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Kaia is a 3 year old 55 lb. spayed female in Columbia, TN.

Kaia is a beautiful mottled and docked tail girl. We adopted her a little over 2 years ago as a playmate for our other ACD, Kensi, who we adopted at 5 months old from ACDRA about 2 months before adopting Kaia.


We don’t know much about Kaia’s first year of life, just that she was dropped off at a vet’s office in Atlanta, GA and left. She was fostered by a family in the Atlanta area for a very short period before she came to be with us.


Kaia & Kensi have a true love/hate relationship. I would say they play together some, tolerate each other most time and then are fighting the rest. We also have a 14-year-old male Shih Tzu, Brodie, he is a grouchy old guy that tolerates the girls but mostly ignores them. Kaia tries to herd him which he doesn’t appreciate it.

Kaia loves to be the center of attention and closest to her humans of all the dogs; she will wedge herself between us and the other dogs, and it’s turned ugly on several occasions between her and Kensi. Brodie will typically clear the area when she inserts herself, but she has nipped at him a time or two and is jealous of any attention he receives as well.

Kaia is a very sweet and loving girl when it’s just her or her and our old guy if he’s asleep (which is most of the time!) She believes she is a lap dog and is very loving and affectionate. She will snuggle and nap with you and ALWAYS stays close by – she must know where her humans are. She does like to chase squirrels and birds – never tested her with cats but can say she doesn’t seem to be a fan of our neighbor’s cat that visits our yard some time. She LOVES LOVES LOVES to play ball, get belly rubs and chest scratches, and treats (Charlee Bears are a favorite but OraVet chews for her teeth are the BEST!) She is microchipped, current on all her vaccines, HW negative and on Heartgard. We did discover she has some incontinence, and it is controlled by a daily maintenance medication.

Kaia has been through training and knows several commands – sit, down, place, stay, off, come, leave it, and go crate. She is crate and house trained and uses a pet door. She sleeps crated at night but would gladly sleep with you if you’d let her. She is also crated when we are not at home. I work from home, so she is typically out and about most of the time. She walks well on lead but tends to pull on occasion. She and Kensi were trained with e-collars. She typically does not require stimulation for most things (like settling her down when UPS is delivering something, or someone is at the door) – usually just showing her the controller is sufficient. However, it’s been the only safe method we’ve been able to use when she and Kensi get tangled up. She is typically not reactive to other dogs when on lead unless she’s over stimulated – she usually will ignore them but does NOT want them in her face.

Kaia does not like loud noises – storms and fireworks scare her. She also doesn’t care for a lot of activity around her; when we’ve had people over, we’ll usually crate her when the activities start making her anxious. Often, if she is startled, she will jump on Kensi for no other reason than Kensi is there. She is very territorial at home but will warm up to people quickly once she sees we are good with them. She is anxious around small children – their quick movements and squealing unnerves her. She does well with older kids (tweens and above). She does herd – lots of circling and will nip, but she hasn’t bitten anyone since she’s been with us.

We have worked extensively with Kaia via training and medication to curb her anxiety and reactivity towards our other dogs; it will be ok for a while and then another incident occurs. Kensi has had numerous trips to the vet because of her fights with Kaia. These encounters have created wariness and resentment from Kensi. Brodie is very wary of her as well.

All our dogs need to be in a place where they can relax, be loved, and feel safe. We want this for Kaia as much as Kensi and Brodie. She needs a place where she is the center of attention and can have a consistent routine without small kids around, and it’s relatively peaceful. She will truly thrive in the right home and love her humans unconditionally – she deserves this, and we want this for her but are unable to provide that for her here.


We will want a meet and greet for any potential families and a rehome fee of $200 is required - which will be donated to ACDRA.

Kaia is in Columbia, TN.

Email cgbunn@bellsouth.net