How to make a dumped sled dog happy again?
The easiest way is just to let him be a sled dog again! See any new husky butts in the picture??
Introducing Anvik! Anvik's been at the shelter for a several months and wasn't doing very well. The staff had him to the vet last week as they thought he was ill. The vet's diagnosis was that Anvik was one depressed dog! Since he's already trained to be a sled dog, I said we'd "foster" him. Foster in quotes since regular readers will know that around here that often means I just haven't paid the adoption fee yet!
He's fitting in really well. He's a bit of a howler which is odd sinc the shelter staff said they'd never heard his voice. He never, ever made a sound when I saw him in his kennel. But he's been howling his fool head around here, especially if he's alone. I moved him into Sundin's pen so he'd have a buddy and it seems to help shut him up too! He might be good for Sundin too. Anvik can't get enough attention. He's very socialable. Sundin is just starting to come out of his shell. This afternoon while I was playing with Anvik, Sundin was taking treats from my hand and even gave me a couple quick kisses.
This was the first time Sundin has ever jumped up for a treat in the 10 months he's lived here!
Anvik has only been here for a few days, but he came for his first training run this evening.
He knew exactly what was going on and he was very happy about it. He sounded like a seal!
He ran beside Chum without any trouble. That's a testament to a solid temperment. Chum can be a serious pain in the ass to other dogs sometimes, but Anvik didn't care; he was too busy running to bother with Chum!
It's kinda nice having a newbie that doesn't think people are all evil! Anvik is a little needier than I'm used to, but that's nice in it's own way!