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  1. Our foster, Mr Bear, started licking his rear paws, staining them red. We knew it wasn't allergy to food as his raw diet hasn't changed but think it was down to the Adaptil plugin - ironically, used to control his anxiety (he was very neglected, living in a run in a field with no contact beyond some other Huskies in similar runs) which in itself can be a cause of licking. Personally, I hate any form of plugin, air freshener, essential oils, etc as they all contain chemicals (everything is chemically derived, however 'natural'). Anyway, unplugged the damn thing and he's stopped licking, so we have a result 😊 You can see the near front paw, no red and the rear paw is slightly stained - his feet are permanently crippled and when he came into rescue he had no fur on them at all, through urine burns. His coat was in a dreadful state and he weighed a mere 17kg. He now has a lovely, fluffy coat and we weighed him yesterday at 30kg (which is about perfect - maybe short of 1 or 2 kgs)
  2. Background in IT but nowadays, Husky slave to adopteds/foster, photography and dog accessory production (leads, collars, headcollars, walking belts, etc)
  3. Anyone have a sled dog with a brown nose that's changing/changed to pink? We have the usual black to pink snow noses here but our only pink nose stays pink. Not aware of brown noses, changing or unchanging! Asking for someone who's dog is doing just that - seems like "snow nose" but never come across brown before
  4. Mr Bear's one of the Smarden 18, 18 neglected Huskies that a few rescues co-operated to ensure they were all taken into care. Bear was particularly bad with urine-burned paws and matted coat - and they were all emotionally damaged through being very isolated in outdoor runs. Mr Bear's already well on the way to being physically healed but still anxious at anything new - but such a loving boy (always amazes me how well neglected dogs get on with people, given their treatment). He's here for assessment and help him climatise to the real world - currently he's living his lost puppyhood, despite being 5!
  5. I got a cool coat to try - and I wasn't convinced. The theory's fine: evaporating water requires energy so it'll cool the coat. Problem is, as mentioned above, double coats are just too thick to help - though I am reasonably convinced they'd work on a short haired, single coat dog 😉 Here's Luka wearing his coat - rewetting was never a problem as he loves swimming! As you can see in the 3rd pic, he's panting (N.B. Leads edited out)
  6. Heart says "No such thing as too many". Head says "As many as get on with each other and will all fit in the car together". Which is why we stopped at 5 - but still have the flexibility to foster (usually emergency)
  7. How fantastic that you take an older dog. It's a continual battle for the rescue to get people to consider older dogs (though our personal opinion is as to why anyone would want to go through the hassle of a young pup 😉)
  8. So, I've got a smaller size husky by the name of Seren (Welsh for star) and I've been trying to figure out for quite a while what type of husky she is. I've narrowed it down to either a piebald or just a white coat. The only reason I think she could be a pie bald is because she has a single spot on her back but I don't know if there has to be a surtain percentage of black to be considered a piebald. If anyone could help me, it would be very much appreciated.



    1. Ethan grey

      Ethan grey

      I thought this was the general husky tab, I'm sorry 😂

    2. Markulous


      No worries, @Ethan grey - lovely pictures of Seren 😊
      I'd probably go for white, like our Skye. Luka has a couple of small black patches so tend to think of him as piebald

  9. HaHa! More like a sucker for a sad story - but we have learned to foster successfully without always adopting! 😊
  10. Possibly a hot spot? If so, dilute solution Hibiscrub and keep clean/dry (no problem with washing it but dry afterwards)
  11. Well done on rescuing Loca 😊 Of our 5, 4 are rescues, though nothing like as poor condition as Loca: Luka, far right, dumped on moors aged 5 after 3 owners, now 13 1/2 Skye, 2nd from left, came into SASD rescue aged 9 months, now 6. If you raised your voice at all, she'd roll onto her back and submissively pee (now you can shout at her - and she takes no notice! LOL!) Bolt, 3rd from left, came into SASD rescue aged 12 months, now 5. Had terrible food aggression and cowered from feet when he came in (is fine now) Granite, 2nd from right, came into SASD rescue aged 2 years, 24hours before being shot as he'd been feral on waste ground for 6 months and was considered unrehabitable. Barked at me non-stop the first 3 days when I entered the room (fine with women and kids). Is fine now (and greets me every morning, jumping up into my lap)
  12. We use a proper stakeout line with Swedish hooks, anchored at each end with canal boat mooring pins - never known any dog to get off and they're used by loads of sled dog owners and mushers Great thing about a caravan is no air mattress! But when we were in the tent, the dogs were in crates, so no, no punctured air mattress. We do have a medical kit - contains vet bandage, dog painkillers and, possibly the most essential (and definitely most used!), Piriton (antihistimine for bee/wasp stings - one of ours has never learned and regularly gets stung!). We have the liquid and use a syringe so we can squirt it directly down throat (essential if the dog's been stung in the mouth/throat) Mila, who never learns, stalking bees (big game hunter!)
  13. Markulous


    Many thanks, everyone
  14. We've taken ours camping for years (and don't go on holiday without the dogs). Notable occasions have been when the remnants of Hurricane Bertha came in in West Wales (our triple pegged tent survived but many didn't in the campsite - dogs were totally relaxed throughout. We weren't!). As you can see, crated overnight (and stakeout line in the day) More recently, caravan where dogs come in with us overnight (can't beat a blanket of Husky!) and stakeout in the awning during the day (if somewhere with distractions, we put up windbreaks so they can't see) And our first trip this year will be Husky camp at The Lakes at the end of May - can't wait 😀
  15. Ours, all different: Luka, dumped on the moors aged 5 and now 14. Terrible SA but will totally ignore us (though he's become a touch more affectionate the last couple of years). Mila, had since pup,10. Ignores us most of the time though will come for a cuddle if asked. Granite, escaped the dog warden and was feral on waste ground for 6 months, probably between 6-8. Comes and says good morning to me, every morning, jumps up whilst I'm sitting at computer. Very affectionate.... and jealous of others! Skye, adopted at 9 months now 6 (she used to roll over and submissively pee if voice was raised - now we shout at her and she doesn't take a blind bit of notice!), total princess and demands attention all the time. Bolt, adopted at 2 now 5, the baby despite being the largest. Regularly comes over to have his ears rubbed - has 'autoleg' as you walk passed him (leg raised in anticipation of a tummy tickle)
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