People & Their Pets VI
Cara Balogh with Kobe & Kuma
I was so happy to learn that you have rescued dogs in the past. What was it about them that caught your attention? I'm a life long dog lover regardless of whether they are mine, a friend's, a relative's or even a stranger's. I just love dogs! I think I was born this way. They give you all their love, devotion, loyalty and ask for nothing back except your love and attention.
When did your interest in dogs begin and where did you meet your first Bouvier? I saw my first Bouvier Des Flandres when I was a little kid on vacation with my parents. I knew then that when I was older I would have one. Fast forward a couple decades and one day I received a phone call about a Bouvier that had been abused. It happened to be my anniversary and as it turned out, it was one of the greatest gifts I could ever receive. Brie came home with us and we spent our anniversary nursing a sick, nervous dog back to health. Her hair had been shaved to allow the wounds to be stitched. She had severe lacerations all over her body from the Rottweiler who had previously traumatized her. Brie turned out to be my blessing. Once recuperated, she became as close to a soul mate as any dog could be. She seemed to know what I was thinking and had a level of loyalty that transcended even the most dedicated of dogs.
As Brie got older, we decided to get her a companion as we were told that a companion could elongate her life. So we got Kobe. Finding Kobe must have helped as Brie lived until the ripe old age of 15. Kobe has been a blessing as well. He is just a good old boy whose main goal in life is to do what you want him to do and to devour ever piece of food that he can find. A few years ago, we found Kuma who specializes in laying next to anyone in the family that she can find. She loves Kobe…their relationship gives me a lot of joy. They interact like a big brother and younger sister.
If your Kobe and Kuma had the ability to speak, what would you ask them and what do you think that they would say?
Kobe would probably ask, "If I'm your favorite why are you not giving me more treats?!"
Kuma would ask if there is another couch, chair or bed that she could chill out on.