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A New Member of My Family

June 12th, 2009, 09:16 PM
Hi all

I am so excited but still think I am crazy too. On Wed. June 3 we agreed to take a 3 -5 yr old husky. This dog was abandoned by his owner and the teachers in, this fly in only, community have been feeding him all winter.

Well, Trooper , will be flying out hopefully July 26th and we will drive an hour down to Hwy 17 to pick him up. The teacher is driving to Peterbourgh and going right down Hwy 17, what luck.

We have seen a few pictures and spoke to the teacher and he seems wonderful. Loves hugs and pets and daily food. Trooper is an outdoor dog in every sense of the word. He has survived the winter outside under houses. If he is left there, he will not be fed and soon will become more of a stray and then will most likely be shot. He comes from a community up near James Bay and the flight is about 1 hour depending on jumping all the way to Thunder Bay.

Trooper has not been neutered , no vet checks, and no shots.
Guess bugs cannot survive the Trooper has not been in a truck, let alone an airplane.

Oh my what have we got ourselves into.


June 12th, 2009, 09:20 PM
awww I love the name. Post some pics! ( hope he has soemthing to calm his fears)

June 13th, 2009, 04:43 AM
Hi AnnHFashion *waving* That is such a great thing u are doing!!

I was reaidng all about those dog on a web site I found about a couple that foster pups that are brought down to Cochrane on the Little Bear train and from Atawapaskat that the teachers find outside trying to survive and this couple socializes them and then puts them up for adopting.


Gail P
June 14th, 2009, 11:06 PM
Congrats on your upcoming addition. His story sounds similar to that of many northern dogs unfortunately. He's one of the lucky ones to be finding his way to a loving new home.

Hi AnnHFashion *waving* That is such a great thing u are doing!!

I was reaidng all about those dog on a web site I found about a couple that foster pups that are brought down to Cochrane on the Little Bear train and from Atawapaskat that the teachers find outside trying to survive and this couple socializes them and then puts them up for adopting.

Debbie are you thinking of Moosonee Puppy Rescue? They often arrange to have puppies brought down from remote northern communities. They also went down to New Orleans a few months after the hurricane and brought up a bunch of puppies from there that were going to be euthanized. My Thunder and Flash came from that bunch.

June 15th, 2009, 02:30 AM
Gail, yes that is the one I am thinking of. I know u mentioned it before on the forum and then I found it when I was surfing the net and read their whole site. I was amazed at how those dogs are treated up there. Shocked the heck outta me!


June 29th, 2009, 10:00 AM
Well we picked TRooper up on Saturday.

He was very quiet and greeted us wanting a pet.

His flight was cancelled and so he got into Thunder Bay at 9pm.
We got a call at 9 am to say Trooper was on his way.

This husky has got to be more than part wolf. His face looks
husky but the howl is wolf. A little off key and wavering at times
but still noisey. Staying in the yard does not seem to be going
over and he is out there crying now.

Sat. after we got home with Trooper , he managed to slip out
the gate and we were sick. We searched the streets and my guy
chased after him, but this dog can run. Finally we came home and
left the gate open. I checked at 8pm, no Trooper, now thinking
he lost to us forever, but he does like getting fed so I was hoping.

At 10pm I looked out and some of the food was gone. I looked around
and finally saw him in the dead grass, he blended so good, he was sound asleep.We were so surprised. He is like a kid who wants to roam the streets and come home for bed.

We have worked on introducing him to the house and it is going so so.
The kitchen is the farthest he would go and that was with lots of
hugs, petting and coaxing. Took me an hour this

Trooper was howling so much last night we finally put him into the garage,
even though he had access, he was sleeping in rain at the door.
At 3 am I heard him howl a bit , then at 5am I think he woke the whole town.

So my days are starting very early again. Hope he settles soon
as 5 hours sleep will not work for me too long.

Will a muzzle stop the howling and how long can I leave it on.
( thinking about the 3am

pics soon...


June 29th, 2009, 10:06 AM
Thank You Ann for taking this guy in. I can only imagine how difficult it will be for the first little while, when he will learn to trust the touch and care of a human, and also about all the luxuries of being a part of the family in a loving home.
Sorry I can't help you out with the muzzle question... I would imagine he could still howl or make some sort of noises with it on? Maybe he is trying to contact his old "pack" :sad: My childhood dog, Jake, was a Malamute mix, and he would howl everytime he heard a train whistle (3-4 times a day!) Isn't it a spooky sound?
Wishing you much luck and patience with this new guy. And post pics when you get a chance please!!!!! :pray: :goodvibes:

June 29th, 2009, 11:22 AM
Why don't you try bringing him in the house at night? You may find he'll settle right down if he's inside with you. I know he's nervous in the house right now, but maybe if you crated him in your room, or slept on the sofa with him beside you on the floor, he'll feel a little less scared.

Oh, and pictures, we must see pictures. :laughing:


June 29th, 2009, 12:46 PM

Trooper was owned and abandoned,and right up till Trooper
left , the owner would say "thats my dog but I do not
feed him any more".

