The cane corso that stole Alyssa’s heart
Theirs is a quintessential story of a pup who proudly chose her family.
“She is a goofy, blubbery, slobbery mess and we love her,” Mages proclaims as she recounts the story of first meeting her cane corso, Kekona—which means “second” or “second chance” in Hawaiian.
“The practice I was at would work with a lot of different rescues in the area,” she explains. “The rescues would take in puppies from bad situations, like the puppy mills in Lancaster, [Pennsylvania], and bring them to us for initial care before trying to find them homes. It was the week before Christmas and a litter of cane corsos came in. The entire litter was born blind, either in 1 eye or both.”
Mages describes her initial impression of Kekona as
“10 pounds of soft black and white fuzziness.” Kekona, who was the runt of the litter and blind in both eyes, was inconsolable the entire day. Although many people at the hospital tried, no one could get her to stop crying.
“I happened to be working at my desk that day and they asked me to hold her. She immediately curled into my arms and fell asleep,” Mages says. She knew right then she had found her newest family member.
“I am a cat person; I have always been a cat person,” she confesses. “I love dogs but grew up with cats, and I speak their language.” Still, Mages texted her husband asking if the family could foster the puppy. “I knew full well that if I brought her home the week before Christmas that she was never leaving. And here she is 3 years later.”
Kekona has since needed to have both eyes removed, but she knows commands, is comfortable around the house and is wonderful with Mages’ 2 children. At 92 lbs, Kekona is still considered the runt of the litter—her siblings weigh upward of 140 lbs—but the Mages family is proud to call her theirs.