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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF ADOPT-A-HUSKY INC.

OCTOBER 2013 Being homeless is no way to live...

We are available for adoption!

ALICIA

ALCATRAZ

DAYTONA

SITKA

! D E T P O AD JAX

TIKO & ISA

BRANDI

www.adoptahusky.com for more information about these and other homeless Huskies


Calendar of Upcoming Events

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October 2013 25th - 26th October 2013 Windy City Ski & Snowboard Show Adopt a Husky is going to be joining a host of cold weather fans, at this amazing event. We will have a booth there, and this will be a great opportunity for our foster dogs to find families, with some cold weather sports interest and an opportunity for some great breed exposure, education and rescue support!

Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173 http://www.windycityskiandsnowboardshow.com/sponsors-and-exhibitors/show-other-exhibitors

November 2013 22nd - 24th November Midwest Mountaineering's Outdoor Adventure Expo Fri. 2:00pm-9:00pm; Sat. 9:00am-6:30pm; Sun. 10:00pm-5:00pm 309 Cedar Ave. So. Minneapolis, MN FREE This event increases awareness of AAHI's presence among folks who would naturally be interested in outdoor events such as dog sledding and skijoring, activities that are second nature to Siberian Huskies. It will allow us to educate people on the Siberian Husky breed and help in obtaining applications for fostering and/or husky adoption. It will feature dog gear and supplies, 100presentions, 70 exhibitor booths, food, a kids area, outdor clubs, the Banff Mountain Film Festival and great deals on great gear (everything is on sale). We will have an information booth with our merchandise and foster dogs. For more information please visit http://www.midwestmtn.com/current-events/outdoor-adventure-expo


D O N A T I O N S GENERAL DONATIONS Karen Quealy • Aurora Brown • Marjorie Kramer • Sue Fregien • Beth Fedyn • John Gall Sarah Goerke • Cheryl Wall • Christine Sorenson • Frederick Hansen Rise Graphic Design Inc • Bruce & Carol Okeson

IN HONOR OF... Chitra Madhavan - In Honor Of - Cinnamon & ChiSox Lee Cera - In Honor Of - The Hillers Dogs Birthdays Diana Howard - In Honor Of - Nick Nilsson & Kelly Anderson Sue Mool - In Honor Of - John Tuminaro Cindy Jensen - In Honor Of - Alicia

IN MEMORY OF... Donna Heeter In Memory of Angel Sandy Wolak In Memory Of Velvet William Geary, Mary Love, Tammie Variano & Sherri Ronstadt In Memory Of Sophie William Geary In Memory of Daisy & Dandy Tammie Variano In Memory Of Juno Christine Sorenson In Memory Of LuluBelle & Yukon Susan Sherman-Broyles In Memory Of William L. Hull Beth Warner In Memory Of Chugi Fekete-Briedenbach and in honor of his mom's Toni and Tricia. Roman & Linda Budek In Memory Of Texas Sandy Wolak In Memory Of Ed & Joan Wolak

Thanks You All!!


We found our Furever homes!!

ARIA

Avalanche

In Loving memory of Nelson also pictured here, who recently passed.

Aven

Elton

Delilah

GLINN


Kingman Maddux

Rafael Skeeter

Starlin

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Training is a lifelong process

