Our 1 Year Old (Farewell 2013)

11 more days!

December 2013

December 2013

Ash came home with us at the end of February 2013, and he came into this world on the 16th of this month a year ago. We have had such a fun year in 2013 with our boy, Asher. I can’t believe he’s grown, and I still can’t believe how small he was at one time.

February 2013

February 2013
Ash hiding under Knikki

I will be the very first one to admit that we have had a rough year though. It wasn’t easy by any means! The only easy part about bringing a Husky into our home has been loving him, and making him a member of our tiny family.

The first few months of our transition to “Doggy Parenthood” consisted of late nights of him crying, plenty of sheets and towels going in and out of the washer and dryer, and shoe-wearing in the house all because of our little rascal. While the first few months definitely made for cute pictures and adorable “firsts,” we’re happy to be where we are now.

Ash & Honey 2013

Ash & Honey 2013

We know that Honey sure did have a wake up call this year. Just when she thought she’d have a little sibling to play with and run circles around all she wanted, Ash surpassed her in size within a few months… she’s been an old, pooped dog since.

To anyone out there considering a Husky for their home, and hasn’t yet known what it’s like, here’s some advice:

{x} Have a big area for your dog, whether that means living in a house with a good bit of space, or having a yard spacious enough for the dog to run around in. I don’t know how we would manage raising Ash if it weren’t for where we live. He’s rambunctious, energetic, fast, and happy all the time. Siberian Huskies need to run, and they need space.

{x} Have a good diet in mind. With any pet, you need to research nutrition facts, and look for the best food options. We went through 4 different types of food in his first year before finding the food that suits him best. Changing the diet of a pet can upset their stomachs and cause them to be sick a lot of the time. We went through a lot of stress dealing with horrific digestion issues, and dirty kennels. Huskies have allergies as it is, their food is most important in helping them be healthy.

{x} Own cleaning materials! We should all have the basic essentials, but you’re definitely going to want a vacuum, a swiffer (if in a house where you don’t have carpet,) a dog comb, and plenty of towels! If you’re on top of it all, you don’t have to worry about smells too much. You’ll be washing your Husky regularly… and vacuuming the mountains of hair also. ha…

{x} Be able to afford your animal. I can’t stress this one enough! Animals shouldn’t be a burden for you. They’re your family members, and should receive the proper care, such as Vet visits, play things, and delicious treats for when they’re good. 🙂 Chris and I being so young, and having our first pet together, we had to figure this one out the hard way. In fact, the majority of our Christmas this year was focused on expenses for Asher-Basher, and I’m not complaining. He’s our baby.

{x} Training and Obedience, which also goes along with the previous tip! If you can afford training classes, then you’re set. If you can properly train your dog already, then you have it made. Ash is a pain in our butt sometimes, because yet again, he’s our first dog, we’re young, and have never done this! Siberian Huskies are very intelligent creatures, and they pick up on things very quickly. This is how Chris was able to teach Ash every basic dog trick in the span of one day. However, Huskies are VERY known for being stubborn and thick-skulled. This is where the obedience courses will come in…

Beach 2013

Beach 2013

{x} Allow for plenty of play and fun!! We have only had one Husky, so we only get one view. Ash happens to be very active in that he rarely just lounges for an entire day unless he doesn’t feel good (and that in itself is rare…) Chris is very good with Ash, running around the house, playing rough with him. It’s good to be hands-on and excited with Huskies I think.

So, in just a couple of weeks we will be saying I suppose, farewell to the puppy days? Boy, have we enjoyed our big guy. Him being a part of our family makes everything so much better.

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