By Kelly Culver
Koda was a rescue pup. I think she’s a Belgium Malinois. Koda is one and a half years old. She’s energetic, mischievous and has a short attention span, but I love her. She isn’t the warm and fuzzy lap dog type. She loves to play with shoes, pillows, stuffed animals, T-shirts and anything else she can find. Koda is an outside country dog that likes to roam the ranch. I’ve warned the neighbors to please not leave their shoes outside or Koda will take them. Thank God they love me. Koda brings something new on the lawn almost every morning. I’ve found food, shirts, underwear, and a beach towel. She recently found a roll of toilet paper and spread it all over the yard. I’m not sure when this pup stage is going to end.
I try to take Koda around the ranch once or twice a day to help expend her energy. She starts her excited whine talking the minute she hears me putting my shoes on. She loves to chase the birds and swim in the ditch. Koda fell in the pool when she was a pup, so she avoids the swimming pool. She is the fastest dog I’ve ever seen. She would do great in a dog race if only racing against the clock, since Koda would be distracted by other dogs.
I took her to a K-9 dog training class in Kingsburg. Driving with Koda can be dangerous. My gear shift is on the center console. We were going about 60 mph down Avenue 400 when Koda accidentally stepped on the neutral button. Thank God she didn’t hit reverse.
I’ve had to set up special arrangements for my UPS packages. Koda will eat any package left on the lawn or by the door. Every day is an adventure with Koda.