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  1. Thanks Powerlegs.Yes I did email a rescue group a little while ago. Will follow up with the Silky Club. I'm so sorry about your cat.
  2. Thanks Furkidsforever. I did check the breeders page, also looked in the mature dogs. She doesn't want all the work associated with a puppy. Will contact some breeders they may know of some dogs needing rehoming. Wanted to give a rescue dog a second chance first.
  3. Hi A customer at my work has recently lost her Yorkie,and would like to get another one. She would prefer a male from around two-three years. (Age not a big issue) She is a mature lady that lives in a unit. She would prefer a Yorkie, but I think if there was a small non shedding cross breed she also may be interested.Her last dog did not shed. She lives in Sydney. Thanks.
  4. Thank you everyone. There will be another star in the Northern lights tonight and Ricky will wear his silver harness with pride.
  5. Thanks for your thoughts and input everyone. Sadly Ricky passed away this morning.
  6. Ricky update: Bloods are all good, however whenever they reduce the valium the seizures return. Will try tomorrow on phenobarbital and cortisone.Will talk to the vets tomorrow once they have done a consult and see where we are at.
  7. Thanks Jules, it's been a long night/morning. The vet has rung and they are going to slowly reduce the drugs and see how he reacts. They will do blood tests this morning to see if it could be metabolic, before we go down the track of an MRI.Hopefully his seizures maybe able to be controlled with medication.
  8. Hi Ricky isn't "fainting" he staggers and his eyes look fixed and glazed. There was just the once we though he may have lost consciousness for a short while. Yet to speak to our vet as they weren't open yesterday they opened up to admit him. Once we speak to someone today we will discuss MRI or any other treatment. This obviously depends on their advice and Ricky's quality of life.
  9. Thanks for the link ari.g, a very interesting read. After ringing our vet this afternoon we have admitted Ricky so he can be monitored and given medication. It is pretty well what we have been thinking over the last few days that it is neurological and not arthritis. Please keep Ricky in your thoughts as we wait and see what tomorrow brings.
  10. Hi guys Was wondering if anyone could shed some light or has had a similar experience to what we are having with our dog Ricky. Ricky is a 12 year old desexed male Siberian Husky. Recently he has shown weakness in his rear, and after a vet check we thought it maybe degenerative Myelopathy. He has been on generic fish oil tablets for a while now and we recently put him on Osteosupport tablets from our vet. This did not seem to help. Over the last few weeks when we walk him, only a short distance he staggers and last week he fell. He seemed to lose consciousness for a minute, after talking to him he came around and we haven't walked since, though he is keen to go. We took him back to the vet and he is now on anti inflammatories, for the last four days with no improvement. My concern is that it is not any of the above,and is he having a series of strokes? He will get up on the bed/couch but when he jumps down he will stagger,and on three occasions has lost control of his bladder. His appetite is not good and his behaviour is far from normal.He will go out to toilet and to have a drink but everything is an effort and he pants quite heavily sometimes even falling. He seems to have more difficulty when putting his head down to his bowl,so we raise it on a crate and this seems to help. I was wondering if anyone has had any experiences similar to Ricky's.
  11. Members from the Siberian Husky Club of NSW available to answer all your Husky questions plus some fun games to play with your dog.
