Baby Ducklings & Prancing Pups!

 The Mama has a strong instinct to protect her ducklings.

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Chris and I arrived in Texas a few months ago, and one of the first things I wanted to do was take go to the park. I grew up going to this particular park, and it was a pleasure to meet this Mama and her ducklings, even though she didn’t feel the same way. Ahaha…

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No, Ash didn’t tag along in this little adventure, but I’m certain he would have harassed the babies. 

 

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Knikki 2014

Don’t worry anyone! Ash does still exist…. and we are still alive and well. 🙂 

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I’d really like to apologize for being so scarce, once again. As I’m sure many of you can understand, moving is very difficult, especially when it’s across quite a few states, and with a very special dog that needed to adjust to his surroundings…. 

Thankfully at this point we are just about settled in, and Ash quite likes our new home! In fact, I’m sure he loves it even more because our yard is bigger, cleaner, and he has his own bedroom. 🙂 

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Let me know who all is still out there! Love ya 🙂 

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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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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? :/

Crazy Stick Grabber!

September 2013

September 2013

Oh, hey! I’m glad to see you all again. Just me here, and my tennis ball. 

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Me again, in my pool? Mom really hates when I stand here in the dirty water… 🙂 

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But I really don’t care what Mom thinks. 

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Unless, of course she yells at me for it. :/ 

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Run FAST, RUN FAST! He always catches me though…

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Ash is incredibly silly.

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So, do most dogs like to play with sticks from the yard? I’ve never witnessed this before Ash.

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Uncut September footage of Ash being playful

The Truth Comes Out

Leave it to Chris to behave this way…

Ash is getting bigger, but by no means is he getting more majestic. If anything, he’s become more hazardous.

I can see why Chris finds it funny to mess with Ash, and throw him off balance. Maybe that will teach him to be more alert when it comes to… I guess human feet in front of him, or walls in his face.

On a side note, let’s just take in this more recent photo of him:

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What?! I needed my shoes cleaned…

Welcoming Fall <3

I told Ash the weather would get nicer.. and boy, is he glad. 🙂

Weather has dropped to around 68 in Florida for the morning hours at least! We’ve taken advantage of earlier walks, and Ash is grateful. I’ve never experienced the fall season to be this pretty here. It was warmer last year. 

Hm, it’s funny though… my Florida friends have asked why it is I’ve been wearing shorts around. I should be in jackets!

Really, should I? 
I come from Texas, you’ll have to remember. This isn’t even cold weather yet. Sure, it’s getting chillier, but this is just the very end to shorts weather. I’m going to take advantage, you hear me!

I’m not sure if Ash will ever get to experience “his kind” of weather unless of course we move, or go on vacation in the winter. Hell, we call our room his igloo, and he prefers it over any other room in the house.