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September 19th 1993
Her favorite thing was just to spend time with me.
For the first 11 years of her life she hated to ride in the car. She would lie down, cringe, and play dead at the mere mention of a "ride in the car." In 2005 I bought a Jeep Wrangler so for the last 3 years of her life she LOVED to go for rides.
"Powder"'s always was a little too intellectual to play with toys, but her favorite possession was a papa san chair that she used as her throne. She sat on her chair all day and looked out my living room window, watching and yelling at everyone below.
She ate Nutro (dry) and loved cheese, turkey, hamburger, and chicken, too.
She loved ALL walks but the older she got, the shorter she liked them. She had some great hikes in the mountains of Colorado and she loved riding the public trains around Boston and then walking through the city near Boston Harbor.
When she hated the car her best trick was that I'd say "'Powder,' would you rather drop dead or go for a ride in the car?" She'd lie down, roll over, and play dead when she heard "CAR." Once she had her Jeep she didn't have a trick anymore!
In September 1993 I was working a part-time job as a vet technician at an animal clinic in Denver and one of our clients brought in "Powder," her mother, and a littermate. He told a sad story about not being able to keep any of the dogs anymore and needing homes for them fast.
"Powder" was only 8 weeks old and I adopted her immediately. She was my constant companion for the following 15 years and she enjoyed tons of unusual, fun adventures throughout continental United States over all those years.
On "Powder"'s first afternoon with me I took her for a ride in the car to show her off to a friend and she got car sick. I think that planted the seed in her mind that cars are not fun, and the poor dog never enjoyed the car too much until I bought an airy, breezy Jeep Wrangler. Once she had the Jeep she was completely happy with everything in life!
Powder was the best dog who ever lived! She was an extremely intelligent, good-natured, sweet little American Eskimo, the fourth of the five Eskimos that I've owned (so far) in my lifetime. "Powder" was raised with my four German Shepherds from puppyhood through age six and, as a result, she took on a lot of Shepherd-like qualities (e.g., she was very loyal, calm, and devoted to me).
"Powder" was once waiting for me in my car with my German Shepherd ("Gesundheit") back in September 1999. When I came out from the store I discovered that "G" had been stolen and "Powder" was running around the car loose and upset. We never saw "Gesundheit" again.
After that she became very close friends with a neighbor's poodle for a couple of years, and when we moved to New England we adopted a Pomeranian ("Hadley,"then "Casey," then "Tuxedo" and "Misty") and another American Eskimo ("Flurry") to keep her company. She did a great job teaching the three young dogs how to be good and calm, and they honor her memory by emulating her as much as they can. It's not easy to be like "Powder," though: she left some very huge paw prints for them to fill.
She went deaf at age 13 as a result of a bout of Canine Vestibular Syndrome that she had at age 12 and then was diagnosed with Cushing's Disease at 14, which we treated with Lysodren. In October 2007 she had a close call when she was hospitalized for a tumor removal and a nasty post-operative infection but she recovered nicely, after all. Despite her health troubles she definitely enjoyed a good life and she certainly added a whole lot to mine, too!
Powder was the most wonderful, best-trained dog I've ever known and I will miss her for the rest of my life.
Powder was the brains of the operation.
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