hey all, this is margaret- a.k.a. veegan, a.k.a. Brock's mom. Im no longer a vegan (just started eating cheese) so I cant really go by that name anymore! plus I felt I needed a fresh start.
Ive been away for a long time! not much has changed in my pack, still have just my 2 beasts Brock (the aussie, for those of you who dont know me) & Alki (pit bull), but one of my mews recently went to the bridge. So now its just Felix and Linus. I also added another bun last april.
The most exciting news is that I now live in a house! WOOT. Im still in Seattle, just farther from downtown. its soo much easier having all my pets in a house (even though its tiny!) and the dogs love having a yard! its also closer to the dog park, and a tad closer to work and most of my family & friends (even though I miss the city).
Im also working as a dog trainer now, though still have a lot to learn. I completed a 4 month learning program last summer through Seattle Dogworks, earning my Certificate in Canine Studies. currently Im doing board & trains in-home of puppies and adult dogs through the dog training studio, and still assisting in group classes several times a week. I will probably eventually do private training and teach classes, and will within the next year or 2, get my CTC at the SF SPCA academy for dog trainers.
so........ that about sums things up.. the main reason Im here though is for some info and advice. I know there are a lot of siberian owners here, and Ive always loved the PT community, so I figured this would be the best place to get the info Im looking for. Im looking to adopt a 3rd dog sometime within the next few months, and cant decide on a breed. Ive always assumed Id get another aussie, but now Im not so sure. I love that my current 2 dogs are so different, and I think I want another dog thats also different.
I recently had my eyes opened to the husky. I havent met a ton in my lifetime, but there have been a number of them that really captured my eye and heart and for some reason the other day it just occured to me how captivated Ive become. what I want in a dog is love of other dogs, love of all people, playfulness, energy, drive, goofiness and a unique personality. from what Ive seen in the siberians Ive met, and what Ive read about the breed, it would be a good fit. however, I believe in order to get a real feel for the personality of a breed you have to see how they interact day to day. since I cant really do that, Ive come to you guys to give me your insight!
so.. tell me, what is it like living with a husky? how do yours act with people they know? people they dont? dogs they know? dogs they dont? what are they like to train? how obedient would you say they are? are they hyperactive? how much exercise do yours need/get? what kinds of activities to you do with them? what funny quirks do they have? what are they like in the house? do they bark much? howl much? anything else???
and of course, here are some recent shots of my 2:
Alki from our camping trip to Leavenworth this fall
Brock snowshoeing last weekend