Keisha broke a bowl

Keisha bone and bowl
Keisha chewing Sophie’s bone

 Keisha broke a bowl last night!  I was in the bathroom and heard a crash.  For a few seconds I thought she had somehow broke out of her crate!  When I came out there was a broken bowl on the floor.  It had been on top of her crate, and she managed to push it off the top.  I had been keeping it there to put her water in.  She tips over dog bowls too easily, and I can’t use the ones that have rubber on the bottoms that are harder to tip over because I have a latex allergy.  I cleaned up the bowl, and vaccumed to make sure there were no small pieces of glass in the carpet, and I guess I’ll have to find somewhere else to keep her bowls from now on!

She’s sleeping in her crate now, and Sophie’s sleeping on the couch.  It’s one of the rare moments when it’s quiet here!  When Keisha’s awake she’s usually howling, talking, being hyper, or chasing her tail! 

I’m not sure how I’m going to keep her from destroying the Christmas tree yet.  I’m going to wait for awhile longer before putting it up, but I know she’s going to want to jump at it and eat it!  I’ll let everyone know how it goes once the tree is up!

Determined to chew that bone

bone in bowl
Keisha put Sophie’s bone in the bowl to chew it

Keisha was in her crate today while I was vacuuming.  She was watching me and “talking” as huskies do.  Julian was on the phone, so I was trying to keep her as quiet as possible.  I found Sophie’s bone in the bedroom, so I gave it to Keisha to play with until I was finished cleaning up.  It’s a Nylabone, and she tries to steal it whenever she can.  She played with it for awhile, but it kept sliding around her crate.  I can’t keep any bedding in there for her because she just digs it and chews it until it is destroyed! 

I fed her a little while before this, and hr bowl was still in her crate.  It’s a deep bowl, and not a dog bowl because she tips dog bowls over way too easily.  Then she has a crate ful of water that she wines about before she splashes it in.  I can’t use the other kind of dog bowls that she can’t tip over because they have rubber on the bottom and I have a latex allergy. 

Anyway, she was trying to chew the bone, but it kept escaping from her on the plastic floor.  She picked the bone up, put it in her empty bowl and tried chewing it again.  It still slipped around, so she covered the bowl with her fron leg, and then with the front of her body so she could hold the bone still and chew it!  It only took her a few minutes to figure this out!

She is so smart!  She is just like Sophie, my current guide dog when she is trying to figure things out.  She will sit back and think about how she will do something until she figures out a way to do what she wanted.  She knows that the door of her crate opens when I lift up the handle and slide it sideways, and she will try to do it with her nose and mouth when she wants to get out.  She has the lifting part down, but still hasn’t figured out how to slide it yet.  I’m not sure she can slide it from the inside, but I know if it’s at all possible, she will figure out a way sooner or later!  Let’s just hope that it’s later, and I don’t have to catch a puppy escapee all the time!

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!