Being thankful

For those that know me, my husband travels a lot for his work. Often times I am fortunate enough to be able to join him, but most times I stay behind with the “kids”. I try to remind myself on a daily basis how lucky I am to live the life that I live. My husband affords me the luxury of being able to stay home every day, and I will never be able to repay him for that.

I was getting ready to go to bed last night, and I started to count my blessings as I always do. I make sure that I have all 5 of them in the bedroom all tucked in. I walked in and found this:

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Sitka usually is a floor sleeper, but when my husband is away he tends to sneak up on the bed with me (either him or Smokey – they make sure I always have a man in my bed). Akira never spoons me, but last night she decided she needed some Mom time, or she sensed that Mom needed her. This meant that I had about 6 inches on the edge of my king bed, but I was perfectly fine with that!

Last night was somewhat bittersweet for me as the day came to an end. A dear friend of mine had to say goodbye to her sweet dog and send her to cross the rainbow bridge. I quietly reminded her that her “Z” had many of my lost loves waiting to greet her on the other side of the bridge with wagging tails. I find great comfort when I picture the Rainbow Bridge. I picture thousands upon thousands of our furry loved ones on the other side playing and frolicking about with one another pain-free and worry free. Just waiting until we meet again.

It is never easy to lose a loved one, and for some reason, losing our four-legged friends really hits hard. They have this innate ability to love unconditionally and they never have any regrets. They live life to the fullest and enjoy every breath, every minute of every day. If people could just learn more from their dogs, I think this world we live in could be a much better place.

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Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

I love making these treats for my pups because I know exactly what they are eating when they get these. They also LOVE them! These are very simple to make and if you keep them in the refrigerator they will keep longer as well.

Ingredients

2-1/2 Cups whole wheat flour

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup pumpkin

2 Tablespoons peanut butter

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk all ingredients together. Add water as needed to help make dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll dough into a 1/2 inch thick roll and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. OR roll out to 1/2 inch thick flat and use a cookie cutter (I like to cut into dog biscuit shapes). Bake until hard, about 40 minutes.

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Zoomies

If you have a husky you are very familiar with what a zoomie is. If you don’t, and you are thinking of getting one, you better be ready for them!! A zoomie is when your husky goes wildly running from room to room, sofa to sofa uncontrollably with no real motive other than to burn off energy. They get so excited that you can’t stop them until they are done.

I’m pretty sure that just about every husky owner knows about this phenomenon. It is a fun time until the owner gets in the way! You will most likely be knocked off your feet and be headed for the ground. My best advice is to just let your kids get the zoomies out of their system (they usually only last a couple of minutes) and stay out of their way.

I was able to catch a snapshot of Nikita in the middle of a zoomie out in the snow last year. This is one of my favorite pictures of her. Her personality is completely captured in this picture. As she gets older we don’t get to see this playfulness from her as much. So this picture is really a cherished one.

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Happy Easter!

 

I would venture to bet that many of you don’t think about having an Easter egg hunt for your four legged kids. I hadn’t given it much thought either until one year when I had hidden the eggs outside for the kids and found the dogs happily eating them before the kids had found them!

As it turns out, they have as much fun hunting for the eggs as the kids do! Word of caution **don’t let your dogs eat too many eggs!**  Your house will stink that night if you do!  We usually limit our gang to no more than 2 eggs.

 

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Nikita found one!!

This is a great activity to keep their minds active and they get rewarded at the end. Don’t worry about the eggshells, they won’t hurt them. My dogs love to eat the entire egg just as it is.

So, go hide those eggs, and let your dogs out to find them. Take some pictures and enjoy your day. Happy Easter!

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Sitka enjoying his egg.

Rain, rain go away

I don’t know about you, but my huskies love to play in the rain! The only good thing about huskies and rain is that they have a double coat which makes it much easier to dry them off. The water doesn’t penetrate their fur underneath their guard hair.

I have tackled many muddy paws in my day. Washing countless towels and floors because I wasn’t fast enough to catch them as they ran through the door. Then there are the many times that they were so muddy because they were digging in the mud and I had to get a bowl of soapy water and try to wash their paws. That’s always fun! We all know that dogs LOVE to play in the water but HATE to get bathed in it!!

Praise the day that I happened upon the Mudbuster! This has changed my life and my pups. This comes in several different sizes, but I have the medium and it is big enough for even my large 70lb. male. All you have to do with this is fill is about half way with water, insert your dogs paw, twist it a few times and remove it from their paw. Voilà!


https://www.amazon.com/Dexas-MudBuster-Portable-Cleaner-Medium/dp/B01N64DCPR/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1522674708&sr=8-2&keywords=mudbuster&linkCode=ll1&tag=thehuskygarde-20&linkId=6dfe9c197fb9fcb0a4d6931ef470e991

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🐾 My Pack 🐾

Let me introduce you to my pack. We started by rescuing our oldest girl, Nikita, from the local dog pound. We saw her picture in the local newspaper and were drawn to her. We went to see her after doing research on Siberian Huskies. I wanted to make sure I knew exactly what we were getting into with the breed and what to expect. Nikita had been found roaming on the streets and had been returned to the pound once already by a couple that was not ready for her energy level. We were able to rescue her and have happily had her now for 10 years.

The next husky we rescued was from a local rescue group. His name is Sitka. We got him when he was about 10 months old. He is 9 years old now. He is our resident clown and opera singer. We don’t know much about his background unfortunately.

We purchased our next two girls from a breeder one year apart as puppies at 10 weeks of age. We wanted to be able to watch them grow up and have two that were close in age that could keep up with each other. First we got Kaiya. She is 3 years old now. She is our red haired beauty.

Our last precious girl is our now 2 year old girl Akira. She and Kaiya are absolutely inseparable. They do everything together.

I hope you will come along with us on our journey and learn and grow with us as well.