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

(703) 583-HSKY info@petharbor.org

Month: September 2020

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Age (approx):
8 years old
Birthday (approx):
March 7, 2012
What am I?
Spayed female Siberian husky
Colors:
Black & white, bi-eyed (one blue eye, one brown eye)
Weight:
72 pounds (as of 5/23/2020)
Experience with Children:
My history with children is unknown. In 2017, when I first came to Pet Harbor, I interacted with children ages 0-3 and displayed only positive reactions to them.
Experience with Cats:
Pet Harbor was informed my history is that I am cat-friendly. Pet Harbor cat-tested me on 5/5/2017. I met three cats and just looked at them. I showed no interest, positive or negative, and was easily distracted. 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 history with dogs is unknown. I was tested with a smaller dog and just wanted to play. Since coming to Pet Harbor in 2017, I met multiple dogs around my size and had no issues with any of them. Since adoption in 2017 to 2020, I lived with another Pet Harbor dog, Vander, also available for adoption.
Energy Level:
Medium-Low
Owner Aptitude Level:
Novice
Named for 9/11 Victim:
I was named for Anthony M. Starita.
History:
Because of my escape abilities, I was a repeat offender at an animal shelter. I, unfortunately, had been passed from home to home for the very same reason until the time no one claimed me. Then I came to Pet Harbor. Then I found what everybody thought was my forever home. Dad adopted me, and my new “brother” was Pet Harbor’s Vander, also available for adoption. Sadly, Dad passed away suddenly in September of 2020. Fortunately, though, he had caring friends who made sure Vander and I got returned to Pet Harbor.
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  1. 2017 – See? I told you I have a lot to say.

More About Me: Life is all about happiness for me. For the past three years, I really had a blast. One day while my dad turned his back, without making a sound, I did what I do best and escaped. You see, we had a neighbor with chickens. Well, doesn’t everybody go towards KFC or Chick Fil-A or one of those places? That’s all I did: go towards the chickens. Then it was all fun & games because I got Dad to play Catch Me If You Can! with me. It really was loads of fun for me, but what it did for him was make him buy a six-foot fence. I suppose he got the last laugh on that one. Other things I like – playing with other dogs, playing with toys, talking, just having lots of fun. When it’s time to go to bed, I try to beat Vander to the bed and block him from jumping up. When we walk, he tries to get out in front of me and shove me out of the way. Really, we have lots of fun, but I don’t need another dog to have fun. I’ll be just as content with no other dogs. I create my own happiness. Like when Dad goes up to bed and I follow, I always remember to go back downstairs and pick out some toys to sleep with me and then run back upstairs. Well, I keep talking like Dad’s still here. Unfortunately, Dad passed away suddenly, and Vander and I came back to Pet Harbor to try to find new forever families. It gets a bit harder when dogs get to be my age. My wonderful foster parents are making me lose weight (That is NOT fun!) because it’s affecting my walking. I tire easier than Vander. So we’re trying Cosequin with me to see if it helps. I also take a medicine called Proin. Everybody wonders if I could jump a fence now. I would like the opportunity to test that. But, really, if Proin and Cosequin are all I have to take, then I think I’m doing just great at my age. I still love, play, and talk just fine. Oh, one more thing I forgot to tell you – my dad named Vander Ryka & me Shila. Oh, wow. I also forgot to tell you I insist on belly rubs before I go to sleep! Doesn’t everybody?

My 2017 bio: First and foremost, I have a lot to say. Just when you think I’m as quiet as a churchmouse, you’ll hear my melodious voice come out of what seems like nowhere. Secondly, don’t expect me to be serious. I’m all about fun and play. Thirdly, I give tiny, gentle kisses. Yeah, I’m super sweet, but I might quickly jump into play because I can’t possibly let you think I am at all mushy. I am not a dog you can leave in the backyard or in a 4′ fence, but if you are looking for some fun, some pep in your step, I’m the gal for you. Plus, I can live with children, cats, dogs, whoever. Does it get better than this?

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Age (approx):
7 years old
Birthday (approx):
July 5, 2013
What am I?
Neutered male Siberian husky
Colors:
Red & white, blue eyes
Weight:
71 pounds (as of 7/18/2020)
Experience with Children:
Information coming soon.
Experience with Cats:
Pet Harbor does not know my history with cats. Pet Harbor has not yet introduced me to cats. When more information is known, it will be posted here. 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:
I have lived with a female Siberian since 2014. At this time, Pet Harbor is requiring I live with another dog because I am confused about what has happened to me, losing my first lady Siberian a few years ago, then Dad getting me a new lady Siberian, then Dad passing away suddenly. I find comfort having another dog to follow, a dog who is confident.
Energy Level:
Medium-Low
Owner Aptitude Level:
Experience required
Named for 9/11 Victim:
I was named for Jon C. Vandevander.
History:
For the crime of running at large, I landed myself in a doggie jail in 2014. I then came to Pet Harbor. I then found a wonderful dad & home I shared with Pet Harbor’s Lorraine. When Lorraine passed away, Dad & I adopted Pet Harbor’s Starita. Sadly, Dad passed away suddenly in September of 2020. Fortunately, though, he had caring friends who made sure Starita and I got returned to Pet Harbor.
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  1. 10/3/2020 – Looking for my dad
  2. 2014 – With my girl!