  12. May the sled dog devoured a hearty, steaming serving of canned salmon and kibble stew Wednesday night in Birchwood, her first real meal since getting loose from her team six days earlier in the 41st Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. May, a strawberry blonde female, probably logged 300 to 400 miles in her homeward-bound trip across some of the most rugged country Alaska serves up, said Iditarod veteran Stan Smith, who is giving love, food and temporary shelter to May. "She traveled several times from Rohn to Nikolai, all the way up the Dalzell Gorge, up the Alaska Range to the other side, through Rainy Pass, across Shell Lake; she was spotted multiple times in Skwentna," Smith said. "So many reports of seeing her. They were all heading south. "It's an incredible journey." Smith, who raced in the 1993 and 1994 Iditarods, is friends with May's owner, Chugiak musher Jim Lanier. The dog was on loan to Jamaica musher Newton Marshall, and she got loose last Friday between Rohn and Nikolai when Marshall's team got tangled with another team, according to a post on Marshall's Facebook fan page. Lanier finished the Iditarod in 35th place shortly after noon Thursday. Race rules required Marshall to scratch in Nikolai for not having all of his dogs. May proceeded to run the anti-Iditarod, backtracking for miles and miles, from checkpoint to checkpoint, eating other teams' leftovers along the trail. "I'm still in utter amazement at how far she got," said Kaitlin Koch of Anchorage, one of three snowmachiners who captured the dog Wednesday evening on a trail that leads to Big Lake. By Tuesday, maybe earlier, May had been spotted in Skwentna, the second checkpoint in the 1,000-mile race from Willow to Nome. She kept moving south, down the Yentna River, toward Willow, toward trails she had run before. "She was absolutely running home," Smith said. Except she missed the turn to Willow, where the Iditarod began on Sunday, March 3. There's a maze of trails in the area, and May wound up on one that leads to Big Lake, where Koch, Matt Clark and Michael Hansmeyer encountered her. "We had just pulled over on the side of the trail and were talking about where we should go next," said Clark, 22. "About 100 yards away a dog was trotting down the trail. It was coming at a pretty slow pace and we were waiting to see if someone on a four-wheeler or snowmachine was with her." But the dog was alone. She was wearing her red harness, she had blood on her paws, and she was skinny, Clark and Koch said. They approached May on their sleds. "My boyfriend and my buddy were on their sleds, seeing if she'd follow them," Koch said. "I stopped my sled and got off and went to the ground and she came right up to me. She sat in my lap the entire trip back to Big Lake." The three drove to Hansmeyer's Horseshoe Lake cabin. They debated where the dog had come from. "We'd heard about a missing (Iditarod) dog, but we figured we were too far away," Clark said. "Kaitlin was like, 'That's that sled dog.' And we were like, 'There's no way, that sled dog's dead. A wolf would've got it.'" Once at Hansmeyer's cabin, the rescuers wrapped May in a blanket, offered her a little food and called Iditarod headquarters. May was sleepy, and Koch said she kept her hand on the dog's heart to make sure it kept beating as she dozed. About an hour later, Smith arrived to take May to Birchwood. "I grew up watching the Iditarod, my sister and me, and we loved it," Koch said. "We were just watching the finish the night before and hearing this story about a lost sled dog. "Then the next day you're actually saving the actual dog, it's so crazy." Smith said he spent days on his snowmachine searching for May. He stopped other snowmachiners to give them a description of May and a number to call if they spotted her. Lanier's wife, Iditarod veteran Anna Bondarenko, rode with Smith a couple of times. In a post on Marshall's Facebook page, Bondarenko said the Iditarod paid her way to McGrath, and from there she went to Nikolai and Rohn in search of the dog, who was spotted last weekend hanging around both checkpoints. Bondarenko kept missing the dog, according to Facebook updates. Early this week, Smith said, Bondarenko returned home to join the search as it moved closer to Willow. By Wednesday she had left for Nome so she could greet her husband at the finish line for his 16th career finish. Also early this week, May reached Skwentna, a place often considered the end of civilization for north-bound Iditarod Trail users. Once she got that far south, it's likely encountered at least 50 snowmachines a day as she continued south along the Yentna River, Smith said. On Wednesday morning, Myra Phillips, the caretaker at Joe and Norma Delia's Skwentna home, saw May. One of her dogs had wandered down to the Skwentna River, and when he came back, a skinny white dog with a red harness followed. "I tried coaxing her," Phillips said. "I slowly inched my way toward her, got probably within two feet of her, and she just bolted." Norma Delia worried about the dog's safety. "There's coyotes out there and there's wolves out there," she said. By Thursday, May had settled down at Smith's. "Today she's kinda lazy," Smith said. Though May didn't travel at race pace or help haul a sled and a musher, she covered a lot of ground -- "She did 50 miles yesterday," Smith said -- and she fended for herself. She did all those miles without booties as her internal compass pointed her ever south, toward home. She subsisted on kibble and scraps left by 65 Iditarod teams that had traveled the same route days earlier, only in the opposite direction. When she slept, she probably curled up in a snowbank or in straw used and left by other teams. "Everybody who has a dog has a tendency to think these sled dogs are poodles or something, and they're not," Smith said. "These are absolutely incredible athletes, and they have the internal drive of an athlete. "She knows, 'Well, I came from here, so let's go.' It just shows the determination of those guys." Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/03/14/2825548/the-long-journey-home-for-may.html#storylink=cpy
  13. Well done to the Alfie and Maya for posting here. Not all of us who get our first puppy get them from a "reputable breeder" However these puppies are now here and the owners need to get help and information from people with experience or these pups may end up in the pound. I would encourage the OP to stick with this forum, and chat on the Husky thread.
