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  1. I think my two are bad - but if I had your two pups I think I would have a nervous breakdown. So glad everything has turned out ok in the end. For what its worth - my hubby is under no illusions as to where he is in our pack - the Omega. Luckily its been that way for the last 5 or 6 dogs so he is used to it. 🤣
  2. My guys have got their paws crossed for her - my fingers are also crossed. Please keep us informed.
  3. I may be in the minority, but my research leads me to believe that canines should remain intact until their growth plates have fused - which lends itself to the 1-2 year mark depending on the size of the dog (the bigger they are the later they should be done). My research leads me to believe that desexing too early stores up trouble later on with elbow/hip dysplasia etc, I also believe it makes them more prone to arthritis. They need the hormones whilst they are growing. I have never had a female dog, only ever males so have never experienced the problems that come with females. Marley is a rescue (as is Mikey) - but he was intact when I got him and is still intact at nearly 4 years old.
  4. Well done for taking one of these poor dogs on, what they went through was horrific. He looks very happy to be with you - wish I had room for another.
  5. There are so many huskies needing homes, is there a particular reason you are going for a pup? Not a critisism of any kind - a genuine question.
  6. Whipper snapper ! Next birthday I am 70 ....................... admit I struggle with two of them - unless they are on long lines - hubby now resorting to taking them out separately - Marley is such an air-head on a short lead.
  7. A really nice looking dog. So happy it is working out for you all. My new rescue Mikey is also settling in (eventually) its taken 7 weeks - he and Marley have been getting on really well since Marley has been poorly - Mikey has respected the fact that Marley does not want to play boistrously - and this has been limited to them both laying on the floor together - usually both on their backs and mouthing each other, gnawing on legs etc. Mikey's possessiveness has gone down by around 80% - he is still head shy but this is improving - even let a stranger stroke his head (on second time of asking) - he went up to the man himself the second time. He is nowhere near as scared of me as he used to be, but still avoids female strangers. He has settled in very well and we could not imagine life without him now, ......... yes there are still things to be worked on, and he will forever, I believe, be looking for an opportunity to kill my cat, but I knew the possibility of this before we took him on, - he is a husky after all. Hoping Storm continues to settle in his new home and both dogs become firm friends.
  8. I rescued another husky around 7 weeks ago (3.5 years old) - he too, had been living with five other huskies in foster. He came to me with details of him being really easy going, a gentleman, walking nicely on lead, non reactive, living happily with a cat in his original home (I also have a cat). He is bigger and stronger than my other husky - both males. The first few weeks were really rough - 2 and 3 fights a day - he overwhelmed my existing boy who has the gentlest nature. He has also made it his mission in life to kill my cat. He was obviously well behaved when living with an extisting pack of five other dogs, - probably knew he would get his backside handed to him in short order - but when he only had Marley to contend with - it was a different story. I ended up separating them on either side of a 4ft gate for lengthy periods, no toys were allowed (still are not), playtime is still supervised - although for the last few weeks Marley has been poorly after an operation went wrong - and Mikey has been so much better - he knows Marley is not up to rough-housing somehow and has really reigned in his natural instinct. Because of how I see him react to my cat (through the 4ft gate) I know he cannot be trusted with smaller dogs - although he has met some on lead and is fine - I would only take the dogs to a secure dog park where they are the only dogs in it (there is one about 40 miles away you can hire) - his prey drive is very very high. There have been no fights whilst Marley was under the weather - but he is getting stronger by the day and play sessions are getting more and more boistrous - so we are on guard again. I would trust Marley with anything (except a strange cat in our garden) but would not trust Mikey with anything if he is off lead - on lead we at least have some control. If Mikey were to go somewhere where he could meet other smaller dogs off lead then he would have to be muzzled or things could get bad very quickly.
  9. One of my boys is very fussy, I used to get very upset about it - then I found he had 9 different food allergies, and it turned out he did not want to eat the stuff he was allergic to - because it was making him sick. He was very ill for around 6 months - but when I finally got on top of it - he was still fussy - so despite his pleading eyes, it was tough love. He gets an extremely high quality raw diet anyway - its not as though he was being fed rubbish. If the meat is cut too chunky - he wont eat it (he is a delicate eater) - does not even like big bones - if he had it two days in a row he wont eat it, he usually gets two different meats and one fish (fresh sardine or herring) in his bowl - but because of his allergies his meat diversity is rather small (no poultry of any kind or pork). It really helps now that I have another dog - because he is concerned that if he walks away from it like he used to - the other dog will definitely steal it if he can! If he is going through one of those days (usually around once a week) I say "don't you want it"? then take it away and put it in the fridge - later in the day when he is wanting his lamb ribs (favourite treat and the bone portion of his raw diet) - he gets offered his dinner instead - if he wont eat it - it gets put back in the fridge and he does not get his lamb ribs either. He is not allowed a rib treat until he eats at least half his dinner - if he doesn't, - he does not get fed until the next morning (tinned sardines in the mornings - only way to get his meds down him). At the end of the day if there is nothing wrong with him medically - and he is getting a good quality food - then going without a meal or two will not hurt him. However if he is getting exactly the same thing day after day - well, would you be enthusiastic if you just had porridge every day of your life?????
