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  1. Bandit is an ace name, I’m sure there are already loads of huskies called Storm. A thought about having him spayed, I don’t know if you read Dr. Karen Becker but she recommends that dogs aren’t castrated but have a doggie vasectomy, she feels, as you have also mentioned, that castrating/neutering dogs while still growing is causing the hip and joint problems you flagged up too. It seems eminently sensible to me, it would be cheaper (maybe lol) but certainly quicker and a more natural way of preventing unwanted puppies etc. I’ve not been in the position of doing either as the last 3 rehomes have already been done, both the dogs had arthritis though and it seems many older dogs do almost as though it’s inevitable. If I ever take a dog that needs it doing I will be advocating vasectomy/tube tying. I’m pleased to hear he’s settling in so well, I hope it’s not the honeymoon period lol, but how could he not thrive when he’s going to have the optimal life [emoji4] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Luna is a Sibe and has just had emergency abdomen/bladder surgery, she was under at least a couple of hours and came out of it well, she’s previously been spayed and obviously came through that too. Have they any idea why his prostate is a problem? I’ve not heard of it in dogs before (not that that is anything to go by lol) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. I’m going to be bold and suggest it’s more to do with the husky personality. I had 2 cats when I took in Luna, one cat, the Bengal ran for his life every time he spotted her, the other, a Maine Coon was a bit apprehensive but she chose not to run. Luna chased them a couple of times but seems to have learned that the cats live here and are off limits. She pretty much ignores them (but will steal their food if she can) and if they meet is more inclined to exchange sniffs with them. The Bengal is now totally cool around Luna and will even climb over to get through the dog flap. They swap beds a lot too, if either cat is in the dog bed, the dog finds an alternative she never tries to displace them. Luna was around 6 when we got her. I’m as confident as I can be that Luna will not attack either of them so I have no problems leaving them all in together. Luna never goes upstairs, presumably earlier training, so the cats can escape up there but there are shelves and higher places if they need to escape. Curiously if she sees a cat while we’re out she’s very interested, were she not on a lead I expect she would run at them. When she was very sick recently we took her on a short walk near the vets, on the pavement was a cat who was not going to give way, Luna stuck her nose forward to sniff it and it smacked her and drew blood, she didn’t retaliate at all, just looked at the cat as if to say why did you do that? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. I really can’t thank you enough for taking on Storm, he finally has a chance at a better life with someone who at least knows the breed and is willing to have a go at resettling him. I’ll never understand the people who treat animals so badly, what don’t they have in their make up that the rest of us do? Reading back on the Wyre estuary it sounds just the sort of place I’d like to take Luna. She’s made an amazing recovery and I want to work on keeping her well and that should be at least one decent longish walk/run a week. It sounds like the place that daughter took her a while ago, she said there aren’t any sheep etc. so it would be ideal. Hoping that Storm isn’t too much of a problem for Marley and cat and that he settles after his bath. [emoji873] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Are you walking them side by side? Could you walk one on each side until they are familiar with each other? Any new situation will take a while for them to work through and in my mind first and foremost, walks are for exercise and pleasure, to be enjoyed, training can come a bit later when they know more about each other. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Fingers crossed for you and for her, she sounds in real need of a good home. Thank you for rehoming too, there are so many dogs and too few people who don’t want a cute puppy. If she moves in, she’ll be one lucky dog. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Maybe give her time to settle in, 2 days is hardly time at all imo, my re-home has taken a year to be comfortable with us and she’s a dog with no aggression at all. Alaska is having to cope with new surroundings, strange people, new animals and smells, I’d be nervous about someone trying to comb my hair in such circumstances lol. Maybe just do the head area for a while so you can tickle ears at the same time. She’s likely to need a lot of reassurance, huskies are not like other dogs and will respond when they are sure and not before. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Your dog needs meat, it’s his natural food, ditch the chapati, pull back on the cheese, a little yoghurt is ok and add in meat and fish, he doesn’t need veg and he doesn’t need any wheat products, potatoes etc. You can give a little veg. my husky enjoys the odd raw carrot. Fresh water to drink and he should have better bowel health and fart a lot less. Don’t give him grapes or dried fruit or chocolate, in fact he doesn’t need human food. And thank you for having compassion and taking him in, huskies are wonderful companions or they may be a bit aloof but generally they are just all round great. My husky has just been through a terrible time, a week in the vets and every single member of staff has sung her praises for enduring all that she has without showing anything but tolerance for the staff who have had to do some unwelcome tasks in order to keep her well. I don’t regret for a moment having taken her in. