|1.5 Years Old||Male||Husky Mix||55 lbs|
Need to know…
Valgus deformity in left front foot – causes no issues right now but could experience arthritis down the road ~ Horner’s Syndrome (please read details in post!)
|Cat free home please||Gets along well||Children 10+ and older please|
Look into my big brown eyes, see how handsome I am! I just had a new photo shoot done and I must say I’m a good looking guy! The name is Sandwich if you didn’t know and im still on the hunt for my forever home! Maybe you can help me out by putting in an application for me? My Foster Mom can’t figure out what’s taking so long? She thinks I’m pretty great!
So lets make this happen. ?? I’m a Husky Mix, almost 2 years old and full of love. I just need someone to share all my love with. My Foster Mom gives me big hugs and kisses every day, which is great but a family to call my own would be amazing ❤
Even if you don’t think I’m the right guy for you, tell all your friends about me! I’ve been around awhile looking for my forever home but I know its out there for me.
In the meantime I’m loving life in my Foster home learning to be calm and walk in my leash like a good boy! When I see small animals like skunks, squirrels and cats I do pull but I’m told to sit and be a good boy before we start walking again.
I’ve also come leaps and bounds as far as the food aggression I had shown to have. I can eat my food with my dog foster sister in the room or near by and I’ll even watch her eat her food without bothering her. I share the water bowl and toys very well ?
I go and get in my crate even when I don’t have to, and guess what I’m not in an impact crate anymore! I’m in a regular wire crate and it’s great!…I even have my own blanket in it to snuggle up too, but still don’t trust me by putting a blanket over the top or near my crate I may still pull it in and chew it.
I’m still a big puppy in some ways, I like to play and be silly with my Foster sister, and Mom and Dad, but when I’m told to relax I listen.
My personality is bold, fun, goofy, loving and sweet. I can also be a ball of energy. It is hard not to fall in love with me! I am great in the car, except I need reminders to stay in the back or off your lap! But I don’t get sick in the car and I love going places.
I am a super friendly guy but because I could knock someone small I am looking for a home with children who are over 10 years old.
I also have to be in a home with no cats, they are off limits for me.
Now I have a few things I need to explain about myself some of which you need to pay special attention to because it could affect me in my later years.
I love other dogs I get along great with them and I also love to swim which is a great physical activity for me!
First off I have a valgus deformity in my front leg. Because of this you will see in my photos my leg is bent funny, however this doesn’t hurt me at all. My bones did not grow the same length which is the underlying cause of the odd shape of my leg. I went on medical hold so the people at Finding Them Homes could find out the best plan for me. They took me to see a specialist to talk about surgery on my leg but it was decided that surgery would be risky because it could do more harm than good. But here is the best thing, my leg doesn’t hurt me at all and doesn’t affect my abilities. In the future there is a potential I will develop arthritis and because of this it is very very important that I maintain a lean healthy weight! The vet told my foster family that I should not go for long walks or hikes. I have lots of energy and even though I would like to go for long walks 15-20 minutes is about the maximum I should have per day so that I don’t put too much stress on my leg. However swimming is a good activity for me. It actually gives my leg a break from having pressure on it and its great physical activity!
The other medical thing you need to know about me is I have what’s called Horner’s syndrome. It just means that in my one eye my pupil doesn’t dilate very well and sometimes my eyelid relaxes so it looks like my eye is partly closed. This is caused by nerve damage in my neck. I have had xrays and blood work to try and find the exact cause but everything came back normal, it could possibly be that my Horners and valgus deformity were a result of an injury but we don’t really know for sure.
Because of the nerve damage in my neck I cannot wear a collar for walking. I do wear a collar in the house for my ID tags, but having extra pressure on my neck could potentially make the symptoms of Horner’s worse. When going for walks I am wearing a harness. This isn’t a typical recommendation for the dogs at Finding Them Homes but for me it is an important part of keeping as healthy as can be. Using a harness is a bit of a work in progress for me because I am not the best leash walker but because of my leg issue I cannot wear a “no-pull” style harness. A no pull style would put extra stress on my leg. My foster family is working hard with me to learn to walk nicely even though I can only practice a little bit each day. I am slowly getting better so hopefully my forever family will continue to work with me. With more time, practice and training I will get my leash skills down pat!
Now let me tell you a bit about my training! I have lots of energy but because I can’t use it for long hikes I use it for training. Every day for breakfast and dinner I work for all my kibbles. We do this for a few reasons. It helps me learn new things which is great, I don’t gain a whole bunch of extra weight with fatty treats on top of already eating a regular diet, and I have shown a bit of food guarding so being hand fed my food in a safe and controlled way helps me learn to be less protective. Because I am protective, if you don’t have the time to do training with me for one of my meals on occasion, I do best eating my food alone in my crate. During this training we mostly work on sit, stay, lie down, come here, leave it, and look here. All these things are good basics to keep up with. I am super food motivated so I learn pretty quick, I am sure you could teach me all kinds of tricks if you wanted to!
I also really like brain games. My foster mum recently introduced me to a treat ball and although it did take me a few minutes to figure it out I love it now! The only thing you have to remember is that because I guard food, if you use one with me and you have other dogs, we must be separated first in order to keep everyone safe. If you want to try other types of games with me that would be great! Foster mum thinks I would probably be good at using a Kong Wobbler too. Anything to keep my brain busy!
The other training we are working on is walking on leash. As you’ve read I wear a harness and I don’t go for long walks. Neither of these things are really the best for training but we are doing the best that we can. It is a lot of baby steps right now and patience patience patience! At first we worked on a lot of back and forth, so when I would pass you we would turn around until I learned that yanking forward did not get me where I wanted to go. Of course we can only do this 20 minutes a day so it’s a bit of a slow going. I do fairly well now as long as I don’t see other dogs or people close by. I get really excited then and start pulling so usually foster mum will take me in a new direction away from the thing I want. Eventually with time and persistence I will learn how to walk like a perfect gentleman!
I am working on crate training and sometimes I am great but sometimes not so much. At nighttime I usually cry at first but a firm “Enough” of “go to sleep” is enough for me to settle down and go to sleep. During the day I tend to get bored. Maybe because I am bored or maybe because I feel anxious, I like to try to get out of my crate or sometimes move it around to see if I can find a nice blanket to shred. No blankets for me in my crate. Currently I am in an impact crate for safety. Foster mum has discovered I like antlers and also Kongs with frozen peanut butter and that helps keep me busy, but the biggest thing is make sure I am mentally tired before I go in my crate and I will do so much better. Practice some training or do some brain games with me and I should be all set.
I know I am a bit of a work in progress and that is a lot of information to take in, but I promise I have such potential and I am really ready to give my all to my forever family! Is that you?