More About Me: You can see below in 2014, when I first came to Pet Harbor, I had some hesitancies & nervousness. Then my Dad found me. I fell in love with my Dad, and he called me his good boy. I got rid of a lot of the nervousness because I was secure with my Dad. For six years, I had a really happy home & wonderful Pop. I was happy, calmer, less needy. Then one day Dad just wouldn’t move. I didn’t understand. I stayed right by his side until other people made me vacate. My world fell apart. All of my prior nervousness surfaced. So it will take me some time to build the confidence again. I just don’t understand why Dad left us or why I went back to my former foster parents. Where did Dad go? When Dad would take us for walks, I always shoved Starita out of the way. I had to be first! It was a cute game we played. We also played a similar game at bedtime. Whoever could get on the bed first blocked the other one. I’m sure you could hear the winner say, “Nana nana boo boo.” By the way, Dad renamed me Ryka & Starita Shila. Another thing about me – I always smile. Always.

My 2014 bio: The most important thing you need to know about me is I love my foster mom to pieces. I will love my new mom to pieces. Dad, not so much. My foster dad bah humbugs all the attention I give my foster mom. I think he’s jealous. Don’t you? When he has treats, I pay attention to him . . . long enough to get the treats anyway! And when he bikes with me, I pay attention. What more could he want? I’ll stick with Foster Mom! Whenever she calls, Vander listens! Wherever she goes, Vander follows! I lean in for belly rubs and attention. I really don’t pull, and I have some smarts about me. I do have some fears that cause me a bit of concern sometimes. If I am startled, for example, you may see me jump out of my skin. When I do, I might get snappy. I haven’t bitten anyone, but because there is the chance my snap could end up that way, I can’t live with young children. Stability is something I really need since the instability of my life has caused my hesitancy & uncertainty so far. I must tell you a secret. I love salmon treats. Maybe you could take me fishing in Alaska or just go catch me a salmon up there or even at the local supermarket if plans A and B didn’t suit you?

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Hemenway, one of our pups, is not doing well. He has spent some time at the Emergency Vet due to head tremors and a swollen leg. His treatment has not been cheap, and one of our volunteers has created a fundraiser on Hemi’s behalf. This will help Hemi get better and cover the what we have already spent and anticipate spending. The goal is to make sure he gets back to being a healthy, happy, handsome husky, and that we can continue to help other homeless huskies.

The GoFundMe link is gf.me/u/yzwnan. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please share the link and contribute if you can. Hemi is hoping to raise $3,000. Pet Harbor has already spent $2,000 for his care, and he has more vet appointments scheduled.

Hemi and Pet Harbor thank you for any help that you can provide!

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I went to my forever home on October 3, 2020!

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Age (approx):
1 year old
Birthday (approx):
August 29, 2019
What am I?
Spayed female Siberian husky
Colors:
Black & white, blue eyes
Weight:
47 pounds (as of 8/29/20)
Experience with Children:
Within seconds of coming to Pet Harbor, I found the children. They were at my level. One went to bed, and I got in bed with him, wagging my tail & giving him kisses. The other one, a 4-yr-old child, took me by the collar out of the room so she could play with me. I went willingly & had no problem with her pulling me whatsoever, and I walked easily enough for her to do that. So Pet Harbor already is scratching its collective heads since the people who dumped me in the shelter said I wasn’t great with kids. It’s been Pet Harbor’s experience that often means there was a parental issue, not a dog issue. But since I just got to Pet Harbor, more information in this regard will be coming.
Experience with Cats:
Pet Harbor does not know my history with cats. On 9/22/20, Pet Harbor introduced me to cats. Let me just first say no cat was harmed in this introduction, but if that human hadn’t supervised the interaction, man, I would have had a tasty meal. Bottom line is I cannot live with cats under any circumstances.
Experience with Dogs:
Pet Harbor does not know my history with dogs. When the shelter introduced me to another dog, I played & played. Since coming to Pet Harbor, I have been equally as playful. I am brand new to Pet Harbor. So when more information is known, it will be posted here.
Energy Level:
High
Owner Aptitude Level:
Northern breed experience required
Named for 9/11 Victim:
I was named for William Micciulli.
History:
First, I was put into an animal shelter. The reason given was “moving.” Then I got adopted. Then I got returned. Wrong breed. Siberians are not for everyone. Then I came to Pet Harbor.
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Coming soon!

 

More About Me: One of my transporters labeled me appropriately, “cuddly and sweet, also sassy.” That’s me. I am a sassy gal. I mean, truly, what Siberian true to their breed isn’t? It’s a shame I’ve been tossed around, but it sure doesn’t seem to faze me. I walked into my foster home as if I had lived there forever. I’m full of love for everything. I know commands, and if you are alpha, I’ll listen! So many people want Siberians because they’re beautiful but don’t understand us, and then we get shuffled around. If you understand Siberians, maybe I’m the dog for you. If you don’t understand us, please look for a more-suited breed. I am all things a young Siberian is. I dance. I run. I have endless energy. I have endless happiness. I am sweet. I am full of love and affectionate. I am all about play. I am quick. I could be across the room leaping into the air before you know I’m gone! And am I not as cute as I can possibly be? But there’s so much more to me than my beauty.

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Age (approx):
5 years old
Birthday (approx):
August 27, 2015
What am I?
Spayed female Siberian husky
Colors:
White, brown eyes
Weight:
42 pounds (as of 9/28/20)
Experience with Children:
Since coming to Pet Harbor, I have met children and enjoyed them petting me & giving me hugs.
Experience with Cats:
Pet Harbor does not know my history with cats. Since coming to Pet Harbor, I live in a foster home with kitties. I do like to focus my attention on them, but when my foster mom tells me to stop, my attention is easily diverted. Kitties tend to stay away from me. Outside cats, as is often the case, though, are prey. I stalk them. And on 9/7/2020, I went after the kitty in my foster home. Fortunately, kitty was not harmed, but I did get a cat scratch cut. So no kitties can be in my home.
Experience with Dogs:
I lived with Nya (also available for adoption) prior to coming to Pet Harbor. Since coming to Pet Harbor, I have met other dogs and am fostered with other dogs. I really don’t care about them. People are what I call treasures. I love them. I am pretty bonded to Nya, but, really, we just need homes. If that means we have to separate, we have to separate. We just need homes & families of our own.
Energy Level:
Medium-Low
Owner Aptitude Level:
Experience required
Named for 9/11 Victim:
I was named for Celeste Torres Victoria.
History:
Along with Nya, who might be my daughter and is also available for adoption from Pet Harbor Rescue, I was confiscated by animal control from a horrible situation where a wall had to be torn down to even get us free. There were over 20 dogs there. All were confiscated. We had to learn how to be dogs.
Movies:
  1. 10/14/20 Play with me! Play with me! Play with me!
  2. 10/4/20 Run! Be Free!
  3. 10/03/20 Oh, how I love Toys!
  4. 10/03/20 Play Ball!
  5. 10/03/20 Yummy!
  6. 10/03/20 More Yummies!
  7. 10/03/20 Just a Short Run
  8. 10/03/20 Mini Movie
  9. 9/22/20 Barbershop Quartet
  10. 9/21/20 Party Time
  11. 9/14/20 Romper Room
  12. 9/9/2020 – Can you tell which is which?
  13. 9/3/2020 – Please may I go out to Play?
  14. 8/31/2020 – Soakin’ up the Lovin’
  15. 8/15/2020 – Nya & I are fascinated by TV Animals. I am the one talking to and sniffing the television.

More About Me: When I first came to Pet Harbor, I was afraid. Now that I’ve seen the light of day (literally), experienced love, and gotten healthy & clean, I am coming out of my fur. (I don’t have a shell.) My foster mom has truly turned us around. “Us” is Nya, who likely is my daughter; and me. You will see it is difficult to capture videos of me because I want to be up close & personal with the photographer. So we have lots of footage of closeups of my nose! Maybe we can have a conversation over an imaginary cup of tea because I LOVE to talk and have lots to say! A good thing to know about me is I’m a determined athlete. I will climb and have climbed an 8′ fence to get to what I want. Wanna climb Mount Everest with me? Another thing you should understand about me is my beginnings. They were extremely rough. Basically I lived in a shack with Nya. There were over 20 dogs on the property, but in my shack lived Nya and me. We lived in our excrement. How were we fed? Who knows? How did we see humans? We didn’t. You see, when we were rescued, a wall had to be taken down in order for us to be reached. So nobody knows how long we were that way. Do you know the movies and videos where people live in jungles and then learn to be people when they escape the jungle? That’s Nya and me. That means we were primitive. It also means we are extraordinarily grateful. It took multiple baths and a great groomer to even find out our coat color. And our foster mom has been amazing and really has brought us kindly into the world of understanding humans are safe. Now we’re soaking up the love. I love people. I’m making up for all the time I lost not being near them. I especially love children! They’re super cool! It’s rather easy to train me as I am food- and toy-motivated! Something else I love is riding in the car with my face in the wind. When I first came to Pet Harbor, I didn’t play with the other dogs. Naturally, I had no confidence in that area. Again my wonderful foster mom has helped me immensely, and now I will play with other dogs. All Nya & I really need is permanent homes. Well, Pet Harbor thought Nya and I should be separated, but now that they have separated us, we are grieving the missing bond. But what we really need is homes and families, whether that is together or apart. People we can call our own. So if you’re the wonderful family for me, I’m so happy. Just be sure, please, because I want my next stop to be my last and the place I achieve true tranquility.

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Age (approx):
2 years old
Birthday (approx):
August 26, 2018
What am I?
Spayed female Siberian husky
Colors:
White, blue eyes
Weight:
50 pounds (as of 9/28/20)
Experience with Children:
Since coming to Pet Harbor, I have met children and enjoyed them petting me & giving me hugs.
Experience with Cats:
Pet Harbor does not know my history with cats. Since coming to Pet Harbor, I live in a foster home with kitties. I ignore them until they rub against me. Then I just move out of their way. 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:
I lived with Celeste (also available for adoption) prior to coming to Pet Harbor. Since coming to Pet Harbor, I have met other dogs and am fostered with other dogs. I have been great with them all. In fact, another dog is required in my home. Because of our beginnings, I need that security blanket another dog provides. I am pretty bonded to Celeste, who probably is my mother, but, really, we just need homes. If that means we have to separate, we have to separate. We just need homes & families of our own.
Energy Level:
Medium
Owner Aptitude Level:
Experience required
Named for 9/11 Victim:
I was named for Siew-Nya Ang.
History:
Along with Celeste, who might be my mother and is also available for adoption from Pet Harbor Rescue, I was confiscated by animal control from a horrible situation where a wall had to be torn down to even get us free. There were over 20 dogs there. All were confiscated. We had to learn how to be dogs.
Movies:
  1. 10/05/20 Let’s Play!
  2. 10/03/20 What Fun!
  3. 10/03/20 Oh, how I love Toys!
  4. 10/03/20 Yummy!
  5. 10/03/20 Hugs
  6. 10/03/20 And hugs!
  7. 10/03/20 And more hugs!
  8. 10/03/20 I love to be petted!
  9. 10/03/20 Just a Cameo
  10. 9/22/20 Barbershop Quartet
  11. 9/21/20 Party Time
  12. 9/14/20 Romper Room
  13. 9/9/2020 – Can you tell which is which?
  14. 9/3/2020 – I’ll just follow
  15. 8/31/2020 – Learning to Love
  16. 8/15/2020 – Celeste & I are fascinated by TV Animals

More About Me: When I first came to Pet Harbor, I was afraid. Now that I’ve seen the light of day (literally), experienced love, and gotten healthy & clean, I have come out of my fur somewhat. (I don’t have a shell.) My foster mom has truly turned us around. “Us” is Celeste, who likely is my mother; and me. I’ve learned to become a dog so well I will eat your remote control if you let me! I am still somewhat shy & hesitant, but I have made great strides. Warming up to people takes me a bit of time, but, oh, the rewards for the people! I love to be rubbed. I’m making up for lost time. Though I didn’t do it at first, now I sit on the couch with my foster mom to get as much loving as possible. Again making up for lost time, I do have some puppy behaviors, such as chewing things. A good thing to know about me is I’m a determined athlete. I will climb and have climbed an 8′ fence to get to what I want. Wanna climb Mount Everest with me? Another thing you should understand about me is my beginnings. They were extremely rough. Basically I lived in a shack with Celeste. There were over 20 dogs on the property, but in my shack lived Celeste and me. We lived in our excrement. How were we fed? Who knows? How did we see humans? We didn’t. You see, when we were rescued, a wall had to be taken down in order for us to be reached. So nobody knows how long we were that way. Do you know the movies and videos where people live in jungles and then learn to be people when they escape the jungle? That’s Celeste and me. That means we were primitive. It also means we are extraordinarily grateful. It took multiple baths and a great groomer to even find out our coat color. And our foster mom has been amazing and really has brought us kindly into the world of understanding humans are safe. Now we’re soaking up the love. All Celeste & I really need is permanent homes. Well, Pet Harbor thought Celeste and I should be separated, but now that they have separated us, we are grieving the missing bond. But what we really need is homes and families, whether that is together or apart. People we can call our own. So if you’re the wonderful family for me, I’m so happy. Just be sure, please, because I want my next stop to be my last and the place I achieve true tranquility.

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