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Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

The Story of Kobi


Because I’m still on a running hiatus I felt compelled to write more about Kobi,  my running partner, super hero, dragon-slayer and best friend.

She was born on or around the end of September 2011 in the small Hamlet of Fort Liard, Northwest Territories.  Her and her four siblings were brought to my town by someone who had visited Fort Liard.  He was going to attempt to find homes for them.  I have no idea what happened to the mother.

3 puppies

The day I picked up Kobi and her 2 other siblings – 5 weeks old. She might be the one in the middle.

I came across the puppies on a random work visit.  It was turning very cold outside (late October) and the fellow who had the best intentions of helping/adopting them out was overwhelmed by 5 young puppies and the amount of poop they were producing.  My husband was away for the weekend and I felt I could take on the task of finding homes for these little guys before he even got home.  I dream big!

I took 3 of the 5 puppies as 2 were going to this fellow’s niece.  Then it was me and my cat’s turn to become completely overwhelmed by the crying and pooping.

I made a makeshift kennel in the shop out of television boxes and other random stuff.  I adopted the little black one out right away and then held onto the two white ones to make sure they went to really good homes.  Two weeks went by and I still had them.

two puppies

Kobi and her sister in the makeshift kennel

After spending a few weeks with these two, I was falling for the one with folded ears, not Kobi (upright ears).  Folded Ears was sweeter, calmer, and more affectionate, also a bit smarter.  I had tentatively adopted Kobi out twice.  The first person declined Kobi after thinking about it (she liked Folded Ears too, but I said I wanted her) and the second family called after four hours with Kobi and said it wasn’t working out, they had an older dog who wasn’t impressed with her.

2 puppies in the winter

Kobi is in the front, her sister is behind her.

Plan B.  I learned there was a young, super nice couple in town looking to adopt a puppy, but not until spring.  I knew how to play that card.  If I were to show up with two adorable puppies in tow at his place of employment, how could he say no.   I placed Folded Ears in his arms and knew I had him at hello.  He brought his wife over that evening and she quickly fell in love as well.

2 puppies sleeping

Kobi and her sister, Kobi is in the front again.

They took Folded Ears and named her Caribou.  I decided I’d keep the other one –  and named her Kobi.

I kept thinking back to Cesar Millan The Dog Whisperer and how he always says, “you don’t get the dog you want, you get the dog you need.”  That was Kobi.  She was beyond challenging in so many ways.  She seemed un trainable and was not food motivated so it made it very difficult to encourage her to do anything.  She hardly slept and had way too much energy.  She even went so far as refusing to use outside facilities until about 3 months old.  My work-out mat was preferable to the cold outdoors.

We would have playdates with Caribou who would dazzle us with her ability to perform at least 75 different tricks and stunts in three different languages (I’m exaggerating a little bit), and yet Kobi could barely manage “sit”.

two puppies sleeping

Kobi and her sister sleeping, Kobi is hanging her head over the cat bed

Then we started skiing and running together and our life changed.  She was finally content.  Her job is to be my playmate, or more like, my job is to be her playmate.  Her energy level is higher than mine, but she is a great middle-distance athlete.

As far as “areas of improvement”, she is a fearful dog and takes stranger danger to a whole new level.   If new people just ignore her entirely for 10-30 seconds while she checks them out, she’s cool.  Any attempt at touching her first does not go well.  I am constantly explaining to people not to touch, talk or look at her when she meets them for the first time.

dog outside

Kobi getting ready for take-off

Kobi learned to swim in July 2012.  The look on her face when she figured out she could move in this new element was priceless.  It was like a whole new world opened up for her.  She likes to swim for sticks, but she also just likes to swim and explore.  For this reason we stay away from the terribly large rivers that exist in this neck of the woods as she would definitely just swim out and get caught in the current.  My worst fear.

dog swimming

Kobi swimming

Kobi’s likes are her BFF’s:  Dino the wolf hound/Pyrenees, Ginger Daisy the Nova Scotia Duck Toller, her sister Caribou of course, and Kato the cat.  She also loves running and skiing, pool parties, car rides, sticks, blueberries, warm milk, slaying dragons, bouncing tennis balls, and mixed martial arts sparring with Kato.

dog and cat playing

Kobi and Kato sparring

dog eating blueberries

Kobi eating blueberries, she loves blueberries

Least favorite things:  strangers, oranges, and dogs that come into our yard uninvited.

