Alright first Puppy Update Post!
We were in contact with Kim about these wonderful dogs for over a year and finally got to meet our new little girl on July 8th of this year.
My fiance and I drove all the way out to Lake Selmac from Minnesota to attend Kim and Greg's annual gathering, meet other AID owners, and pickup our puppy.
The anticipation of meeting our new puppy made the first half of the drive go very fast.
Up until meeting all three little pups, we had no idea which puppy Kim had chosen for us. However, when we first met Kim upon arrival, he assured me he had the perfect little girl picked out.
He kept it a surprise until we saw all the pups. He pointed to little Kaya and said "I've been thinking that this is the one for you."
We were thrilled to meet our puppy!
We went into the enclosure and met all three little girls and their sweet mama Wendy. Our little Kaya was definitely the most shy initially.
The other puppies were curious to see the humans that had entered their home. Kaya was curious, but cautious.
After spending a good hour or more at Kim's home with Greg and other new friends, the time had come to take our little girl with us.
Kim gave us all the information we needed, and some puppy food.
We then returned to our little campsite we reserved at Lake Selmac and began to prepare for our first night as a family.
We put Kaya into her crate along with a towel we had used to play with Wendy and all the other puppies (so that she could still smell her littermates).
She cried for about 5min, so we went out for a potty break. However, she just laid down in the woods. So we returned to the crate for bed.
To my surprise, she slept from about 10pm - 5:30am with minimal whining. She was an angel (I think she was tired after having such a big day).
At 6:30am, we began our 2000+ mile journey home.
At 10am Kaya got a little restless so we stopped for our first potty break.
Remember, Kaya was a fresh puppy and Kim stressed that we needed to be careful about where we let her go to the bathroom due to Parvo risk.
That being said, we pulled over into a private driveway and Kaya had her first potty.
After lots of praise and a drink of water, we were back on the road.
From Lake Selmac we drove all the way to Missoula, Montana repeating the pattern of secluded potty breaks every 3 or 4 hours.
While driving, Kaya was an absolute angel and slept. She hardly made any fuss at all.
We rented a hotel in Missoula and snuck Kaya in the side-door. Mommy and Daddy really needed some sleep.
She cried in the kennel, so in order to remain incognito, Kaya had the run of the hotel room while we slept.
I woke up a few times to her playing, but she was relatively well behaved.
At 6:30 the next morning, we were back on the road. 16 hours to go.
Once again, Kaya mostly slept. When she became restless or a little vocal, that was our cue to stop for a potty break.
We were so paranoid about finding her a secluded spot to potty. We didn't want any chance of Parvo with our new baby.
After what seemed like an eternity, we pulled into our driveway at about 1am on July 11th.
Overall, the drive was long.. However, Kaya at just barely 8 weeks old, slept nearly the entire time. We were so lucky to have her.
(Now when we ride in the car I tell her it won't be for 16 hours).
After getting home, our shy puppy was no longer shy..
She had lots of energy and loved to explore our house.
We went to the vet a few days later and got her started on her puppy vaccinations.
For the past two months, we've been doing our best to raise her right and keep her happy. (Kim recommended a book by the Monks of New Skete).
She is such a great dog! She's pretty funny about showing affection, and only really does it when she feels like it.
But once she feels like it, she licks, loves, and cuddles so much.
She never barks at other dogs or people, she is silent! She will only bark initially when she goes in the crate when us humans leave for work. She doesn't really like being alone, but she's getting better.
She is also very social, she loves to greet other dogs and people with a wagging tail.
In the dog-world, she is very submissive and never causes problems. At home, she likes to challenge authority a bit. (She gets a little mouthy when we tell her "no")
There is just so much to say about this special little puppy.
The American Indian Dogs are so special and we are so happy to have our little Kaya.
Everyday we work with her on training and are a better team each day.
She is so smart and I can't wait to see the things we do as a family together.
I can't thank Kim, Greg, and Song Dog Kennels enough for allowing Danielle and I to be part of the AI Dog Community.
Here are some pics of our Kaya (mostly chronological)
(hopefully they post - first try)