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Mahoney

Age Sex Breed Weight
~7 Year Old Male Husky Mix 81 lbs

Need to know…
He had heartworm and has now tested negative twice. He will only need to be on heartworm preventative from June until November instead of all year round now. He is doing much better in a medium duty crate for 3 hours at a time. He is strong on leash when he sees prey but walks like a dream otherwise. He is doing much better on car rides. He can now tolerate them but prefers to stand while he lays his head on the arm rest. It is very important to follow the no attention rule with him.

Vet Details
  Neutered
  Microchipped
  Vaccinated

     
No Cats Gets along but takes time to warm up Lives with school aged children
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💕ADOPTABLE FRIENDLY GIANT💕
Why hello there! It’s me, Mahoney! I am a Husky mix who is 7 yrs old and I am looking for my forever home. I am currently 81lbs. Yes, I know it sounds big but I have actually lost a bit of weight because I was getting a bit “Husky” hahaha, get it? I am microchipped, neutered and vaccinated.
The other day I went to the vet for my yearly check up and GUESS WHAT? I did amazing. When I came to the rescue I was diagnosed with Heart worm. I was treated by the lovely vets and I am now heart worm negative. I just had another recheck and am still negative so this is wonderful news. It will be important to keep me on heart worm prevention until the end of this year and then seasonally thereafter. Fun fact: heart worms are spread by mosquitos…in case you didn’t need another reason to hate those guys.
I mentioned above how much I love people and this is absolutely true – with proper introductions (like all dogs should have), I have successfully wiggled into the hearts of all the people I meet, young and seasoned (because “old” is just offensive). There are two almost-teenaged children in my foster home, but my foster mom does daycare after school and she has two younger little girls who I just love too, especially when I know that ear scratches and treats are in my future. One of the biggest obstacles in adopting me will be curbing the impulse to spoon me with reckless abandon, because there is a “no touch, no talk” rule for FTH dogs for at least 30 days. This isn’t meant to torture us but rather to help curb any unwanted behaviours in the home. Once the first 30 days of me making it VERY difficult for you not to love up on me have passed and your house rules have been established we can snuggle all we want….dibs on being the big spoon! Since we’re on the topic of things I love….TOYS! I’ve met dogs in my travels who can do without them, but they fill my soul with joy. Squeakers are my favorite, but it’s like a sumo wrestler who prefers to ride tricycles. I can do it, but I will demolish them. Fetch with balls and antlers are other favorites, and I’m sure you can find something Mahoney-proof at the store. When it’s time for training I am super food motivated so I will sit pretty and even catch treats when you toss them to me. As far as house training goes, I haven’t had a single accident in my foster home and I do my business outside consistently without issue. Walking is my absolute favorite but I need to be in a calm place for maximum walking success, so if I’m squirrely at the door you need to make sure I’m calm and collected before we go out on our adventures together by having me seated patiently at the door before opening it. I do well on walks but have a strong pre-drive and will pull when I see a delectable looking woodland creature. Tell me to “leave it” in a firm voice, keep walking and be ready to prevent me from pulling so I don’t take you for a dry waterski jaunt. It’s also convenient that walking is one of my favorite things to do because I do not enjoy car rides. I tolerate them but do best if I can stand in the back and rest my head on the front arm rest. I’m a claustrophobic boy who doesn’t enjoy confined spaces. Putting the leash in the door to keep me secure has proven effective on car rides. Sadly this aversion to small spaces does include the crate, which I have been known to hate so much that I once destroyed one when I was left for too long. I am working hard at loving the crate and can now stay in it for a few hours at a time while foster mom is out. My foster family has had success in giving me my meals in my crate (if there’s food involved I’ll go anywhere), and leaving me out of my crate with my dog bed but closing all the doors to the rooms when they’re not home so I can’t get into anything. So far the only oopsies I’ve had with chewing (other than my crate when I was left too long), have been with stuffies and children’s winter hats that I mistook for my toys because of their floofy pompoms. One perk to keeping me connected to you by a leash for the first 30 days, which is another important rule, is that you will be able to show me all the ropes to life in your home to set me up for the most successful life with you. I initially wanted to counter surf in my foster home and having me on leash enabled foster mom to quickly correct me and show me that good boys eat their food in a bowl. Who knew? As for my interactions with other furry four legged creatures, I tolerate other dogs but do prefer people to canines. The other dogs in my foster home are 18 months and 7 months old, so while I get along with them their high energy does occasionally get on my nerves. If you have other dogs in the home I will tolerate them but I will tell them to back off with a growl or a few barks if they get in my personal space and are too hyper with me. Don’t worry, I am really good at just warning them with my voice and have never used my teeth on the other dogs in my foster home. As for cats, I don’t respond well to them, so a cat-free home is important. I can only imagine I would be the same with a pet squirrel, so a squirrel-free home is also highly recommended. I know – no cats, no house squirrels, and no floofy pompoms. So many restrictions. Luckily my love of humans greatly makes up for my aversion to rodents and other non-dog animals.

IMPORTANT

It is the recommendation of FTH that every newly adopted dog remain on leash, both inside and out, for a minimum of 30 days. As most of our dogs are outdoor dogs and strays, this will help prevent dogs running away as they are adjusting to their new home. At the same time it will help start building the bond between you and the dog. Thank you!

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