Most mornings, Kiki the pit bull wakes up to her foster mom, Kara Severson, singing her show tunes from the couch. She sleeps there so the dog — whose back legs don’t work, likely from a neurological condition — can snooze next to her person.
“My couch is low enough to the ground, I can hold her paw as we go to sleep,” Severson says of the pup, who’s currently up for adoption. “She seems to appreciate being able to get close to me during the night.”
Specifically, and rather perfectly, the song is usually “Good Morning,” from the movie “Singin’ in the Rain.”
“No lie,” says Severson. “Good morning, good morning, it’s such a pretty day. Good morning, good morning, to you, and you, and you!”
1This musical start of the day is followed by a some healthy food, a good bone-chewing session, napping, going out for walks (using an adorable wheelchair) and then playing some tug and fetch. Kiki also has her bladder “squeezed,” as Severson puts it, every eight hours or so because she can’t pee on her own.
Don’t worry; Kiki doesn’t mind that part of things, either.
“She flips herself up to a sitting position and usually licks my face,” says Severson. “The face licks feel like a ‘thank you for helping me!’”
Recently, a new addition was made to Kiki’s routine.
Bialy’s Wellness Foundation, a group that helps special needs animals get the care they need, arranged for Kiki to receive physical therapy at a local clinic called Integrative Pet Care. (This clinic also treats some other famous special needs pits, like Fifty the two-legged pit bull.)
It’s there that Kiki was put on this underwater treadmill: