Kyla Duffy likes to make life difficult. For example, when she decided to adopt a Boston terrier in 2006, she took in Bill, a practically non-responsive two-year-old with a traumatic past, who turned out to be as strange and as stubborn as a Stonehenge. Though dogs are usually the ones blamed for begging, Bill taught Kyla to be an expert in the field:
“Bill, would you please get out of bed?”
“Bill, can I please take you hiking?”
“Bill, please eat that delicious chicken I just cooked for you. Do you want me to wrap it in cheese, baby?”
Kyla thought that Bill’s life needed a little difficulty, too, so she gave him foster “playmates”—49 of them, to be exact. And then she gave him Hillary, a splash Boston terrier parvo survivor who annoyed him right out of bed and into the awaiting paws of any other dog who would have him.
Long before dog drama took center stage in her life, Kyla’s studies kept her entertained. Her dream was to teach at the University of Colorado, and the only way to do that was to obtain a master’s degree, at the bare minimum. After seven years of intensive study, she was ready, and she was hired! But just then, the winds of change gusted, drawing her focus up into the air, and she decided to pursue flying trapeze instead.
There were plenty of opportunities for flying trapeze work in The States, but where was the adventure in that? Kyla took a job as far away as possible, in a country where she couldn’t read the language, speak the tongue, or easily bring her dogs: Japan. Learning any language is a never-ending process, but who would have thought that preparing dogs for immigration would take nearly that same amount of time? For Kyla, it was just what she needed—complications are the spice of life!
Bill and Hillary stayed with Kyla’s parents while she flew over the Pacific to, um, fly on the other side of the Pacific. Then, when the long home-quarantine period ended, Kyla hopped a plane home to pick up her dogs. During her brief stay in America, she received news that should not have been even remotely shocking: the dogs had sunk their claws into her parents’ hearts, and they were “invited” to remain at their vacation home for the duration. In the end, Kyla was able to negotiate the release of Bill from her parental pup-nappers, but she could only obtain visitation rights for Hillary.
Now, Hillary lives with Kyla’s parents in a three-story home on the corner of a beautiful park in Boulder, Colorado, and Kyla and Bill share a third of a rusted, old shipping container at POP Circus in Japan. Bill spends most of his time sleeping and eating the leftover curry off the neighbor’s dishes. As for Kyla, when she is not princessing around in a tiara or taking long walks on the beach (with Bill, of course), she is writing about their adventures. From “B” to “T” (“Bill” to “Typhoons”), circus life with a dog in a foreign country riddled with natural disasters supplies Kyla with almost all the challenge she needs, but the wind’s always a-blowin’…
Stay tuned to see what adventures await!
Though a Jersey girl for life, Kyla considers Boulder, Colorado, her American hometown. She holds a BS in Marketing, a BA in Spanish Translation, and an MPS in Organizational Leadership. In addition to performing flying trapeze, Kyla owns http://happytailsbooks.com and runs http://upforpups.org, two organizations dedicated to making life better for dogs in need and supporting the efforts of their rescuers.