||One year old|
||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
husband Steve and I wanted our daughter, Stephani, to experience
the joy of sharing her life with a friend, since she is an only child.
(She had begged us for a dog - like all kids do, every day of her ten
years of life.) She had, at the time, a marvelous talking cockatiel named
Sam, who was great, but was rather hard to cuddle. So, in a moment
filled with good intentions, we allowed her to choose her dog (NOT
Snowball). Unfortunately, within a half hour of having the sweet little
thing home, it had killed Sam. Stephani's day of days had turned into
tragedy and unbeknownst to us at the time, the dog had a valid learning
disability and could not be taught or focus. After months and months of
recovering from Sam's loss and unsuccessfully trying to bond and train
our new dog, Mariah, Steve and I made the parental decision of returning
her to the pound. Needless to say it was not a pretty situation.
One Year Later...
God sent the whole family Snowball!!
For her 11th birthday, Stephani requested again to have a dog. Again, we
all began the search for the perfect pet, only this time, a little
hesitantly. After weekends of hunting, we found ourselves in a nearby
pet store, staring through a glass cage at the cutest white ball of
fluff we had ever seen. And he stared back, his black eyes and nose
pointed directly toward Stephani. In those first few moments, their two
souls bonded and before they had the chance to touch each other, they
knew they belonged together. Since the six-month-old puppy was
placed in my daughter's arms, they have been inseparable. She named her
friend Snowball, and from the minute we put him in our car, he has
minded every command given him. Snowball is able to love each of us in
our own different ways, always making Stephani his first priority. He is
the most audible dog I have ever known, and his conversations of sound
continually bring smiles to our faces. (I wouldn't be surprised if he
picks up the English language soon.) From his first paw step in the
door, he was familiar and content in our home. (I think the angels gave
him a peek before they sent him down to us.) We all appreciate and love
him dearly. He has taken away the pain of our previous experience and
replaced it with tender devotion.
American Eskimos were once called German Spitzes. Unfortunately after
World War II, breed standards were never established. Though the breed
was recognized in 1913 by UKC, it wasn't until 1969 that American Eskimos
standards were formed by NAEDA and since then these dogs have received the
acknowledgement they desire. They are beautiful, loving dogs. They come in
three sizes, toy 9" to 12" miniature 12" to 15" and standard 15" to 19".
Snowball is a standard and is approximately 18".
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