She acts the same as she did as a puppy, without a doubt the most athletic dog I've ever lived with. She can jump on a grooming table flat footed. She still runs, but in no particular direction because she can't see anything but shadows. She's happy that way and at this point why put her through cataract surgery? Seeing for her wouldn't change a thing. She sleeps 23 hours a day anyway.
|Audra and Karma with one of their many blue ribbons!|
Now for the "Bad Karma." Although she doesn't get the title of "dumbest dog ever" because that went to her full sister Credit (who we did manage to part with!) she runs totally on adrenaline. I once figured out through all the terrier fights over the years we always blamed the other bitch and got rid of them. She was involved with the barn cat killing and was a perpetual "me too" dog when they took off or whatever. For a funny story, see "A Hunting We Will Go" listed in the index.
I remember someone coming over to look at her several month old puppies and wanting to see her. While normally decently behaved in the house, she proceeds to grab a pillow off the sofa and destroy it right in front of us. That went over well...
Over the years she has developed a tolerance for my toy dogs. Carrie thinks it's fun to bounce off her and I am always amazed at the restraint Karma shows. Of course, I never leave them loose together! She was a good mother and an easy whelper! We loaned her to her breeder for a litter (who is a vet) and unbeknownst to her and her hubby, Karma was whelping while chasing tennis balls. She would get the tennis ball, run to the whelping box, spit out puppy (but I doubt the ball,) hid the pup under newspapers and then took the ball back for another run. She had two puppies before they realized what was happening! Karm was staying at another friend's house and went briefly missing. She was found with her head sticking up through some perfectly manicured bushes she appeared to be sitting in. Inexplicable how she got there...
So for better or worse, Karma is here to stay and likely for a long time. So Happy Birthday Karm!
Until next time,