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Seems we are very likely getting a puppie this weekend. My family had a dog when I was growing up. A Husky wolf mix that came from Attu Island so we were told. He was great and while we had him a long time My uncle raised him froma  puppy and when his life changed my grandparents ended up with him for a while then we took him. He was truly a whole family dog but in the end attached himself mostly to my father. 

My wife has similar stories of a few of ther family pet's & dog's especially. They had an awesome Black Lab that had to be put down about 4 years ago. They now have a Yellow Lab that is still at 3 years old a lot of puppy in him. he's settling down and is rather large for his breed. they got hime from one of my father in laws co-workers and is basically a relatively pure bred.

My father also finally got another dog too. My fathers was a rescue dog of sorts. Some neighbors had "found" the dog wandering the interstate but they only tied it up in the back yard and neglected it so my step mother was feeding and watering it so they told her to take him. He's been an awesome dog for them. Mostly Black Lab by looks and build he is again rather large for the breed. 

I've got friends that have had dogs and various pets. The latest being one friend getting a St. Bernard Puppy a year or so ago. 

So the wife has been wanting a dog or another baby. We ahd joked that it would either be a Lab or a Husky. She found a place in PA that breeds Siberian Huskies. They also have a litter or two of puppies available now. White Males and females and one Sable Female. 

thenorthernmanor.com/siberian_husky_available_puppies.php

So anyway we will be headed down there Saturday to meet the puppies and I suspect that unless something goes horribly wrong, we'll be coming home with one. 
We are unsure of which one though. I'm currently out numbered by girls at home, but my first instinct was to go with a female. Having said that I have more experience with Male dogs than Female ones. So sticking with what I know would be good right? (sigh) 

So not having had to ever deal with a puppy long term I'm sure I'm in for a shock and learning curve myself. I'm expecting we are going to be installing one of the Electric radio collar fences. Again I have absolutely NO experience with those but have heard some amusing stories about them. I really do not want to put in a full fence. It will make my yard seem even smaller. 

Anyhow I keep getting distracted here at work so I'll post this and add to it later.

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RE: OT and NT but relevant: Dogs & puppies

Labs LOVE the water! LOL! My wife's parents old Lab Smoky was the runt of the litter and he would swim so much that they'd have to lift him out of the water and carry him to the car he'd get so lame. Our old Husky mix loved to run! Full out sprints when we could let him loose.

Thanks guy for all the comments online and offline. Truly appreciated and hopefully some of it stuck!

IF for some stupid reason the trip tomorrow doesn't work out we'll be looking elsewhere and likely at Labs.

Of course this somewhat limits my railroad space as the dog will require space in the yard too. Thus the not quite off topic header.

I looked in our local phone book to find "Dog obedience or dog training" and it says to look under "fence" Sheesh!
 

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Well it was a wild weekend! LOL! 

My wife works at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel and they opened there new entertainment center with a big concert Friday night which we had tickets to. The Blues Brothers with Dan Akroyd & Jim Belushi! Sold out crowd and a packed house with a high energy concert. The only unfortuante part was that it was a really late night. We got up bright and early to make the 3 hours drive to the Kennel. We managed to find our way in the fog although this was a bit scary at times!

We got to the kennel and they had the male ready for us. He's a real cutey. No photos yet simply because I had the computer shut down last night when I thought of it. The first stop on the way home was the local TSC to get a leash and collar. Then we stopped in Erie on the way home at PetSmart because they had the pupppy food that the kennel had been using. Bought a cage which he hates (sigh) and a bed which got "messed up" when we found out he doesn't like being in the cage. The overall trip went well though and he was pretty calm for the whole trip. So travelling seems like it'll be pretty easy. We left home about 7 am and got back a little after 4. So Satruday night was a series of walks. He's afraid of the storm door and the sound of a chair moving or something like that. He's not used to the collar and leash but he's doing much better. He enjoyed the ride in the cart at PetSmart too! We defintely need to do something different eventually other than the stake and cable we have. I'm not a big fan of the cable runs and want to go with the Radio fence system but I'll have to wait for a few months for that I geuss? We'll struggle thru in the meantime.  Last night went much better. No messes inside with only a few puddles. We also left him out of the cage for dinner and he didn't beg he simply laid under the table quietly. He's definetly attached himself to my wife so far though. Laying in her lap all the way home and sleeping by her side Saturday night. Sitting at her feet at dinner time, yeah she's "the one", at least so far.

Thanks everyone for the advice and shared stories!

Chas

P.S. We looked briefly at the puppy classes available at the Petsmart in Erie. It's an hour and half drive one way and is an 8 week course. (sigh) that's not happening! The other Petsmart that is local is also an hour and half away in the Buffalo area. Time to do some more research.
 

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As I recall the breeder said the incidents of displaysia were less than 2% in that line.

