Cara the ‘Company Morale Officer’

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Name          Cara

Breed          Samoyed

Age               12

Location     Clyde St

“Same girl, different Samoyed!”

John and Hilary were sitting in the sun on Clyde Street with cups of tea, and Cara was their foot rest. Hilary had owned Samoyeds her whole life, and claimed she was addicted to their calm, caring nature. Cara was no exception. Despite being elderly, she still had a contagious thirst for life, and had an incredibly relaxing resolve. John calls her the ‘Company Morale Officer’ because students often pop by for a cuddle when they’re particularly stressed.

After reading up on Samoyeds, and meeting Cara, I can see why Hilary is addicted. According to the American Kennel Club, Samoyeds are more naturally evolved than any other breed, and are akin to the primitive dog.

As an advocate for natural selection, this gives me the warm fuzzies!

For hundreds of years they evolved with the Samoyede – nomadic tribespeople of northeastern Siberia – who included the dogs as part of their family. They became functioning members of society; first and foremost as companions, but also as faithful sled-pullers, reindeer-herders, and even child-minders.

In the late nineteenth century, arctic and antarctic discoverers saw a hardy, powerful adventure sidekick in the Samoyed, and thus they were employed as sled dogs in polar expeditions.

Since then they have been used primarily as family dogs, and serve as fiercely loyal and loving companions. The connectedness Samoyeds feel to their family runs so deep that they do not take well to a change of ownership, and as a result have been known to develop serious depressive tendencies in the case of failing marriages and other family break-ups.

Due to the minimal amounts of artificial selective breeding and breeding for aesthetic purposes, Samoyeds have very little hereditary diseases compared to other breeds. However, because they evolved to be extremely active and hardworking, they need to be walked every day at the very least, and over varied terrain, both familiar and unfamiliar. They benefit hugely from learning a skill or activity that they can focus their attention and ability on. Above all, Samoyeds need to be heavily involved in family life – they like to sleep inside and have constant company. This, along with the extremely frequent brushing (and vacuuming), means they are definitely not low-maintenance dogs, but if you have the time and patience, I reckon the effort would seriously pay off.

 

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