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Latest on Luna is that she is looking good! The bladder issue hasn’t resolved so we have inco pads dotted about. The only other problem was her not eating at home, the vet wanted us to encourage her to eat at home which we are trying but they were tube feeding her 3 times a day so really she wasn’t that hungry, getting this across to them hasn’t been easy, they’d agree in principal but then instead of not feeding her would just reduce what she was given. She has eaten bits and pieces, especially cat food lol, but refusing most of the raw offered and only licking up bits of the very expensive pouches and tins. She finishes her antibiotics today and they are reducing her gabapentin so she may well get her appetite back. They have stopped her 3pm visit thank goodness so only twice a day now, 8am and 10pm. I daren’t think how big the bill is now, they simply haven’t mentioned it! I am hoping the insurers pay up, our policy is with Animal Friends, anyone else had to claim from them? They sent an email saying they needed more info from the vet but they haven’t responded, when I asked the vet they said they’d not heard from them. So hopefully Luna is on the way to a full recovery, can’t say how relieved I am considering even the vet wasn’t optimistic! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. We had Luna home for the day, she is so much better. She ate some cat food and had a wander round, went out for a gentle walk and seemed happy to be here. We’ve taken her back as requested but just had another phone call asking if we can collect her because she hasn’t settled and is being very vocal. Good news I think. She is still being tube fed and getting her meds that way so she’ll go back in the morning. Only downside is that while her bladder is holding urine much better it’s not 100% so she’s leaving puddles. So relieved, the vets have definitely saved her life given how very poorly she has been. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. PaulG you’re a star for giving your dogs such fabulous nutrition. I wish all owners would realize that kibble is such poor food for a dog. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Just an update, Luna is much better thank goodness, it’s been a real roller coaster but we think she’s finally moving forward. She’s no longer incontinent and she is drinking freely but she isn’t eating They put a feed tube in her oesophagus and she is being given liquid food but she needs to start eating independently. I visited today and took some bits of raw meat, I had to put them into her mouth and hold it gently, she ate all that I gave her without protest. We’ve taken her for a short walk a couple of times, today she met a cat who just refused to get out of the way, when she leant forward to sniff it, it batted her nose and drew blood, poor dog. She’s wobbly too but everything else seems to be moving forward, she has quite a lengthy rehab ahead but hopefully most of it at home, the bill is still climbing! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. We’re still in limbo, recovery is slow. She’s still incontinent and they’re having to syringe feed her. Yesterday she looked brighter but still a bit spaced out, she’s been on opioid painkillers which is causing panting. She’s had those reduced. Things were looking more positive but the update this morning is that her blood pressure has shot up so another round of tests to try to determine why. It’s unusual with sepsis and is likely to be kidney related. She is just over 3 days post op and vet said first week is critical for recovery. Her bladder is swollen where the necrotic tissue was and where it ruptured but again that’s usual. They were going to try Metacam, tricky because you can’t usually give that to dogs with renal issues. We’re just hoping because that’s all we’ve got. Bill is £3K already and rising, we are insured up to £6K ... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. It’s very upsetting, still don’t know if she’s going to make it, sepsis is horrid and she’s been very compromised. Just glad that the second vet was more experienced or we’d have lost her already. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Luna has been very sick, started when I went to get her to move from the shelter so I could let my hens out, she wasn’t keen to move. She did eventually but then refused to go for her walk, very unusual. Left her under the honeysuckle, came home later, gave her a water bowl, 5 minutes later returned to find she’d vomited in it and round it. Eventually decided she looked unwell so took her to the vet who took blood and said all her kidney results were out of whack, gave antibiotic injection, pain relief and sent us home with several different meds. I was up at 5am today and started syringing water into her mouth because she’s not had any or any food nor had she urinated. She seemed very thirsty. Later I managed to get an antibiotic tablet down her and more water but she vomited it all up. She looked very poorly so we took her back to the vet today. Vet decided to admit her for rehydration and X-ray as her stomach was very tender. X-ray revealed a mass and fluid which was red coloured and she was rapidly deteriorating. Surgery has found - a bone poking through the wall of her stomach but ... that wasn’t the cause of the problem. Apparently she had a large stone in her bladder which ruptured and it has escaped and done a tour of her stomach and caused infection and peritonitis. They have removed the bone and the stone and are washing out the stomach to remove all infection. Stone and a bladder sample will go to the lab. Phew. Weekend as an inpatient on IV antibiotics. Vet has also removed some necrotic tissue from the bladder and washed out the stomach, said that the biggest danger was the peritonitis so she is on strong iv antibiotics and now it’s up to her. I am hoping against hope she is strong enough to recover. Apparently bladder stones have different causes and there are several types and occur in females mostly between the ages of 4-8 years and 85% of female dogs have them. Has anyone else had this happen? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  16. Luna-tic


