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  1. Congratulations !!! So happy for you both. Expect the unexpected 24/7 he will exasperate and enchant you - and you will fall hopelessly in love. Exciting times ahead.
  2. I am coming late to this particular party as I missed the post originally. We are Marley's 4th owners - and he was only three months old when we got him! We have a Utonagan and I thought I knew what I was letting myself in for ................................. but it was a bit of a shock. I agree with everything that has been said - totally a breed apart from the rest - the best of all the breeds in my opinion. If I had my way we would only have huskies from now on. As previously said, all the dogs are different, Marley is now 16 months old - far more 'my' dog than hubbies - but he loves absolutely everyone he meets. He is the most loving of all the dogs I have had, but on his terms obviously, he also likes to spend hours outside on his own - no doubt working out how to get to my hens! He also lives with two cats - which people said was a no-no. By far the most intelligent dog I have ever had, the most mischievous, not the most destructive dog (but close) - our Utonagan holds that record at over £3,500. Difficult to train - but I have found an excellent 1-2-1 trainer now and Marley is now almost at the stage when I will be able to take him out (too strong for me). He is dog excited, not dog aggressive, child excited, people excited ..... as I said he loves everybody and everything. I really hope you find your husky, you are in for some very interesting times with one of the most intelligent dogs you will ever own, very challenging - but the rewards are out of this world.
  3. Welcome to the forum. As for chewing it appears to be a husky thing (more than other breeds). Marley chewed the arm off one armchair and then gave me a matching arm off my sofa. He is now 16 months old and has stopped ripping up the furniture thankfully. He only ever chewed anything if he was bored or left alone (read unwatched) we are both at home all the time - so we restricted access to the lounge when we went to bed - he just followed us up and went to sleep. Is he left alone for any length of time? If so try some 'educational' toys - like the Kongs with some treats inside so he has to work for a treat - will keep his mind off things like the furniture.
  4. You have got one serious cute baby there
  5. Fantastic they are getting closer - lets hope its the first step to real friendship between them and they grow closer
  6. So happy about Astro - but I can guarantee she won't have learned her lesson - your lesson is don't leave them about - eat them all immediately!
  7. As the saying goes "Good thinking Batman" !!! I'll get the insurance first - then talk to my vet in a few months. As I said at the start I do not suspect it - but know that the op can cost as much £10,000 per hip - which is what is goading me into going for a higher priced insurance. Besides if any animal is going to have an accident - its going to be Marley - for such an intelligent dog he hasn't got a brain cell in his head when it comes to getting himself into scrapes.
  8. No, Marley does not have it. However because I know it can be prevalent in huskies, and the fact I know nothing of his background, breeding, parents etc, before I get a new pet insurance costing around £20 a month, I wondered at what age can a vet check for it? Marley is coming up on 18 months old so would have thought a vet could check - but I don't know what is involved. Anyone got any ideas??
  9. Fingers, toes, and paws crossed Astro is ok. You might have been lucky and there were not that many in the bun. Marley snaffled a quarter of a hot cross bun and I spent an anxious few days - but he showed no adverse reactions thankfully - did not know if they contained raisins or not, but they did contain sultanas. Different dogs react differently - what would be a lethal dose for one dog may not give another dog a hiccup - and the vets still don't know why. Let's hope Astro is one of the lucky ones.
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  13. Sorry can't help - but I have a question regarding long leads. Tried on several occasions using a very long lead to give Marley some freedom - however he starts off in a straight line at 1,000 miles an hour and does not stop until it pulls tight - which no only knocks him on his backside - but has pulled me over and nearly wrenched my arm out of its socket to boot. I've tried letting it out a bit at a time - but even wearing gloves it hurts.
  14. Almost any raw food is better than canned - sorry I do not know the brand - I get my two boys food from the butchers - but just wanted to say what a beautiful little girl you have there.
  15. Mowgli is sure a delicate eater, Lunar would have devoured that in around 30 seconds, Marley is also a delicate eater - but would still have polished it off quicker!! Have you tried lamb neck chunks, or lamb ribs - a particular favourite of my pair - although the ribs are just for treats, not food as such. 60p a kilo from your butcher - even if they come in a rack you can cut them individually with a sharp knife. Marley went on chicken wings at 12 weeks old and still loves them - the only cooked food he has ever had is scrambled egg as a puppy - but he now prefers his eggs raw, ................. particularly if he can steal them from the chickens nest boxes !
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  18. I have photos of Marley showing the same pinky tinge to his fur - and it was caused by dogs saliva - in his case it was because my other dog had his mouth round Marley's throat so much as a pup. Have you noticed her licking the fur at all??? I agree to get it checked out though.
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  20. The one I have is an Andrew James one - cost around £50 - I would love an excalibur - but cannot afford one. Once the treats are dehydrated (you'll know because they will snap-break and not bend) I usually put them in a sealable plastic bag or plastic tub and they last easily for three months - although the dogs usually go through a batch in around 2 months. For longer term storage I use an airtight mason jar and kept away from the light - they should keep around 12 months or longer - but the dogs won't let you store them for that long believe me. A decent dehydrator will take around 30-35 hours to dehydrate 5 trays of meat - obviously depending on how thinly you slice the meat to start with, and costs 2p per hour to run. It really does depend on what you are dehydrating - for instance I would not consider trying to dehydrate fish - although I know others who do - the meat does smell a bit, - we are vegetarians so really notice the smell of meat - but I keep the dehydrator in the spare bedroom with the door shut - no problem then with smells when we go to bed - even the dogs and cats are not trying to get into the spare room overnight. I dehydrate vegetables/fruit etc. I give the neighbours a couple of eggs every week from my girls (hens), and every year they give me all the cooking apples off their two trees - I dehydrate the apples and freeze them - then just rehydrate them throughout the year for apple pies etc. One main advantage of dehydration and vacuum-sealing them is that it totally eliminates freezer burn. It is not necessary to keep the apples in the freezer once they have been dehydrated and vacuum packed - I just prefer to do so.
  21. Lunar has quite a few - on his head and neck - the vet wasn't worried about them - its worth getting them checked over just for your peace of mind though.
  22. Marley and also Lunar (a Utonagan) have a problem with some of the treats hubby buys them - they contain wheat - I buy chicken breast, lambs liver and lungs, - dehydrate it into treats for them - they love them and no longer fill the air with their own kind of fragrance - has the added advantage of me knowing exactly what is in the treat i.e. nothing but meat. You obviously love your dog to bits and think nothing of spending good money on him - have you thought of investing in a mid-range dehydrator (around £50) then making their own treats - you know the treats are healthy, with no preservatives or additives, nothing to upset a delicate stomach - and will save you money on overly priced commercial treats.
  23. Marley's transformation took around 9 months
  24. I would have thought a 5 x 5ft space is small to be shut in for 10 hours a day - unless she will have an outside run as well - with access to the A/C dog house when she needed it.
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