I Don’t Wanna

We Siberian Huskies are known for being a wee bit stubborn at times as Typhoon demonstrates with his “I don’t wanna” look.

I don't wanna
I don’t wanna

Long-time readers know Typhoon has always battled digestive issues. Without the proper medications, he simply will not eat. It took us a long time to figure out the right balance but now we have an established morning routine for him to swallow three pills. All the usual tricks don’t work with him, so it’s raw pills down the gullet. Some days he takes them easily, and some days…

No, I will not come closer. No, I do not want my pills.
No, I will not come closer. No, I do not want my pills.

Let’s classify yesterday morning as a “less than cooperative” moment. The Little Prince worked hard to live up to his nickname. But, ultimately, pills were swallowed. And he ate his breakfast and dinner.

When I don't wanna, I don't wanna
When I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna


  1. Susan on August 19, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    You know, Typhoon, you’re awfully lucky to have humans willing to put up with you!

  2. nicole tester on August 19, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    i still love my Typhoon.

  3. Patty Markiewicz on August 19, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Never knew there was another way than old school.

    I don’t wanna and I ain’t gonna.

    This cracked me up. So Husky!

  4. Cheryl on August 19, 2020 at 11:23 am

    LOL!!! The second picture!!! Couldn’t be more annoyed if he tried!!

  5. James on August 19, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I am definitely familiar with the “I don’t wanna” face. Chumley has to take pills every 12 hours for his arthritis and old school is the only way that works.
    Even then he needs a piece os salami as a reward for allowing me to pill him.

  6. Juno's mom on August 19, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Juno sends Typhoon her sincerest sympathy.

  7. Debbie & Ruby on August 19, 2020 at 9:29 am

    I got my first Husky at 19 and was shown by my Vet how to give pills. He told me if I can’t do it the old school way, then I didn’t deserve to own a dog. Now it is 50 years and many dogs later, and I still do the old school way. The Little Prince is still adorable.

  8. Julie on August 19, 2020 at 9:06 am

    I have always had cats. Molly is my first dog (yeah a mostly husky mix for my first dog!). With cats you can simply pinch each side at the back of their jaw and wa-la their mouth opens. Yes, I truly thought this would work on our 80lb dog. ?
    My husband gives her pills “old school” also after she’d hold them in her mouth somehow and hide them later.

  9. Amarok & Co on August 19, 2020 at 8:33 am

    I’m impressed. My previous dog, Amarok, hated taking pills. The first time he needed them, we used the “pill pockets” and that worked for a week. And then never again. We tried many different ways because he would do the same spitting it out, stashing them, etc. It was hard to shove down his throat because he was a big strong dog (150 lbs), very sweet but very stubborn (part Malamute). We finally hit on something that worked, a tiny peanut butter/chicken jerky sandwich (pb to kept the pill stuck to the chicken jerky). Once he took and chomped on it, he ate the whole thing. He was always a little suspicious but that worked until he passed.

  10. Jean Burkhardt on August 19, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Oh dear-We had a dog named Casey years ago who was IMPOSSIBLE to get pills down. Tried all the tricks plus that thing the vet gives u to push down the throat-well NONE worked. We would spend a half hour-think the pills were down and he would get up and lo and behold the pills were on the floor! I understand Hu-Dad! So what DO you do when he won’t take them?

    • The Thundering Herd on August 19, 2020 at 7:54 am

      After every stunt, trick, and suggested tactic out there, Hu-Dad went old school (He found Typhoon was stashing the pills under his bed). Now it is sitting on the floor, pill between fingers, pill shoved down throat, mouth inspected to guarantee it has been swallowed, followed by a treat. Sometimes, old school works.

      • Jean Burkhardt on August 19, 2020 at 6:12 pm

        Sounds SO familiar!

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