  10. How long has he/she gone without food? Is he/she drinking? My first instinct is to tell you to get your dog to the vet - he/she may have a blockage.
  11. He went through 3 tank tops of mine and 3 of hubby's teeshirts - so the vets put a thundershirt on him - its not so much him having a go at it - but Mikey. Just a dressing and the thundershirt on now so the air can get to it without my boys being able to get to the wound. Next vet appoint on Wednesday 11am - they will get him from the car, take him in and bring him back to the car (I cannot) - am expecting her to sign him off. Marley is the first dog I have ever insured - doesn't sound much untill you realize I have had dogs all my life and I am 69! ................... something just kept nagging me about getting him insured - and I am really glad I listened to that inner voice - so far in his first year he has cost the insurance company nearly all the £4,000 he is insured for. With what my increased payments are it will still take 18 months for them to get the money back - providing of course he does not have any further issues !
  12. Well I got out of hospital last night and cannot drive for a week (28 stitches) so cannot attend Marley's appointment with the vet tomorrow (he was not signed off on Monday) so I had to change his dressing myself and send piccies to the vet - no manuka honey any more as it is drying up nicely. This was just to show the vet there was no nasty oozing - just the scab starting to rub off. The totally white area on photo two was the size of the wound originally - the honey enabled new skin to grow around the edges - but the two ends where the scab remains and the bit in between is unlikely to ever grow fur again. Hopefully his long fur will cover it up eventually. He is still in the Thundershirt to stop Mikey getting at it. Have emailed the vets and awaiting a reply as to when he has to go in again (got to be after Wednesday - hubby does not drive).
  13. Gorgeous boy! Both BB&S above and I have woolies, (long haired huskies) as is your lovely lad. I did not keep a weight check but I think mine weighed 11kilos at around 6 months - he is 3 yrs 10 months now and weighs 25 kilos. Your boy has a very happy face.
  14. I have two rescued huskies - one is hyper, loves everybody, and everything - wants to greet every dog, cat, child, person he meets, lovely gentle personality but a 'frustrated greeter' and no doggie manners - despite nearly three years of training. The other is far calmer, seemingly well trained, walks nicely on lead, is responsive to commands, calm when meeting other dogs etc ............. his one mission in life is to kill my cat. He ignores cats in the street, just looks at them, but when he sees our cat he goes into a rigid, deaf, seathing, trembling mass of pure evil. These guys are different to other dogs, and are different from each other, and as 2Huskyfun says above what works for one will not work for another. You say your pup is anxious - start there. Build his confidence, get him to really trust you, so that he knows you will protect him (just know he will not return the favour) - once he has confidence then you can start to try and get him to do the things you want - but he wont always do it - its not that he is a bad dog - he is just a husky - they had a brain of their own, and as he gets older he will use it more and more.
  15. You need to thoroughly clean your house - then treat it with something like RIP fleas - make sure your dog does not go into the house for at least an hour - preferably 3 or 4 hours after treating it. You do not say where you are from - so I dont know if you can get stuff like this - a country would help. RIP fleas will kill all fleas on contact for the first 24 hours and will work against eggs and larvae for 12 months as well as eventually killing full grown fleas. If the load is as heavy as you say, your dog could be getting anaemic - a vet trip is in order
  16. I drink Southern comfort with ice - and if I take my eyes off my glass one or other of the dogs tries to take a sneeky slurp - if I leave the room I have to take my glass with me. I think I have a couple of wannabe/budding alcoholic dogs
  17. You better believe it - ex nurses always make the worst patients!
  18. He goes in tomorrow hopefully to get signed off. If the vet is just as happy tomorrow he will leave the thundershirt off for the wound to dry out properly - obviously it will be harder to keep Mikey away from it (and Marley of course). The vet has said they will TRY to get the last of the manuka honey off Marley's back - but knowing Marley they will give up and tell me to do it at home. He still does not like anyone going near his op site. Sod's Law - but we have two house viewings on Wednesday and on Thursday I go back into hospital for my op that was put off because they found I was in AFib - undiagnosed until about 2 hours before they operated. Then on Saturday we have another viewing booked ! Just hope I can get up and about before they arrive on Saturday! Never rains but it pours ................... hubby will just be getting over convalescent Marley - only to be replaced with convalescent wifey .................... and he thinks Marley is a handful
  19. I am always amazed at how Marley can make concrete paving slabs seem like a feather duvet
  20. wolfpup

    Hello!

    Welcome to the forum - whatever questions you have - someone will have the answer for you.
  21. This is how Marley changed over his first year.
  22. They are certainly very very lucky dogs to own you. Continue doing what you are doing - they are living the life all dogs would wish for.
  23. Welcome to the forum Zed - do you want to get a husky yourself?
  24. Hello lovely girl - welcom to the pack
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