My name is Abby, which is short for Abdulina (“little Abdul). I was born in southern Perú, near the coast. My mother, Mishka, is a Peruvian hairless and my late father, Abdul, was in Archaeology Magazine as an example of an ancient American breed of camelid herding dogs. Mishka represents an ancient breed, as well. I have my dad’s pelt and herding instincts, but my mother’s body build and overall personality. Mom says that I look exactly like 1000-year old Andean dog mummies — that’s when I hold still, which isn’t very often. English-speaking veterinarians call us “powder puffs.”
Every summer Mom and I bond during a 25 hour drive from ASU in Tempe, AZ to Kampsville, IL where the ASU Field School (ASUFS) is held in partnership with the Center for American Archeology. There I get to visit my fan club, the CAA staff and the staff and students of the ASUFS. Being a herder, like my father, I try to encircle the students to form my pack, but they keep saying something about studying. That sounds boring to me, when they could be rubbing my belly. They seem to like having me around, however, and they walk me at break time. I’m frequently so over-stimulated during the day that I am so very tired when I return home with Mom that I go right to bed, after my treat, of course.