Welcome Home Kineo

April 10, 2007 at 1:49 am 2 comments

Kodie and SnowIn early February our Alaskan Malamute, Kodie, finallyKodie.jpg succumbed to cancer. It is still hard to look at the pictures of his furry face; remembering the way he “wooed” for attention, cocked his head every time he heard the word biscuit, sprinted excitedly through the snow, and relaxed on our front yard, untied, watching life pass before him. He was a great dog and we loved him dearly.

We weren’t planning on getting another dog right away (at least I wasn’t) but fate came calling. My husband was casually looking for a Malamute breeder. After checking in with the vet and asking a couple people, he decided to try Craigslist, just for the heck of it. The first ad that popped up out of all of the ads in Maine was one for a 4 year old Akita. He called the people about 5 minutes after the ad had been posted and made an appointment to meet the dog a week ago Saturday (I was skiing that day). The introduction was very successful and on Sunday, the husband, wife and their 20 year old daughter came by with Kineo (named after Mt. Kineo on Moosehead Lake) to see how things would go here and give me a chance to meet him.

Kineo and an old friend.The owners lives have changed some in the past year or so and, after much, much consideration, decided that Kineo needed a home that could give him more time and attention. What a sweet dog! Even though I felt a little reluctant taking on the responsibilities of a new puppy, as soon as I met Kineo I knew he was for us. (He’s the one on the left.)

We picked him up on Wednesday in a good ol’ Maine April snowstorm and now have a 3 year old (they made a mistake on the age) dog.

He’s is a gentle, sweet dog but we’ve got a few things to work on such as training him to walk on a leash and having him let us know when he needs to go out to Kineo's First Walk“do what he’s got to do”. The previous owners had two Shiba Inus in addition to Kineo. The three were trained to use a doggie door out to the garage and another to a fenced-in area outside, so Kineo isn’t so good at asking to go out. He also isn’t that great in the car but is improving quickly. His slight case of separation anxiety causes him to RACE around the house searching for us, opening doors to find us, and losing control of his faculties in the basement. We’re now getting him used to a crate so that he doesn’t tear the house while we are gone, but his Yarmouth grandparents will be babysitting him during the day while we are at work until he’s a little more secure in his new surroundings. The Cat Bed?

Despite a few challenges, he is wonderful! Incredibly sweet (did I say that before), friendly to other dogs and people, and even likes cats. It is really funny how things sometimes work out. Kineo is a great addition to our home and proof that fate rules! Welcome home, Kineo! Now, let’s see if the cats are going to agree.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ty  |  April 12, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Hey- that is a good looking dog. He looks like an active, intelligent dog. I hope that you have many happy years with him.

  • 2. Hiking Old Speck « By Chance…..or Not  |  July 20, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    […] with a return stop at Screw Auger Falls for a refreshing swim to end the day. This would also be Kineo’s first longer walk in the woods so keeping our trek short would most likely benefit us […]


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