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Dog Sled Saga on Kickstarter

With a dogsledding team of your very own, enter randomized races to earn money so you can climb to higher leagues, buy new gear, and hire dogs, whose skills will grow if they’re treated right.

I often keep an eye on Kickstarter for awesome projects, but this time someone else found one for me. Dog Sled Saga is a game about sled dogs and racing that you can help get developed. And for some of us this may be the closest we get to sled dog racing in the snow.

A desktop and mobile racing game with a saga of rank climbing, reputation building, team management, and pet loving.
A desktop and mobile racing game with a saga of rank climbing, reputation building, team management, and pet loving.

They have already achieved their funding goal, so the game is definitely being made, but the more funding they get from here on in the better and more detailed the game will be.

Dog Sled Saga has simple, pick-up-and-play interaction, but also deep systems for dedicated players to uncover. Outside the races: use your winnings to hire new dogs, pay dues for higher racing leagues, or buy items to bolster you team. Treat your dogs well, and their innate hangups will transform into skills. Long-term success and a little luck will win dogs fame, potentially getting sponsorships and more.

The game can be simplified down into two intriguing basics. Neglect your dogs and they’ll be unable to race, but treat your dogs well and they will work for you, with dedication to your dogs and the craft you will even be able to begin new careers with your dog’s offspring.

The graphics in the game look awesome. I love seeing those eight bit sled dogs running.

Dog Sled Saga

Just in case you don’t know or haven’t heard of Kickstarter:

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen.

Depending on how much you decide to pledge you can get some pretty awesome rewards, such as die-cut stickers, custom Dog Sled Saga USB drives, art prints, and t-shirts. Personally we have pledged the tier to get Logan and Tayla’s name in the pool of in-game dog’s names. I can’t wait to play the game and be able to race with Logan and Tayla.

To find out more about the game and decide if you want to help make it better, check out Dog Sled Saga on Kickstarter.

What is the soundtrack to your walks?

We want to know what you all listen to when you are out walking. I often find a great soundtrack really helps me to stay motivated and really enjoy my walks with the dogs.

Check song below for an example of the sort of motivation I’m talking about. From the Muppets cover album, The Green Album, this song has been the motivator at the start of my recent walks.

I know I’m not alone here because I always see others out walking their dogs at the same time with the telltale buds shoved in their ears too. Well, what do you all listen to?

Share your toys!

taylatoyIt’s time to get your cameras back out! Does your dog have a favourite toy? Or is it just the toy that has survived the longest (so far)? We want to see your dog and their favourite toy in the whole world.

The best part about dealing with animals so much, living with and seeing so many huskies is that we all end up with so many photos. That’s why I decided to find a way to get everyone sharing their favourite photos of their dogs.

This will be the theme until the end of April, so lets try to get as many awesome photos as we can.

Click here to share your photos!

Your photos: The Sleeping Beauties

leeloo   i can sleep like this can you We asked you if you have any photos of your dogs sleeping like the inner freaks that they are, and it seems that you do.

We’ve all seen our dogs do it. They start off sleeping normally, but with all of the stretching and rolling they end up in the weirdest positions.

Thanks to everyone who uploaded their photos. Here are all the photos you uploaded of your very own sleeping beauties.


I hope you weren t planning on doing any washing  or getting out the back door for that matter   Magic   Age 7
Waiting For Dad To Come Home From Night Shift
Crashed Kodi
Kodi and Hope

In the footwell of the carafter a day of shopping
Kato found the tightest spot to sqeeze in a nap

How Bear spends his time sleeping
Really it doesn't smell  Maia
Maia insists on being my blanket
leeloo   real lady dont mind to show her belly

Crazy arse Tayla
Logan climbing the wall

Willow
My Storm sleeping with mummy
Lars snoozing upside down on the lawn with a ball  Weirdo
Tayla sleeping like a weirdo

Willow, Aura, and Tikaani stealing couch space


Stay tuned and get your photos ready.

A new photos theme is coming soon.

One of the many reasons that pet stores suck

We have all heard the dangers of pet stores (puppy farms, genetic issues, backyard breeders, etc), and I’m going to leave it to everyone else to argue those points. Since this is a website dedicated to huskies there is one issue that gets to me every time…

Go to a pet store that sells dogs, I’d be surprised if they give you any honest and accurate descriptions about the breed’s temperament, behaviours, energy levels, or anything other than cute and fluffy.

