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Today, we are doing something different. We had a reader contact us for some advice and, with their permission, we are reposting most of their message (editing out the personally identifying information) and asking our readers to weigh in. You see, we have learned so much from all of you through your comments and blog posts that we wanted to share your wisdom. So read the note that follows and then weight in with your comments.
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Greetings! I am hoping you could give me some advice.
Recently we’ve been fostering a husky. My son’s roommate found him while hiking. He had no tags, no collar, so he brought him back home. They kept him in their apartment and loved, loved, loved him. They took him to the vet, got his shots and chipped. He is such a good dog despite the fact that he did act out a lot being cooped up in an apartment and the guys working fulltime. However, the apartment folks were not so accommodating or understanding about it and told him he had to go. They have a lease they have to fulfill, so we have now taken him in. Our dogs recently died (of old age) and having him around has been a wonderful blessing. It has also been a tremendous learning curve having a Siberian Husky. We have gotten our Husky 101 (and 2 and 3….) from many resources on the web. It has been so interesting. And we have to say, after having a total of three pound or mix dogs in our lives, we are in love with the breed.
While we (arrogantly/selfishly) think he’d be better off with us–and are completely smitten with him–truth is, they fully intend on trying to find a place when their lease is up so they can have him back. We are doing our best to keep our heads and hearts around this foster situation. But it has been so much fun to be around his temperament. He is wonderful. We are faithful in walking him twice a day, and we have a good-sized and secure (now!) yard.
But, we think he needs a buddy. Certainly we would get him one if the boys said we could have him permanently. But now, being so smitten with him as a dog and the breed in general, we are debating bringing another (rescue) husky in. However, we are wondering how it will be when they finally do take him back (their lease is up in August 2012. Yes, I know, a long time). I’ve read they don’t become particularly attached to one person. Would that be true for another dog as well?
Yes we’ve played the scenario out…but we need some advice from someone who knows the breed better.
If you think it a viable option to get another husky, what do you suggest? male/female? young/adult?
Thank you so much for your time. We’d appreciate any advice or reference you can give.
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