Are you thinking of getting a dog in your life? Do you think that a pet will make your life happier and more joyful? What about a Husky?
You’re so right! It is one of the best things you can do! The new pet, puppy or not, will fill your life with so much joy that probably you will not understand how it took you so long to make this decision. And you will not remember how your life was before that!
It will be a big adjustment to your life style and unfortunately, many people don’t put too much thought on it. It is a commitment for many years, you will be 100% responsible for all aspects of the life of your new friend, such a deep connection, an act of love! Love that you will get it back in double, triple, unconditionally, all the time! When you’re happy, when you’re down, when you’re sick or tired, there will be a happy tail wag, a smile, a lick, a cuddle.
There will be lots of fun, play time, cuddle time, nonsense time, photo time, walks in the park, shopping for all sorts of doggy things! And there will be not so pleasant times of cleaning up after them, teaching the house routines, their bathroom rules, dealing with damages from chewing your furniture and learning what their personalities are like, sometimes with some not so nice surprises.
I am a dog lover, as you can tell. With all my heart and soul, my husband and I look after our 2 Huskies, one of the best dogs we ever owned. We used to have German Shepards, beautiful, loyal and intelligent dogs until we had to deal with a very aggressive one. It was a difficult and painful experience that made us change breeds and directions in our love for these furry beings.
We adopted Turbo, who had been rescued from the street, he is a gorgeous half German Sheppard and half Husky, or something along this line. And we fell in love with his goofiness and sweetness combined with a sense of independence and stubbornness that makes him so unique and adorable.
One year later we rescued Stella from a backyard Husky breeder. She was just the cutest thing ever but early in her life we discovered her back knees were getting out of place all the time. She had to be operated on both knees when she was only 9 months old. We had to find a surgeon specialized in this specific kind of surgery. It was very expensive but for us, there was no other option. She had her early share of pain after the surgery plus physiotherapy sessions and a long recovery period. It broke our hearts to see her enduring that pain, bravely and humbly. The surgery was a success, she will never be as strong as other dogs but she can run, walk and pull (she thinks we are her sled) very well.
And with her, we definitely learned a lot about the Husky breed, which I will share with you.
Huskies are such gorgeous puppies that many people buy them, by impulse, just to find out that they really can’t deal with their high energy, the constant shedding or whatever other problem. They are a breed very difficult to train. They love to be free and can run away in an eye blink. It is heart breaking seeing so many ads of people that after a few months, when they have lost their puppies look, want to sell them, getting rid of the 4 legs that thought were protected and had a home…
So, although I am sharing with you these 21 reasons to own a Husky, with humor and playful comments, I feel obligated to state that, as beautiful as they are, every family should consider their own life style to determine if this is a breed for them or not. It is just not right to offer a dog a home just to get rid of it later on.
So enjoy the tips and make a responsible decision! You can find tons of great detailed information here.
1- They steal your heart with one single look! Those blue eyes…
2- You really can’t stop touching them, they are way too soft!
3- Your vacuuming skills will be elevated to “expert” mode very quickly.
They do shed a lot (3 times a year). Profusely! My best daily friend – yes, daily – is my Dyson vacuum. I have it for 3 years and it works perfectly. My second best friend is this tool. Mine is an older version of this, we bought 7 years ago and will last you forever.
4- You will learn to love their independence.
You might need to reinforce your fence and keep them always on a leash. Their drive to explore and be free is beautiful to watch but also dangerous.
5- They don’t bark, they howl! Beautiful howling songs, all lengths and rhythms!
6- They are not food oriented, no begging for food!
For this reason make sure to feed them with high quality food, grain free, packed with good proteins. Or spoil them rotten cooking some home made food, like we do.
7- They love the winter and the snow, of course!
You don’t have to pack them up for walks in the freezing temperatures and they make a wonderful companion for your winter activities, enjoying every minute
8- They love to swim and play, they will gladly give up cookies for it!
9- They love people and other dogs. All people and most dogs love them back!
10- You might want to install that home alarm, after all.
They are not designed to guard your house, intruders will be welcome with a happy howl!
11- If you are a couch potato, they are the dogs for you!
When they’re lazy, sofas, beds and pillows are a must.
12- They are weather oriented like you!
They look out, it is raining, they go into hibernating for the day. Is it snowing? Play time. Sun shine? Let’s go for long walk!
13- They can take everything in when they go for a walk.
It is not all about their noses and smells, they do look up and out, taking the time to appreciate the landscape and what is going on around them. Also probably wondering how they would escape from you. For this reason we splurged on heavy duty leashes like this one. Over time they will learn how to walk with you but in the mean time you need to control them.
14- They are sort of loners, in their own way.
Huskies can spend lots of time, outside, enjoying the fresh air, by themselves, not begging for your company all the time
15- They are escape artists.
If you’re trapped somewhere with them, they (and you) will always find the way out, dig out, chew obstacles away, destroy barriers
16- You can get your own sled in the winter and train them!
I am serious! Their drive to pull is unbelievable! Good luck on training them though, it will take all your will power!
17- They can help with your gardening! They’re serious diggers.
18-They’re athletic dogs.
They’re physical dogs, they can run super fast, jump high fences (be careful with yours), pull and walk for miles. They will join you for all your outdoor work out for hours. Don’t forget to bring their water, though, the thick fur heats up very fast
19- They will only start listening to you around 3 years old.
As they mature (around 3 years old) and decide is ok to listen to you, they become the smartest dogs, understanding all your commands and routines. That doesn’t mean they will always comply with them though.
20- Don’t wear dark colors clothes.
You might have to tell your guests to NOT dress dark colors when they come to visit you. Keeping a brush close by always helps for when they’re leaving. Brushing them every day helps a lot!
21. They will boost your self confidence!
You will get many compliments about their beauty and blue eyes everywhere you go, a great conversation start up!
Do you own a Husky? Drop me a line and tell me all about it! I will love to hear!
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