|Baxter LOVED to play.|
Oddly, one of the important things was to change his name. The moment we called him by his new name he perked up. He loved his new name. Maybe for him it meant he was accepted into the pack. His former name was a verb and if we accidently used the word in a sentence, he'd get visibly upset. (Notice that even now, I can't use that verb!) This was true of our former rescue when we stumbled upon what was likely her very unimaginative name--she was NOT happy. She had been clearly abused--to the end of her days she would flinch ever so slightly when we reached to pet her. Our "training" regime was telling her what a good girl she was because if we said "bad" she'd start trembling. What is with that? People are (expletive deleted).
Anyhow, the name thing would make an interesting study for dog cognition. Just saying, if you ever adopt a dog, and you want to change his name, go ahead and do it. Both our rescues thanked us for it.
|Waiting for us on a cool day in Colorado.|
|Samoyed's usually shouldn't be off leash, but this was a special situation|
|Baxter camping in comfort.|
And he loved camping and hiking. Here he is in our pop up trailer. He kept us plenty warm during some of those cold mountain nights. He was funny because he insisted in going back into the camper at sundown. No hanging out in the wilds at night for him! Yes, he was that smart. Also, we like to say we purchased the pop-up because our first rescue absolutely HATED the tent. When we camped, she would insist we let her sleep in the car. She was quite happy when we bought the pop-up!
|Baxter loved his treats.|
|My little helper|
Thank you all for reading these stories (and some opinions) about my dog. One of the most important ways to deal with loss is talk about all the good memories of the lost friend or family member.
He had a very peaceful passing at the age of 14+. Thank you so much mobile veterinarian for coming to our house! They are thewelcomewaggin.com. They were wonderful and Baxter had a peaceful and dignified end in his very own home. (If I could be so lucky when my time comes!) They are a full service mobile vet, because they can bring all the doggy wellness care right to people's homes! This has to be a godsend to the elderly with pets or the middle aged with big dogs they can't boost into their SUV any longer!