American Eskimo dogs

Smoky, the Shepherd Mix Rescue Found wandering in the Smokey Mountains (part 2)

FullSizeRender-308

“We brought him to the vet the next morning and he cut the prong collar off of his neck with bolt cutters.

We gave him antibiotics and took him back to our cabin rental, where we weren’t supposed to have dogs.

He slept for the next three days.

While we were still in Tennessee, we saw a flyer for a lost dog with a picture of Smoky.

The vet said, absolutely, do not give him back.”

Smoky, The Shepherd Mix Rescue Found Wandering the Smokey Mountains (part 1)

FullSizeRender-309

“I actually found Smoky in the Smoky Mountains.

He was walking at dusk on a road with a mountain on one side and a cliff on the other, so there was nowhere for him to walk but on the road.

I thought he was a dog who was lost, but he didn’t have any tags.

He had a pinch collar that had grown into his neck.

It was night time so we brought him back to our cabin and he slept the whole night.”

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 2)

FullSizeRender-154

We plan to set sail in a year and a half.

One of the toughest times since having Ginkgo was when I was living in L.A. and working  a lot.

I left her with a sitter, and one day she ran after me and was hit by a car.

I was afraid she died.

I thought she had internal damage, but she was okay.

I sat in the middle of the road crying and yelling, Grandma, in Italian.

She severed a few toes, but the vet reattached them.”

 

Niko, the Alaskan Klee Kai (part 3, he said)

fullsizerender-107

“Niko has given us reason to do things that we might not have done without him.

I would’t have just gone for a walk in the park by myself, but now I take Niko and walk for hours.

Niko has brought my fiancé and me closer together.

We care for him together; he is a shared responsibility.

He adds more flue to our family.

He is also a stand-in, or partner and companion when one of us is traveling.”

Niko, the Alaskan Klee Kai (part 2, he said)

fullsizerender-56

“This past fall we were tubing and Niko got out of the tube and his life vest.

He realized he couldn’t get back to us.

He realized he couldn’t swim against the current.  Luckily, he swam to shore, which was ten yards away.

We panicked when he started sprinting on the shore away from us.

We got to shore quickly and threw a stick, which he loves to catch.

Thankfully, he came running over.”

Niko, the Alaskan Klee Kai (he said, part 1)

fullsizerender-55

“The timing was right for us to get a dog.

We both grew up with families that had dogs and we knew down the road we wanted a dog.

We each wanted a dog (individually), but it was never the right time.

Eventually, I was working from home and my girlfriend was in school and we were able to train a puppy.

They need to go out every two hours and require constant monitoring.”

 

 

Niko, the Alaskan Klee Kai (part 3, she said)

fullsizerender-110

“We both have new jobs this year and are planning a wedding, so there is a lot of stress.

Niko gives me such a sense of calm and peacefulness.

If I am having a bad day I always look forward to coming home.

He makes our house a home, and he is king of our household.”

Niko,the Alaskan Klee Kai (part 2, she said)

fullsizerender-116

“I like the Schipperke and had thought about getting one when I was single a few years ago.

I am glad I waited.

Niko is a perfect mix of the dogs we liked.

He was the ultimate compromise.

I think Niko has changed my life in a positive way.

He gives us a reason to get up and around.

He’s motivation to get off the couch.

We see the sunrises and sunsets every day.

We walk all over the city and we travel with him.

He has a great attitude and he’s always up for an adventure.”

 

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 3)

fullsizerender-11“The only limitation of this job is that it is very physically demanding.

I try shoe inserts, take ibuprofen as needed, and am aware of my posture and try to walk as efficiently as possible.

The concrete is hard on the body.  I walk between 7-9 hours a day.

Another downside of the job is the weather– extreme heat, rain and cold can be difficult.

Whenever I am coming to work, riding on the train, I take the first 15 minutes to meditate.

I meditate on the word emptiness.  I try to mimic their openness.

I try to just enjoy where we are in that moment.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 2)

fullsizerender-78

 

“It’s also easier to start the day with a lot of excitement.

The dogs are always eager to see me.

I am really emotionally bonded with Earl because it took so long to earn his trust.

At first he was very skittish and then apathetic, but there came a time, a few months in, that I noticed his tail would wag and he would start this happy howl when I came.

That’s a great feeling.”