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  1. Our ancestors shared the same problem like wolves, though. Very short life expectancy. A human that survived to the age of 30 was considered an old retiree (as if he was 75 in today's world) with great wisdom that was bestowed upon him during his blessed years. My Grandma lived in an era where it was considered freaky if a woman didn't give birth before age of 17, and such woman was forever publicly ostracized. Think about that - a 17-year old kid. But those reasons were very valid back then. That's barely century ago, let alone hundreds of thousands years. Circling back to wolves, their life expectancy out there in the wild is very short compared to ones living in closed off ranges. Raw bones are just one of many factors. But, they're still a factor. We just didn't know. Ignorance is really bliss... My point is that the raw unsplintered bones are always parroted as a panacea. Which it's not. You still roll a bloody dice. Sure, the dice has many more than just six sides, but one of those sides results in a pretty disgusting painful death for a completely innocent dog that has zero say in the matter. You'd be lucky if it happened while you're at work. At least you wouldn't be so much traumatized, finding your dog dead in a pool of blood upon coming home, compared to experiencing the whole event up close and personal while trying to rush to the hospital, listening to the agony of poor dog, bleeding from everywhere. That would be a pretty nice PTSD, right there...
  2. You cannot possibly expect anything in just two weeks. That's just ridiculous. That being said, you could quickly force many things, but that has long-term consequences. If you care - at all - about dog's happiness, you will follow his own pace of things. Consider all 4 of you sleeping together in same room for two weeks, so she gets used to your voices, smells, sounds and gestures. Use couch or temporarily bring other bed, if your bed isn't big enough for 3 of you (Husky will find a spot there, no doubt about that). Highly likely, initially, your Husky will sleep on the floor, further away, but will eventually decide to sleep in bed with you. It took my Husky over a year, to start voluntarily come to sleep in my bed. Now, it's part of her ritual - she must touch me when falling asleep and greatly enjoys falling asleep in same bed, but it took some time...
  3. Actually, raw bones can do that too. Sharp objects don't mix well with soft intestines. I've watched a recent documentary on wolf autopsies, and they recently found one who was a perfectly healthy specimen. Except it got torn from inside by a bone and died a very painful death. Yeah, natural diet at its best... Having watched that, I've come to appreciate my Honey refused to go raw when I tried to switch her to raw food...
  4. They're just giving you a hint. By destroying the bed, you also throw out the frame and have just a mattress on the floor. Which makes it much easier for them to be in bed. The moment my Husky destroyed the bed, she suddenly started spending more time in it. We became much closer. After a week I cancelled the new bed that was supposed to arrive. If she never chewed the bed, we wouldn't be so close. And I would never even know! Of course, there's plenty people who cherish material stuff more. 20 years from now, it might be more problematic for me to stand up from the bed, as it's just mattress on the floor, but I'll gladly sacrifice that tiny bit of discomfort, for what I get in return. Oh, and the doggie bed staircase is not a solution (but that's a whole other topic in itself).
  5. 11 months vs 11 years - now that's some fun multigenerational household Look into positive reinforcement training and removing your husky from the room when he does something you don't agree with. This way, at least when you are at home, Husky will learn his boundaries. Of course, when you're at work, all bets are off and all tiny dogs are a fair game At this age, they can be easily occupied by chewing shoes, recliners, beds and other furniture. Every other day, bring him some new shoes to chew through and he'll be fine. Remember - bored husky = destructive husky. See the attachment - that's a closed door she chewed through (that was my stupidity - I was naïve enough to think a closed door would stop a Husky - ROFLMAO), but just look at that crazy happy mug
  6. It's a dog-eat-dog world It is basically a lottery. You can't really control their core temperament and prey drive (as much as many people would like to say they think they actually do). My Husky only ever killed a mouse, some birds (WTF - why did god give them wings if they can be caught by a leashed dog), she enjoys catching and eating butterflies and I'm pretty sure she would snap those darn squirrels, but they are just too fast to catch on a short leash. I wouldn't be surprised if that boundary was pushed further with some different huskies. On the other hand, mine is always beat up by cats. Even the tiny, microscopic two-inch cat will make my Husky squeal. I wouldn't mind the natural selection to work this particular scenario - I mean - if a cat is stupid enough to snap at 50x larger animal, she has no business in staying alive. I'm pretty sure that's the case for many cats that suddenly don't come home but dared to go out of their way to attack a Wrong Husky
  7. This post has been necro'ed but as it does contain important stats, it's worth updating for all. My Honey was also runt of the litter. Very visibly smaller and weaker than every other litter-mate. She's going to be 4 yrs this winter, hopefully. She's 44 pounds now and is still a tiny Husky, even for a female. But, she's been gradually growing even in the last year, even if it was just few pounds. Not sure we'll ever reach 50 pounds, probably not. But, she was 39 pounds 6-8 months before her last weighing, and is 44 now, so I suspect she still will gain some weight. Personality-wise, she was a scared dog from day one. She still is. A Rouge Falling Leaf will trigger fight&flight. At home she's not scared, but outside she often is. Every single cat will beat her up, even if they're 10x smaller. On the other hand, she had the balls to approach the BUFFALO (like, 1000x her body mass) in Montana. That just does not compute in my head. A tiny half-pound cat scares her, but a 1000-pound buffalo not ? WTF ?!? Health-wise, obviously, I don't expect her to live to the age of 10. But, I see every day with her as a blessing, so it's all good...