  14. Hi We had a cat that got on well with our Sibes. (RIP Danny, "The Husky cat.") He was there first, and we got our dogs as puppies and it worked for us. I have attached the link for the Siberian Husky Club of NSW. There is a lot of information there. The Club is also holding an Information Day in April. (Details on the Website) http://www.shcnsw.org.au/shcnsw/index.asp
  15. Our red girl is call Jatz after the biscuit as in "Shezacracker", as it worked out she is just plain crackers. :laugh: I have heard of a Collie called Melon. :D
  16. Totally agree. I have four that play with the cat. One that loves little dogs. It totally depends on the dog. They do play rough though and zoomies OMG the zoomies. :laugh: Pooch1 I have just posted in the Sibe thread, so it's on page one. Come in and say hi and post some pics.
  17. Hi What Esky said. I have four Sibes, and they are all have different personalities. The eldest two would mix in a dog park with dogs of different sizes, sometimes totally ignoring the smaller more in the face dogs. The 3rd girl loves every body and every thing. The last girl is totally over the top in her play. If you want a companion for your dog, and you are not concerned with the breed, why not get a well socialised rescue dog. To answer your question my dogs have played well with GSDs, Airedales, Rotties, Danes, Kelpies, Dallies, Old English, Borders, boxers, staffies, Labs, Goldies and various mixes as well as our cat. You know your dog the best and how he plays. I would be finding a companion that would suit his personality. It's a hard decision to go from one to two dogs, it maybe a companion for your first dog, but brings in a whole lot a other variables. Good luck.
  18. I have four Sibes and use "Mans Best Friend." Been around a while and is good with my dogs. Punctual and reliable. Will PM his number.
  19. Great interview with Karen. http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/iditarod-siberian-huskies-the-classics.html
  20. Way to go Dallas Seavey. http://www.facebook.com/anchoragedailynews
  21. Have to love a Sibe that does well in the ring and out on the trail.
  22. News from Sebastian Schnuelle Wow Nulato is the place to be right now. Teams are piling in on top of each other. Ray Redington, Jake Berkowitz and Peter Kaiser had smoking runs into here. They picked up a bunch of teams. All three of them had a hard time stopping coming into the checkpoint, Ray running by Jakes Team, just for Jake than to pull ahead of Ray again. Dogs are leaping in the air, screaming do go, frothing with desire. THIS is what racing is all about. Dee Dee’s team also looked nice and the checkpoint swelled from no team to 4 teams in 5 minutes. More are piling in as we speak. The 3 musketeers , as I would call Jake, Ray and Pete are on a roll. They made more than 1 hour on most of the other teams which came here earlier. With trail conditions being about the same for all teams, it clearly shows that these 3 have a bit more gas in the tank. I just talked to Jake about his plan, and of course I can not repeat it here…., but I can say as much, that I LIKE it. Those guys ahead better start looking over their shoulder. Jeff and Dallas both took a short rest here, time will tell if they regret that or not. My take is, that both will not stop very long in Kaltag neither, while Aaron, Mitch and John Baker will most likely stay 4 to 5 hours. Aliy has a fairly substantial lead now. Nothing insurmountable, but there is a bit of a gap now. Temperatures and conditions are next to ideal, about 0F and a slight breeze, enough to cool the dogs down in the noon sun.
  23. Another amazing story from "The last great race." http://www.dogtime.com/husky-gets-life-saving-mouth-to-mouth-on-iditarod-route.html
  24. The Siberian Husky Club of N.S.W is holding it's second breed information day on Saturday the 21st of April. There will be members from The Club to talk about all aspects of the joys and pitfalls of owning a Siberian Husky. Come along, or spread the word for a great day out. Check the website for details. http://www.shcnsw.org.au and click on the events page.
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