This message is really coming out of the blue, but I was scrolling past husky photos on Google Images and suddenly a picture of one of your dog came past, which I decided to take as a example for my first painting in years. So this is kind of a thank you note, you helped me out without knowing it.
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.
Every month there will be a new theme, and at the end of the month we will all have a gallery of awesome husky photos to see.
The very first theme involves something that most husky owners have seen, and even non-husky owners usually know about.
Look how my dog sleeps!
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. Do you have any awesome photos of the weird positions your dogs get into when they are asleep?
As you can probably see we have a new macro lens on our camera. It’s pretty damn speccy and helps us to take some awesome photos. Clearly when one gets a lens like this the first thing they do is go to their dog for inspiration.
The great thing about huskies is that in general they keep themselves very clean. Don’t tell Logan I said this but they are much like cats in that way. Logan is about 3 and a half and we have only had to wash him a handful of times. Unfortunately for Logie bear today was one of those times.
Well most Aussies know that today was the annual RSPCA Million Paws Walk. It was a great day, with a hell of a lot of dogs.
In case you don’t know, the Million Paws Walk is an annual event conducted nationally to raise money for the RSPCA’s shelters. This year the RSPCA raised over $300,000, the most being from New South Wales with a whopping $100,000.
Let’s start this by saying Tayla is not going to have a good day tomorrow. We’re dropping her off to get her desexed in the morning. I feel for the poor girl, she wont be having a happy Easter. So everyone feel real sorry for her.
I know some people have reservations about desexing animals. Whether it be because of the fear of a major operation, the feeling that it’s unnecessary or that it may change their dogs personality somehow. Honestly Tayla is such a happy-go-lucky scamp at the moment, I was a little concerned that such an op may dampen her spirits for good (I’ve since been assured repeatedly that she’ll be fine :P).
That being said, I was a little taken aback yesterday when I told someone this and they responded with “awww how cruel, I could never do that to one of my dogs”.
There are definitely pros and cons when it comes to desexing. The big con for most people obviously being the operation itself. Give it a week or so and she’ll likely have recovered from the op, the other pros and cons are a little more long term.
As you all know by now, we picked up Tayla last night. She’s an adorable little thing. And yappy like you wouldn’t believe. It was a bit of a shock after raising Logan for a year, who is the quietest dog I have known.
The breeders we got Tayla from were kind enough to send some information about her and her family, so I thought I’d share some of this here.
Tayla was born on the 26th of August, 2010.
She opened her eyes on the 6th of September, 2010.
Tayla’s parents are named China (mother) and Tazmania (father).
Well today is the first annual Tayla Day. We are currently driving to the airport to pick up Tayla. In about half an hour a drugged up little husky will be flying into Adelaide Airport.
We’ve been doing a lot to get prepared for bringing Tayla home and we think we have it all worked out. Here’s a few of the things we’ve considered:
The Resident Dog (Logan)
In all of the excitement of the new puppy it is easy to forget the needs of the resident dog. But considerations to the resident dog can make the whole process much easier.
For your resident dog to accept the new dog it is important that the resident sees how the new dog will benefit him. The new dog needs to be seen as a new playmate and a good addition to the dogs life.
The resident dog needs to get as much attention as he got before the new dog, he needs to have as many toys and get played with just as much as before the new dog came along. When the new dog comes into the home the resident dog needs to be able to retreat to their own bed for some space.
If the new dog is seen as taking attention or belongings away from the resident dog then some resentment may develop and territorial behaviors may emerge.
Introducing the dogs
The way that you introduce a new dog to the resident dog is very important for the wellbeing of both dogs. A well planned introduction can help to make the new dog comfortable, reduce any territorial behavior from the resident and reduce the likelihood of any unfortunate incidents.
Introduce the dogs at a neutral location. Walking the new dog into your living room will force the resident dogs territorial instincts to kick in, especially with two male dogs. It is best to introduce the dogs in a park or on an oval where neither dog has been before. This way neither dog can be seen as the ‘intruder’.
Anyone else expecting new dogs soon? How bout have experience introducing new dogs to resident dogs?