My little old dog - a heartbeat at my feet.
These are the most frequently asked questions Iím asked about Pukak.
How old is Pukak?
Pukak was born August 1, 1998. She doesnít look a day over three and still acts like a knucklehead much of the time.
How much does she weigh?
Between 20 and 22 pounds. Iím conscientious about her weight. (My own, not so much).
Does Pukak shed a lot?
Not much volume-wise, but some every day.
Do you have to brush her every day?
Is she hard to keep clean?
Not for me. In between brushing and cleaning her with baby wipes, Iíve got her daily grooming down to a routine.
Does Pukak get a bath every day?
Nope. Unless she finds something especially vile to roll in, her monthly grooming appointment keeps her looking beautiful.
How long have you been training your dog?
From the day she came home at nine weeks old, back in 1998.
What kind of training has Pukak had?
Puppy class, basic manners and obedience; agility, Rally O, freestyle; therapy dog visitation training and supervision. But most important was the extensive, and positive, socialization she got at the doggie daycare she grew up in and I worked at for many years.
What does your dog do?
Pukak is the star of our therapy dog team. She tenderly shares her affection by regularly visiting residents at an end of life comfort care home, as well as at an assisted living facility here in North Carolina.
Pukakís third modeling gigís coming up as Miss April 2010 in an American Eskimo breed calendar. Previously, she was a model for two different Eskie calendars in 2004.
She is my constant companion and favorite muse for
And when Pukakís not barking at everything, including giant sunflowers waving over our fence, sheís power napping.