Kali: Once the 7 week old puppy I adopted from the Oregon Humane Society back in November 2018.

Also known as: Baby Boopers, Baby Troopers, My favorite Boopers, Shady Boopers, Baby Poopers, Shady Poopers, and you get the idea my puppy has many names because of her initial shady and poopy attitude with me.

But the late nights of cleaning up her crate and/or accidents at 2AM are long over. We hang out like best buds. It all came with time and patience. And understanding dogs don’t create stories in their head like us humans do.

In context, I adopted a stray puppy at a very critical time in my life. I had recently left my previous role in aviation to pursue writing full-time, and with that came a mountain of challenges itself.

Much respect to the self-employed!

It was stressful trying to get all my ducks in a row with taxes, email organization, scheduling my weeks so that I don’t get couped up in my home all week, then I added a puppy. Although I like a new challenge on top of a challenge, maybe it’s just the way the wind blows sometimes..

I got through it, and seeing why I put my self through that, I guess at the time I felt Kali needed a home. Later however, I learned that puppies don’t often miss their owners or home when they’re away. It’s only when and if the puppy suffers from anxiety that it might cry when its owner walks away. But a happy puppy will never know you left, although they can dream it. They understand a good home, and of course that comes with them trusting you, and your home.

Kali was well occupied by many friends at The Balanced Dog while I was away. I flew below the equator only to see that Kali’s energy is just as high without me. I never had a doubt, but I spend all day with her and this was my first time away from her for more than a day. But she was good. And so was I.

Kali’s name has a deeper meaning than most people may give for their pet, because it all came with a process. I always wanted a puppy, but I knew that would come with a heavy responsibility. Working from home only made it convenient, not easy. Kali came from all the dark places a cute face can take you. But it’s actually up to you if you want to get mad at a puppy.

Because all they know is love.


Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Budd writes to encourage readers to explore the depths of their inner ocean, an unexplored self, because it's fun once you get through the emotional part... “The world around us is our vehicle, what you'll read is how I digest it.” -Budd

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