Likes: He used to put his head in between my body and my arm when I was putting my shoes on to go out
Pet-Peeves: Commotion and other dogs
Favorite Toy: He liked a good squeeky ball or stuffed toy
Favorite Food: He liked the mashed potatos I used to have to make for his tummy
Favorite Walk: Down by Lime Tree House, around those green grounds
Best Tricks: He could tell when people were not well enough to hold our baby; like when my husband blacked out once
Arrival Story: Kavik came to me through Second Chances for German Shepherds just like Ookie did. After Cora died Ookie was in a bad way and I felt she needed a companion dog. I got in touch with the Rescue and eventually they found us Kavik. He had been highly abused and kept in a rusty cage (he had the marks on his fur) and starved. He had no muscle and was skin and bones when he came to us. You can't see it all that well in the photos as he had such a long woolly coat. He had a bad nutering surgery (because Ookie pulled his stitches out twice) and then a snake bite on his scrotum. He had the worst luck of anyone I've ever known. For 8 months I tried to feed him up and we walked a little further everyday but in the end his liver and kidneys failed. I would have put him on medication to try and rectify the problem but he was already showing signs of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM or CDRM in the UK) and I thought it best to just put him down. He didn't need anymore pain in his life.
Bio: Kavik was a really lovely dog. He loved playing with Ookie and they both acted like they had "mated". She licked the inside of his mouth and washed him. It broke her heart when he died and she went a year later. It took me a good few months to realize he was deaf. He learned up to 50ish hand signals by the time he died. I got him a vibrating collar so that when we were on the walk he would know to look at me for a signal. He was very smart. He was also attuned to how well his humans were. He was very protective of our them 1-2 year old and once stopped my husband Dave from picking Jason up when he blacked out. From then on Kavik would grab Jason's clothing to say he wasn't to be held. Sitting was alright and he was alright with everyone else. He just knew it wasn't safe for Dave to hold him when he was about to get dizzy. In a lot of ways he was a lot of work but he gave back as much love as he was given. I do believe he still watches over us.