Raising a husky puppy is often hard at times. The first time your puppy destroys something you love is a true test. Vacuuming your couch for the second time this week is determination. Picking up the pieces of the limited edition baseball you bought on your trip to Disney World and telling yourself that to be fair you shouldn’t have left it on the bed (and if you’d walked the dogs more often they wouldn’t be so destructive in the first place) is a level of honesty most people don’t get to. Selling dogs without giving any warnings is just plain negligent, and fills our shelters with dogs that people just weren’t prepared for.

Below is the information that a local pet store gave about husky puppy being sold there, along with some of the information that I think people actually need to hear.

warnings

Quick tip: Walk time

Just a quick tip for when it comes to walk time. We all know some dogs have some anxiety and get a little crazy around walk time. Tayla certainly does, but we’ve found that getting out of the house nice and fast helps her incredibly.

In the future try not to let them get excited about going for a walk until you are ready to walk out the door. Letting them know they are going for a walk (for example putting their collar and leash on) and then letting them wait while you slowly get your shoes and socks, get yourself a drink, and go to the toilet just gives them plenty of time to get over-excited and anxious. Try to do everything nice and quietly, and then leave briskly after your dog realises what is going on.

Tayla being contemplative

The New Years Dilemma

It’s New Years Eve tomorrow, which brings about the usual issues that dog owners face year after year. Fireworks.

Luckily we don’t have an issue with fireworks or thunderstorms. Not because we live in some sort of paradise-like bio-dome bereft of celebrations and weather, but because none of our huskies give a flip what is happening that far up in the sky. I know quite a few huskies that are the same, I’m not sure if it’s the breed or the owners but many huskies don’t seemed phased with fireworks.

Tayla’s usual position during fireworks, not fussed in the slightest.

Unfortunately that isn’t the same for everyone, so here are a few things to keep in mind and try during the festivities on Monday night.

  1. Go for a long walk or go to a dog park before you start celebrating. Try to wear your dog out, and then hopefully by the time the fireworks come there won’t be as much interest.
  2. Distractions are great for getting your dog use to disregarding the noise. Encouraging your dog to do other things during fireworks can help your dog learn to ignore them. Do some obedience training, try some tricks, play with some toys, anything to keep the dog distracted. This doesn’t mean fill them up with treats, as that can be seen as rewarding them for feeling anxious. If possible try to start distracting them before (or as soon as) the fireworks start. It will be easier to distract the dog if it doesn’t have time to get itself worked up.
  3. Make your own noise to help cover up the fireworks. Depending on how close they are then just putting music on or turning the tv up a little can help to drown out the unfamiliar noise. If you have roller shutters or blinds then close them also, as they can help block out the noise and the flashing.
  4. Make sure that your dog is safe and secure, wherever they will be. Many dogs get out of the yard during fireworks. Sometimes the flight response kicks in and they run. If you are going out and the dog is at home by itself then make sure the yard is secure (especially for huskies and malamutes, who are expert escape artists at the best of times). Also make sure that the dog has somewhere sheltered to go in case of a freak out. It’s important to make sure that your dog is wearing a collar and ID tag with a phone number on it, just in case the worst does happen.

Keep calm and carry on

Anything you do while the fireworks are going should be calm and positive. Don’t start showing too much worry for the dog, or start cursing the fireworks and running around. Dogs often look to us to learn how to react. If you seem panicked and anxious (for whatever reason) then your dog might too.

Don’t try to overly comfort the dog to make up for it being scared, as dogs often see this as approval of what they are doing and how they are feeling. Letting a dog jump on your lap (yes I know some huskies that try to lie on their owner’s lap) and being overly affectionate during distressing times can reinforce the anxiety and make it harder to break.

For the puppies out there…

Like many other potentially problematic issues like strangers, cars, and children, we got Logan desensitised to fireworks and thunderstorms very early. During his first thunderstorm Drew sat out the back with him, every time Logan started paying attention to the noise and getting anxious Drew would distract him and get him doing something else. Doing that a few times during thunderstorms and fireworks led to Logan not caring in the slightest, which is great because our neighbours love fireworks. If you have a puppy this is something that you could try, you might be able to nip the problem in the bud early on.

Logan as a brave (fireworks free) puppy