Before I left town last week, we got to do the coolest thing -- reunite our pup with her sister. Amazing thing this internet. We'd sent pictures and our blog link to the adoption coordinator at Great New England Dog Rescue and to the foster mom in Tennessee. The links made their way to Kaia's sister's owners. Her "mom" left a note on our Flickr account. I left one back on hers. We started exchanging emails. Then, boda-bing, we set up a reunion time at Peter's Park in the South End. The girls had been apart for over two months.
Meeting up with Fosca's owners was a great chance to share some laughs about our puppies' shenanigans, compare notes about how similar but unique they are, and to get some tips from another couple whose lives have begun to revolve around a high energy fur ball.
The day we adopted Kaia, Matt and I very briefly met Fosca, formerly known as Flopsy. I asked to see her, and when she was brought out of the kennel room, she bolted around the room. She was just a bit smaller than Kaia, but likely the more spritely one. See for yourselves. Here is a puppy video Matt put together, of them saying goodbye the day we picked up Kaia for adoption and then meeting up with each other again last week at the park.
Unfortunately, they do not have all their sisters with them as sister Cottontail is somewhere in Connecticut. Fosca and Kaia's reunion wasn't exactly hugs and kisses at first. Just some sniffs. Typical dog greetings. We weren't sure that they "recognized" each other as sisters. But within minutes, it was very clear they have a strong kinship. They played for over two hours, teaming up when playing with another dogs, trotting around together, and keeping an eye on each other when separated.
Hey there pretty lady, nice to see you again. Your floppy ears are the best.
My first impression of Fosca was dead on - she is more spritely. Kaia didn't have a chance.
Fosca says, hey there sister, what you looking at? How'd you get to be so tall so fast? Maybe it was that stick of butter you snatched from the counter in your new kitchen.
Maybe biting your head will get you to pay attention to me.
Yeah, yeah Fosca. Now let's go see what's going on over here.
Kaia!! Chase me!
I can't believe you just figured out that these big blocks are here for us to climb on!
Just try to keep up with me Kaia. You may be bigger than me, but I'm faster!
Let's take a water break.
Yeah, you think you're so clever teasing me with that ball, but I gotcha.
Fosca -- you're wearing me out sister. I'll just sit here...for awhile...and...catch...my...breath. But I'm keeping my eyes on you. Go socialize your way around the park, and I'll just sit here and wait to pounce on you.
Oh no, she got me again! How does she do that?
What? It's time to go? Are you serious? But I could keep playing all night. Kaia on the other hand... You might wanna keep her away from the butter so she can keep up with me next time.
Girls, we will try to meet up again later this summer. Maybe Kaia, you can show Fosca how you like to splash and play in the water. And Fosca, you can show Kaia how fun it is to go off leash at the big dog park, once you learn to pay better attention and come back every time you're called. That sounds like fun now, doesn't it?