This is my first post, I adopted an American Eskimo dog 5 years ago this month, she is such a joy!!
A white snow ball of fur, with enough personality for 10 dogs. She is the Queen of our house. Spoiled rotten and lovin it, the kids and husband, she tolerates them, but it's momma who she really wants to be with (that's me!)
The American Eskimo dog is such a special breed, I just wanted to connect with other owners to share their stories and laughs!
OOO OOO Me too me too!! I am a fellow owner and breeder of eskies. Ya gotta love them! I have a litter due in a just a few more days. I'm getting so excited its all i talk about. This'll be Layla's first litter and i just hope everything goes smoothly.
ESKIEGIRL, thank you so much for the links to your sites, Snoopy and Snowball are just beautiful, and your stories are inspiring.
My husband and I have considered a friend for Nikki, now I feel sure we will check with one of the organizations you mention, to save a dog that needs a good home.
Nikkie also had seperation anxiety, when we were at work, i put her in the laundry room, with a baby gate across the door so she could still see. I put a radio on with soothing music, had her a comfortable bed, water, food, the whole thing...and she still scratched holes in the walls and scratched and ate at the flooring. Gasp!!
We called the vet, they recommended pills, but i didn't really want to medicate her if i did not have to. Our solution? Went to the pet store, bought an oversided dog kennel (carrier). Once she was in there, she was fine, her own little spot, safe and sound. After only about 6 weeks, she was okay to leave out in the house, while we were away, she never tears up anything now!
eskie4u, snowball was awful. seriously. screamed in her crate. we were going to try anti anxiety meds, but i didnt like the idea then. we contemplated rehoming her. instead, we went right to a sedative to help us all sleep. she grew out of that phase and of her destruction, and now only goes in her crate occasionally for a time out, or if i am cleaning, painting, etc.
she has developed an aggression problem (with dogs only) and, after speaking with many trainers and going thru her whole background, the screaming at night, the nervous nature in general, etc, it has been suggested we see a behaviorist, because training alone wont do it. at this point, she is too jittery and unfocused to have any kind of training help her. so, after the holidays we are heading off to the univ of penna, to the behavior clinic, to get my baby some help. until then, she stays home where i can control the enviornment and make it as stress free as possible for her.
ESKIEGIRL, when we first brough Nikki home, we bought her from a family, whose dogs had a litter, so I feel like her life before us was a good one, she never had trouble sleeping, not any crying or screaming, but...
We have never really socialized her, so when we go for rides, she barks at the cows, the postman, the poor FedEx man and anyone that comes to the front door, and she hates folks on motorcycles the most.
Do you feel like Snowball's nervous and jittery nature comes from where she was before you got her? Are all eskies somewhat aggressive to other dogs and people they don't know?
I've read that they are good at announcing visitors, but not necessary good protection dogs. I don't think Nikki would attack anyone though she tries to give the cable guy a run for his money, (her bark is way worse than her bite, of course he doesn't know that!)
Aww, I have one too!!! Okay, you need a dogster page. Dogster page!!!! Come on!! Pleas?? lol, here's Sassy. We adopted her in 02. She's our precious baby and a major daddy's girl. I swear, I feel like I'm being cheated or something sometimes.
My girl had her pups today. 5 of them. They're so precious!!
An eskie does not have to be agressive towards anyone or anything as long as it was well socialized as a puppy. Its important to socialize any breed of dog but for eskies its a top of the list kind of thing whereas for a golden retriver pup it might not be so important since they are by nature a "friendly to everyone" kind of dog.
Oh and i highly reccomend crat training to ALL my puppy buyer and any eskie owner i meet. It really helps them to have a place, a "den" of their own and it prevents them from being destructive which some have been known to do.
***Edited By: Lovebug on 10/12/2005 10:03:26 PM*** Reason: forgot something
Congrats, lovebug! Can we see pics? Please? I'm in need of a puppy viewing today. Hubby's doing night shift and Sassy's mad about that, she's baracaded herself in her crate. Yota's in my lap, but he's asleep. I want to see the little snowbabies.
I've had Kai since he was 10 weeks old. I just got Kirra 4 months ago. She just turned 1. Someone who was getting out of the breeding business due to poor health gave her to me. I believe I saved her from a life of popping out puppies to sell to the Amish! My Eskies are like my kids. My real kids make fun of me because I carry a photo album of my pups in my purse!
Pictures of those puppies......SOON, please!! I love Eskie puppies. They are so hard to resist! Congrats on the new arrivals.
lovebug, get those puppy pics up!!! we looooove puppy pics!!!
i recently found out, after snowball developed dog aggression, that, though eskies are a breed with relatively few if any health and temperment problems, of those seen, aggression is the most common. and since my babe is from a petstore..... but, i wouldnt trade her for the world!!!!
crate training and somethign to do are a must. or else you ill have destructo-dog!!!! but bering owned by an eskie is the best. nothing like an eskie hug at then end of your day!!!!
The pups and mom can be seen here on my website. *Removed**See edit reason*
Everybody is doing find this morning and had a lovely night full of squealing to keep me awake :)
***Edited By: Lovebug on 10/14/2005 4:50:30 PM*** Reason: I had to remove my link because i had to put a puppy back up for sale on the page since their family dropped off the waiting list. Hope everyone saved my web address if they wanted to see pups.
I update pictures of my pups every couple of days so if you keep that site on your favorites you'll be able to see them grow. I let them go at 8 weeks old. If you go to my actual home page(the link is at the bottom of that available page) you can see some updated pictures of pups from my last couple litters. My first litter are adults now and they turned out GREAT! I'm so proud of them!
As far as i know it is working on my end. I even double checked just now to make sure the "home" button at the bottom of the puppy page was working and it is... Hopefully you can try again later and be able to see them. The site has had tons of visitors today! Puppies are a big hit with everybody!
Lovebug, thank you for letting us see the babies! They're precious! I always feel such a longing for eskie pups because I missed out on Sassy's puppyhood - got her when she was already grown. I love seeing those little snowballs. Eskie4u, thank you! I can't wait to see your pics, too! When you do put them up, you have to show us! Sassy is such a baby, she is sooo sweet - except with kids and other dogs, but other than that she is a complete mush. Really can't wait to see yours!