A New Puppy:
I want this puppy mom, can we keep him? That was what I heard from my daughter Kaygan. As she held the little black puppy in her arms, I could see she had fallen in love.
He was coal black with white on his chest, paws, and a ring around his neck. He had a white tip on his tail, and his left front leg was white halfway up. The right-back leg had white on the paw and he had floppy ears like a lab. The puppy was the runt of a litter, of Pit Bull and Labrador puppies that were being given away.
Trip looked more like the pit bull than the lab, with his blocky head and chest, but his lower body was smaller. Kind of scraggly, the little Male pup had captured Kaygan’s heart and I could see how much she wanted this little puppy.
Just A Runt:
I looked at this little runt and he looked back with these big soulful eyes, wagged his little tail and it was over, I knew he was coming home with us. When we got home we fed and watered him and gave him a little bit of milk.
This puppy lapped up the milk until his little body looked like it would explode, then curled up on my daughter’s lap and went to sleep. The family all loved him and my son wanted him to be his dog, but Trip chose Kaygan.
A while later Trip woke up, so she took him outside to the go potty. When it was bedtime, we fixed him a place right beside Kaygan’s bed, but he kept crying. She scooped him up, wrapped him in a small blanket, and put him in bed with her. He quieted right down and went to sleep. That started a pattern of him sleeping with her, they were inseparable.
It was winter in Alaska when we got Trip and it was cold outside. We would take him out to go potty and he would sit on our feet because his feet would get cold. Then, when he could wait no longer he would jump off our feet, go potty and then jump back on our feet.
His Name Was Trip:
Kaygan named him Trip because he was pretty clumsy as a puppy and often fell down when running. He loved to play, and attacking a sock, or tug a war were his favorite games. Socks were a great danger to us all as far as he was concerned and Trip growled and barked ferociously at it. He was so cute, this little ball of fury always running, playing, and attacking you pant legs with so much energy.
As the dog grew older, he filled out and was stocky and strong. Sledding was fun and Kaygan would get on the sled and have Trip pull her. He usually ended causing a wreck, as he would get to close to the sled
Playing In The Snow:
The snow would be very deep in the winter and then it would crust over which was perfect for snow sports. We would go snowshoeing and Trip was not to be left behind. He would be running along beside us and the drop completely out of sight, then pop up out of the snow quite a distance from where we were.
Spring or break-up in Alaska meant there was snow melting, consequently, ponds or lakes of cold icy water could be found beside the road. Trip loved the water and he loved to play fetch. It must have been the labrador in him because you could throw a stick way out in the water and he would go after it.
This dog even loved the ocean, and when we went to the beach for a walk, he would jump in and out of the water just for fun. Our son worked at the boat launch and sometimes took Trip with him. They would race down the beach as Trip loved to run and he was fast.
This dog had so much energy and if he hadn’t gone on a walk, he would race around the backyard as fast as he could run, about 5-6 times, to run that energy off.
Popcorn For Trip:
Popcorn and grapes were his favorites. If you had popcorn he would sit and drool as he waited for you to throw a piece his way. Grapes were the same way, he loved them.
Our dog was protective of the family, in particular Kaygan. Even if she and her brother were play- fighting, he didn’t like it much. Trip would bark and grab the attacker’s clothes until they quit. My son would wrestle with him and that was great fun, but don’t fight or he was upset.
This guy was a one of a kind dog, he was protective, loving, energetic, and had quite the personality. Trip had one fault, he didn’t like to come when you called him. If there was a squirrel or bird involved, he had to chase them first and then come back. We even tried a shock collar on him. If he had the collar on he obeyed, but the minute it was off, he knew and he was off to the races again
He Loved Kids
Kids loved this dog and he loved them back. We always knew where the kids were because even if we couldn’t see them, we never worried. Calling Trip showed us right where the kids were. In fact, he followed them everywhere, even up into the treehouse.