#BreedEducate2Relate Means Educating Others on a Breed's Specific Needs BEFORE they welcome a dog into their home so that the home will be a forever one!
This Article Stars Beautiful Adoptable Huskies!
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the TV series that is now an expansive and informative "Content Hub and Community for Dog Lovers" has joined in to get the message out about knowing the breed before you get a Husky in her recent post. Please visit her website and be sure to catch Talent Hounds' (p)awesome video interview "Do Huskies Make Good Pets?" conducted by Ashley of Kids' Pet Club with Jess of Gone to the Snow Dogs further down in this post!
Whatever first attracts people to the stunning Sibe, whether they see one on TV or in an ad or even their neighbor walking one, the result is the same—they think they just “have to have” or “need” one.
Until they don’t.
Then these gorgeous “must have” dogs are suddenly surrendered to a shelter or worse, dumped and abandoned, all because folks did not do their homework on the breed and their specific needs (which is easily discovered by a few clicks on the computer to any registered Siberian Husky rescue, the American Kennel Club, reputable Sibe breeder, and the Siberian Husky Club of America that all have an educational page on the traits and needs of a Siberian Husky).
Talk to any of the hard-working, Siberian Husky-loving rescue folks, and they will tell you that these beautiful dogs, along with their equally beautiful cousins the Alaskan Malamutes, are being abandoned at alarming rates. So much so, that rescues are not only in dire need of adoptive families, but also foster families, to help save as many as they can who have been abandoned by their families to high kill shelters, or worse, just set loose. Some of these Siberian Huskies who are rescued have medical issues that have arisen from being poorly cared for or neglected, to some who even require emergency surgery from injuries that were never tended to.
Shari, who volunteers with MUSH Rescue of Atlanta, GA (www.mushrescue.com) in is currently fostering 10 dogs, many with special needs, and she understands Huskies. “So many people do not research the breed and understand what their needs are. They are also pack animals and most do better when they are in a home with another Husky or similar sized dog. You become part of their pack and they expect to spend time with you and the family. They are happiest when they are with you, whether it is hiking or just watching a movie.”
When one thinks of a Siberian Husky, an image of a beautiful furry sled dog running across a snow-covered field may spring to mind. But, Huskies are also very popular in the warm climate areas as well. “Huskies can certainly deal with the Florida weather!” states Janet C., the social media coordinator for Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida, Inc. (SHRF at www.siberrescue.com) who has been a Siberian Husky mom herself, and has been working in rescue since 2005.
Janet emphasizes the need for people to educate themselves on the breed prior to bring a Husky home. “We have people who get a Husky because the dog is cute, and they always wanted a Husky. They need to know that this is a working breed. A bored Husky can be very destructive.” If the Husky does begin to get destructive, “they are not getting enough physical or mental stimulation,” explains Janet, who depending on the issue, recommends getting a behavior specialist and/or a trainer. “Someone who knows the breed. You WANT to keep the dog. That is the most important thing; to keep your family member. What are you going to do when your kids are acting up? You should have the same level of commitment to your dog as you do to your child or grandchild.”
Flynn’s Game of Thrones co-star Peter Dinklage (“Tyrion Lannister”) has also partnered with PETA and back in 2017 he sent out an urgent plea to save Husky pups after fans were intrigued by the show’s direwolves and as a result, bought Huskies without doing their research, which only drove up the number of Siberian Huskies eventually being dumped. Stated Dinklage, “Please, please, please. If you are going to bring a dog into your family, make sure you that you are prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter.”
The Struggle is Real
Janet says their rescued Huskies in Florida usually come from kill shelters. “They get our first priority for foster homes. We can’t save them fast enough.”
- “I didn’t realize s/he would be so destructive and eat my sofa.”
- “My Husky is crazy. Went after my little cat.”
- “I walk my Husky every day on a leash for at least 10 minutes, and all s/he wants to do is break out of my yard and run.”
- “My Husky jumped my yard fence and chased my neighbor’s chickens.”
- “S/he dug up all my plants and escaped under the fence.”
And then there are the ridiculous excuses:
- “I’m allergic.”
- “I’m moving and can’t/don’t want to take my Husky to the new place.”
- “I’m having a baby.”
- “I want a different dog.”
- “My Husky is old now.”
~Steph Konz, Taysia Blue Rescue
Check out this terrific Talent Hounds video "Do Huskies Make
Good Pets?" interview by Ashley, one of the stars of Kids’ Pet Club! This young gal did a phenomenal job of interviewing Jess of Gone to the Snow Dogs fame at the Canadian Pet Expo. So many of us in the Husky world know of Jess and her snow dogs, but if you don't, Jess is a phenomenal Husky resource and another multi-Husky mom. Jess has been on my show "The Sibe Vibe," plus her website and social media sites feature daily life with her Huskies and some phenomenal recipes! Watch a few of her videos to get a great idea of what life with Huskies is like! Also, be sure to bookmark Talent Hounds as a great resource and entertainment center for all things dog!
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Written & © by Dorothy Wills-Raftery