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On January 26th, 2008 I got a call from Kym at the Heart Bandit Eskie Rescue Shelter in Fresno. She alerted me that there was an Eskie at the Riberbank Human Society that was going to be put down that day. She and Dan are licensed for forty Eskies, so, she couldn't take him. She said his name was Dakota, he was five, and described him as being a shivery, scared dog sitting in the corner of the cage. The owner's reason for abandoning him was that she didn't have "time" for him. It was my birthday--not a good day to hear about an Eskie's end. There was a problem; my car wasn't available. Kym says: No problem. My friend Dan helps with the Eskie Railway. He lives in Riverbank and he'll deliver. Less than an hour later Dan and Dakota are at my front door. Dan guides Dakota into the living room and says: You go with Linda now.
The first thing I notice about Dakota is that he is a very "pretty" white dog. My dog friends haven't really fit in this category before; but, he seems friendly and I like to think I'm open minded about such things. I take him to the enclosed backyard and introduce him to Nyo, my dog. They do their sniffing introductions and frisk around for awhile. We all go back in the house. I replenish the water bowl--no problems sharing that. I offer two bowls of food spaced four feet apart. Dakota inhales his food and Nyo savors hers. I decide a nap would be in order. When I go to the bedroom Nyo takes her customary position on the floor at the foot of the bed. Dakota decides to join me on the bed. The bed is set against the window. Dakota surveys the front of the property for a bit, then stretches out--back legs flattened to the bed and front legs stretched to the window. He gives out something between a groan and a sigh. I interpretate this to mean that my queen size bed is preferable to the cement floor at the pound. All goes well for the next few days.
Then--2 be continued
Thank you, I went and checked out the site on the Eskie and then went into the rescue a pet site. Very informative. Thank you....RaeDi