It’s A Girl!


Craig Herrera:
Craig HerreraWell, a female pup!  She is such a sweet and loving dog!  Meet Kaia.

She is a four month old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix and we adopted her from the Mendocino Animal Care and Control Shelter in Ukiah on Saturday.   We found her online after searching so many humane society and rescue sites and when her picture popped up, that was it!  She doesn’t have the ridge up the spine of her back, but has all the other characteristics of a Rhodesian, including the playful, yet loving personality.  She loves to play, and she loves to be comforted.

She did great on the trip home in the backseat of the car.  We didn’t have a crate for her at the time but she has one now.  She was fine and slept most of the way home.

First stop, lunch for us and a pottie break for her and Sasha, about 30 minutes into the trip south on Highway 101.  We stopped at a great winery for lunch and she explored some of the grounds with Sasha (our 10-year old Lhasa Apso I adopted in Denver) for a bit.  The sun was so nice, but hot.  Bellies full and happy we continued on our journey south.  We made our way across the Golden Gate Bridge.  It was such a gorgeous day!  It was incredible to see all the walkers going across the GGB for the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk.  We cheered them on and took another pottie break a few more pictures.

Next stop, home!  Kaia was a little shy to walk into the house but she followed Sasha inside anyway.  It was like Sasha was telling her to follow her inside.  I wish I knew what they were thinking, but sometimes it’s easy to make it out!  Kaia explored the house and quickly found a spot she has now made her own.  It is a big and soft dog bed sitting under the stairs.  It is where Tess (our Rhodesian Ridgeback we lost to cancer a few months ago) used to nap.  It was so sweet.

She and Sasha played for just a few minutes before Sasha decided she was done so Kaia just left her alone.  Kaia loves her new toy, a Kong! It is a large plastic toy and it holds treats inside.  Kaia has to work that toy with her teeth and paws to get the treat out.  She loves it! Now we are working on some commands like “sit” and “down” and she’s learning quickly!  Next, we are going to get her ready for Walk ‘n Wag in San Jose on October 4th.  It’s an event benefiting the Humane Society Silicon Valley and I have the honors of leading the walk again this year.  NBC Bay Area is again the proud sponsor of the event and we  have information on our web site at

Also in late October, I will get to lead the Howling Halloween pet parade in Los Gatos!  I did it last year and that was so much fun.  Just imagine a few hundred pets all dressed up in costumes walking from store to store for treats.  It’s great!  I’ll keep you updated on that event too as we get closer to the end of October.  I’m looking forward to spending so much time with the new pup.

Happy Tails to you! 🙂

Craig Herrera
NBC Bay Area Weather Plus Meteorologist


12 Responses to “It’s A Girl!”

  1. Bob C Says:

    Morning Craig, Congratulations on your new Ridgeback. She looks like a great little dog. I to had a Rhodesian named Cali and she was a good dog. She died in November of cancer at the age of 10. Now we keep our eyes open to finding one in the shelters and online rescue as well. Best of luck with her.
    Regards , Bob

  2. Donna Webb Says:

    Congrats on the new puppy! Are your dogs registered on My 3 dogs (Molly/CeCe/Yoshi) would love to be their friiends.

  3. Craig Says:

    By the way, here is a direct link to PAWS TO ADOPT, it is the site where I found Kaia.

  4. Stephanie Ladeira Says:

    Can’t wait to meet Kaia! Yay! So glad you have a new pup for Sasha!

  5. Craig Says:

    Hi Steph,
    She is so cute! She loves to play and she LOVES to cuddle and have us rub her belly!
    I can’t wait for you to meet her!!!

  6. Christine Benninger Says:

    Congratulations, Criag! Kaia looks like such a sweet little girl. I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to meet her!

    Best regards –
    Chris Benninger

  7. Craig Says:

    Hi Donna!

    THANK YOU so much for the great comments! Kaia is a sweetheart! I have not used! THAT IS GREAT! I better get started! I’ll get started and our dogs can all be friends! THAT IS GREAT!
    Enjoy your day with your Molly, Cece and Yoshi!

  8. Craig Says:

    Hi Bob,
    I am so sorry to hear about you Cali! It is so hard to lose a furry member of the family! Tess also died of cancer a few months ago, she was 13, so we were very lucky to have her so long. Kaia is a sweetheart! They had another RR mix at Paws To Adopt. They are in Ukiah, so we made a nice day trip of it to pick Kaia up.
    The staff there was great!
    I just looked and it seems they have a few R.R. mixes. Check out Matthew, Colton and Dude/Jude.
    I hear Kaia’s sister (Peggy) was adopted today, but keep an eye out, maybe you’ll find one! I also found two online from the Rhodesian Rescue in L.A., try them too. There is a R.R. rescue of Northern California and you may find one there as well. I hope you find one! Please let me know if you do and I’ll keep an eye out too!
    The Humane Society Silicon Valley is also great! They have a wonderful staff and maybe a R.R. for you to adopt.

  9. Craig Says:

    Hi Chris,
    THANK YOU so much! Kaia is such a sweetheart! I am in love! Sasha likes her, but is still keeping a safe distance. Sasha will play with her for a few minutes then leave her alone. With time I know she’ll be very close to her new “sister”.
    I am so excited about Walk N Wag! I’ll see you soon! Thank you for all your support Chris! I love the Humane Society Silicon Valley!

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  11. Julie Cummings Says:

    Hi Craig –
    Congrats on your new little girl!! She’s very cute. We have 1-year old RR named Meeka – boy what a “princess”!! We lost our RR/Lab mix Sadie in February. Meeka also has a “sister” Sonder (2-yrs old) who is supposed to be a RR/Rotti mix (I’m not seeing it!)…. they keep us on our toes!!
    Again – congrats!

  12. Craig Says:

    Hi Jules!

    I’m sorry to hear about Sadie! It’s so hard because they are such an important part of the family!
    I’m glad you have Meeka! Send a photo to me so I can put her on t.v. for Paws A Moment With Craig at 5:21 AM!

    Thank you so much for email!
    Kaia is such a sweetheart! She loves to cuddle, loves to play and is very quick to learn commands. She’s growing fast too! I like to hold her now that I can… I won’t be able to do that in a few months!

    You have a great week and enjoy your time with Meeka!

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