Monday, February 27, 2012

Famous rez dog

We have a famous rez dog named Kiko! In just one and a half days this video has been viewed nearly 13,000 times from YouTube (probably more if you are reading this a few days later). Some people from YouTube contacted us about liscensing it and some people from Fox and the show "Right This Minute" have contacted us wanting to know if they can use this video on their show. You can see it here.

I guess this blog is about Kiko. She does know how to roll over, by the way — and to sit, shake hands and lay down. The kitchen floor was just too small for her to do it in and so she just scoots around.

She is from the Navajo reservation, she's a rez dog from Crownpoint, N.M. She's about 6 years old and really belongs to my sister, Lisha — but she's my dog too. About six years ago she came to our doorstep as a filthy puppy caked in mud. We don't know where she came from or where  her mother or siblings were. She's been with us ever since. 

We don't know what breed of dog she is, but she does look like part rottweiler. She sheds really bad and she doesn't like it when you blow in her face.

That's how all our dogs have come to us (Zoey, Kobie, Spike and Max). They were stray, mix-breed dogs that were forgotten. There are hundreds of these kinds of dogs on Native reservations everywhere. They hang around grocery stores and eat scraps, they attack live stock, they have puppies under public buildings, they starve to death and they are just part of where I live. It's a problem, but it's ignored. 

Last time I did a story on the rez dog problem — because every writer writes one — Navajo animal control euthanizes 80 percent of all animals they catch. Sometimes they use rifles. Recently they cut back on funds for animal control so that leaves about five animal control employees for our whole reservation which is as big as West Virginia. That means Crownpoint doesn't have animal control, only when they do their random dog roundups every couple of months.

I don't know why rez dogs are not respected and treated like dogs that belong to white people. Navajo way says to respect every living and non-living thing, but the dog doesn't get that. They are protectors; they are cute and tolerable when they are puppies; and are forgotten when they are older leaving them to run away, get hurt, die or have puppies every season.

Not all dogs are like this, i.e. Kiko. There are a lot of people like us who love our dogs and put them on YouTube. Many Navajos take good care of their sheep herder dogs and many Navajos treat them like their children and cry when they die. It's just the bad outshines the good here, please don't look down on our nation and people.

Consider getting a pet from the animal shelter.

I hope you enjoyed Kiko's video, we never expected this to get this popular, we just wanted to share it with our friends and family.


  1. Jacelle Ramon-SauberanFebruary 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    I totally agree with your blog. Both my dogs are true rez dogs along with my mom's dog and auntie's dogs.
    My mom has had her dog Rooney for about 6 years and he came from a small village on my reservation about 2 1/2 hours from Tucson. He has been the best guard dog and companion ever. :-)

  2. Yes our rez dogs are special to us. Every time Lisha rescues a puppy, a rez puppy, I can't say no when she wants to keep it. She says she'll take care of it but really I end up taking care of them and I love them so much! Kiko and Zoey keep me busy but it's all worth it to see them healthy and happy. Kitty gets jealous at times but he's getting use to them being inside at night.

  3. Every time I bring home a dirty little puppy, it only feels right to take them in. THANK YOU MOM AND DAD for taking care of my pubbies!