Pamela is the owner of Kits Bow Wow Haus and Punk is her little rescue dog who helps her look after the store.
How old is Punk?
Punk is probably just under 2. I am not really sure because he is a rescue. We think he was about 7 or 8 months old when I got him a year ago.
What is your favourite thing about Punk’s personality?
Punk is an extremely calm, snuggly dog who appreciates nothing better than being held. Mostly he likes me to hold him, but he actively asks customers that come into the shop to pick him up and his calmness then melts their hearts.
My family thinks he is the perfect dog because he is a smart, sweet little guy and on top of that he is so ridiculously cute that it makes you laugh! Don’t think that he is a pushover though. Punk has a defiant streak a mile wide and firmly sees himself as the guy in charge; you have to earn some things with him.
Punk loves to play with people and all dogs. He is undaunted by size, some of his favorite playmates outsize his 10 lbs impressively! A five month old, 50 lb Kuvasz puppy, or Hubba a 40 lb neighbourhood doggie are great examples. Truly though I think people are really Punk’s thing. He makes friends so easily and I hear he is a star in several facebook photo albums. Then there is Pete Murray who is in town for a few months from Scotland (Pete is featured in a previous blog called “Dog Beach Q & A”). Pete and Punk have become fast friends and go for walks to dog beach a few times a week. Pete believes Punk should be more famous than Boo.
What is Punk’s rescue story?
Punk was in a shelter in Los Banos, California where not too many people visited and there was little chance of him being adopted. They issued a plea to the rescue community to get him out of there as they really did not want to kill him. Pamela McKenzie (Pamelasdogs.com) saw the plea and rescued him. The first picture of him showed a very sad matted dirty little dog with blood on his leg. We thought he might have been hurt in a in a fight, but it turned out he was so infested with fleas that he had been biting at his leg to stop the itching. After he was pulled from the shelter he was fostered in a yurt community where he was treated for the fleas. Pamela brought him across the border in mid-February 2011, and he came to me with a crazy hair cut and very damaged skin. I fostered him for about 3 hours before I realized that there was no way I could let him go.
What is the funniest thing Punk has ever done?
I am not sure this is a funny thing, but it really makes me wonder about his past. He is terrified of Buddha. We have encountered Buddha sculptures in gardens and in shops, each time he cowers and will not go near them. He holds back with all of his might. I have tried to give him a safe place to explore from, held him and carefully approached the Buddha but he is just too afraid to get close. Once I touched the Buddha – clearly that was not okay for him. I won’t do that again.
How has Punk changed your life?
Oh my goodness. Taking any pet into one’s life is a changer. Punk is a really sweet, little, love muffin that opens hearts; he opened mine up too.