He is very friendly but scared of the house. I do not
have a crate, 5hrs away to buy one, and lifting him
is very hard on me( even with help). I laugh when I think
how he watched us trim trees and bushes yesterday and
not a peep.

I knew it was him howling but I commented to my guy sounded
like a dead moose and once like a warning horn for natural
emergencies. I remember my dog when I was 13, he was part wolf
but had a nice howl.

I had a bed set up for him, but he will only stay in the kitchen
and then heads to door. This is just maybe 10

My fence is chewed and he got his head stuck once already and
not to sound like I am mean or whinning, but I hope he settles soon.
My body won't take this abuse much longer.


June 29th, 2009, 01:02 PM
Has he settled in yet?

About 10 years ago, we had a husky mix who howled until another dog answered her. Then she could settle in for the night.

June 29th, 2009, 01:04 PM
Trooper imo is going to require lots of patience and loving....I think the idea of muzzling him would terrify him to no end.

June 29th, 2009, 01:22 PM
Congrats on the new dog. She sounds like she is going to require a lot of one on one attention to get used to you and her new surroundings. Good luck. I hope she can settle with your help. :thumbs up

Dog Dancer
June 29th, 2009, 01:28 PM
Thank you for rescuing Trooper. I don't believe that muzzling him will help him either. In fact it would probably scare him to death. I think that just some patience will help him out the most. Good luck to you all.

July 1st, 2009, 07:29 PM
Well Trooper is coming along nicely.

The howling is off key at times and very funny.

I am keeping him very close to me at all times
and he seems to like it. He settling down and
sleeps while on the indoor leash, close to me.
We all had a nice long nap Mon. in the
bedroom and he sleeps there at night now.

This post is short as I have run out of steam.
( I am on disability and pain is major issue the last
few days).

Pictures follow.

July 1st, 2009, 07:58 PM
oh, he's beauuuutiful!! :flirt: He reminds me of our dog, Jake, who recently passed away.
Glad to hear that you are making progress with him and that he is sleeping in your bedroom! That's a big step! Keep it up! :thumbs up

July 1st, 2009, 08:20 PM
Awwwww Trooper is lovely :lovestruck:

Well done you for giving this lovely boy a chance at a real home :) i know huskys can be very independent souls but sounds like you are both getting along fine :thumbs up
Good luck with your new addition :lovestruck:

July 12th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Hi all

Well it is now 3 weeks since we got Trooper.
What a change in him and us.......

Trooper was sleeping in our bedroom, with the door
closed, but now he sleeps in the room or just at the
door ( door open ).

We have odered a 10 X 10 dog run, but it will be bigger
because we are using one side of the garage as a wall.
I do not like the run idea but I am afraid he will run
the streets otherwise. My yard fence is too low and he
can leap over it very easily. Until then he is on a very long
leash and in the house with us.

I have stopped using the leash in the house( tied to me)
as Trooper now sits wherever we are and has discovered
the basement ( nice place to sleep, on the carpet )
and has even found his way to the second floor.

July 5th he had to go to a kennel till Wed July 8th
as we had to go to Thunder Bay. Trooper cried and
cried as we left, but we had no choice. He was so glad
to see us and seems calmmer now. Maybe leaving him
and coming back for him proved to him that he has
a home.

The muzzel idea is gone, thanks for the advice. We
just bring him in when he starts to howl real loud.
Neighbour just laughs at him, guess in the north they
are use to mixed breed dogs that howl.

As Trooper was never in a house before, I think we have
come along way in 3 weeks. He is laying here having a nap,
quiet content. He is such a sweetie and really is a good
dog. No messes in the house and he does not like to use the
backyard as his toilet area. If he has to, he digs a hole and
covers it. I had to give him some anti-diahhrea meds and he
let me open his mouth and pop the pill in. Treats put in my
hand are very gently licked off.

Time for my to put my feet up.


July 12th, 2009, 02:40 PM
AHF he is just gorgeous...such a sweet face. So happy to hear your are both establishing your positions. It must have been heartbreaking to leave him at the kennel and I am sure he was heartbroken too :sad: What a nice reunion it must have been! :thumbs up

Any time you have more pics, it would be OK if you posted them!!! ;)

July 12th, 2009, 06:38 PM
omg its so cute! me and my boyfriend want a husky so im jelous lol :goodvibes:

he wont let me get one till were married tho

July 13th, 2009, 01:24 AM
He is so beautfiul! what a great thing u did and I'm glad he has settled down. Are u going to get him fixed? That would stop him from wanting to roam as much I think.

I will send u a PM with the rescue's addy as I'mnot sure if I can post it out in public.


July 13th, 2009, 05:12 PM
he is a nice lookin dog! My friend has huskies, they howl all the time.. that is a lot of progress awesome job! I agree about the neutering, and I know it sounds like it would be dissicult for you, so is there someone that can walk him for you? If he gets out to explore and have exercise that might help him to not want to wonder also.

July 13th, 2009, 10:41 PM
He's adorable :flirt: