First, let us introduce you to the newest member of our pack...Kiah (pronounced Keey-ah). The word Kiah is an Aboriginal word meaning "beautiful place". We rescued her from Woods Humane Society, an awesome no-kill shelter in our county. We found out later, that they had rescued Kiah from the Animal Shelter in the hot and barren town of Avenal. She was a runaway with no tags or an embedded chip and had been kenneled for over two months before she embraced our arms.
|Kiah at Woods Humane Society...eyes say it all...please adopt me|
|Kiah returns to Woods Humane Society as a student|
|The look of joy on her face the first time her toes touched the beach was priceless!|
|One of her favorite beaches...San Simeon Cove|
|She has to personally choose which ball to fetch|
|She loves staring beyond the horizon|
|As mighty as a Redwood...at Henry Woods State Park|
|She really does know how to relax...sometimes|
|One of our favorite benches at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve|
|Every sunny day is a beach day!|
|On the bluffs at San Simeon|
Now back to the story...
The same day we returned from our late summer fishing safari up in the Eastern Sierras, Kiah decided to go after a plump gray squirrel in a nearby oak tree. Unfortunately, that "mix" terrier blood was stronger than the common sense of a heeler and "forced" her to jump over a 4 foot high patio railing, onto the overhang 14 feet above un-level ground. Naturally the squirrel easily got away, as gravity aided it's escape. Kiah, unable to stop her momentum plummeted straight down upon a rock lined landscape stream bed and bounced upon the hard walkway pavers. We believe that the bark wood chips surrounding the stream bed softened her fall, preventing more extensive damage, but her front legs, which took the brunt of the fall, could not withstand the massive compression upon her wrists. Bones snapped and ligaments were torn. Surgery, metal plates, screws and dual leg casting has been required...and then up to 3 months of recuperation time to get this little girl back to critter chasing form.
|A "you can't lick it" bonnet|
|Post surgery healing nap|