Initially, Kody was
a fearful and psycho dog. He would bark at every little sound,
piddle, and was very edgy. It took a couple of years before he
settled down. He stopped piddling and relaxed, getting used to the
sounds of our street and neighborhood in Seattle a block away from
Green Lake. He was a wonderful companion and ultimate canine buddy.
He loved camping, hiking and going for lots of walks around Green
Lake in Seattle.
He was such an
active, spry and acrobatic little “white flash,” which is what the
mail man named him. Every time the mail man would approach the front
porch, (which wasn’t that often) Kody would start his dash from the
kitchen at the back of the house, through the dinning room, into the
front hall, and then jump at full height, on all fours, to slam into
the beveled glass window at the top half of the heavy front door.
Usually, he scared the breath out of anyone in front of the door.
He was a good jumper.
You couldn’t say
“wanna go for a walk?” He would start jumping around and barking
with excitement, making nearly impossible to attach the leash. He
attended Canine College. Kody passed his basic “good citizen”
training. The trainer also had to American Eskimos, which helped.
Back then not many people knew about Eskies. This breed is very
agile. He could have passed for a circus dog. He was so much fun.
I had to make sure
we did not leave any food out for he would jump on the kitchen
counters to scarf up what ever was there, of no one was watching. I
used to say “Kody is part cat.” This was so amazing! Kody had a very
youthful spirit! But, he really did not get over his fear biting
until later in life. Once, the mail man asked if Kody had died,
because he hadn’t seen the “white flash” lately. “No.” I said, “He’s
just gone deaf.” This was actually okay with us although we missed
our doggy door bell. Oh, there are so many stories to share. We miss
his presence. Imagine having a canine buddy for nineteen years.
His last hours were
bitter sweet, as if he was ready to go. He touched us until the end.
We were glad to be with him at the end and I keep thinking that he
was okay with it all. He was so sweet and relaxed until the final
Stella and Randy B.