|~2 Year Old||Male||Husky Mix||45 lbs|
Need to know…
Came down with healing fractures. He now has a plate and 6 screws in his leg. There is a risk of obstipation (severe constipation), arthritis and infection from the screws and plate. It is important that he remain at a healthy weight. If there is another dog in the home, it is best to give him high value toys in his crate.
|No Cats||Gets along but needs slow introductions.||Does not live with but would be best suited with children 13+ and dog savvy.|
I see you, my forever family, and I want you to know that you were worth the wait. No, not you, person who wants a turn key dog. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful life prancing around with Mitzy Von Fluffenston. I’m Kraken and I’m a rugged, energetic sucky pants who still needs just enough work for you to feel like the Turner to my Hooch.
I’m a two-year old, 45 pound husky mix who is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, so you get the puppy energy and playfulness without the hassle of having me knock over your favorite ficus plant with my cumbersome cone. Another perk to this non-puppy is that I haven’t had a single accident in my foster home, so in addition to not bumping into your prized possessions I won’t pee on them either. As an added bonus I also come with what I like to call my “extra swagger”. I came south with healing fractures and have had surgery on my pelvis to get me all fixed up, but I now have a plate and six screws in my left leg, which, if you watch me closely when I walk, reveals itself with a slight swing in my step. Luckily for me the ladies love war stories and a confident gait, so it’s a win-win for this handsome pup. My prior injuries haven’t impacted my ability to run and play at all – in fact I have been told I could stand to have a little bit less energy. The only things to be on the lookout for in the future are the risks of arthritis, infection and a severe form of constipation called obstipation. To prevent these things from happening it is super important to keep me at a healthy weight with lots of walks and exercise.
I LOVE attention and sometimes when people approach me with excitement I imagine myself free in a flower-filled meadow and I want to run towards them with reckless abandon. Only in the movie version I would be running in slow motion and in reality it looks more like a big gray blur with its tongue hanging out…and if you’re attached to the leash it’s more of a big gray blur with a human seemingly water skiing behind it. The good news for you is that I’m extremely intelligent and responsive to training, as evidenced by my already knowing sit, down, wait and having excellent recall. I love eye contact when I’m training with food (like most husky hybrids I’m very food motivated) and when I lock eyes with you it’s for forever. Like the super intense kind of steady eye contact you don’t like having with strangers in mall food courts while you’re eating lunch. That’s me. I will draw you in with my beautiful by-eyed laser beam stare and keep you there until you love it.
In terms of who I get along well with, you can strike cats off the list because there are four in my foster home and I have indicated I would like to chase them. I get along famously well with my foster dog sister who is the ying to my four-legged yang. I love to play with other dogs but proper introductions are important. These should be done away from my home turf so it’s neutral and we can build our life long best friendship from there. As for children, while I’m a lovable fluff bag I’m also strong and need structure, so children over 13 would be best because they are more likely to follow the rules you put in place and keep me on the straight and narrow.
Because I’m such a smarty pants crate training didn’t take long for me to get the hang of. All my foster parents have to do now is point and I go right in without making a peep. I eat all my meals in my crate and because I’m a surprisingly shy dude (more on this in a bit), I like to have my privacy with a sheet over my crate so I can relax uninterrupted. I currently have a blanket to lay on and the occasional chew toy for a nosh while my humans are busy doing humany things. I also spend time in there throughout the day so that I don’t associate it with being left alone, which is a plus for you when you do need to go out. In my new surroundings I may whine and fuss more in the beginning while I’m acclimating and this is perfectly normal. It’s also normal for you to give me a sirloin steak to put me at ease.
Foster mom is eyeing me as I type this and apparently I need to take that part out because it flies in the face of the whole, “Keep me lean for my health” thing. Here’s hoping she doesn’t proof this too thoroughly.
I adore human approval so don’t be surprised when we go on peaceful, well paced walks together (that’s right, I’m a maverick on the leash) and I look up at you regularly to check in on how you think I’m doing. I also walk beautifully with my foster sister, who is a female husky mix, and when I start to pull ahead the solution is to just do quick 180 degree turns so that you essentially look either confused or crazy. I usually need a couple of these turns at the beginning of each walk just to remind me who the boss is. The only time I get really pully is when we see other dogs who I reeeeallllly want to meet. It’s super important to ask people to wait before greeting me until I am calm and zen and listening to you so I don’t feel rewarded for behaving like a wang doodle.
While I’m a suck who loves to play with his people, toys (balls!!!) and fellow canines, I do have an introverted side who is nervous and fearful of new situations. Slow introductions to new people, places and things is important to help build my confidence in this regard. This nervousness manifests itself as restlessness, so lots of sniffing and zipping around. A tool that will help you to bond with me and to help me gain confidence is to keep me on leash for the first 30 days. I will try to lock you in with my laser beam stare to get you to love up on me the way I know you want to, but for the first 30 days it’s really important to restrain yourself with the snuggles and sweet sweet loving because too much too soon could overwhelm me. Imagine we’re on a first date after connecting on Tinder and you already know you want to marry me (obviously) but you don’t want to scare me off, so you play it cool. Coddling me when I act nervous sadly has the reverse effect of affirming that there was something for me to be worried about.
Because I can bark I’m best suited for a detached home so I don’t annoy any persnickety neigbours if I do have barky moments, but for the most part I am pretty quiet in the house and if I do bark out of nervousness I settle down pretty quickly.
The best time to brush my beautiful, soft fur or give me a pawdicure is to wait until I’m pooped after a walk so I don’t seize the opportunity to play with you instead of submit to my grooming session.
Just like all children benefit from school, all doggies benefit from training, and I’m no exception. I have a whole lot of love to give but because I’m shy I could really benefit from some training to help me build my confidence so the whole world outside my family (that’s you!) can see what a bright light I am too.
When you pick me up to take me home for the first time I will hop right in when given he okay and I’ll be pretty good on the car ride. I have to use the word “pretty” here because I may whine out of anxiousness while I’m getting to know you, but once I’ve adapted I will usually just gaze out the window, nap, fantasize about a peanut butter and bacon sandwich…the usual. It’s best to loop my leash and close it in the door to ensure I don’t bolt out the door when it is opened and you have something to hold onto before you open the car door. Foster mom always asks me to wait for both entering and exiting the car, this will make sure I’m always safe and you won’t have to worry about losing me from the car.