We have a bit of a mixed post for you today.
Firstly, we are taking part in Ruckus the Eskie's Sepia Saturday blog hop.
You can link up too, just follow the linky codes beneath this post.
Before we get started on our Siberian Saturday post, we would like to take part in the blogging worlds tribute to a kitty named Sparkle.
I only discovered Sparkles blog a couple short months ago.
She has recently left this world. She was such a gorgeous girl, and she will be dearly missed.
To Sparkles mom :
We are so sorry for your loss, and we know Sparkle will live on in your memories.
We are here if you ever need anything.
I have heard this topic a lot since belonging to several different Siberian Husky groups.
"Siberian Huskies are only happy when they are pulling a sled."
In other words, people think that a husky has to act as a working breed in order to live a happy life.
I am here today, to debunk that whole theory.
Maybe some of you will disagree. Maybe not.
Siberian Huskies were bred to pull a sled.
Bred to work.
The husky was developed to become the fastest breed to pull a loaded sled over a very long distance, in the bitter cold, and on very little food.
See my husky history page here.
However, over time the Chukchi people began letting their huskies indoors, and the breed quickly became a beloved house pet.
Yes, they were bred for this.
No, they do not "have" to pull a sled in order to be happy.
Siberian Huskies are pawfectly satisfied living the family life.
However, the husky does have very high energy.
They do love to work, but this can be accomplished in other ways.
If you make your husky feel useful, they will feel fulfilled.
Give them some nose work.
Place some boxes around your yard, and put treats under one or two boxes.
Let them use their noses, and find the treats!
Play hide and seek with them.
On rainy days, this is pawfect!
Hide some treats in different corners of your house.
Don't let them see you!
Then let them go nuts! You can even coax them a little bit, towards the areas with the treats.
Once they find them, you can just see the proud look on their faces.
Take you husky for plenty of walks! They LOVE walks!
While your walking, you can even teach the mushing command.
We will cover those commands on an upcoming post.
And, if you do want to teach your husky to pull, you don't even necessarily need a sled.
They are happy to pull you on roller blades, a bicycle, or even skis.
What can you take out of this post?
Huskies do not need to pull sleds to be happy pets!
Keep your husky exercised, and busy, and they are plenty happy to be your loving household pup!
Siberian P.S. - These tips will also work to keep any other breed of dog happy and well exercised!
Thanks for coming by everyone! See you Monday for our "OMD!" post.