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  1. Many thanks, everyone
  2. A part solution to the cats vs dog problem would seem to be to never leave food down (something we never do anyway with our cats/dogs - if they fail to eat it after 10 minutes, it's removed) but we've found that it's difficult for Huskies not used to cats (i.e. grown up with them) to totally accept cats. We never mix our cats and dogs, ever, as we wouldn't want even the slightest risk of a disaster (and heard of way too many) Separation Anxiety in Huskies is no more or less common than in other breeds but unfortunately it's usually displayed by howling and they're often destructive, worse cases over-salivating through stress and ignoring the water bowl - and certainly of the 100s of dogs that I've seen come through the rescue, a good 10-20% display it to a greater or lesser extent, when they first arrive. Easy to spot the difference between SA and attention seeking: SA will continue after you're no longer in sight but stops when you're visible and close, attention seeking (usually whining, sometimes barking) when you're in the same vicinity but are ignoring the dog(s). One of ours had terrible SA when we got him (aged 5) and even now, 7 years on, he still can get a bit SA stressed. And a few years ago we had 2 Bouviers, one of which used to get terrible SA in the early days (barking and destructive), whilst the other was totally unfazed by not having us around - but they both demanded attention if we were!
  3. Any half decent vet will insist on a minimum of 3 months after season finishes - our rescue vet even ensures that 3 month gap by refusing to do bitches when they come in if there's any uncertainty of their last season (it's because the vascular tissue takes time to return to "normal"). Most seasons last about 3 weeks but we've had one last 8 weeks and our Skye had a split season (stopped and then started all over again a few days later). The thinking is to wait until any dog is fully mature before neutering, so we advise at least one season and 1-2 years for males Glad to say that foster girl Ice is coming to an end
  4. A bit like our current foster girl, Ice. 3 years old and a Husky X GSD - similar features but ears are different. She's absolutely wonderful, though in season which means I get the "joy" of sleeping on the settee with her. Rubbish recall and, if previous owners are to be believed, an escape artist (she's already attempted a climb out of our garden - fail)
  5. Campylobacter is the commonest 'food poisoning' bacteria in humans which, usually, dogs will fight off with no problem, unless their immune system is compromised as in poor Amy (and usually not a great effect in humans - sorry to hear of the opposite, Luna-tic). Get well soon, Amy
  6. Can't say I've particularly noticed their nose colour but looking, we've 2 black, 2 pink and one black/pink centre (and I do remember this usually goes black in the summer - a snow nose)
  7. As one goes out, another comes in. Went down to Devon to collect 3 year old Ice - well worth the trip as she's such a lovely girl. A bit timid with people, fine with dogs (including our 6) and great with little kids (lived with 3) but a bit of an escape artist When the only camera you have to hand is your phone: Loves watching the world go by out the window Previous vet stated she didn't like jabs and needed muzzling. Most definitely not! Soft as butter And looks like we may have a potential home lined up for her already
  8. I too wouldn't advise Ibuprofen but getting a more suitable canine painkiller like Meloxicam (Metacam) would be preferable. His original painkillers, Gabapentin, Tramadol and Prednisone, are way more powerful than Ibuprofen, so he's obviously improving, so it could just be a question of time - it may well have been a trapped nerve or pulled muscle (both very painful but usually resolved over time)
  9. We always introduce a bit with their kibble (since the mixing kibble and raw thing has now been deemed not relevant) with our fosters (if they're going on raw - depends on next fosterer/adopter) but I really don't think it matters (unless they hate raw - never come across one of them yet!)
  10. Luka and Skye looking very pleased with themselves - meant to say also, in the secure offlead, obviously
  11. Interesting reading. Thanks. Whilst I'm convinced that we don't need to vaccinate as often as we do, I'm a little more sceptical on the dangers of over-vaccination (maybe as it's never affected me with respect to all the dogs I've been with over the years) - no clinical trials and I tend to be reminded of the "clinical evidence" of the human MMR vaccination causing autism in children. Or not, as was proven when the "evidence" was shown to be suspect. I'm absolutely certain that vaccinations of any sort, to any species, can have a negative impact, just as all medication has negative side effects.
  12. Conducting the choir These are our 3 "singers" (other 3 ignore/look confused when they start) - at the offlead for a bit of manic play/running around (and an occasional treat!)
  13. They're not so bad. We put one on Luka when he was recovering from removal of one of his toes (he had re-occuring infection and the worry was that it would get down to his bone which would then necessitate removal of the leg - he doesn't even notice the loss) as it meant we could go out earlier without risking the site getting wet/dirty
  14. The rescue had a dog come in who turned out to be pregnant and Sunday we had a walk to celebrate their third birthday. On the left, mum Dixie and on the right "puppy" Suki - both live together and are forever playing
  15. Six years ago, stepdaughter had rats....... and we had a Harley Get well soon, Harley Here's our Harley - look similar: