Rescuing Huskies

For The Love of Sled Dogs

Abandoned Huskies has exploded over the last several years.  Some say it's because of Game of Thrones and others say it's because of the husky videos that make owning a husky look easy.  Either way huskies are being abandoned and abused 200 times more than ten years ago.  They are also the most returned breed after being adopted out.  Of all breeds returned to the shelter huskies make up 13%.

I am the dog evaluator, dog trainer, and husky specialist for 2 Hearts Animal Haven Rescue.  My passion is everything husky.  We are desperate for volunteers who can foster a husky.  I provide all the training a foster needs for free.

Why Is Fostering So Important

The shelter environment is so stressful for huskies and they normally will need time to decompress.  Once they begin to decompress come the real work which is to identify and correct unwanted behaviors through calm patient training.  Trained fosters can provide a safe loving place for a husky to be rehabilitated.  If your interest in becoming a foster for huskies please contact me 916.521.8372.  Remember I provide Free Training

This is happening all over the county. Huskies are an incredible breed but the are not for everyone. They are very intelligent high energy breed. They are pack dogs so they never want to be alone. When left alone they become destructive and are likely to escape the most secure backyard.

They need more exercise than most breeds. They can easily run 10+ miles per day. They also need mental stimulation as well.

If your thinking about getting a husky please do your research first can don’t buy from a backyard breeder. Contact a local husky rescue and they can help you find one that will be right for your family.

February 2019 We were asked to come to the county animal shelter to evaluate a very shy Siberian Husky.

They told us only one person would even attempt to take her out of the kennel because everyone else was afraid. Zena was found as a stray and was brought into the the shelter on a leash. They said she was very sweet and friendly. When the took her back to process her is when she became very fearful and began to show fear aggression so they quarantine her in an area the public could not see. They deemed her unadoptable. She could only be pulled by a rescue.

When we went back to see her she was terrified. She went to the very back of the kennel and cowered but when you would get close to the kennel like you were going to open it she would growl and show teeth. The director was able to get her out with a pole leash. As soon as she was out not outside but just out of the kennel she was fine and the director was able leash her normally. Once we got her outside it was clear the fear aggression was the result of being abandoned and the shelter environment. We spent two hours with her testing if we could brush her, touch her paws, touch her backside, seeing what commands she know, and we even took her outside and put her in the car to see if she was ok in a car.

Zena was pulled by another rescue pryor to us coming to meet her. They sent a transporter to pick her up from the shelter. They put her in a crate to transport and when they put her in the car she started to growl and the transporter refused to take her to the rescue. The rescue then backed out of rescuing and that’s when we got involved. It was clear that when she felt trapped she would show signs of fear aggression.

It was clear to us that she was an amazing dog and just need to begin to trust humans again. We pulled Zena and worked with her for a couple of weeks. Anytime someone walked away from her she would panic if she could not see you. She was in desperate need of calm loving leadership to help her overcome anxiety.

She is now in AZ with her forever home and still receiving professional training to complete her rehabilitation.

My three Siberian Huskies, my two Wolf Dogs, and My grand puppy

For The Love Of Sled Dogs

I have been asked by many people to share what life is like with three huskies and two wolf dogs. First I must share that in the summer of 2018 we only had three huskies. That summer I was tagged in a post about a very large rescue effort happening in Lassen county Ca at HDW. It was an out of control over breeding situation and they were all wolf dogs. At the time I started following there was 125 dogs and puppies the the county was going to start taking 25 dogs & puppies per day and putting them down.

There was several small rescue groups assisting in the effort the get them off the property. They put a online petition together and started sending it out. They were able to get enough signatures the get the court to give them a 30’s stay to get them off the property.

The many of the dogs were feral and even some of the puppies. They lived in dirty outdoor kennels. The mammas and puppies lived in underground dens. Some of the puppies also had parvo. It was so sad to watch. They were reaching out for fosters and adopters and I wanted to do something to help.

I reached out and said I could foster but I needed a submissive dog because I have an alpha male. I was asked if I could take a bonded pair of puppies that were shy. I talked to my husband and he said yes. We always wanted pack of five. We filled out the application and did the home check and we passed. My pair was taken off the property and moved to a rescue in Southern Ca to get healthy enough to adopt out.

On October 13, 2018 our pups were transferred up to our house. All we knew is that they were boys, 4.5 months old and shy and we had a bad picture of each of them.

They were supposed to be to our house by 5:oo but the transporter’s car broke down and they did not get here until after 9:00 so those poor pups spent almost tem hour in a crate in the car.

We were so excited to meet them as all we had a two bad pictures of them and when the transporter got here we rushed meet them. She shared that when she got to the rescue to pick them up it took over an hour to get them because they are so shy and the bigger one bit her. The bigger one is our River now.

Our wolf dog puppies being transported to our house

We brought their crates to our backyard kennel and let them out. They both had to pee so bad and needed water. We watched them for a few minutes and them I went in to try and approach them. They were not having it. At that point I knew these guys were not just shy but feral. I thought what did we get ourselves into.

at about 10:00 that night our power went out and we live in the country so there was not light. Thank goodness our power was only out for about 20 minutes.

We had set up crates for them to sleep in in the bedroom directly across from our room with a gate so our dogs could not go in and bother them. We thought ok it’s time for bed. So we slip leashes and went into their kennel to leash them and bring them in the house. Well that did not go so well. My husband grabbed the big one and I grabbed the smaller one. The big one bit my husband and the little one had diarrhea. We did get them in their crates but decided not to do that again for a while because it was so traumatic for them.

The next day we bought 5×15 enclosure for our back patio so they could sleep outside in a safe place. We also added a fenced area off of the enclosure so they had room to play.

After a couple of days we discovered we did not get to males we got a male and female. We named them River and Willow.

For the next month I would bring my older dogs into their play area so they could get to know each other. Come to find out my older dogs were my to begin to build trust. They loved my Dakota. Dakota was only a year old when they came to us so he was still very much like a puppy still. Meeko on the other hand was not a fan of River. River lacked understanding of language and was not respecting the alpha male.

We had a few instances where Meeko kicked River’s butt. It was really hard on me because Meeko is my lead dog and I have always been able to count on him to listen to me no matter what the situation is. If I would push River he would lunge and bark at me. It was hard and I thought about rehoming River but where would he go. The average dog owner could not handle these dogs. The challenge with wolf dogs is that you don’t always know if they are in dog world or wolf and it’s even harder if they don’t trust you.

I was very lucky to have much support in overcoming feral wolf dogs most importantly was Kim Khal of Wolf Angel Rescue she put me in touch with Nicole Wilde an internationally known wolf dog expert. She really help remind me that even though these guys are very fearful and don’t trust me yet I still needed to be a pack leader.

I had to really dig deep into myself to overcome my fear of River for him and me. As soon as I was able to do that River began to respect me and before long I started to get some trust.

Over the last several months I have been able to gain a lot of trust of both dogs. Willow I can touch anywhere but she is still very terrified of new people and would prefer to be in her crate when they are around. River is becoming more and more of a dog everyday. He comes to me and my husband for affection everyday.

They just turned a year old and are the sweetest dogs. They both sit for their food and treats. They both know “leave it”, and recall is getting very good. Can’t image life without them.