at the end of May 2016, but blessed us on this earth on Easter Sunday, 27th March 2016. It didn’t take long for her to become the most treasured one in the family. Just one look at her adorable, goofy face and you’ll fall in love. Don’t believe me? Well, this entire post is dedicated to her, so if you haven’t fallen in love with her by the end of it, well, I don’t ever want to talk to you again. Harsh, but fair.
Let us begin the celebration of the sweet angel sent from heaven, Miss Easter Belle ‘Keiko’ Ruzzene…
This was one of the very first photos we got of Keiko before she came home. She was called ‘Brown Girl’ by her breeder, and when we saw this, it was love at first sight. There was a lot of discussion over her name, with many suggestions. Scott’s mum Karen threw ‘Adele’ on the table (which was swiftly vetoed) while Scott’s sister Kobi and I were campaigning hard for ‘Bailey’ (which is possibly the most generic dog name ever). Eventually, we all agreed on ‘Keiko’, which is a Japanese name, and means ‘happy/blessed child’. Pretty perfect, don’t you think?
Karen and Kobi went all the way up to Taree, NSW, to pick her up, and she only peed on Kobi in the car once. Such a good girl!
I got home from work around 7:30pm (this was back when I was commuting to the city) and as soon as I saw her little floofy butt in person, I was a mess. There were lots of cuddles, a few tears, and about a million kisses. It was one of the best days of my life!
Keiko has so much personality. Everyone who meets her is instantly sucked in by her charm (and her cute smile). She’s probably got more friends than I do, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I know more dog names in North Wollongong than human ones.
Keiko is also full of quirks.
For starters, she MUST greet you with a toy, no matter what. She often runs towards the back fence where our granny flat is separated from the backyard to greet me, but realises halfway that she has forgotten to get a toy. So she always has to stop, find a toy, then come and say hello. Every single time!
She’s also a huge fan of being a pest on walks. To most dogs, ‘walkies’ means leave the house, go for a nice walk and return to the house feeling satisfied and well exercised. To Keiko, ‘walkies’ means leave the house, drop for every single dog we pass in order to say hello to it, roll on her back countless times (as pictured above) so she doesn’t have to go home (even though she does this at the very start of the walk on our front lawn) and most importantly, it means getting attention from all the people we encounter who just can’t help themselves and ask if they can pat her.
She’s got it all figured out.
One of my favourite things about Keiko is her award-winning smile. She’s such a happy doggo, and she shows it! There’s nothing better than seeing my Keiky girl with a huge, dorky grin on her face. It makes her about a thousand times cuter (if that is even possible).
ARE YOU OBSESSED WITH HER YET???
Did you notice her tongue freckle? It’s on the underside of her tongue, and since she’s such a licker, we get to see it pretty often!
Obviously, the ‘puppy dog eyes’ look has been mastered. One of these and she gets me right into my soul, and I’ll give her anything she wants. A treat? Done. A Dentastix? Sorted. My credit card details? All yours, baby girl.
Anyway, the point of this blog post was not only to brag about HOW BLOODY ADORABLE KEIKO IS but also to raise awareness for something special. For the past 30 days, Keiko and I, along with Karen, have been participating in PAWGUST, which is a fundraising initiative for Guide Dogs Australia. We’ve been walking for 30 minutes a day for 30 days to help raise awareness and funds for Guide Dog Puppies in training and supporting people in our community living with a disability. Guide Dogs provides a wide range of services that help people with vision loss to enhance their mobility and independence, and build their confidence for further education, employment and social participation.
It takes around $50,000 to raise a Guide Dog puppy, and that money has to come from somewhere! We’d love it if you could pretty please sup-PAW-t us by making a donation! It doesn’t matter if you can spare $1 or $100, every cent counts and we’d really appreciate your help.
THANK YOU in advance for your sup-PAW-t!!
Do you have a pet you’re obsessed with?
Tell me in the comments! Also, if you’d like to follow Keiko’s adventures, she’s an Insta Doggo and you can find her at @keikothegolden!