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  1. I can't vote because truthfully it doesn't bother me one way or the other which direction it is going. Half the time it is going in the A direction and the other half is the B direction it just depends on how it comes unraveled.
  2. Should I even be allowed to have another dog. I mean how did I not think to just bring him in. It was only 15 minutes I should have known to bring him in.
  3. It is fast approaching the one year mark since Balto passed away and my husband and I have been talking about getting another one. I am not sure if we will ever be ready not to own just a husky but any dog for that matter. We still feel awful for not bringing Balto in with us when we went in while working at his moms house because Charlene was hungry and needed a diaper change which took 15 minutes. We even checked him before going in and he was safe in his harness but in 15 minutes he chewed through it (he has never chewed through it in the 1.5 years we had him). Will we ever be ready? Will there ever be a good time to get a dog even if not a husky.
  4. Thank you. He was the best dog I ever had. After he final started to get along with Charlene if she would cry he would run to where she was check on her and then come get us and go back in the room and sit there until we came and picked her up and then he would go on and play but any time she was in the pack in play or crib and would start crying he was the first one in there and if we were not right behind he would come get us and make sure we were right behind. Anytime she was on the floor playing he would just come over with his toy and lay by her and watch her to make sure she was doing ok. I was so sure they were going to grow up to be best friends and would and would play together. I am just so hurt he was only out there for maybe 15 minutes if even that and then he was gone. I felt like I should have brought him in but of course hearing my daughter cry I immediately did my mom duties and it was only to put her in her swing after I checked her diaper and cuddled with her to make sure she was ok. Even though I have vacuumed the house I still see little husky tumbleweeds.
  5. First I just want to say thank you to everyone who welcomed me on this site and helped me with Balto when I thought I was at my ropes end. He was such a great dog and I loved him very much. Now to the story: Balto was outside on his harness and lead while we were working on my mother in laws roof. Balto has been on this lead I don't know how many times and has been really good on it. Well baby woke up from her nap and my husband cut his hand so he went inside to get it cleaned and some bandage while I went to grab the baby and and put her in her swing. Well we came back out after being inside for maybe 15 minutes and Balto was gone!!! His harness was still there as he chewed through his harness!!!! That shocked us as he has had that harness for over a year and this is the first time he ever tried this, so we grabbed little britches and got in the truck and went looking for him calling his name and everything but he never came and we never saw him (his mother in law lives out in the country) well a few days later after still looking we see a little white fluff ball on the side of the road and we stop and sure enough there was Balto dead as he was hit by a car I felt terrible and cried like a baby. We buried him and said nice words. He will be missed especially by little britches as that was her dog and there would be times where only he could calm her down if he stuck his nose close enough so she could touch it she would instantly calm down. Now that I no longer have a husky I am no longer a husky owner. Eventually Zach and I hope to adopt another husky but for now we just want to grieve our loss. Again I thank everyone for the great year I had on this site, and everyone I have met. I will miss all of you and all the great advice plus all the great pictures (pictures are my favorite)
  6. Yes Balto is warming up to her nicely
  7. Looks like they had tons of fun with it!!!
  8. He looks so much better in the second picture! Thanks for rescuing!!!!
  9. Thank you. I never thought I would have a picture of them this close together
  10. Well I just killed 2% of my brain cells watching this
  11. I wish my dog would stay in the house but no he wants to go outside and as soon as he hits the nice cool air he is running around like a nut ball. There was some snow on the ground and I thought we would never get him back inside.
  12. Here is Charlene practing supervised tummy time and her dog watching her to make sure nothing happens.
  13. I agree with helping the girlfriend with the clean up and huskies are extremely stubborn (sometimes I feel like talking to a brick wall and getting the brick wall to sit may be more successful then sometimes getting my husky to sit)
  14. That looks like a ton of fun. I love being out in the woods, so this is like a dream!!!! Glad you had a good time
  15. With the luck my husband and I have been having with our vehicles (Truck: cracked windshield, broken drivers mirror, broken drivers door handle, and four wheel drive no longer working as well as cruise control all from a hit and run while my husband was inside someones house; Car: speedometer does not work, gas gauge does not work, the thing that tells you how hot or cold the engine is does not work, one headlight out, windshield wipers do not work and dash lights no longer work and we just bought the car from someone a few months ago and this has all gone wrong in that short period) so basically I just want something that runs and will not up and quit.