Why fixing nuisance behaviors before they become problems is so critical

As intake coordinator for Adopt a Husky, I am asked, daily, to take in dogs from all sorts of places and situations imaginable. There are days I get 5-6 emails from shelters, animal controls and owners, begging us to take a dog. Because we are a foster home based organization with no physical building to house dogs like a shelter does, we are limited on the number of dogs we can take in. We can only bring in a dog if we have an open foster home. For this reason, because we are always full and always in need of foster homes, we have a pretty hard and fast rule that we cannot accommodate owner surrender dogs and instead focus our time and energy on those dogs in shelters and animal controls that have no one else but us to help them. Adopt a Husky has a process in place to help owners rehome their dogs via our owner surrender pages. While we do not physically take the dog in to our rescue, we advertise the dog for the owners on our website, thus reaching a wide Siberian experienced audience which really helps these owners find qualified homes. It is still their responsibility to screen interested parties and find homes for their dogs, but the owner surrender pages help tremendously. It’s been a very successful program for those owners who take their responsibility to their dog seriously and are willing to put the time and effort in to finding them a good home. Lately we have noticed a big increase in the requests from owners to find a home “immediately” for their dog because their behavior is now unacceptable for them to live with. When we ask for details, almost all end with “and then the dog bit Johnny so he can no longer live here” or something similar. Often the bite was preceded by lots of warning behaviors that the owners ignored. Sometimes they swear it “just came out of the blue, no warning”. But the common theme is that now that their dog has bitten, they can no longer stay in the house. We are going to be brutally honest here. AAHI cannot and will not take in a dog that has a bite history. No matter if it is an owner surrender, a shelter or an animal control-once a dog has purposefully bitten, the choices available to those

owners to rehome those dogs are slim to none. Not only is the liability too great (to our foster homes, to potential adoptive homes, to our transporters asked to handle the dog), the reality is that we are *always* full and are saying no daily to dogs who have no behavioral issues. And often the end result of us saying no to those dogs is death. Not pretty or pleasant to hear, but that is the reality of rescue. We cannot possibly save them all and dogs are euthanized daily at shelters across the US for the simple fact that there is no home for them. If we are asked to choose between a perfectly wonderful dog sitting in a shelter whose only “crime” was to be owned by someone who did not care enough to keep them or to take the dog who has behavioral issues so severe that they are unsafe to handle and have already bitten, which one should we take? Which one should we ask a foster family to open their homes to? It is obvious, of course. In an age where pets are disposable and are dying daily for the simple fact that they are unwanted and where we cannot possibly save them all due to limited resources, we cannot ask our foster homes and/or adoptive homes to put their families at risk with a known biter. There are rescues who will take in bite cases and more power to them. Many behaviors are able to be modified and managed in the right environment and we think it is wonderful there are folks out there willing to do so. Some shelters will even take in bite cases and work with behavioral modification and training. But most won’t. This needs to be understood. If you take a dog that has bitten and surrender them to the pound, the chances of them making it out alive are near zero. Don’t try and fool yourself in to believing that your wonderful dog is just in the wrong home and the pound will find the right one. In many cases, the moment you walk out the door, the shelter will walk your biting dog right to the euthanasia room. After all-if you, the person that knows your dog best and the person your dog trusts most in the world does not feel safe around him, how can you possibly expect anyone else to feel safe with him? If a family comes in to the pound looking for a new family member, who are they going to choose? The dog that comes running up smiling and can be handled


safely by all their family members, or your dog who has a big red flag saying “bite case” on his cage? Dogs do not get better in a shelter setting-they get worse. Quickly. It is almost a sure death sentence to drop off a dog with problem behaviors at the pound. Once your dog’s problem behavior has gotten to the point that they have bitten, you have very few choices left to you other than to engage a professional behaviorist trainer to get you and your dog in to a behavior modification program. The behaviorist should be experienced in the problems that your dog is exhibiting. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation if you do not have a resource known to you. A behaviorist is different than a regular trainer in that they specialize in treating problems such as resource guarding and aggression. A good behaviorist will arrange a meeting with you and your dog and give you an honest appraisal of what they feel, with modification, they can and cannot fix. It will take time and money to change your dog’s problem behavior and a commitment from you to see it through. But if you make this commitment, the end results are often a happy, healthy dog who learns what is expected of him in your home and becomes a safe, valued member of the family. In short-if you love your dog, it is worth the effort. He deserves it. So the good news is that most problem behaviors can be corrected with some dedication from the owner and the work of a good trainer. The key is to get help in your training the moment you notice your dog setting up any problem behavior or bad habits. Allowing your dog to get away with naughty behavior only teaches him that he is in control, not you. And Siberians are smart enough to take full advantage of an owner who is willing to allow the dog to set the rules. Remember that dogs crave structure and routine and if they do not have rules that are clear, concise and consistent, they will make their own. But they really are not happy with that. It causes chaos in their little doggie minds to be in control and that is often when the annoying behavior becomes problematic. Dogs want a strong leader and a trainer can help teach you how to do that consistently with your dog. If you notice your dog doing things like stealing food off the table, guarding toys or treats, marking in the house, destroying furniture, bullying another dog

