Barnaby the Eskipoo

New York-based reader Bruce Borek's dog is always ready to help get the mail

Barnaby the Eskipoo
Bruce Borek's Eskipoo Barnaby can easily walk up stairs backwards.
Feb 25, 2021

Owner: Bruce Borek

Location: Fishkill, N.Y.

Dog Name: Barnaby

Age: 14

Breed: Eskipoo (part American Eskimo Dog and part Poodle)

In a Word: Priceless

Job Title: Mail carrier: Each day when I say it’s time to get the mail outside, Barnaby goes right to the mailbox.

Star Quality: He can walk backwards up stairs without skipping a beat! Also he uses his toys as pillows.

Best Bud: It would have to be me, his dad! We became hooked at the hip mainly because of all the training I gave him early on and the thousands of walks we have gone on over the years.

Favorite Reward: Cheese, pizza and of course steak. He gets steak at a minimum on his birthday every year.

Obsession: 99 percent of the time Barnaby listens to commands, but if he sees a squirrel or a cat he becomes deaf and runs after them.

Favorite Getaway: Barnaby loves soaking up the sun on the back deck during the spring and summer.

Forgivable Flaw: Barnaby knows he is in trouble when we command that he goes in his bed for a time out when he does something wrong. Once in the bed, he then quietly growls under his breath as he is sitting there. It is hard not to laugh.

Backstory: My youngest daughter was going away to college and we were going to be empty-nesters. Yahoo! My wife and daughter went to lunch and said you have to come see this dog in the pet store. I didn’t want the dog because I knew it would be me that did all the work. Begrudgingly, I said yes. One of the best decisions I ever made in my life!


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