  16. Crates are perfect for house training especially if that is where she sleeps as the mother teaches them as puppy's not to go where they sleep. However, for 12 weeks old being left for 8 hours is too long and she cannot hold her bladder that well at that age. Is there any way someone can come by the house and let her out every few hours? I don't think my dog could actually hold his bladder for that long until 5 months or so. So although the crate may help she may still go in it because she cannot hold it long enough. Also when you clean the kitchen make sure you clean it thoroughly as she may still smell where she went and that could be a reason why she is going so often in the kitchen. As for just general ways to help with house training when you are home: 1) if you do not catch her going in the house do not get her in trouble for it as she won't know why she is getting in trouble but if you catch her doing it in the house say no firmly and take her outside and if she goes outside praise her with treats, pets, words, etc. so she associates going outside as a good thing 2) if in the home with you try putting her on a leash and keeping her only in rooms in which you are in so you can tell when she needs to go potty (my dog won't bark to tell us he needs to go out but instead paces by the doors or just paces in general back and forth). 3) always reward for going outside. If she is doing good when you are home with her but is only having the problem when you leave her for 8 or more hours then the problem is more she is being left for too long at too young of an age and restrict her access to water. As for in putting her in the garage the only problem I could possibly see with that is she may associate it as a punishment since it is separate from the house and it may be too cold or too hot (and during the summer I would advise against it as it will get too hot and it is best not to put water in there with them if they are going to be in there for a while as that will cause them to want to go) so you may just have to deal with it being in the kitchen while you are away, however, if she is in her crate then any room will be ok to leave her in. My dog is left in our bedroom while we are out and we have had zero problems.
  17. Great picture!!! Is it just me or does Eisa look like she is eyeing that tree pretty hard thinking she may get an ornament off of it?
  18. Thank you all. Zach is now better and so is Charlene but not before momma also got the stomach bug ( I am just glad I didn't get it as bad as my husband). We had the behaviorist still come out and see him and she watched him and said what we were doing was great as he is attached to his leash and within in stepping/grabbing reach in case anything were to happen. She is giving us some things to do to work with him jumping up and putting his paw on her which she said could take a few months before he actually stops doing it but being consistent is key. Charlene's pack and play is in the living room, so if I am working on homework or cleaning then I can put her in there while she sleeps and Balto will actually go and check on her and then go back to playing around the house, but still makes occasional stops to check in on her. He still tries to give her kisses and Charlene is just not having it!!!! He is doing extremely well and has been praised a lot which he isn't complaining about as he loves his new toys, bones, treats, etc. Today a new step was made as Balto instead of jumping when I was holding her would come and sit next to me when I was standing and holding her so he was praised and hopefully being consistent works and he continues to sit when we have her in our arms.
  19. Well first my husband got sick with the stomach flu so there was vomit everywhere and our daughter is constipated from her vitamin with iron so she has been screaming the last few days as we have been trying to get her to go and as for Balto things are actually going well. We had to bring Balto in a few days ago from being outside when she was out because the weather was kind of nasty and gross around here so we brought him in and let him see the baby with a baby gate up and he just sat there and watched and we praised him for sitting quietly with no growling or barking but just sitting there watching. We showed him attention as well so he didn't think the baby took up all our time and he did really good. So we brought him in again on a short leash and praised him for walking nicely and just went really slow, we would go a few feet forward and if he didn't growl get on edge, etc. he was praised and actually he made it all the way to her and sniffed her and has since then warmed up to her nicely. They are never left alone and never will be, but he is able to be out with her in the room with us. She was in her swing yesterday and he went up sniffed her and gave her a huge wet kiss which she did not like. The only problem we have now is him being a bull in a china shop and when he gets excited he jumps up on the furniture (he has never been allowed on furniture) or on us and sometimes he doesn't think and he puts his paw on her like he does us when he wants us to pet him but he is told no and moved back but other then that he loves her. The cat is another story, she is over protective of the baby, she will go in her room at night and sit in the rocking chair and watch her, and she will not let any other animal back there near her room or else she will attack them. She always watches over the baby kind of like a mother hen.
  20. How adorable!!! I love puppy pictures!!!! I haven't really made one with Balto but he hasn't really changed color or mark wise except when blowing his coat when he blows his coat his black turns a reddish brown and then goes right back to black as he finishes he blowing of the coat. He has basically just grown and still acts like a giant puppy
  21. Well we called our vet for a behaviorist and we got the number for one and she can't come out and see him until Tuesday of next week but she said during that time when Charlene is sleeping in a separate room he can come in the house and run and we have one on one attention with him and do some command training and just resume normal function with him but when Charlene is awake and is out of her room then he is to be outside on a leash (which we set one up with a large thing of water that won't freeze, a dog house, a really long lead, and tons of toys) which she thinks would be best until she is able to come and see his behavior first hand as for now she isn't comfortable having them in the same room or area of the house until she has been able to evaluate him completely.
  22. No he is not leash aggressive, he loves his leash as that usually means walks (and he will not pass one of those up unless it is raining). We have 3 baby gates so we may need to reposition them in the house so he can watch her safely from a distance.
  23. Thanks Al!!! Does this sound like maybe we may need a professional
  24. Thank you! Maybe time outs need to be longer? Or in a place where he can see us?
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