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  1. Has anybody noticed that most of Nerdani's posts contain some kind of external link in them? If his posts were email, I would have blocked them as spam... Sorry Nerdani, I just find this kind of uncool.
  2. Sage's coloring (black spots) is very unique! Is that the husky "agouti" coloring? Anyway it's funny how she looks almost related to your border collie... they have similar black/white coloring pattern on their heads. 🙂
  3. Yep huskies are good down to -60 Fahrenheit... their own fur is already the best sweater ever! My cousin makes her cat wear christmas sweaters...he runs away and hides under sofas...he really hates wearing them! If I was going to get a gift for my dog, I'd get him a basket of chewies! 🙂
  4. 😀 You sound very prepared! Our dog (husky/shep mix) was a rescue. He is fine with a couple of long walks a day, he is fairly obedient, never puts his mouth on anything that's not his, and doesn't try to escape (once stayed home with the door hanging open for a couple of hours). He does however sometimes scold me, he will tell me about it if I do anything wrong. Not all huskies will live up to the stereotypes, I think!
  5. Looks like a nice dogbed! I never figured out why the head hanging off the side is so comfortable, but apparently it is? 😀 Mine has been staying outside a lot now that cool fall weather is here... this morning at 39 degrees F outside , he looked happy and comfortable napping on the deck!
  6. Shepsky5

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    Sounds like a female husky might be the best bet then? I've heard that huskies/GSDs have similar play styles... Anyway I'd lean towards a rescue (a lot of people can not keep these dogs! there are so many grown huskies that pass through our local shelter). But they always have some bad habits or "baggage". Ours used to flinch/duck at swinging arm or leash., and also he is not good with strangers (will growl, snap). Pups are more work, and less sleeping...but you can teach them everything and they don't come with bad habits already learned. On the other hand, it always feels good to save the life of a dumped dog.:-)
  7. Shepsky5

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    We adopted ours...we had met several adult dogs before we picked Rumo. On his home visit, he seemed to be a quiet settled sort of dog (he sniffed around, then took a nap while I talked with his foster mom) and I felt that he would be a good fit for our family (I work from home, so I needed a dog who would be willing to chill out while I am working). Some of the other adult dogs, were very barky/vocal or seemed wired(couldn't settle) or had aggression towards other dogs of same sex, or weighed over 90 lbs...Rumo's "hitch" was that he could not be kept in a house with cats. But since we don't have a cat, we didn't care about that. Anyway take your time, check out their personality and energy level, look for a good fit!
  8. Here's my dog on his "memory foam" bed...it's best with the head hanging off, apparently... and if his sheet is dirty, he won't lie on it! 😉
  9. My dog loves his orthopedic memory foam XL rectangular bed. But he's an older guy who never chews anything, so I don't have to worry about him eating it. He likes to sleep in "dead dog" position on his side with all his legs stretched out...so he would not enjoy a "circle" bed or a bed with raised sides. For dogs who eat their beds, people like the Kuranda beds (they are like camping cots). How does your dog like to sleep? Curled up? Sprawled on side (that's mine)? On back? That will suggest what shape of bed she would like. ( From her cute photo, it looks like she likes sleeping in that funny position on her stomach with her legs stuck out behind her!) Lastly - if it's warm in the house - my dog likes to go out on the back deck, lie down on the bare cold wood, and sleep there! Forget the bed, he just wants to be cool! Sometimes being cold/cool is more comfortable than having a nice bed...
  10. To me, she looks like she's intimidating the pup a bit. The pup laid down flat (submit signal) but instead of backing off and letting her be, Mochi went for her again. The pup finally went under the bed to escape. I think the pup feels a little overwhelmed. When the pup gets bigger, she may turn on Mochi and they may have it out! So I think you're right to question it, it does seem a bit "too much" on your big husky's end...
  11. It looks like something going on with left rear leg? Did he pull it or injure it in any way? Or has he had his hips checked? I would also go to a vet soon...he's a handsome pup!
  12. Amazing journey! Kudos to you! seriously, I think that with a different owner, Marley would probably not have made it...
  13. @2Huskyfun"This last one is him protesting me putting him in place using his dog bed. He is still on it. " That photo is so hilarious! It is the Husky attitude totally! 😄
  14. On the prongs... Pulling hard and consistently with even a flat collar can cause trachea damage... So, sometimes I think, maybe better to wear a Prong, and save their trachea! (And I am the kind of soft owner who avoids any pain if possible). But for the sake of my dog's neck (or my own spine/shoulder), I would be willing to use it... It takes training to use properly...it has to be high up on the neck (not at the base), fitted properly, everybody recommends Herm Sprenger, etc. Also, the timing... the thing not to do is just pop a prong on and take off for a walk. There can be strange results (for instance, if they feel pain in their neck every time they pass another dog, they can associate other dogs with pain and start snarling/lunging at them). I only know this "in theory" not in practice, but it's just what I've heard from our obedience teacher. A LOT of people in the class were having trouble with pulling, including me, and treats didn't really work for me at all. Only the "we ain't going nowhere until you settle down" worked for me...but like I said, he's older and seems to have a bit of logic in his head. 😉 PS And it's pretty amazing - mine knows the exact end of the leash and will slack off just before he hits it. When he's in a hurry, he'll walk with light tension on the leash but not too much - he knows the exact point of pressure where I'll complain at him.
  15. "Things on a stick" = flirtpole? My guy loves chasing stuffies on a string (they are like giant cat toys!). So maybe your friend meant that you could try wearing your dog out a bit BEFORE the walk (chasing the flirtpole, zoomies, play chase in the yard) and he may be willing to walk a little calmer. Or you could become one of the running/bikejoring/rollerblading/skatejoring people (moving at husky pace)... For us, the "Stop when Pulling" method worked - but mine is a middle-aged mellow dog and mixed with GSD. If using this method, need to be very consistent (not like, Pull for one walk but expect them to not Pull on the next week). Huskies were bred to pull and run...yep it's a tough one!
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