HE's not a runner in terms of flat out at top speed running. He'll trot along at what ever speed we are walking at. So far that's a good thing. Remembering he'll go forever with a moderate load at a moderate speed. States are not a huge problem in some places!

Huskies in genereal tend to be very social animals too. preffering to be in "packs" or family units. Our old husky was very happy to be a part of the family. We were his pack. We are hoping that Casper will make the same adjustment. So far he's not too averse to sleeping on the couch in the studio.

I've been doing some research and reading but near as much as my wife so far.

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RE: OT and NT but relevant: Dogs & puppies

Well between the puppy, the Euchre tournament I have to help run at Lodge on the 29th, and not ahving enough vacation time this year there is again simply no way I'm going to get to the ECLSTS darn it!

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Ok last night was rough (or is that ruff?). Casper started teh night out barking as we wen to bed. He calmed down as far as I know. I was coming down with a cold and passed out relatively quickly. To be awakened about 3 am. Tried to put him out on the lead and he wouldn't come to me. Got some clothes on and took him out for a walk (Brrr!) in the snow and he seemed to not want to walk. We went out back towards the woods and then turned left along the power lines for a ways. He squatted and either peed or crapped (i'm not sure) and we continued for a ways. I started to see some tracks in the fresh snow and tracked far enough to see they were dog tracks. BIG dog tracks. Yup shortly after that there the dog was. As I spotted him and vice versa here comes another one. Boxer and shepherd mix I think? It was dark and cold and windy and I didn't have my glasses on. I shouted at them and they spooked a litle bit. After a bit of a stand off they took off barking at each other. Casper simply stood and stared at them. No growling, no wimpering, no sound, just attention. First time in 2 years I've seen loose dogs roaming the area though.

Anyhow Casper & I headed home and he still didn't want to settle down. Barking and fussing at the gate in the kitchen. He's limited to the Kitchen and the attached garage which is not a garage but heated living space we use. I went and laid with him on the couch in the garage and he spent the rest of the night there with me. Wife put him outside when I got in the shower to get ready for work. Today I've got a full blown head cold. 

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RE: OT and NT but relevant: Dogs & puppies

We haven't tried the crate again, but yeah it will get the sheet treatement next. Tomorrows project is to make a space for the crate so hopefully that will help too.

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Yeah, as you said we are all still in the honeymoon phase. He's getting noticeably bigger now. Bolder as well to some extent. We of course had to ruin the routine this past weekend as my mom took the girls but we didn't feel she could ahndle two toddlers her two cats and our puppy all together so Casper got his first trip to the Doggy hotel on Friday and my wife picked him up Monday morning. She unfortunately made reservations for next week as well. More on that later.

He did well at the kennel apparently but it was a different routine than what he's used to at home so he's a little more hyper than he was. Some of that might be just that we are home and he's so happy to see us.

His first visit to the vet's went well. They thought he might have a testicle that hasn't dropped but saw no other apparent problems. At that point it was obvious he'd grown as he no longer fit in my wifes lap on the way to the vets. The following weekend we took him overnight to my mother's. She lives closer to Buffalo and it's about an hour drive. He handled that well, again in my wifes lap, but he's definetely getting bigger. My mother will be retiring in June and moving in with us so this was another chance for him to get used to her and the cats she has. The "old grumpy man" Gabby won't be making the trip south when mom comes. The younger cat will be coming though. Casper never got to see much of Princess as Gabby kept him at bay for the most part. Even chasing him thru the house and cornering him in the bathroom where he pooped and peed himself (family forum)/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/whistling.gif.

Anyhow we've not found any training for him/us as my wife forgot to ask teh vets (need to remind her to call on that) and the timing has become horribly bad too. MY mom's aunt that was spinster in the Pittsburgh area was found dead last Friday (we found out on the way to Connecticut Friday night) So we'll be headed there next week for the funeral and such. Getting prepped for my mother's move and so we'll have a bunch of contractors and a lot of work on the house to do. Then the move itself. Simply no time between now and June to get it all done! (sigh)

Anyhow, he's sleeping thru the night and playing with anything he can during the day. He'd been doing good with paper-training until the kennel trip and he's back pedalled a bit.

Anyhow I'll keep you updated as we go along guys!

Tommy we've not had a chance to watch the videos yet and I've got a return package for you too! Just got to get it in the mail! I'm hoping to convince the wife to sit with me to watch the movies this week. Thanks again!

Chas

P.S. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/sick.gif I've been sick as **** to top it off so I've not been in my right mind. Forgive any oddities/ divergent trains of thought/or what have you in this post.
 

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No Vic, he's about 3 1/2 months old in those photos. He's now just over 4 momths old and he is now getting bigger by leaps (literally it seems). Some of the reason he looks bigger is the angle of the photo in relation to my wife in the background.

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