Today’s post is a good one – our manager from BC West, Kara Knight, writes about the dog she brought from South Andros Island in the Bahamas to Canada.
A Dog Named Kalik
You always meet people with really great stories about how they found their dog…I love those stories but never expected to be one of those people. Somehow, though, when I left South Andros for Canada this spring it was with a little ball of white fur tucked into a bag beside me on the plane. She travelled incredibly well, barely made a peep, and looked at me like I was crazy when we stepped off the plane in Calgary, to -4 temperatures and 20 cm’s of fresh snow!
At Andros South the staff had named the pup ‘Snowflake’ but somehow having a dog in the northern reaches of Canada named after snow just didn’t feel right. I agonized over giving her a good name and did they ever laugh when they found out what I had named her – Kalik, after a brand of Bahamian beer. Upon hearing her name anyone who has travelled to those islands immediately gives you a knowing nod and a smile.
If you had seen her on Andros you likely wouldn’t recognize her now – tall, 25 lbs heavier and still growing. And what a place to grow up, on the Dean River!! Being molded into a steelheading dog, exploring the woods, the ocean & the river, meeting anglers & grizzlies. She seems to be enjoying her new life at BC West. As they say though, you can take the dog out of the Bahamas but you can’t take the Bahamas out of the dog – if you see us on a river do you know where she’ll be? Curled up on the only patch of sand in sight, dreaming of home.
Thank you to everyone who made bringing this dog home possible for me. There is no shortage of dogs from the Bamahas who need homes – contact the Royal Potcake Rescue for more information.
The breed is called a ‘Potcake’, named for the manner in which locals fed them with the leftover scrapings out of the cooking pot. They are intelligent, loyal & loving dogs.