or your child, it is a sign you need to get in to a training class immediately. Even an older dog can relapse and start exhibiting naughty behaviors. Don’t ignore them! This is key. Ignoring naughty behavior can lead to dangerous behavior and as we have shown, once a dog takes it to the level of biting, you now have very limited choices. Severe behavioral problems do not just suddenly appear. In almost every case, telltale signs occur before a bite reaction. The owner either does not see these signs or else they ignore them. But in all these cases of a bite that happened “out of the blue”, once we discuss details, it is clear the dog was telling the owner he was unhappy weeks and even months before they took it to a bite level. The owner just did not see it. We, as dog owners, have to understand that everything we do affects them. It is unrealistic to expect that your dog will simply adapt easily and quickly to things like a new baby, moving, a new dog in the house. It is not fair to your dog to relegate them to the fringes of your life because you took on more work, a new hobby, a new child. Of course they are going to act out if their once happy life that revolved around them and their needs suddenly changed. You have to prepare your dog for these changes. Training is not just something you do with that new puppy or dog. It is a process that should be ongoing throughout the life of your dog and especially when things in your life and the life of your dog changes. Please, if you notice your dog is starting to exhibit any changes in their behavior-get help right way. Do not wait until you cannot live safely with the dog. Because if you feel you cannot trust YOUR dog, it is unrealistic to expect a stranger to. One side note; if your dog truly goes from happy and healthy one day, to Cujo the next with nothing changing in your life, you MUST get your dog to your vet immediately and rule out a medical cause. Things like arthritis, a pulled muscle, eye sight changes or hearing changes can cause a dog sudden pain or the feeling of vulnerability that it naturally will react to. Getting your vet’s opinion on if the behavior is medical or behavioral is always a good start. You can email us at any time at adoptahusky@adoptahusky.com for trainer recommendations in the Chicagoland area.


Adopt-a-Husky Shop

All proceeds from these items directly benefit the animals in our care and assist us in placing them in permanent homes. See our website....www.adoptahusky.com

Thundershirt - $40.00 Thundershirt uses gentle, constant pressure to calm your dog, effectively aiding anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more.

"The Siberian Husky" is a fantastic book about the Siberian Husky and it's history. It features works from many recognized experts on our breed such as Bob and Pam Thomas, Al and Ann Stead, Nancy Wolfe and even our own founder - Lois Leonard. It was produced by the International Siberian Husky Club and we are fortunate to be able to bring this great 300+ page work to you at a fantastic price while supplies last. This is the final printing of this work so when they are gone, your opportunity to own it will be too! Don't wait....

Originally sold for $40 - Now only $20 (To keep price reasonable, book will be shipped USPS media rate which has a slightly slower delivery. If you would prefer expedited shipping at a higher cost please contact us for a quote.)

Adopt-a-Husky Sweatshirt $30 Back by popular demand...This heavyweight sweatshirt is sure to keep you warm and toasty. It comes in a light grey with burgundy print. Please specify size when ordering. Quantities are limited so get yours now.... Sizes available: Small, Medium, 2XL, 3XL


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www.adoptahusky.com Adopt A Husky, Inc. A Siberian Husky Rescue Serving The Midwest & Pacific Northwest Regions A 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Over 1350 Siberians Saved Since August 1998

Adopt-A-Husky, PO Box 87226, Carol Stream, IL 60188-7226 phone: 262-909-AAHI (2244) fax: 866-232-6882 email: adoptahusky@adoptahusky.com

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