Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted December 13, 2013
Sierra was an Alaskan Malamute / Siberian Husky mix - gorgeous from head to two with long grey and white hair, blue eyes and a crooked canine smile that parked on her muzzle no matter her mood.
She was amazing, fun to be around, rather quick to train and very eager to please. If I sat down, she wanted to sit with me. If I checked the mail, she insisted that I couldn't do it alone. In fact, she rarely ever wanted to be alone - she would follow me from room to room and grumble/growl soulfully if I had to leave the house without her.
That anxiety proved to be an expensive downside, resulting in the loss of one couch, two dining room chairs, part of the fence and countless pillows. She needed daily exercise, shed constantly and somehow figured out how to get food off of the counter - even when it was pushed FAR back out of her reach.
Incredibly smart and resourceful, this mixed breed is not to be taken lightly. I loved her deeply, but I regret that I did not have the time to focus on her the way she needed.
When Sierra graced my home, I was living in Wyoming - the perfect climate for her thick coat and unbelievable cold resistance. I can't imagine her in a warmer setting, to do so would almost be cruel - unless her coat was kept short, even shaved in places.
Someday I would like to host a Husky, Malamute, or mix again - when I have a house with a large yard and more time in my day to spend training and loving.