Showing posts with label Samoyed. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Samoyed. Show all posts

Thursday, February 9, 2017

My DOG the Prankster

Many years ago we had a Samoyed Husky named Skipper. The term Samoyed is taken from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. They were nomadic reindeer herders who bred the fluffy white dogs for herding and to pull sleds. These dogs are strong, intelligent and have a perpetual smile on their face. Samoyeds are classed as a working dog, but our dog Skipper was more of a comedian and jester!

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I was the one who named him Skipper, after Skipper on Gilligan's Island. My softhearted father brought him home one day because some atrocious swine was going to drown him. He was only six weeks old. A white cuddly ball of fluff that waddled like a duck when he walked!


Skipper stayed outside in the backyard. He was smart, too smart in fact, and very fun loving. He enjoyed it when my grandmother, Babcia in Polish, worked in her flower garden. She had an expert green thumb and could make anything grow. Babcia tenderly took care of a great variety of flowers. Her labor of love produced exquisite blossoms. She liked peonies best. After all of her toil, she would wrap up her tools in a canvas sheet to protect them.

My father once told me a cute story about Skipper and my grandmother. Babcia was in the backyard doing her weeding, and the dog was sitting near the corner of the house just watching her. She had all of her tools behind her on the grass within reach. After breaking up some soil for a while, she turned around to get her weeder... but it was gone! "I'm sure I brought everything out," she muttered. There was only the dog and she in the yard. "Oh well, " she declared, "I'll just go and get another one." Off she went to the basement for another one.

She started weeding happily again, put the tool down and worked with her hands for a bit, then she reached back for the weeder... but it was gone again! "What's going on? I lay down my weeder for a minute and it disappears?" she protested. Surveying the yard once again, there was still only she and the dog. Tromping back to the basement in great annoyance, she grabbed yet another weeder. Only this time she put the tools in front of her!

After finishing all of her work, Babcia wrapped her tools in the canvas sheet and tied it up with a rope. She disappeared into the basement for a time, and when she came back out for her bundle - it was undone and the tools were spread out all over the grass! Shocked, my grandmother quickly looked around to see if she could catch a glimpse of the culprit causing all of this mischief, but no, only she and the dog were there.

By this time Babcia was beginning to fume! Now she had to gather all of the tools again and tie it together for the second time! While she was binding them up, she kept a close eye all around to see if the offender was watching and waiting for another full-scale assault. Babcia turned her back for a moment, and sure enough the guilty party appeared! Skipper very stealthily snuck up, untied the rope with his teeth, and then zoomed around the corner! I didn't even know he knew how to do that!

Babcia ran after him shouting, "You joker!" When she rounded the corner, to her utter astonishment she discovered where that delinquent dog had stashed his hoard! All of her utensils were there in a nice, neat little pile. Caught like a rat in a trap! "So, you're the one who's been stealing my tools!" she scolded. Skipper sat there looking quite unremorseful.

So there it was, every time my grandmother would turn her back, Skipper would silently creep up and heist a tool. He'd run like lightening around the corner of the house, drop the goods then come back and sit down to watch her like an innocent angel!



Skipper, being the consummate con artist, began licking Babcia's face and clowning around after she laid into him. By time she got him calmed down, she forgot why she was ever angry with him in the first place. It never hurts to play up the, 'Look at me, aren't I cute?' angle - the little scoundrel!

Skipper lived to be 18 years old. He had a long and roguish life. He never grew up, only older. He never lost his love of play nor his talent for buffoonery. Don't get the wrong idea though, this dog never liked to play the fool, but he sure liked playing you for a fool!

    I am Gail Marie Kocznur. Adoring all animals, I know what a beloved pet means to you. I have had nine cherished dogs myself with many amusing stories to tell. Visit my website at the link below to see full colored pet portraits that I lovingly render in pastel and artist pencils.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Fact Sheet: SAMOYED Dog

(Original Title: Samoyed Dog Breed)


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Photo by scottfeldstein

Description.

The Samoyed are medium sized dogs, with muscular bodies', and a height for the male dog of 21-23° inches which weigh in at 45-65 pounds and the female bitch stand 19-21 inches with a weight of 35-50 pounds. They have a fairly fluffy coat that hides a great deal of their muscular definition. Their deep-set bowman shaped eyes are a dark colour and are set a little on the wide side. With a medium to long tail which they carry rolled on their back. The feet are flat and have an ample covering of hair, with the legs being muscular and solid. But it is a double thickness and very dense the longer hair is set within the thick undercoat and is harsh in feel. Their neck is exaggerated by the hair and appears to form a ruff, which would keep the neck warm in their native climate.

History. 
The Samoyed is a very old breed, even ancient. They were native to Siberia and used by the hunters and fishermen. Some were used as sledge dogs, which doubled up as security by guarding the homes and also used in the herding of reindeer. It was common to these dogs to sleep with people in the household, to keep them warm. The dogs were first taken to England by the famous explorer Robert Scott, in 1889. The breed was further refined in England and started its worldwide spread from there. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1906.

Temperament. 
They tend to be a happy-go-lucky friendly dog, with a playful nature. They can become very devoted to their owners. They integrate well with others, and unfortunately get on with pretty much anybody, I say unfortunately because this will include anybody who tries to burgle your house. However, all is not lost because their excited barking will alert you to a stranger being near, but it will be up to you to tackle them. As with most dogs training needs to be started as early as possible, and the dogs' master needs to assert themselves over this dog, in a calm friendly but firm manner. They are in themselves a stable breed but do require a lot of exercise both physical and mental. If adequately trained and cared for these dogs are exceptional in their good nature.

Health issues. 
The breed is particularly prone to hip dysplasia, and is known to be at risk of diabetes. Along with a predisposition to skin allergies and PRA affecting the eyes, they are overall a fairly healthy breed with a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.



Grooming. 
You only need to see their coat to realise that they are going to require extensive brushing and combing. As seasonal shedders, they moult very heavily, and brushing and combing of their coat should probably be conducted more frequently during the moulting season. Most commonly though, normal grooming will keep your dog clean so frequent bathing will not be a requirement.

Living conditions. 
Whilst these dogs can adapt to living in an apartment, if they are exercised well, they are quite active indoors and if your space is limited this may be a problem. They do not tolerate hot weather very well, which means you may well have to exercise them more gently in the summer months. They do integrate well with families and can be great with children, just bear in mind their boisterous nature may cause a few tumbles during its play time if he gets too excitable. However, other pets in the house should not be a problem, but it is a good idea to supervise when small animals are available.

    By Scott Allan Lipe
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