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

(703) 583-HSKY info@petharbor.org

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Age (approx):
2 years old
Birthday (approx):
March 5, 2018
What am I?
Neutered male Siberian Husky
Colors:
Red & white, bieyed (one brown eye, one green eye)
Weight:
32 pounds (as of 3/31/20)
Experience with Children:
Pet Harbor has not introduced me to children yet. When they do, the information will be posted here. Noises and some quick movements do frighten me, though.
Experience with Cats:
After I was rescued and before I came to Pet Harbor, I was introduced to cats in my temporary foster home. All of those interactions were positive. Siberian Huskies tend to have a strong prey instinct and often show extreme, even fatal, aggression towards cats. Even if our evaluation is favorable, it may not translate to all cats under all circumstances.
Experience with Dogs:
My experience is I get along great with other dogs, despite size & gender differences. My new home will need to have at least one other dog who will be my play buddy.
Energy Level:
Medium-High
Owner Aptitude Level:
Shy dog experience required
Named for 9/11 Victim:
History:
Along with several others available for adoption, we came from a horrible beginning, yet are amazingly grateful for love. Thankfully, we were seized by the authorities. Our humans were put in jail. We went to the shelter, then the SPCA, and then came to Pet Harbor, each an important piece of our journey to safety. Read more about our beginning, including watching a video, at https://www.wcnc.com/article/life/animals/25-huskies-recovering-after-living-in-awful-conditions/275-0ff0da89-97fb-472e-a7be-afc6d28b58bc.
Movies:
  1. 4/5/20 – Running Free!
  2. 4/22/20 – Music Down Below!
  3. 5/6/20 – Shyness
  4. 5/12/20 – Sweet Dreams
  5. 5/18/20 – Spoonful of Lovin’

More About Me: Got treats? Got another dog? Have patience & love? The one major thing to learn about me is my shyness. My history taught me to be cautious of humans. I will stand next to people and am learning to allow them to pet me. Sometimes I run from them. I don’t yet run to them. They have to come to me to pet me. Because my foster mom spends more time at home than my foster dad, I will sometimes come to her but not at all to him. My foster mom describes my shyness like this. “He is still willing to come up and sniff/lick but he doesn’t like you to move while he’s sniffing. It seems as if he really wants attention, but he doesn’t know how to receive it.” See my video above from May 6. It is there to show you just how shy I am to make sure my adopters will understand. Heck, I’m even afraid of puddles of water. The pandemic may have closed schools, but it sure didn’t stop my learning. Not only am I learning to be a dog, but I’m also learning basic life. If your life began as mine did, you’d be the same way. I am learning a lot and continue to progress. Also, I’m very much bonded to other dogs, all sizes, both genders. Since I am happiest around them, I’m learning a great deal from them. As my foster mom puts it, I thrive around other dogs and have a puppy-like desire to play with them. Treats also help. After all, in my former life, I was deprived of food. At the time of my rescue, I weighed only 23 pounds. So treats are a good reward for me. The more distance I put between the situation from which I came and me, the more things improve for me. I didn’t understand how to be normal, how to walk on a leash, how to do most things that come natural to the majority of dogs. I’m learning. In my foster home, I now walk outside on a leash, which I did not do at first. I’m learning the things with which I’m allowed to play (toys) and things with which I’m not allowed to play. I’ve decided furniture makes for good napping spots and the floor is for regular dogs. I’m a puppy thief. No, I don’t steal puppies. I am like a puppy, and I steal. Steal what you ask? Well, I love my toys. I will steal non-toy things, such as slippers and towels, and designate them as toys. Some usual Siberian traits (prey drive, escapism) don’t fit on my resume. Others . . . well, I have to be a Siberian sometime. I’m so cute, though. You can’t help but laugh at me. Progress is progress, but it takes baby steps to get there. The rewards to humans are immense when a shy dog trusts. The journey to that point is taken by people who are kind, patient, knowledgeable, and understanding. Is that you?