Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted April 18, 2015
I was only ten when my family adopted Pearl. As a previously cat-only household, I was both nervous and excited to enter this new realm of dog ownership. From the beginning, Pearl was eager to love us. She was always waiting by her gate, tail wagging, when we entered the house. Though at 15 pounds she was slightly larger than the average Coton, she was determined to be a lap dog. Her gentle affection was slightly more aggressive with the other animals in our house. Her love for chasing our cats from room to room was understandably unrequited.
Despite her loving nature, Pearl was constantly anxious particularly when separated from our family. These issues became so severe that our vet prescribed her the dog equivalent of Xanax. Additionally, without consistent grooming her white, cotton-like fur predisposed her to some unpleasant odors. These were not your typical dog odors, but rather a strange scent cocktail of kibble and must.
Pearl might not have been the smartest or best-smelling dog, but she was certainly the sweetest that I've owned. She passed in May 2014 at age 13 from kidney failure.