    I’m glad he’s making progress. A new arrival, sounds exciting. I’m wondering how my neighbour’s dog will cope, he was being walked in our local field when his owner just dropped dead, poor dog, the wife is lovely but she seldom walked him. He’s a Vizla and such a lovely natured boy, he must be very confused. I’m away on holiday or I’d be offering to walk him because he gets on well with Luna. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Sad news, but I’m pleased he’s at peace. You can rest easy knowing you went over and above what most owners would do and that shows how much you loved him, he was lucky to have you and you got great joy from having him, that’s a perfect relationship isn’t it! Don’t quite know how you can help Marley, would he allow an old rescue cat some space or if that’s not likely how about a biggish soft toy that you could open up and put something of Lunar’s inside that smells of him? Maybe leave it near his bed? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. My Luna is nearly 8 and we rehomed her nearly 18 months ago. She is such a lovely dog but she spends nearly all her time outside. We have a dog flap so she can come in but will even sit out in rain. When she comes in she will lie down but never comes over of her own accord but may if we call her. It saddens me a bit but I know I can’t change her nature so I just respect her and enjoy whatever time she gives me which isn’t much. The closest we get is during grooming, she loves it so much she’ll lie there for hours. I hope you don’t resent her for not being demonstrative, Huskies are such amazing dogs that there is lots we can enjoy about them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Had a think and wondered if you could use one of those inflatable collars, like a tyre inner tube? They are the alternative to the plastic cones for wound protection. If both dogs wore one they could play but couldn’t get close enough for any biting contact ? Yes they’d look daft but they wouldn’t know that lol. Might only need to be for a couple of months or however long it took for her to forget her rather bad habit? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Inflatable-Collar-Dog-Cat-Soft-E-Collar-Pet-Puppy-Medical-Protection-Head-Cone/273130060830?hash=item3f97d1fc1e:m:m90fTKLxotzsa7cl0vwYS6A As for the daycare, that is appallling and they deserve to be shut down. Does anyone inspect them, do they need a licence? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. I know this probably a daft idea but could he not wear a protective sleeve round his neck so that if she grabs him she can’t bite hard enough to do any damage? Maybe Kevlar or similar, light but tough? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  21. Worst news Emma, just too awful, I am so sad for you, for your girl for your family. Whilst normally once my dog has passed that’s the end for me, in your case I’d really want to know, it’s so unusual and just unacceptable that a dog is healthy one minute and then so sick. Life can be really sh*t sometimes. Surely your vet should be trying to find out why because they might be responsible, they owe both you and her that. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  22. Heart breaking, I feel for you and your dog. I gave up on boosters many years ago because I couldn’t see the point of them. Then I read an article , written by a vet who says that research is showing that vaccines can cause hip dysplasia in puppies and affect dogs in later life if they have repeated boosters, immune diseases being one of the ailments, arthritis for example. It was very thought provoking. I hope they can turn her health around, I don’t know if there’s anything they can give to turn off whatever they injected into her but it maybe worth asking. Be prepared though, vets, like doctors, aren’t too happy with being challenged. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  23. Miami ice, tends to show as destructive behaviour or indoor fouling. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  24. We took in Luna at 7, we were told she’d lived with a cat. We have 2 cats, a Bengal and a Maine Coone. She was very keen to grab them when she first arrived and we also had a child gate to provide an escape route. We gave positive reinforcement with treats whenever one ventured into the same room and both cats were on high alert but the Maine Coon really just decided, as she had with our other two dogs we had, that ignoring them was best and by not running she gave Luna nothing to chase so she didn’t. With the Bengal it took longer, he’s quite hesitant with anything new and it took him a while to feel safe with our last dog, a collie. A year later all 3 co-exist peacefully, both cats are ignored by the dog and both walk past her and sometimes over her. I think the Bengal is still cautious and careful but Luna seems to understand that they are off limits. I guess every dog is different but if she sees a cat outside she’s far more interested and she’d be off after a squirrel given the chance. So it’s possible but I think you need to make it clear to the dog that the cats can’t be harassed or chased. As for the separation anxiety, she went through that too, it was upsetting, every time we left she went through every room in the house opening all the doors with handles and peeing and pooing in some of them. It got easier over time and now as long as we aren’t gone more than a few hours she just sleeps happily out or indoors. Too long and we might come home to a puddle still and even hear her complaining, we don’t leave her often. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  25. Some lovely shots, well done. I’m just pleased to see another husky bitch that looks as big as my Luna! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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