I’m getting the puppy on Nov. 7th!

NylaboneI just thought I’d write an update.  I’m going to pick up my puppy on Nov. 7th, thanks to a family member on my step dad’s side of the family!  She offered to drive me to the puppy breeder’s house to pick the puppy up! 

I still haven’t thought of a name!  I know I need to come up with one I am happy with, and that suits her, but I’m having trouble finding a female “husky” name that hasn’t been over-used.  It seems like the same names are used over and over.

I’ve picked out a crate, crate pad, collar, leash, and Nylabone and it will be ordered this week.  It will be shipped from this city, so it shouldn’t take too long to get here.  I’ve decided to buy a collar to use for now, and Julian is going to bring me a leash, harness and collar that he is getting a girl in the dog club class he teaches to make.  She breeds husky’s, and makes leather leashes etc. 

 I decided on a Nylabone because Sophie, my yellow lab has had one since guide dog school in Aug. of 2000 and she still has the same bone!  She’s not a “power chewer”, but these bones are great!  The yellow lab Viki owned who stayed in the room accross the hall would chew his bones up in the matter of days!  I thought that if I got the “wolf” bone it would last longer, and the puppy would have something she could chew on and I wouldn’t have to stay with her while she chewed it.  I also found bones that you fill with water and freeze them.  They are really good for dogs that are teething.  I’ll have to look into these later.

It’s so hard to find non-latex dog toys!  As a matter of fact, it’s hard to find non-latex anything!  I have a latex allergy, and can’t handle anything that is made of rubber.  All of the “Kong” toys are made of rubber, and most “chew” toys are.  Even tennis balls have rubber bits on them!  I’ll have to try to find some toys besides rope toys to get.  Even some rope toys have tennis balls attached!

I’ll keep everyone updated, and add more photos of the puppy when I get her!


Dog litter box

SwheatI live in a condo in Toronto, and there is very little grass around.  There is a park about a block away, but I don’t want to go there at night and it isn’t very convenient having to go there every time my current guide dog, or my new puppy has to go out. 

I came up with a solution that solves this problem when we moved in.  I decided to build my yellow lab a litter box!  A lot of people must have thought I had totally “lost it”, but I thought it would work quite well.  I could put it outside on the large patio area I have and train her to “go” in it. 

We went to Home Depot and bought the material and I made the box.  I know you can get “dog litter”, but I wasn’t sure where, so I filled it with kitty litter.  It took a few days to get her use to using the litter box because she got so use to going on grass, but after a few days she was using it when she needed to go!  Now I just open the door, and let her out and she comes back in when she’s done!  I also put the litter box under the balcony that is above this floor so it wouldn’t get wet when it rains.

There are two cats that live on this floor, and they come around my patio and look in the windows.  One of them even comes into the condo if we leave the door open!  They would sniff around the box and I tried to keep them away, in case Sophie would not want to use the litter box if she knew the cats had used it.

The next time I got some kitty litter, I found some Swheat Scoop Natural Litter.  It’s made from naturally processed wheat, has no clay and still clumps so it can be easily removed when wet!  Sophie used to get the other kitty litter stuck between the pads of her paws, but this stopped once I started using the new litter!  If any gets on her paws when she coems back inside now, it can easily be vacuumed up! 

I’m going to train the puppy to use the litter box too.  It will be a lot easier, and come in very handy, not only when it snows, but just because I will just have to let her outside.  I’m not planning on letting her out there without using a leash though, because she could easily slip out underneight the fence.  I’ll have to think of a way to “husky proof” things out there!

Collar or Harness?

harnessI have been thinking about if I should use a collar or a harness when I get my puppy.

I’ve been reading as much as I can about huskies and most people seem to be trying to teach them not to pull.  I can understand why you’d want to do that, but in my case I want the puppy to pull.

When she grows up she will be helping to pull my wheelchair, and I think it will be easier to use a harness right from the beginning and let her pull when walking, than use a collar and teach her not to pull so much.

Many of the sled dog owners seem to teach their dogs to pull when wearing their harness, and to not pull when just wearing their collar.  I think this will be the best way to teach my puppy.  That way she will pull when working, but when she’s not she will know to walk on a loose leash. 

She will also get use to wearing both a collar and leash, which will make the transition from her harness to her working harness a lot easier when she is fully grown!

I’ve chosen the puppy!

puppy at 6 weeks and 2 days old

I emailed the breeder about which puppy I want tonight.  I had been thinking about it for a few weeks now.  There were four females and two males in the litter, and I had already narrowed it down to the females from the very beginning.  The reasoning behind this has nothing to do with one sex being better than the other when being trained, but I didn’t want a male puppy that would climb all over my current yellow lab guide dog, Sophie until I had the puppy neutered.  I want the whole process to be as stress free as possible for her.

From the very beginning, I totally fell in love with the puppy in the photo above!  I thought about one of the other puppy’s as a possibility, but I still had a nagging feeling that if I never got the puppy in the photo I would always regret it and wonder where she was, how she was doing and what could have been if she was mine.  

I received an email from the breeder yesterday asking if I was still interested in the these puppies because some people were going to see them on Sunday.  This made me think even more about the puppy I wanted.  The first thing I thought about was how I couldn’t let the puppy I really wanted all this time go.  I knew then that I had to choose that puppy!  I’ve spent nights thinking about that particular puppy, and something in the back of my mind just couldn’t shake the feeling that this was “the” puppy for me.  I know that I have made the right decision and don’t have any regrets.  I also know that if I sent the email to the breeder saying that I wanted the other puppy I was thinking about, I would have regreted it as soon as I’d hit the “send” button!

Now I just have to think of a name for the puppy!  I can’t just keep calling her “the puppy” all her life!  I’ve been looking for a “husky” name.  A name that when you hear it, you think “husky”.  If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them!