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Zoe, American Eskimo Dog of my Heart: A Tribute to Zoe
Zoe, American Eskimo dog who won my heart at first sight and continued to amaze me.
American Eskimo farm dog
Zoe walks quietly beside me on our daily outing to check out the farm animals. Her sparse white fur, once thick and too heavy for the Florida weather, stands up as she growls when the rooster comes closer than she wants. He chooses to walk away, more out of habit than fear, and we continue our walk. She used to walk out a bit more, as if needing to protect me, but now stays close, knowing that the goats will find her an easy target if she is not close by.
I make every effort to ensure that she keeps her confidence, although at her age, it’s more from me than her capability. Her age shows, but more from the cancer that is trying to pull her from me, than from the years themselves. Zoe is very sick now, but 10 years ago when she came into our lives, she was a young, energetic, and terrified little white fluff.I was helping with rescues by offering training rehab to help with placement.
Zoe, purebred American Eskimo dog, claimed quite a rough start in life.
American Eskimo in need of rescue….
Jackie called, begging me to help with a miniature American Eskimo dog. She had been in the shelter for her time allotment, and no one could handle her. Jackie didn’t think she was actually vicious, but rather very scared and therefore self-protective. I trusted Jackie’s assessment, and arrangements were made for Zoe to make the trip via a couple of volunteer transporters.
Steve took the carrier out of his car and warned me, “No one can actually handle her so I’m not sure how you will get her out.” “Oh, we won’t worry about that, will we little girl” I said softly and snapped my leash onto her collar. She was obviously extremely tense, but seemed to relax as soon as it was attached. I thanked him for his help in getting her to us and went to our car.
Fortunately, my son had offered to drive that day as Zoe became an instant attachment to me. She clung to me the entire 60-mile drive to our home as if I was the only safe entity in her life. My reading was correct; she just needed to be able to trust someone without feeling fear or anger them.
Zoe in her new home
Once home, I kept her on a leash which seemed to comfort her. She stayed ever close to me, choosing to nestle close to my neck when I sat on the sofa and followed me around the house and outside as if she were attached to my leg. She had decided that we were a heart-bound team.
The average dog has one request for all humankind. Love me.