Our Tater was a victim of very bad judgement. Some well meaning person visited a pet store and purchased Tater for her 84 year old mother. Tater turned out to be the gift that "kept on giving." Soon, he was an out of control, high spirited Eskie pup. His owners parked themselves outside a coffee shop in Pennsylvania to offer him to the first interested party as "free to a good home."

And, then, Tater's luck improved when a good samaritan snagged him and brought him to us. Our foster moms, Diane Gonzalez and Terri Laird, put their heads together and hatched an emergency plan that plunked Tater down in Terri's house for a short stint in foster care. Tater improved his house manners considerably, and with some TLC and alot of exercise, he was quickly ready for his new home.

Diane arranged for Scott and Kelly of Pennsylvania to meet Tater, and it was love at first site. Apparently, Tater is behaving himself. We just received this note from him, letting us know that Scott and Kelly have shaped up to be pretty good parents.

December 6, 2004

Greetings Everyone at Eskies Online,

It has been 10 months since I joined my forever family I keep reminding my parents to send an update on my progress. They are busy working right now, so I'll use the time to write to you myself.

I've adjusted very well to a life of 'spoileddom', and every day I show my parents how much I appreciate it by showering them with kisses. Mommy says she prefers traditional showers to being licked, but Daddy accepts my kisses willingly. I'm still working on gaining the affection of my feline brothers Midnight and Adobe. My parents say the kitties might like me better if I didn't chase them around the house, but I just want to play. I don't have any human siblings yet, but the neighbor kids come to play with me often. Everyone loves me so much and tells me how sweet I am!

My house has a big yard in which I love to run. My favorite thing is when Daddy takes me down to the creek so I can see the deer. I also love to go to the park. The park excites me so much that I sleep for the rest of the day. Mommy says it gives her something called peace and quiet.

A few months ago, my parents took me to school and told me I had to do homework every day. I was a little worried at first, but I soon figured out that if I did what they said, I was rewarded with lots of love and an occasional cookie! I still pull on the leash if I'm really excited, but mostly I just let Mommy and Daddy believe they are in charge...it seems to make them happy.

Well, I have to go now. I'm going to roll on my back with my paws in the air and turn on my Tater charm. Maybe I can get brushed and have one of Mommy's homemade frozen doggie treats.


PS: My parents said to tell you thanks for helping them find such a wonderful dog!