And Then There Were Four

I know I’ve been away from my blog for a minute. 2018 was a year of learning and adjusting to a new life for me. Some good and some not so good. However, I am still as passionate about Siberian Huskies as ever! I love my dogs and that is one thing about me that will never change. I spent the last year figuring out what I want to do in my career and what I want my adult life to look like. One thing I am sure of is my involvement with Siberians. I had the opportunity to foster five different dogs from Releashed Rescue, the husky rescue I adopted Echo and Yoshi from. Yoshi was one of my fosters that we ended up keeping. However, as Gracie is getting older, it is harder for her to continually have these other adult dogs that she has never met come through the house. As some of my readers may know, Gracie has been attacked a few times in her past unprovoked by other dogs, which has left her wary of strange dogs. My hypothesis, since this has happened several times to her, is that it could be linked to the other dogs sensing her epilepsy and them being unsure what it is. She still really enjoys playing and running with other dogs after she gets to know them, she is totally in love with Yoshi, but the initial meeting is really nerve wrecking for her and I want to protect her from having any more attacks at her age. I would like to foster dogs again once we have a bigger house where I can easily separate any dogs that need their own space to feel comfortable, like Gracie or a nervous foster dog. For now we will not be fostering dogs, but I still love Releashed and all they do for huskies in need.

Our Yoshi has really blossomed into a wonderful dog since adopting him last spring. When we adopted him, he was a little nervous and unsure of everything. He acted like he had never been an inside dog before and did not respond to any basic commands. He was also underweight and recovering from heartworm treatment. Through lots of love and training, Yoshi is now a very sweet cuddle bug with lots and lots of energy. Yoshi and Gracie are best buds and love playing together. Echo prefers to play with me and his toys- LOL. I’ve started training Yoshi for dry land mushing and canicross. He is learning the directional commands, but the pulling and running part came naturally to him. If he sees me pick up his harness, he gets so excited and goes crazy running circles around the house. It is definitely his favorite activity! I am hoping in 2019 that we get to do a lot more mushing and hopefully buy our own dry land cart!

Unfortunately we found out that my sweet Echo has mild hip dysplasia in 2018. Because of it, he is not able to continue with any high impact sports like agility or mushing. I am looking into possibly doing nose work with him, since he enjoys the nose work games we play at home. He is also learning plenty of new tricks and will hopefully be ready for his next trick dog title soon! Echo is currently on Nupro Silver and salmon oil for his hips. They seem to help and he is not showing any symptoms of pain.

A few years ago I got in contact with a wonderful lady near me that breeds and shows Siberian Huskies in AKC conformation. She has been in the breed for many years and is also a professional handler, meaning she shows other dogs besides her own professionally. Last year, she started teaching conformation classes at a training facility near me so I started going and learning how to show Siberian Huskies and learning more about what makes a healthy and conformationally correct Siberian Husky. The Siberian Husky standard is all about being a well structured sled dog. You can check out the AKC standard here. I had the opportunity last year to show two of her dogs in AKC dog shows. This last November she had a litter of really beautiful puppies from two amazing parents with great pedigrees behind them. I had been waiting for a puppy from her and from this specific dam (mom dog) for a while and was very excited. A few days ago, we got to welcome home our show prospect puppy and new pack member, Enzo! Enzo is 10 1/2 weeks old. He is the sweetest little guy. He loves to play and is learning very fast. I am very excited about Enzo and am looking forward to his future in conformation and sports! I am hoping to teaching him mushing like Yoshi once he is older. We also plan to do the working pack title from the Siberian Husky Club of America, which is in simpler terms, backpacking for Siberian Huskies. I am also excited to share our new journey in the show world with my readers. There is so much that goes into it and I am very excited to continue to learn.

Thanks for reading!

-Katie, Gracie, Echo, Yoshi and Enzo

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  1. @agirlandherhusky beautiful pup!!! Question for you, are you still feeding TLC dog food? I’ve just switched over to them and am wondering if you still recommend them.

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    1. I do not feed it personally anymore. I switch dog food often, but right now we are using NutriSource Performance. I still like TLC, but my three younger Sibes need a higher protein higher fat diet because of their high activity levels. TLC has good levels for a normally active dog. It was great for my older Siberian Husky Gracie.


  2. What an interesting, exciting, and challenging year! You do so much for your pups. I can’t wait to follow Enzo’s development.


  3. Congrats on your new addition! Enzo is a beautiful pup!

    I really agree that the other foster dogs sense Gracie’s epilepsy…I think you made a wise choice in holding off bringing more home for now and risk stressing her out or getting hurt. Many other dogs get scared and/or confused by epi-dogs, and can go on the attack. Gracie has such a good mommy!

    I look forward to hearing more about your pack, and your showing! Very exciting!

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    1. I am glad to hear you agree with my suspension about the dogs sensing her epilepsy. Yoshi is goof ball and high energy, but he has a big soft side. Gracie actually picked him out from all the other dogs at the rescue. I thought she’d dislike him because of his energy level and craziness. I now think she could somehow tell that he’d be a good fit. Maybe it was that he was more confident and playful where many of the other dogs were a little anxious. They are best friends now. She loves her Yoshi!


  4. Congratulations on your newest family member! He is adorable.

    It is so wonderful that you were able to foster last summer, and that when the time is right, you’ll do it again. I haven’t fostered, but I hope I’ll be able to foster dogs or kittens in the future.


  5. Congratulations – oh my gosh little Enzo is a cutie! Love the big ears he’ll grow into 🙂 I’ve been interested in nose work – so let me know how it goes Echo (poor baby – hopefully he’s not in pain)! I love seeing your pics of the Huskies – they are all so beautiful!


  6. Tough call but you made the right one. We added a new family member last father’s day and it’s been a HUGE adjustment for Montecristo. I among WAY more sensitive to what it means to add a new face to the family. Enzo is amazing. 🙂

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    1. We added Yoshi last March. It took until August for everyone to really settle in and adjust 😂 but he was a perfect fit for our pack. Because Enzo is so little, I am doing slow introductions. So far so good though!


  7. What a great start to the year! I think you made the best choice on not fostering. I’ve always felt we need to take our own dog’s emotions and needs first before being able to help others. Not all situations are good for fostering. Your new little pup looks so sweet! Oh, you might want to look into Barn Hunt too for a sport.

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  8. Congrats on your new addition! He is just too cute! I totally have puppy fever but can’t have anymore than the 2 I already have where we currently live. I’ve started trying to convince my fiance that we need a 3rd after we move later this year. I don’t think I’ve got him fully convinced yet, though. I related a lot to some of the other stuff you wrote about. I’d love to foster, but my oldest boy is 10 and because he’s been attacked by unknown dogs before he’s just not super comfortable about having dogs he doesn’t know around. He’s great once he gets to know a dog, but I think a constant turn over of fosters would probably be pretty stressful for him. He also has arthritis in his hips now that he’s older, so I related to not being able to do some of the activities we used to do together. I actually do nosework with him and it’s been awesome! I totally recommend it. It allows him to get out and have a job of sorts, keeps his mind busy, but is low stress/low impact.

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  9. What a fun household you must have!! How is Gracie doing with the new pup? I love reading stories of how much dogs blossom and get to enjoy life when adopted into loving homes.


    1. It’s a lot of fun, sometimes stressful, but mostly fun 😂
      Gracie is doing great. The puppy is too little to play with the big dogs right now, because huskies tend to play rough. They could hurt the puppy by accident at this age. I’ve let them sniff through the fence and they’ve seen him. Gracie is usually really good with puppies and is just curious. Yoshi and Echo are the same- just curious. I think Yoshi will like playing with him once he is big enough!


  10. Are you kidding? I am sooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you and a bit less jealous! Congratulations!!! Enzo looks like a great husky! I am sure he will be a great escape artist, he reminds me of my Eskie(Buddy) so cute! I am so happy for you guys!
    Hugs from me and my Eskies,
    Angie, Margaret and Buddy

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