No one dared question me after my initial diagnosis. It seemed like a great excuse to FINALLY get the dog I was forever dreaming about. Cancer simply propelled me – besides, who would want to deprive me of any wish! LOL! Looking back, I don’t know what on earth I was thinking! I thought that having a kelpie on our family property as a child who was pretty much ‘self trained’ with a ready-made exercise yard on our property had programmed my brain and given me all of the dog knowledge one could possible obtain in a lifetime. So I guess you could say, I thought I had it in the bag! After all, how hard could it be?
Kingsley ensured I wasn’t confined to the prison which was my apartment at the time; he needed to be socialised (another term for ‘worn out’). His teeth could have flattened one of Dad’s collectable 1950 tractor tires. I was my own nurse, constantly tending to puppy teeth bites and scratches desperately trying to prevent my limbs from becoming plagued with infection. Those puppy fangs could really pack a punch! I am yet to have him DNA tested, but I’ll put money on it that he’s 5% Pit Bull. Looks like a teddy bear but can wrestle like Hulk Hogan. Oh how looks can be deceiving!
In hindsight, trying to manage the puppy craziness in the throes of chemo was absolute madness. My screeching of “KIIIIIIINGSLEY, COOOOOME” still echoes through the trees and bounces off the buildings that border the park we frequent. My springy, defiant fur child-puppy at the time would ignore my desperate cries for him to return to me from the other side of the park. Blurred vision, blistered hands and nausea from treatment made this part of puppy life not so appealing! Many thoughts popped into my mind; can I return him for a full refund? I don’t want a store credit! But those thoughts are a distant memory now and I can’t imagine life without him: he is my baby, my life. He’s the first thing I think about when I wake and the last thing I think about when I go to bed. He’s an incredible companion, one who teaches me to live in the moment and be carefree and happy. Thank you, Kingsley boy. I love you.