Nicknames: "Snose" (short for snow nose), Starling, Mum's Hinderence Dog, Little Miss Stripy Nose, Starsky, Star Fish, The Dork, Little Dog or Smaller Dog, Starry Night
Gotcha Date: March 27th 2010
Birthday: June 13th 2009
Likes: Sucking on her duck stuffed animal and playing tug o' war with her frog puppet
Pet-Peeves: Not allowed to bark out the window & not being allowed to drape herself on me
Favorite Toy: Her Extreme Kong filled with peanut butter and her big teddy
Favorite Food: Sardines, radishes & her chicken flavoured toothpaste
Favorite Walk: West End Park because it has lots of big old trees to sniff
Best Tricks: She farts for treats. :)
Arrival Story: After I had to put Ookie down in January 2010 I started to look for a companion for Icy. He was in a bad state of depression which got worse and worse till our vet had to put him on a course antidepressants. I got pretty far along toward adopting another Alaskan Malamute from a Rescue in Northern England. But for various reasons the distance and problems at the Rescue made it impossible for me to continue. UK Alaskan Malamute Rescue was very kind and though I could not adopt through them (due to my son being under five years old) they put me in touch with a woman who monitors Malamutes that show up in other Rescues. This lady alerted me to the advertisement that lead me to buy our Star. She was 9 months old when she came to live with us. The morning that I answered Star's advert my three year old son woke up to tell me that she was coming home to us on Saturday. I told Jason that we had a home check due on Friday but that didn't mean we should have our new girl so soon. But Jason was right, Star came to live with us that Saturday. A date chosen by her then owners. My son's first foretelling. He has his mum's gift. When his pal Ookie died I told Jason that he could name our next dog. It gave him something to think about. He thought and thought and then decided on Star.
Bio: Our dog Icy told me Star was the girl for him. He has never in his life run to a phone when it rang but on that Tuesday night he did. We were all upstairs washing my son in the tub when Star's then owners phoned. Icy ran downstairs and whined till I checked the message. He stayed by my side the whole time I haggled with them. We didn't come to a deal that night. Afterward he did not return upstairs as usual but remained downstairs, alone in the dark, by the phone. He spent the rest of the night moping around the phone. This made me email them again and make another offer for Star. After they read how Icy reacted they phoned on Wednesday night and we came to a deal we were both satisfied with. They brought her home that Saturday. Now Icy had severe dog aggression problems when I adopted him. Over the course of that year I had been working with him on it and he is a lot better than he was. But I still felt I would have to introduce him to his new friend carefully. When Star's people were here I had Icy locked in the kitchen. I figured I would have my mother-in-law take Star out of the house and then I'd take Icy out to meet her on neutral ground. But when I went into the kitchen to get something he pushed his nose threw and she pushed her nose in and to my shock they were licking each other! So I opened the door to see what would happen next. They were quite taken with each other from the start and never had a problem adjusting to each other. They act like life mates now. Which is what I wanted for Icy. Ookie had her Kavik and now Icy has his Star. Star is my third Alaskan Malamute. After retiring Icy from his Assistance Service Dog work Lone Star is in training now and doing wonderfully! See the Diary at the bottom of the page for more. Star has to be put down a few days ago because of something that wasted her away within a month. Our vet didn't know the reason but it was clear that it was time. It was so shockingly fast. She was working up until close to the end.
Star has to be put down on 06/12/12 because of something that wasted her away within a month. Our vet didn't know the reason but it was clear that it was time. It was so shockingly fast. She was working up until close to the end.
She will always be remembered by me and I hope this Diary has been a help to others.
When it gets warmer outside I will start retraining Icy. I doubt he'll ever be an Assistance Dog again, I am hoping I won't need him, but I want to be able to walk him like a regular pet. I may continue his Diary on his page. I still want to get him and I in as a unit to do Therapy Dog work. I want to be sure his fear of other dogs is under control enough that we can do this.
I am heart broken right now and have no plans at the moment for another dog. Icy seems alright with being alone and we grieve together.