Pet Harbor Rescue, P.O. Box 73, Bowling Green, VA 22427

(703) 583-HSKY

Barbella – Adopted!

I went to my forever home on November 9, 2019!

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Age (approx):
1-1/2 years old
Birthday (approx):
February 7, 2018
What am I?
Spayed female Siberian Husky
Red & white, blue eyes
43 pounds (as of 11/9/19)
Experience with Children:
My history with children is unknown. When I first came to Pet Harbor, active children frightened me, but most things frightened me. And it is understandable given the life I lived before (See “More About Me” below.). After a period of time, though, I found I enjoy running around a yard with the children who live in my foster home. My new family just must understand that I will not be the same dog day 1 as day 14 and they will have to have the patience to allow me that adjustment time.
Experience with Cats:
Pet Harbor does not know my history with cats. On 9/14/19, Pet Harbor introduced me to a cat. I ignored the kitties. Siberian Huskies tend to have a strong prey instinct and often show extreme, even fatal, aggression towards cats. While our evaluation was favorable, it may not translate to all cats under all circumstances.
Experience with Dogs:
Pet Harbor was told I lived on a property with other dogs, but I was chained by myself. After I was rescued, there were some dogs I seemed to like, some I didn’t. Once I got through that initial period, as with other things, I became playful with other dogs. Getting through that initial period is essential. After a few days at Pet Harbor, I have been extremely playful with all dogs, no matter how big or small, what gender they are, or their age. I obviously am learning to socialize. Some dogs may find my playfulness awkward.
Energy Level:
Owner Aptitude Level:
Shy dog experience required
Named for 9/11 Victim:
I was named for James W. Barbella.
I was chained in a wooded area for my short life. In February of 2019, I was rescued by Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge. From there, in September, I came to Pet Harbor.
  1. 9/24/19 – Nice to meet you… now play with me!
  2. 9/23/19 – A little evening play
  3. 9/1/19 – Where are we going?
  4. 9/1/19 – Toys, toys, toys!

More About Me: First, I need a family who will understand me. My history should give you an indication of how special I am. Then there is the fact that I have one ear. I hear just fine, thank you. How did I lose my ear? Well, that is certainly the $64,000 question. My rescuers were told a wild animal, like a bear or coyote, took it. The vet agreed that is how it looks. Pet Harbor believes it odd that a wild animal would take just one ear and be done. It really doesn’t matter. It’s gone, and it is part of my charm. So here I was chained and having lost an ear and living in a doghouse that was bee-infested. And I was only ONE year old. Thankfully Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge rescued me before I had to spend a long life that way. DDB transferred me to Pet Harbor because I am, well, a Siberian Husky. The first couple of days at Pet Harbor, I was painfully shy, afraid of everybody and everything. After a few days, I transitioned. Now I am everybody’s best friend. I run and play and jump and give & get affection. My socialization never happened. So my interactions with others sometimes is awkward. It is important my new family understands me. They have to allow me adjustment time. After I get through those days, I will reward them in spades or maybe soft slurps. So if you are a special person ready for a special girl, I’m ready for you.