After the name debacle with Fusion, I made sure I gave my next puppy a name that had no meaning and no expectation of how I wanted that dog to be. I was ready for any personality and disposition that next dog might have, ready to be patient and gentle and welcome anything that might come.
This puppy was born May 22, 2015. Because there are many surprises in life, Kix turned out to be the polar opposite of Fusion. Fast, furious and full of herself, with no consideration for her own safety and others, needy, loud and skeptical of strangers.
This is a dog who truly cannot be over-trained and will keep on going until she passes out.
This is a dog whose heart explodes with joy every single time I ask her “Do you want to play?”
This is a dog who still sleeps curled up on my pillow like she did when she was a little puppy.
She is endless fun. She taught me to go big. She taught me to work through the high arousal of high drive dogs and that sometimes, you are not training a behavior but a state of mind.
The thing is, she really doesn’t care about her name. If it was for her, she could be named Party Dog or Floof or Breakfast. Because she knows that the most important thing is to be unapologetically yourself.