Happy Helper

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Daddy’s Burfday is tewmorrow, and Mom NEEDED my help.

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When Getting To The End Of Your Rope

Tie A Knot And Hang On!

January 2014

January 2014

Can anyone else be more thankful for the weekend than I am?!

I hate coming home to chores. :/ Honey had an accident in the house… and it was on THE COUCH! I was pretty put-out while cleaning this up because she didn’t even have the decency to hop down on the floor.

Ash got in the trash and shoved a banana peel down THE COUCH!

And Honey, yet again did something destructive and scratched up the carpet on the top of the stairs.

I had a difficult time containing my cool when the first thing I have to do when walking through the front door is clean up. Silly us for thinking that buying a trash bin with a lid would keep the Husky out of the garbage.

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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An Angel Sent In (Finding Lost Animals)

Big new for Chris and I! We celebrated our 5 year Anniversary last Friday! ❤

However, before we took our weekend getaway, Ash had an appointment with the vet to see how his healing was coming along. Unfortunately, he isn’t yet healed and actually had swelling so we were forced to make him stay in a small kennel while we were away. Our roommate was nice enough to look after him while we were gone.

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He slept like a baby on the way to the vet and back. 🙂

While waiting in the office, Chris and I witnessed something amazing!
An elderly man walked inside holding a beautiful, full-grown Malamute. We were so intrigued, we listened in on what he was telling the women at the front desk. He explained that the dog had been wandering across the Highway, and the owner was no where to be found. Chris and I looked at each other, and wanted desperately to reach out and claim the gorgeous dog.

They took him back to be scanned for a microchip, they didn’t find one.
The nurses asked the man if he wanted to take the dog home, or leave him with them to see if he would be claimed. The man exchanged information and said that he wanted the dog if no one came looking for him. Chris and I were heartbroken! However, reality sunk in that the cost of 3 dogs, 2 of which would be large Malamute/Husky,  and Malamutes having more fur than Ash already has being the slender, less fluffy dog he is…it just didn’t seem smart.

We left the Vet office so upset we couldn’t take him home with us. We sat in the car for a good 5 minutes battling whether or not we should go back in and request to take his picture. We just really wanted to remember how pretty he was.

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Poor Thing…

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST & FOREMOST:
I’d like to apologize for being so scarce this week. 

This week however, has been the busiest we have experienced this entire year!

The week started with finishing up Ash’s vaccinations, and rabies shot.
Honey showed up with a hurt leg, so that was another trip to the vet…

but what really made this week FUN is the neutering Ash was unlucky enough to go through.

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The entire car ride home, he would not look me in the eyes. Mind you, the trip was 1 hour!

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Of course, we expect to be forgiven in another week or so…

Ash has been causing us hell, that’s for sure. Instead of staying over-night at the Vet office, he came home with us hours after his surgery. We were given instructions not to let him act his usual self (easy enough, right? No…) He isn’t supposed to jump around playfully, or run at all. It doesn’t help that he still isn’t trained on the leash well enough for us to let him to from the kennel to go potty.

How do people neuter and spay their puppies, I mean REALLY!?

So, we have Ash’s big kennel outside on the porch, he has a bed with sheets, and a bowl of water, but he has spent the last few days being out there, DESTROYING the plastic e-collar we payed $30 for. We finally had to purchase dog sedatives so that he would calm down. He was feeling too much like his normal self, and that isn’t going to help him heal at all….

P.S. Did I mention the emergency trip back to the vet after seeing blood?
Ash, why are you being difficult? :/

Visits to the Vet make me Nervous

The other day at the vet, Ash was getting weighed, and a pit bull in a cage was going crazy barking at him. It made Ash act in a way I’ve never seen. He actually barked and he has NEVER barked. All of these misbehaved dogs around us are affecting Ash. We could hardly contain him! He wanted to run for the hills, or just cower under Chris.

But hey, he was there long enough for us to discover he is 55 pounds.

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