One of the first comments I got when I requested post topics was from my good friend and bride-to-be Nicole and she wanted to know everything about Kylie and Emma! So to break up the constant running talk you find here, I will write about my girls and post a ton of pictures too.
For those that are very new to this site and might not know who Kylie and Emma are, they are my
children dogs. These girls are spoiled beyond belief, are best friends to each other and best friends to me too. They have taught me so many lessons that I never realized I would learn from a dog.
Dogs have an unconditional love. They are always happy to see you. They always want to go with you. They ALWAYS want to run, no matter where, how far, how fast, they just want to run. I love these pups so much.
Chris and I got married in 2006 and were living in an apartment at the time. We decided to buy a house and once we did the first thing on the list was to get a puppy! One of the reasons we wanted a house so bad was to get a dog, so even before we moved in we started looking for puppies. We found a litter of Rottweiler puppies (which is what Chris had his heart set on) and we went and visited them when they were only a couple weeks old. They could barely open their eyes and were so tiny and adorable… I wanted to take them all home that very minute!
We were semi-patient and waited a few weeks, but the first weekend we moved into our house we drove over to pick up our new little puppy. We hadn’t picked which puppy was going to be ours yet, but we got first pick out of the litter of 8. Kylie was the biggest and the bossiest, not to mention the cutest, and just what Chris wanted in a dog. She came home with us that day, only 6 weeks old and 8 pounds.
Kylie met our cats (who were bigger than she was at the time) and everyone got along. Both Chris and I come from 2 dog households and always knew we wanted another dog too, but we figured we had our hands full with one puppy for the time being and we enjoyed our little rottie puppy.
Although we had one at home, I couldn’t help but look for another puppy that just might happen to be out there. Chris had "his" puppy and I knew I wanted mine sometime soon. I had a yellow lab growing up and have always loved those dogs and knew that’s what I wanted as "my" dog.
One night I found an ad for a yellow lab puppy, so I nervously emailed the lady and we ended up exchanging a few emails back and forth. She had one female yellow lab left, all the rest of her litter had already been adopted, but she didn’t want to just give her to anyone. She wanted a house with a yard and with good people, she had already turned people down. I told her we had a puppy already and rather than think we were psycho for wanting another puppy, she thought that was the best thing ever! We went to her house on a Thursday night, 4 weeks after we had picked up Kylie and met this little yellow lab.
She loved to play, she was already fetching, she was a big girl and had a lot of energy. I loved her immediately and we decided we would take her home with us, how could I say no to these yes?
But she didn’t have a name just yet.
We now had two puppies… Kylie who was 10 weeks old and Emma who was just shy of 9 weeks.
They met each other that night and became best friends instantly. It took me a while to name Emma though, every name I had picked out prior to meeting her just didn’t fit. I kept looking through lists of names and nothing was "her" until I pulled up a baby name list and saw Emma on there. If there was ever a dog that was supposed to be named Emma, it was her.
Since then, we have watched our little tiny puppies turn into 100+ pound adult dogs who definitely still act like puppies sometimes. Although having two puppies at the same time was a lot of work, it was also really great since they were going through the same stages at the same time and they helped train each other.
Kylie is a bossy protective big loving puppy. She likes to pretend she is tough but she loves to give kisses more and refuses to stop sometimes. She is a big cuddle bear, can be very hyper, has the cutest "down" ever and can jump really high! She waits for Emma to get the ball in fetch and then takes it from Emma and runs back holding her head super high and proud. She prances when she runs with high stepping front paws. Her "butt tail" moves so fast when she gets excited. She is definitely a special dog and you know that when you meet her.
Emma is a crazy excited dog who jumps and howls and sprints around the second you get home, yet calms down to a nap 2 minutes later. She knows what time it is and will never let you forget to feed her. She is the fastest eating dog I have ever seen, I often wonder what would happen if she was placed in a situation with an entire bag of dog food, but I really never ever want to find out. She is a fast runner, loves to play fetch and loves to play fetch in the water even more. She splashes all her water out of her bowl in the summer with her paws and can jump on the bed in the middle of the night without me knowing. She hates to sleep alone and wants to be touching you when she sleeps, but don’t dare move or she will get fussy.
They have had many adventures together and apart. They both have graduated puppy class and obedience school. Emma has completed multiple levels of agility training. Both are great running partners and even know how to run on the treadmill! They know how to play hard and relax hard too, and are just great dogs in general.
When I get stressed, annoyed, frustrated or unmotivated, I always try to remind myself to see the world from a dog’s eyes and love like a dog loves. Simple, happy, unconditional, and the best friends you could ask for.