This is a non-affiliate link, but without Embrace, there was no way we could possibly have afforded to keep her with her medical issues. In the first year of ownership alone we paid about $3,000 out in medical bills because of eight ear infections and other miscellaneous illnesses. Luckily Embrace picked up a majority of it because after our $500 deductible we had copays of 20%. So as a guesstimate we paid about $1,000 not including the cost of insurance.
I’m a lucky mama to have our little furbaby. Although I wanted to adopt a dog, knowing how many are in need of loving forever homes, we were, unfortunately, unable to adopt. Animals are the one thing I’m not allergic to, on the other hand, they are the one thing my husband is allergic to; so we ended up with a designer dog. We tried looking into Labradoodles, or was Jake a Goldendoodle? The loving kisses from the puppy caused Hubby to break out in hives. As a child my husband had a sheepdog, so we knew with their hair texture he would survive my need to have a dog, and that’s where the sheepadoodle came in.
Kayla’s been home with us since September 2014, we adopted her at four months old. She was all of sixteen pounds. I’d looked into the breeder online before making the purchase, we were able to get her at a great price but it’s because most people want tiny puppies whereas we took her in at four months. Even after what I thought was careful research, we aren’t sure if Kayla was a result of backyard breeding, or if she failed the genetic lottery.
My poor baby has very severe allergies to (Trees, Grasses, Weeds, Epithelia & Fibers) Cedar, Mulberry, Bluegrass (AKA: Junegrass), Ash Mix, Hazelnut Pollen, Mesquite, Privet/Olive Mix, Black Walnut, Goldenrod, Lambsquarters, Pigweed. As well as (Molds, Mites & Insects) Grain mites, yeast, dust mites, fleas, fusarium, Pullularia pullulans, rhizopus nigricans, CATS, House Dust Mites.
The hardest of her allergies to manage are Fleas, Cats, and yeast. She had eight ear infections in the first year of ownership alone, as I mentioned before, but thank goodness for pet health insurance. By the way, if you are looking for insurance for your pet I personally recommend Embrace, which I have a link at the top of the page.
Kayla spends her days sleeping on the bed in the guest room, she’s commandeered it and decided it’s her own. If she’s not in there she’s probably chilling in my office with me, debating if she wants to get up to nudge my arm to tell me it’s time for attention.
She will happily make time to stop and smell the roses or visit with her next best friend that comes into her life. We love trips to the vet because all our friends are there and ready to pet and share a treat or two.
Of course, when it’s time to come back home, it’s time to go back to demolishing her stuffies. Thank goodness for needle and thread, without them I’d have no idea how to keep up with her demanding need to get at the creamy filling (the stuffing) in those toys.
Kayla makes friends with everyone that comes over, begging for attention. She falls in love with everyone: Benito from Weedex who cares for our lawn, the men that have come over to spray for bugs, as well as contractors.
In the rare event they don’t dote on her as she sees fit, or the person that doesn’t like dogs, I section off enough room for her to stalk them from afar.