At home, Keira developed her own little personality. She refused to go upstairs and constantly followed me around the house so much so that we considered changing her name to shadow. I was quick to attribute this to her inherent friendliness, but soon it became apparent that she had a dark side. Any raised voices, even on TV, would make her cower in apprehension. I realized that my pet had some way to go before it could fully adjust to a normal household. After a few months of training and reassurance, Keira was less reactive, but still displayed errors in judgment especially around adult males. It dawned on me that her past distress had caused this permanent change in her behavior.
My emotions were subsequently shrouded by the reality of owning a pet dog. After all, Keira was only a three-month-old puppy which needed constant discipline, training, and attention, a task that often came at the expense of my usual routine with friends and school work etc. I also realized that she did not just need a walk on the lovely warm days but in the rain, wind, and snow as well, homework or no homework. It was a tedious process domesticating her, which sometimes involved standing out in the snow or wind waiting for her to answer the call of nature. In those conditions, my love for Keira would be subsided by impatience.
The irritations were minor and slow to grow, and most often than not went unnoticed by me up until the time a family member pointed them out. It immediately caused me to hark back to the black and white pup in the re-homing unit, and how embarrassed and ashamed I had felt at the time. Was I turning into someone I had initially scorned upon? Before I had time to mend my ways, my father made a very paternal decision. Since he believed Keira was not being adequately looked after, he found another family for her who had the time and experience to train and give her a good home. Keira left on a Wednesday morning in March. That day sent waves of sadness and regret up my spine, knowing that now, I had only her memories to live with.
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