Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: No training
Murrieta, California, United States
Posted September 16, 2016
Trixie was my American Eskimo Miniature dog and my very first family pet. She did well with cats and dogs, but wasn't usually fond of new people (though, sometimes I'd say she was just a good judge of character). Looking back, I would have provided more extensive training and socialization. With better support early on, I'm sure she could have been a friendlier dog.
She was a beautiful, white, fluffy dog - which presented it's own host of grooming problems. Her long white fur would get matted after spending time outside or getting wet, and often would need to be cut (it left her with some pretty funny hair-dos). She lost her eye-sight when she got older, but was still strong, active, and able to get around on her own until she passed away at 17 years of age. She loved to play and would fetch for hours. While I wouldn't have traded her for the world, she would have been a challenging pet for someone looking to put minimal effort into early training and grooming.