Kharma goes Camping


"Camping" is used loosely here. In Maine we like to say that we are camping, when we are really relaxing in an uninsulated shed in the middle of the woods. This camp that I visit at least once a month is on a small island that has been in my family since the late 1940s. It's a great getaway, and a fun way to connect with the dogs.

This was Kharma's first trip, and she was a doll. Joining her was a camp veteran, Anacapri, some Corgis, and a few of my friend's Aussies. While she hasn't quite nailed with whole swimming thing, she was game to hike the trails or sit in a kayak with us.


When we are introducing a dog who grew up in a traditional kennel into our home, one of the first things that they have to learn is how to be a dog. It was a joy to see her confidence in herself grow as she adventured. Traditional Maine beaches can be rocky, so watching a dog learn how to use their back legs and accurately calculate jumping distances can be a riot, and Ms. Kharma Curly-tail did quite a bit of splashing, but got the hang of it in the end.

My friend Veronica (instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kenai_australian_shepherd/) especially took a shining to her, and took many beautiful photos that can be found on her instagram from the weekend away. Things that I learned about Kharma on this trip.

  1. She will steal your kayak paddle if you don't babysit it. Sometimes this leaves you in knee-deep water, drifting out and trying to hand-paddle your way to shore while she drags it halfway across the beach.

  2. She is a great snuggler! Very mindful of your space, unluck Anacapri who likes to sleep behind you on your pillow.

  3. Kharma just wants to share space with us. If it's while trying to climb onto a kayak, snoozing by a hammock (or on in some cases- what fun!), or

  4. She tries to learn about you with her mouth. What I mean by this is that she is 100% puppy in an almost adult shepherd body. She will gently grab your hands and try to pull you with her. It's her way of initiating interaction. While it is cute, it will be something to work on so that she knows exactly when it is acceptable to do so. Not everyone wants to be greeted by a shepherd in this manner!

Overall, I look forward to many more adventures on the island with her. Kharma has been such a nice addition to our program and a joy to have in our home.

-Katie