Diary of a Dog: Kayla

Photos by Irene Searles

Check out my gorgeous white coat! It’s not surprising that I’m known as a White Swiss Shepherd or Berger Blanc Suisse. All of my titles sound pretty fancy, and in fact, my ancestors came from Switzerland and my parents are originally from France.

As for me, I’m very happy to call Palo Alto home, as there’s nothing I like better than outdoor exercise. I’m personal trainer to Eric and Paula, which means I’m always keeping my family moving. “Let’s Go!” I bark, and we head off on off-leash hikes and romps through forests, fields and beaches. You may not know this, but dogs can’t sweat through their skin like humans do, so by keeping my tongue out, I can bring in lots of cool air. That’s a handy trick when you’re really active and adventurous like me.

Another favorite outing is browsing the stores of Stanford Shopping Center. The shop owners put out treats for me and some even know me by name. When it’s time for dinner, I prefer restaurants with charcuterie on the menu because Eric will often give me little nibbles and I appreciate good service. (There’s nothing like a full water bowl!) Although I weigh 80 pounds, I’m incredibly gentle, smart and loyal. Growing up (I’m six now), my best friend was a cat named Marlo, and we’d play with each other all the time—even though we were very different sizes. (Secret confession: I actually like cats more than dogs.) More than anything, I enjoy meeting babies and kids of all ages. They can’t seem to resist tugging on my hair but I don’t mind.

Lately, I’ve been hearing whispers in my house about a “new family member on the way.” I’m already getting in lots of babysitting practice and can’t wait for my newest little friend to arrive
in the fall.