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My Four-Legged Homecoming

I guess you could say I’m kind of used to the “all over the place” type of lifestyle, in the sense that I travel a lot.

When I come home, though, it’s always the same. You know the saying, “Home is where the heart is”? It’s more like, “Home is where the normal is,” for me, at least.

My normal homecoming includes more than just family and friends. Probably just like you, it includes my four-legged family too.

Whenever I return home after being away for either my main traveling purpose – dog shows or when I travel for personal reasons, I always come home to the same room, with the same bed and, yes, the same excited dogs.

Last week, when I came home from covering shows in Southern California, not only did I return to find my happy house dogs, but I also came home to – if you’ve been keeping track here on DFR – my not-so-itty-bitty puppies. I was shocked at how much they grew in the short amount of time I was away.

Unlike my “normal” dogs, these puppies didn’t really “know” me, per se. But being puppies, of course, they were as excited to see me as they would be to see anyone!

Growing puppies just call for a photo shoot, so that is exactly what my mom and I did when we got home. We spent a few hours evaluating the litter and taking photos of all of the little cuties.

Oh, and don’t forget playtime, which included many, many overdue puppy kisses! Here is a face to die for…

With puppies waiting at home, it tends to make homecoming more exciting and worthwhile. Even if I just had a great trip full of adventures, coming home to my doggies is something I always look forward to.

All they want to do is hang out with me, and how great a homecoming is that?

It’s proven to be true once more…Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
  • Patty Paladino July 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    How wonderful for you Kayla, dogs love you unconditionally and truly miss YOU, the person!! Love the story….when I get home from work every single day my dogs run to greet me no matter what!!!

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla B July 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      Patty, It’s true! And from being in your home, I know that your Beagles love you everyday! Aren’t they the best?

  • Patty Paladino July 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    PS very cute puppy

  • Judy Higgins Kasper July 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Yep, that is a face to die for . . . .

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla B July 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      Isn’t it? So adorable!

  • Leslee July 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Great photo! I love you, your mom and your great articles Kayla.

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla B July 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      We love you too! Thanks for your support!!!!

  • gus j July 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    nice!! very good article Kayla

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla B July 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Thank you (:

  • Sonya Henderson,Raynics Bassets July 15, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    That face is almost out ranked by my own faces of basset puppies of which I have not had for a while!! Sooooooooo very SPECIAL!

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla B July 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      Sonya, thanks for the comment! That’s hard to believe, but with out one for awhile they will get you with “that look”

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