Phi Beta Kali

Earlier this month, Kali took private lessons in rattlesnake avoidance class. Today was the final exam. First there was a camouflaged cage that contained a rattlesnake.


We walked Kali toward the cage and in the proper distance, she balked and wanted to go the other way. Even though she had the shock collar on, there was no shocking today, the one shock she received 2½ weeks ago was sufficient.



We took her the other way and did it again with another cage.


Kali wanted out of there.


“Can we go now?” – of course, you passed with flying colors!

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46 comments on “Phi Beta Kali

  1. Hooray for Kali. We are proud to know a graduate of Rattlesnake School,

  2. Congrats to Kali. Pass out the treats — Green Bean all the way around.

  3. Wooohoowoooooo! Good job Kali!

  4. That is great that they have those classes available for you down there especially since I assume rattlesnakes are VERY common!

  5. We think that deserved a round of treats. Well done Kali. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Kali wanted out of there because she’s smart and knows how to pass a test. Good for you Kali.

    Have a woof woof day. My best to your humans. 🙂

    • She is a good girl. When we first got her, we thought it might not work out but after almost 4 months, she’s settled down and improving. She was just knocked around. Kali was adopted and returned before we got her. I don’t think those peeps knew what they had.

  7. Congratulations on raising such a top dog scholar! Kali is ready for summer now and those rattlers better keep their distance.

  8. Good Girl, Kali. You learned so quickly and you’ll be safe.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

    • I have to say that she’s almost as smart as I am. Right now, she’s more athletic than I ever was. She hasn’t learned “crafty” yet and I won’t tell her about that for a while.

  9. NICE!!! I thinks that deserves a WOOOOHOOOO!!! And a margarita…or two! Oh, you’re too young, I guess Kyla and I will have to drink yours!! BOL
    Congrats Kali!!
    Ruby ♥

    • Watch out-she’ll steal your margarita if you’re not careful. That’s dirty pool as far as I know. She tried to eat my green beans and paid for it. ¡Don’t ever try to pilfer this Mexican puppy mill-born Scott’s margarita!

  10. “Proper explanation is the great key to understand!”

    Saying by Dali Lama Bites

  11. High Paws Kali !

  12. WooHoo Kali good job on your final exam. Since you are a Phi Beta Kali, lets have Rush week and serve Snakebite Shots (1part Jack Daniels, 1part Tequila, and 5-10 drops Tabasco sauce).

    Aroo to you,

    • Can we float a Scotch Bonnet in it as a garnish? It certainly beats little umbrellas with pineapple on the handle. That way we can make room for more Jack and eliminate the Tabasco.

  13. Yay Kali! Hopefully this means we all don’t have to worry about you! As for being returned, well, it’s a damn good thing because look where you wound up – in heaven! My Scruffy was returned after one day because she growled-but it sure worked out for us!
    Alyssa, Mr. Fox & Scruffy

    • Kali was returned because she was too active. I guess those peeps wanted a throw rug. Yes, she’s very active but that’s what is expected from a terrier pup. She has now settled down because she fits in and feels secure-this is HER home.

  14. Glad you’re certified rattlesnake smart Kali! Stay safe… teach Kyla and Kaci too 😛

  15. So glad she passed! Good that she will be safe! 🙂

  16. WHOOOOOOHOOOOOOAROOOOOO!!!! Well done Kali, we just KNEW you’d ace it! *HIGH FIVE PAWS*
    Wally & Sammy

  17. Kali doesn’t have to be Struck by Lightning a second time. You are not raising a dumb dog.
    Sweet William The Scot

  18. When we lived in the desert part of southwest Utah, Max had to watch for the rattlers but now he lives in a place without snakes and I think his skills have gotten rusty.

  19. Good for you Kali! Just remember, loose snakes are just as shocky as snakes in a cage!

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