  8. A Doctor ? I'm confused. Why ? How is this not a Common Sense question ? Can you seriously see her walking 3 huskies in her 9th month ? A week before giving birth ? Really ? Kayaking a week before giving birth (true story of one of my friends) is less insane than walking 3 huskies. All it takes is one squirrel/cat/dog/human/rabbit or, at worst, a Rouge Falling Leaf to ignite their turbo engines instantly reaching the Escape Velocity, dragging her behind them and leaving a bloody trail on the pavement... I'm sure such YT video would get a 10M views in 3 hours, potentially paying for the inevitable PTSD treatment ! Highly likely also a Darwin Award Nomination.
  9. Huskies are great at acclimatization. Every coat my Husky had was slightly different from the previous, and she's going to be 4 yrs. Especially the baby fur is different, like you noticed. Contrary to popular misconception, they don't just shed in regular intervals. It all depends on the weather, but most people are chained to the radiator in the same location most of the time (with their huskies). My Husky will shed and adjust within 10 days of moving. When I visited my friend in Mississippi for 6 weeks last February, the temperature differential (from Montana) was brutal. We went from -30 F to +60 F. Almost a 100 'F. Plus, really disgusting humidity (you gotta experience it to actually believe it - it was my first, and hopefully last!), being just half an hour from the coast. She started shedding within few days. After two months, when we came back, she shed again. Less intensively, but shed none the less. The difference was about 70F vs 30F. Last Winter, October 02, when the first blizzard hit, and covered the ground with 6+ month snow cover, she shed within few days. Since North Dakota is much colder than Montana, her protective fur on her paws got really super long this winter (it still is). It wasn't even a slow gradual process. Once it hit -40 C, within few days, her bottom paws were engulfed with the crazy long fur. So, if your place gets exposed to an extreme temperature drop, the coat change will follow quickly.
  10. Necropost of the year ! NINE years !!!
  11. Why not ? They have the same temperaments are humans, so why exclude this particular feature ? If I had 3 huskies, then I could make a scientific comparison, but I got just one, so I can only post online and pop the question. My point is that everybody everywhere all the time keeps talking about how huskies loooooove cold. Yet, people's idea of cold is really pathetic - for many it's even above freezing temperatures. I mean, just check the other thread by the Indian guy, whose coldest day of winter was, like, PLUS 39 F... How many Husky owners do you actually know that are exposed to temperatures below -40 C each winter? I have yet to see a husky youtube video where the happy husky hops around when it's -50 C. I would love to do an experiment, where I would walk 12 huskies in that blizzard and I'm pretty sure one of them would be able to resist the blizzard the longest - not just ~10 seconds (or so) like mine did, as I really doubt mine is a tough one (she's a sweetheart). BTW, April 16 here, and we had a fresh snow yesterday...
  12. Clearly, you never worked in the same office with an Indian colleague. Their "COLD" threshold is equivalent to people from Florida / Hawaii . In Jersey, every single fall, when the temperatures would "plummet" to 50-60F during the day, which is still a T-Shirt weather, they would show up in full winter gear (except for sleds), like it was an Antarctic In-Office expedition :- ))))))))) Besides, I looked it up. He's from Delhi as per his profile. Check the weather stats online. Last December, the coldest it got, was 39 F at night. That's PLUS 39F. Not Minus 39F, but PLUS 39F. That's not even freezing temperatures ! Would love to watch his face expression if he walked his husky at -47 'C Blizzard conditions, like we get around here, where the icy particles feel like razors cutting deep into your skin and you cannot keep your eyes open without glasses against the wind and a 60-second exposure of your hand (without gloves) can lead to permanent frostbite damage. But, you'd have more luck spotting a Yeti in North Dakota than an Indian... My Husky huffs and puffs when it's PLUS 39F and we walk outside. That's still quite warm for a Husky. She usually stops huffing around -5 F (~-20 'C) - that's the comfortable threshold for huff-less walks... The only way his Husky will *EVER* experience freezing cold over there is if somebody puts him into a freezer (please don't) or makes a trip to Himalayas, but every single colleague I asked that gave me this "WTF" Look as if going there was an act of madman ("But it's cold there, why would I go there ?!?")...
  13. I have bought a cheapest possible Couch from Walmart for just $200 and to my huge surprise, she actually didn't chew it. First bed she actually didn't (including the "unchewable" ones). But, she only sleeps there during the day. At night, she always sleeps on my bed with me. Always must touch me with some part of her body. Given how cold it gets here in North Dakota, I really appreciate a warm, fluffy coat in the morning - A portable bio heater - just insert food, out comes the heat Surprisingly, she does quite often choose our bed to sleep in, even during the day. Since I keep all pillows on the bed, she always lies all over the fluffy pillows
  14. You got lucky, that's for sure. The greatest danger to a husky is a husky itself. It's just a question of time when , instead of the cat, it will be a bitch in heat, and then he may seriously hurt himself, assuming stronger harness/cables. I'm afraid, the only way to fully husky-proof your yard, is what you heard dozen times : 1. Put concrete slab on the floor - FULL FLOOR 2. Enclose the whole area with double fence 3. Put roof over it (forget anti-roll bars) Do not use wood anywhere. My Husky has managed to chew through actual door in less than 30 minutes. A Wooden fence wouldn't present an obstacle for more than 15 minutes...
  15. Vlad76


    No remotely sane person who has had a husky for 3 years would consider pickiness of a husky to be a strange thing. Let me guess, you only recently got the dog and had a brilliant thought it would be as simple as merely getting two dogs together Clearly your Husky is ugly to her. Sorry. She is clearly well aware of her standards and knows instinctively she can do better than him if she prefers "dry spell" (while overflowing with hormons), to him.
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