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Echo Hugghusky: Notes on a foster dog

This is a sweet girl who got caught up in circumstances not of her own making.  Yet she came through being sweet, affectionate, and desiring love.

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Nov 13, 2020
  • Breed: Husky
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: ??, 2018
  • Weight: 51 Pounds
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Calm for a husky. Didn’t chase shelter cats and was living with other dogs in her former home.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Being fostered for: A Pathway to Hope
  • Departure date: Nov. 19, 2020

History

Echo was adopted as a pup by a family: Mom, Dad, Daughter and Echo as Daughter’s dog.  But Mom and Dad got divorced and Mom moved away.  Then Daughter went off to college.  Dad had no intention of taking care of Echo, so he surrendered her to the Friends Animal Shelter of Cocke County.  The shelter called on Piney Mountain Foster to come take her.

The shelter has a policy of not adopting out Huskies because they always come back.  It seems our local folks love the looks of a Husky, but have no clue what they’re getting into.  Huskies are a special breed that require an owner familiar with the breed and prepared to handle them properly.

Piney Mountain got in touch with A Pathway to Hope (a Husky rescue) to see if they would be interested in Echo.  They were.  We went and got her.  And here she is.  It will probably be a short stay: she is healthy and well behaved.  We’re just giving her a place to stay while waiting on her bus ticket.

Echo’s Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: Rowdy bouncing and running
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Probably
    . Cats: Yes
  • Jumps up on people: Likes to give gentle hugs.
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Sort of.

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her crate: Yes with a bribe
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Mostly.  Talks when bored.
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No: she peeks up there.
  • Stays off people furniture: So far.

Terms of Adoption:

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Sometimes (a Husky thing)
  • Sits on command: Not yet
  • Down / Off: Not yet
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Medical

  • DA2PPv: Nov 6 (Friends Animal Shelter)
    . Booster: date (by)
  • Bordatella: Nov 6, FAS
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
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  • Rabies: Nov. 10 (Claws and Paws 4 A Cause)
  • Microchipped: Nov 19, 2020 PetKey Not registered
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: Done prior to surrender, has tattoo.
  • Heartworm Test: Nov 10 (Claws and Paws) NEGATIVE
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
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  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Nov 13, Ivermectin solution, 0.5 ml
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  • NOTES:
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Diet

Picky eater!  So far the only thing she’ll eat reliably has been Pedigree Ground Meat dinner pouches.  Not much nutrition in those, so I’ve worked her into one pouch dinner on top of a cup of Victors Classic Professional kibble per meal, and she’s cleaning her bowl.
PMFC Peanut butter cookies
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves
Grillerz Pork Femur

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom.

Transporting to New Jersey
PIC

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

Nov 13

I went into Echo’s kennel at the shelter and she stood up and hugged me, chattering at me, “Please get me out of here.  Please take me home.  I miss my girl.”  We went for a leash walk before loading up into  the truck.  She chatted softly at me as she gazed out the window all the way home.  She rode well.  Very calm and well behaved.

Once we were here, I put her on a long lead and let her out into the play yard to explore.  As most dogs do the first day or three here: she spent her whole time wandering around with her nose to the grass.  She did NOT want to go into her kennel.

At the moment, Echo is an unhappy gal.  The only family she has known has abandoned her and she’s confused.  I will do my best to get her settled, but it would be best if she didn’t stay too long.  If they stay long enough to get attached, it hurts them all over again when I put her in a box and send her away on a big truck.  Huskies are especially sensitive to this.

Nov. 15

When Echo first arrived here she was … ummm … agitated.  She’s clearly distraught over losing her family.  She becomes fascinated and eager to investigate if she hears Marie talking.  We know that she was “Daughters” dog.  And I’m thinking Daughter spoiled her pretty much.  Dad on the other hand clearly (from the shelters account of his surrendering her) held no affection for Echo at all.  I’m guessing he was not good to her after daughter left.  At first Echo was nervous around me, but she’s settling down now in that regard.  She’s starting to return my affection when I give her a good loving session.  She still really REALLY wants to be in the house.  I’ll give her a trial visit tomorrow and see how everyone gets along.

Echo has been trying to play with Blondie Bear in the yard.  She’s a little too rowdy for Blondie’s taste, but when Blondie tells her to back off, she does.  And all the rowdiness is done in bouncing around and going into play bows.  There are no aggressive or dominance moves at all.

But she IS a Husky!  Strong willed and bull-headed as any Husky.  She’s not as vocal as most, and she’s not as active while kenneled as many: she spends a lot of time stretched out and napping.  In the yard she wants to run and zip all over the place.  I’m keeping her on a long lead for now because she spends time looking longingly at the top of the fences and the open spaces beyond.  She hasn’t tried climbing any yet.  When she takes a mind to try to get out she digs.  Close supervision is warranted until she settles down.  Once she gets into the house, I expect she’ll be happier with her lot in life.

Nov 18

Echo’s stay almost became a pass-through!  The transport had a opening for her, but I’d need to get an Interstate Health Certification done on her by TOMORROW when she would be leaving.  Not impossible.  The receiving rescue isn’t sure they can be ready for her that soon either.  That doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.  Next weekend is Thanksgiving, so it will be at least two weeks more.  But Echo is settling in and getting to know our pack.  Here’s a video of Echo playing with our mentor dog: Blondie Bear.

UPDATE:

All of what I just said could not be done has been done!  Echo will get her Health Certificate tomorrow afternoon and leave us for New jersey tomorrow night.  She has a foster home awaiting.

I brought Echo inside this morning.  I set up my largest crate in the living room since I would be in the kitchen baking dog cookies this morning.  I let her explore for a few minutes then took her to her crate and gave the “in your room” command that I’ve been using with her and her kennel outside.  She went right in, accepted the treat, and settled down to watch me work on cookies.

When the cookies were done she got fussy.  I took her outside to let her run in the yard.  She peed, then ran back to the door of the house.  I let her in, she got a drink and I put her back in her crate.

Trial by fire time.  I left the area to go do some work in the den.  She was chattering a little, but did not throw a fit.  I think she was just chatting with the other dogs.

After lunch we all went outside for the afternoon.  We all came back in toward evening.  Echo got really excited when Marie came in the door: Echo really wanted to get out and interact with Marie.  There is a definite preference for women here.  I don’t blame her: the Dad in her former family didn’t like her and probably was not nice to her.  I hope I’ve changed her perception of men a little in her brief stay.

It’s good that she’s moving on before she gets attached to us.  It would be rough for her to be “abandoned” several times before finally reaching a forever home.  Some dogs are more resilient, Echo is the sensitive type.

Nov. 20

We successfully connected with the long-haul transport last night and handed Echo off.  She was not keen on the idea of jumping up into the van full of crated dogs, but she did relent and I slipped her into a crate.  She’s such a good girl.  I liked listening to her talk in her friendly, contralto voice.

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