And The Answer Is . . . How Many Pounds?

Typhoon’s weigh-in was yesterday at the vet. Did he gain weight? Did he gain as much as we thought? Does he have to gain more? And the answer is . . .

Waiting for the answer.

Waiting for the answer.

Quick background for new or occasional readers – Typhoon has always been a very picky eater, often skipping meals. We have tried every diet imaginable and watched him refuse to eat food that would make most dogs melt – steak, hamburger, fish, chicken, etc. Once before, his weight dropped precariously low and we had to help him rebound. When he did it a second time at the beginning of April, his weight dropped to 38.8 pounds.

Oh, come on, just give us the number.

Oh, come on, just give us the number.

We began a medical regimen that started him eating again and we saw the weight rebound to 40.5 pounds by the middle of April. We have weaned him off other medications, reduced his steroid intake to a small amount, and left him on a Folic Acid supplement. Did we remove the medicines too fast? Or did he continue to gain weight? So, yesterday, he stepped on the scales . . .

Don't I look like I have gained weight?

Don’t I look like I have gained weight?

43 pounds! We are all happy with his progress, but want to see him continue to gain weight. Our initial goal is to get to 45 pounds, but we may end up with a target as high as 50. Regardless, we are thrilled with the results. We will maintain the steroid level for another couple of weeks and then consider cutting them in half again depending on his weight gain the next two weeks.

Hey, this eating every meal thing is sort of fun.

Hey, this eating every meal thing is sort of fun.


  1. Dennis the Vizsla on May 14, 2017 at 10:44 am

    hello thundering herd its dennis the vizsla dog hay gud job eeting all that fuds typhoon keep it up!!! wow at thirty ate pownds yoo wunse wayd as mutch as my brother tucker and tucker wuz the size of a small female vizsla and vizslas ar smaller than sibes to beegin with!!! i think!!! so keep eeting!!! ok bye

  2. Dave Lukosik on May 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks for your comments on the Grizzly cart. I’ll look it up. The Sacco Dog cart I have had since 1991 is great on flat terrain but not so great in hilly areas. You will quickly wear out your tire tread from the rear friction brake. I added two caliper brakes to the front wheels that helped braking. I’m looking at a used Fritz Dyke Tom cart with drum brakes similar to what Robin Harrison used at the Winterfest sled dog demos.

  3. Laura Yager on May 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Great news Typhoon! My little Husky Bolt is following your lead. He’s also picky…he seems to prefer Cat food, and steals it daily. His sis Siniy had hypothyroid… she’s twice his size, and has to lose weight. We here at Hairy House know what you all are going through. Keep eating, and build those muscles! You’ll be Alpha in no time! (One can dream)

  4. Pat and Rebel on May 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

    So happy that he is gaining weight. Best wishes that he continue to gain. He is so fortunate to have a Hu-dad that does so much to take care of him. Keep up the good work Typhoon and Hu-dad.

  5. Dave Lukosik on May 9, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Kirk, do you read the comments that are posted by the fans of the huskies? Please send me an e-mail so I can actually communicate with you. My old e-mail stopped working in Jan but this one works, [email protected] Do you have a FD Tom dog cart? Dave in Little Switzerland

    • The Thundering Herd on May 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Yes, we read them all. Will send an email.

      The only cart we have today is a Diggler Scooter, but we aren’t even using it. Between age and Typhoon weight issues, don’t really have anyone who wants to run. Landon, maybe, but he needs someone to run with.

      • Dave Lukosik on May 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

        Thanks for your reply! I thought I saw a FD tom cart next to your crew at one of the past Winterfests in Maggie Valley that’s why I asked. Your huskies maybe “retired” from running but they are not “tired”! Enjoy your posts! Dasve

        • The Thundering Herd on May 10, 2017 at 10:44 am

          I had a Grizzly Cart at one of the festivals, but have sold it. That might have been what you saw.

          • Dave Lukosik on May 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm

            You are right! Who made Grizzly carts? Was it 4 wheeled?

          • The Thundering Herd on May 12, 2017 at 6:31 am

            Testing my memory. I don’t remember. I want to say out of Colorado, but not even sure of that.

            A grizzly cart was great for learning how to lean for curves and bumps, but its braking system was woefully inadequate for dirt and hills. The ground brakes were not unlike a sled, but without the snow to bite into, stopping was difficult, particularly on hills. However, it was pretty good on flatter surfaces.

            Might check Sled Dog Central for the history of the cart.

  6. Padma on May 9, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Great news, Typhoon! Hopefully, the meds will continue to help your appetite and you’ll make it to 50 pounds. We’re rooting for you!

  7. Lori on May 9, 2017 at 6:56 am

    That’s beautiful news Typhoon!!! Izzy and her hu-moms send you love and hugs!

  8. Piappies World on May 9, 2017 at 6:19 am

    That’s good news, Typhoon! Do eat more and get to the target weight of 50! Keep at it, Typhoon.

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

  9. vincent porrazzo on May 9, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Seeing him sitting at the vets, it is apparent he needs to gain weight.

  10. vincent porrazzo on May 9, 2017 at 5:05 am

    We and our pack hope he continues to gain weight.

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