A bit about myself: I’m about 1 ½ years old, female husky mix breed weighing 57 lbs. I’m microchipped and vaccinated.
It’s important to know that I have suffered an injury and as a result I have ruptured tendons in both hocks that is chronic. What does all this mean? Well for one, if you look at my hind legs, my hocks look larger than normal. I am on a joint supplement and Omega 3s (which I get twice a day on my food). The great news is that the supplements and nutritious food that I’m getting seem to have really helped my mobility. Foster mom is noticing that I’m jumping up more and much more bouncy and playful than I was when I first arrived. I love my walks and act like a normal 1 ½ year old dog. It’s important that these supplements I’m taking be continued once I’m adopted. Hydro and physiotherapy would be very beneficial for my joint mobility. It is also very important to keep me at a healthy weight throughout my lifetime to avoid more stress on my joints. Long term risks are arthritis and lack of mobility when I’m older but we aren’t 100% certain if this will happen. There is no surgery that can correct this as the damage has already been done. It’s important that my furever family continue to monitor me for any signs of discomfort and seek medical advice should anything change.
I’m very good in my crate overnight – I will sleep from 11 pm until about 7:30 am and I’m quiet. Foster mom has set up my crate in her bedroom which has helped make me feel comfortable. She also plays a noise machine for me to drown out the other noises in the house. When I’m in my crate during the day, I don’t always like it but I am getting more and more used to it the longer I’m here. I will sometimes whine and scratch at the bottom of the crate. One time I chewed my blanket and pulled the sheet covering the crate in with me. I get rewarded with training treats when I behave well in my crate. We are working on making me more comfortable in the crate during the day – consistency is key so I have a routine now. Out in the morning for a walk first thing, in my crate for breakfast and then I come back out for an hour to lay down quietly beside Foster mom while she works. I go back in my crate for a couple hours before noon and I get another walk then. We repeat the same routine throughout the day and I’m starting to get the hang of it but Foster mom still shushes me sometimes during daytime crate training. With time I am definitely improving, but these are important things to know if you’re thinking of adopting me as I may regress for a bit when I get adopted. Currently, I go into my crate guided by leash and the command “crate!”. I am going in easier and easier now and I’m getting very good at sitting and waiting calmly before being let out of the crate. I’m excited to tell you that at mealtime now, when I hear foster mom preparing my food I run up the stairs and into my crate where I sit nicely waiting for my meal! Foster mom is really impressed at how quickly I’m catching on. It’s important that once I get adopted I continue to get all meals in my crate to reiterate that it’s a great place to be.
I’m good on a leash. I walk beside foster mom or her daughters and I don’t usually pull. If I see something interesting like a bunny or a bird, turning and walking the other way redirects my attention back to the person walking me. Sometimes foster mom will just practice this with me when there’s no distractions to reiterate that she’s in charge and I follow her. I’ve seen lots of other dogs and I’m good with them – we sniff and I’m happy to meet them. I’ve met lots of people too on my walks and I like them too. Overall, my foster family is very impressed with my leash skills and my willingness to learn.
I am house trained – my foster family takes me outside on a regular basis and I have not had any accidents in the house. I’m learning basic commands – I’m currently learning how to sit, stay, come and lie down for treats. Foster mom thinks I’m a smart girl – I’m catching on pretty quick. I am very gentle when I take treats.
I love to be brushed. Foster mom uses a rake-style brush to get rid of my undercoat. I had a bath in the tub when I first arrived and I was so calm, she was able to wash me twice! I did reach a point where I was done with being washed but I did very well especially for my first time.
There’s another female dog that lives with us and we get along well. She’s older and calm and I really like her. I will sometimes lie down near her or steal her toys but she doesn’t seem to mind!
There are 2 cats that live in my foster home. They aren’t too sure about me however one was brave enough to sniff my nose (foster mom had my leash in hand!!) and I did wag my tail. I whine at them and I really want to meet them. I do not fixate on them though and I’m easy to redirect. Foster mom always has my leash in hand when I’m around the cats so that she has control. I’m not sure if I’d be ok with cats in my new home – possibly with time I might be fine but it’s really hard to say.
I like going for car rides! I can get in and out of the car on my own. I frequently will go with my foster family for drives – both short and long and I will either sit up straight and be foster mom’s backseat co-pilot or I fall asleep. It’s important to remember, I should always be safely secured in a moving car and never left in the car alone.
I really love to play with all sorts of toys – stuffed animals, squeaky toys and bones. I am a toy destroyer though so it’s important to keep an eye on me when I’m playing. Even the “indestructible” ones I am very good at tearing them apart.
I live with at 13 and 15 year-old and I really like them. I am very good with them though sometimes when I get excited and I mouth or nip. Anytime I do this, all play and attention stops immediately and I am completely ignored. I am getting much better with this behaviour and learning that nipping isn’t appropriate. Dogs are a TON of work and require LOTS of patience and training. It’s important to be sure that you and your family will have enough time to dedicate to me so that I will be my BEST self.
My foster family has been practicing an exercise called “sit on the dog” with me. It’s not like what it sounds – they don’t actually sit on me! One person will have me on a short leash in hand and will sit and ignore me. This has really been helping me settle down. At first, I would protest by whining and carrying on but I am getting better at it now and I usually settle pretty quick and lay down calmly. I may initially be unsettled (whining and pacing) in a new home so it’s really important to stick to clear boundaries and rules.