Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted October 14, 2015
Finn is a female Siberian Husky/Alaskan Malemute mix that we found out about on Craigslist as being "free to good home" when she was 5 months old. Both these breeds are working type dogs, and it seems that the former owner just couldn't keep up with her puppy self anymore. The truth is, a bored Husky can be a destructive Husky, and will chew your house to pieces. Once Finnie came home, since I am home all day - I work from home- she had company and settled in and started to get comfortable with the other animals in the household, she did just fine. She is very intelligent, and like most working breeds, just wants something to DO, much like a human. She and the other two dogs play outside, we just have to keep an eye on her, because if she is not getting enough stimulation, she will dig. but it's a simple matter of getting the ball an having a catch to get her to stop. She's easily trainable with positive reinforcement, but Huskies are stubborn.. don't try punishment or they will dig their heels in and you won't get them to do anything, from what I have seen. Finn loves to be told she is a good girl and to chase her ball, and we have made that her reward. Both her breed types shed a LOT, so she needs a lot of brushing and we are sweeping and vacuuming daily, so if you have allergies in the house or aren't up for this, I wouldn't recommend a long haired dog like this. She has a great temperament with my kids and will run and run with my son until they two of them are both exhausted and then they just drop. Then she will curl up and keep my toes warm. All in all, the two Husky mixes I have lived with have been excellent pets. But, I'll mention the shedding again. you can see it in the photo, she had been to the groomer that week.