Hello! I’m Kayla! I am the fourth and final leg of our Wags and Walks social media team. Specifically, I manage our Instagram and Social Influencer program. Like the rest of Team Wags, I am so excited to have the blog back up and running! I love the girls I get to collaborate with on a daily basis. It’s amazing working with women who are so passionate about the same thing as I am! We all donate most of our free time to Wags and Walks to help make Los Angeles No-Kill. Here is my story!
Back in November of 2014, I found Wags and Walks through some very adorable puppies! Kimmy called me to discuss my adoption application, and by the end of the call she had recruited me to help with Wags and Walks Instagram. At the time of applying I thought the pups were younger than they were, and that we would have at least a couple weeks before they could go home. My husband, David, and I were right at the end of buying our first house and needless to say – we had a lot going on so we made the tough decision to not adopt one of the puppies. Since then, I have become involved in more ways than I could have ever imagined, and I have also gained another family.
I grew up in a very small town (pop. ~2,500) and our first dog was a Rottweiler, who joined our family after a friend of my parents needed to rehome him. His name was Butch and he was literally the sweetest dog and cared so deeply for my sisters and me. He was always part of our dress up parties, and would kindly share the spotlight with our cats. Butch passed away from cancer when I was 12 years old. For the next 4 years I continued to remind my parents that we needed to get another family member (but I got another little sister instead haha). Finally, on my 16th birthday I received Mocha, a 2-month-old Rottweiler. Instead of playing powder puff football my senior year of high school – I was at dog training classes. She wasn’t just my dog, she was our family member and so when I went to college she stayed with my family. Mocha passed away of cancer, as well, when she was just 9 years old. I was away on a work trip when my mom Facetimed me as they were arriving to the emergency vet. The vet was picking her and her bed up when I told her that I loved her. She looked at me (via Facetime) and barked back, she was gone before she arrived inside.
Four months before Mocha went to dog heaven, David and I adopted @BlueBrill together. We adopted her from an LA based rescue and literally fell in love at first sight. We walked into the adoption event and my husband said, “We are adopting her”, and she has been our little girl since. Being from a small town in Central Oregon, I was unaware about the amazing rescue community before we adopted Blue. I was also unaware how amazing and life changing adopting a pit bull is. Truthfully, when we were adopting we didn’t know much about the breed, just the negative stereotype and that there were so many pits in the LA shelters. We want everyone to know how amazing pitbulls are, so we take great pride in Blue being a breed ambassador. We continue to train with her (with Go Off Leash) and socialize her; she goes to daycare a couple days a week at West LA Dogs. We recently fell in love with (and adopted) another little girl – Bora Brill. Blue and Bora are best friends and I can’t help but take a photo every time they sleep with their heads together.
I honestly can’t imagine what my life would be if we hadn’t adopted Blue, as she has led us to so many more amazing people and experiences, including Bora. They have made our lives more fulfilling. Who would have thought that a dog could do something like that?! That is what I live for now. I love helping other families find their newest family member. We have since fostered 29 dogs for Wags and Walks. I have cried multiple times when a family has an immediate connection and finds the dog that adds what they were missing. Yes, fostering and letting them go is hard but we always know that we have to gear up for the next one so that another life can be saved.
You never know when you will set eyes your newest family member, so make sure you are following us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (@wagsandwalks). Also, I encourage you to get involved by volunteering or fostering! I can promise that you won’t regret it. I am happy to answer any questions you have about either so comment away!
Until next time,