She has tested me in ways I thought I would never tolerate, but she has also been the reason for so many great adventures.  She has shown me another lighter way of looking at the world.  She approaches every run, walk, ski or swim with unbridled enthusiasm.  Something we should all do.  I don’t regret her for a second.

dog and a purple dog toy

Kobi and her purple dragon

Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

20 thoughts on “The Story of Kobi

  1. I know exactly how you feel…for some reason your story reminded me of the time Cesar Millan came to Dawson Creek. Lorraine, you and I went to show, and could hardly wait!!! At the show, we both filled out our forms in anticipation of being pulled (mine even had a picture of Quincy) and getting our “life saving” technique that would save the day…as the cht wasn’t working quite as well for us as Cesar. Of course…our forms didn’t get pulled but I think you are right…we are given the dogs we need!!! Jesse and Quincy are great horse back riding partners and willing to do and go for hours! Dogs are pure joy!!! Here’s to our furry friends who keeps us smiling!!!

    • Jesse and Quincy are perfect for you just as Kobi is perfect for me. Once we figured out what they love to do, they settled in. Not to say they don’t keep us on our toes, but that’s what we need!! Life wouldn’t be the same without them.

  2. I just randomly came across this today on Facebook! I love it! And it makes me want to write about my boys and how they are the dogs that I need..although some days I doubt that. 🙂 I look forward to following this blog.

    • Thanks for following! You should write about your boys, they are the best and have such great stories. I love how our dogs touch our lives and are just what we need. Except when they wreck something, but then those are the funny stories!

  3. Wow, I enjoyed reading about Kobi. I feel like I know Kobi well now. Kobi seems to be consoling Kato (after a bad day)! 🙂

  4. Aw, what a sweet way to get Kobi. It’s always amazing on how you end up with a dog you didn’t expect.

  5. That’s so beautiful! A lot of what you said reminded me of my own dog – I also rescued her as as 8 week old puppy and she’s also wary of strangers. She’s my constant shadow and I haven’t regretted having her for once second. She’s changed my life so much, but all for the better. Sadly, her days of running with me are over, as she’s 14 years old now… We’ve had an amazing journey together and will see it though until the end, which hopefully won’t be all that soon. Enjoy your time with Kobi, give her every moment you can spare. Thank you for sharing this! P.S.: I hope you’ll be back in your running shoes again very soon!

    • That is so sweet. I wish they lived longer as they are such great companions and friends. I don’t take any time with her for granted, even walking is fun with Kobi (and she is the only reason I go for walks). I’m hoping I’ll be running soon again for both our sakes.

      • I love walking my dog – she gets soooo excited about every single walk and I love watching her as she explores the world. It inspires me to do the same – to just enjoy the moment and the world around me, to notice things and to spend my time exploring them. I really wish they lived longer too, it’s breaking my heart seeing my best friend get older… But at the same time, I like to think it’s meant to be that way; that we only get to borrow them for some time and they give us room to find a new companion and to learn new lessons from them.

      • They do teach us to stay in the moment. Something we need more practice at.

  6. The pictures are so cute.
    I am not a dog person but if I was to meet Kobi I would be on her good side because I wouldn’t try and touch her right away. 🙂
    I am a cat person and don’t even touch new to me cats because I don’t know where they have been. I am strange. I know this. haha

    Great post. It was nice to hear how you have come to be with Kobi and the love you share.

    • I just love her puppy pictures. That’s great that you don’t try touching cats or dogs right away, you just never know. I had a cat that didn’t really like being touched either, but she was so pretty everyone wanted to touch her. It’s funny because I’ve always felt I was more of a cat person too, but Kobi is just so much fun and she can run with me (my cats don’t like running with me). Kobi loves cats too, I never expected that.

      • We have talked about getting a dog but with Warren being in the Navy and gone for long periods of time sometimes I don’t want the responsibility of looking after one. We aren’t going to have kids because I would have to look after them the majority of the time and to me a dog is the same way.

        Warren also said that he wouldn’t walk a dog in the rain or pick up after it so until he says he will do that and is home all the time we won’t get one.

        Our cats are our kids. 🙂

      • Cats are way easier keepers than dogs and will poop in a box. And they make great kids. Dogs are higher maintenance. It’s good to wait until you’re both ready for one as so many dogs end up in families where no one does anything with them and that’s no life for a dog.

  7. I enjoyed getting to know Kobi💗 I’m happy you found eachother. And that is a great reminder, you don’t always get what you want but what you need , even with kids! I often wondered why I don’t have quiet, calm children and there is a reason why😊

  8. Lovely! Now give the keyboard to Kobi because I wanna hear her side of the story too. 🙂

    • That’s a great idea, but I might have to type for her. I bet her side is way more interesting. She did guest blog for me early on about one of our runs together.

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