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An Alaskan Klee Kai gains a new owner and an Internet following.


Kiwi the Alaskan Klee Kai


Who could have known that the video of my dog I put on the Internet would become so popular? In the video, I reach out my hand with a lime, and Kiwi, my Alaskan Klee Kai, eagerly starts tasting the lime. After she licks it a couple of times, the sourness kicks in. First, she makes a sour face, then she freaks out and does some crazy break-dancing moves. After 1.1 million views, Kiwi is now the most popular Alaskan Klee Kai on Youtube! Despite her fame, I can’t help but think about how I first found Kiwi.

At first, I considered a Shiba Inu, but I wanted my dog to be cuddly and affectionate. Because many Shibas are more independent, they tend to be reserved, even with their owners. I wanted a dog that would wag its tail, love to be petted and cuddle up against me.

I learned about the Alaskan Klee Kai, a relatively new breed. They were beautiful, affectionate, loyal, curious and intelligent dogs. After an extensive search online, I fell in love with Kiwi.

Her breeder dropped Kiwi off at my apartment. From the moment I accepted her into my arms, Kiwi wagged her tail and tried to lick my face. She was so happy and loving, and I was so excited to have such a great puppy in my life. Kiwi quickly learned how to sit on the first day, and she learned to pee consistently on the pee pad after a week. She didn’t cry at all the first night.

However, not everything was perfect. Although seemingly independent, Kiwi had severe separation anxiety. I could not be in another room without her screaming from her pen for five hours straight. Over time, and with persistent training, Kiwi improved.

Nonetheless, Kiwi is still the joy of my life. I documented her day-to-day antics, from her sweet, curious manner to her silly, spazzy acts. Kiwi is now 7 months old, and she’s growing bigger and bigger every day. She currently weighs around 91/2 pounds. Her best traits are her ability to sit quietly and calmly next to me at a restaurant, her intelligence, her ability to quickly learn tricks and her exceptionally nice personality to all creatures alike. I wouldn’t have any other breed as the love of my life.


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