Kaija's Diary

Kaija's First Easter

April 9th 2012 8:55 am
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Kaija was very interested in the food preparation for Easter dinner; but she was a good girl. Given that she seems to be a jumper... or flier, as I've seen her do some pretty stunning leaps; but she kept her feet on the ground in the kitchen while I worked. The roast was the last to go out on the buffet and I made sure Kaija had her potty break in the yard while my son carved the meat. We all came in and loaded up our plates and sat down for grace. The dinner was off to a great start! Halfway through the dinner I decided to bring Kaija inside. She wandered around and seemed to behave just fine. I was pleased, good girl Kaija, considering she had some food / gobbling issues. I thought she was doing great.
Then, my son stood up and fed Kaija a beef scrap, and then another, and then another. I told him not to treat her while we were all still eating and the food was out; but it was too late. Kaija's interest had been peaked. She quietly came through the dining room door, in one swift leap up to the counter, Kaija pulled the entire roast down into her mouth. In a flash, my son and I rushed over. I grabbed Kaija's jaws. She had a steel grip on that roast and was not letting go. My son took her lower jaw and I took her upper jaw and we pried it open. I could only think, I have to get this meat out of her mouth or I lose my title as Alpha Mom! My son started to pull the meat and I told him no, "You could hurt her teeth if you just pull". He stopped and we managed to pull her jaws open and grab the entire piece of meat. I took Kaija straight to her crate where she cried piteously.
Back to the roast, I had a dripping piece of roast beef twelve inches long and six wide in my hand. On the floor there was a platter and several slices of meat with all the drippings around it and all over the wall, counter and dining room floor. Okay, one lesson in manners totally mangled! My son said, "Throw it all away". I turned to my family and I said, "We can do one of two things and throw it away is not one of them." Being a mom of seven, I never waste anything! So, I told them, "I can wash it off and then I can cook it some more to sterilize it thoroughly and then we can eat it. OR I can cut it into cubes and put it in baggies marked, "Dog" and freeze it to use in training Kaija later." Unanimously they choose to save it for training treats and that's what I did.
After the cleanup was complete, the food was put away and the dishes were done, Kaija came out of her crate and went right to the spot where the roast had been on the floor. She started licking the cabinets, as she licked, I pulled her away and sprayed cleaner on and washed them off. No longer interested, Kaija walked off. Eventually she forgot; but meanwhile, there are three big bags of chopped beef roast in the freezer waiting for a training session with Kaija.

 

Kaija Discovers Playing Ball

April 9th 2012 12:15 pm
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Not too long ago, I cleaned through the doggy toy box and got rid of half a dozen tennis balls... Sesi really did't have much interest in balls. Then this morning, Kaija was sticking her nose under the couch and straining. I said to her what I always said to Sesi, "Should I get the stick?" Sesi would get so excited and jump all around when I said that; but, of course being a newcomer, Kaija stared at me blankly. I walked over to the closet, took out an old stick formerly used for hanging up clothes. Then I walked to the couch and pushing the stick under the couch flushed out all the toys. Out came a ratty old tennis ball.
Kaija was ecstatic, she grabbed the ball and took it to her bed where she began to chew it. I walked over to take it from her mouth and she gave a low groany growl. We'd already done this with treats and last night with the Easter roast. Then her growl was real and robust. I could tell from the tone of this growl that she knew she was defeated and she knew a growl wasn't going over with mom... I grabbed the ball firmly and said, "Give" and gently took it from her mouth. It took a while before she willingly gave the ball back; but we played ball for more than thirty minutes and Kaija was loving it.
Then, suddenly Kaija chased the ball under the dining room table, she stopped short and began to shake her head and show her teeth. Then, without bringing the ball, she walked back to her bed and lay down continuing to shake her head. I walked over and opened her mouth and saw that she had bitten her tongue. It wasn't bleeding too badly so I went over the refrigerator and got a nice bowl of ice chips. Kaija was thrilled with them and I spent a half hour feeding Kaija ice chips one at a time. With fond memories of the special love and trust Sesi had for me, I thought, "another lesson in Mommy fixes everything..." Perhaps we are on the road to that relationship with Kaija?
Not wanting to spoil the idea of playing ball, I resumed the game briefly when Kaija was feeling better. Then she took her "indestructible" stuffed blue whale and tore into it until I had to scoop up the stuffing from the tail and toss it out. Evidently, she had consoled herself that, despite the owie, her mouth was still in good working order!

 

Kaija Discovers Playing Ball

April 9th 2012 3:14 pm
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Not too long ago, I cleaned through the doggy toy box and got rid of half a dozen tennis balls... Sesi really did't have much interest in balls. Then this morning, Kaija was sticking her nose under the couch and straining. I said to her what I always said to Sesi, "Should I get the stick?" Sesi would get so excited and jump all around when I said that; but, of course being a newcomer, Kaija stared at me blankly. I walked over to the closet, took out an old stick formerly used for hanging up clothes. Then I walked to the couch and pushing the stick under the couch flushed out all the toys. Out came a ratty old tennis ball.
Kaija was ecstatic, she grabbed the ball and took it to her bed where she began to chew it. I walked over to take it from her mouth and she gave a low groany growl. We'd already done this with treats and last night with the Easter roast. Then her growl was real and robust. I could tell from the tone of this growl that she knew she was defeated and she knew a growl wasn't going over with mom... I grabbed the ball firmly and said, "Give" and gently took it from her mouth. It took a while before she willingly gave the ball back; but we played ball for more than thirty minutes and Kaija was loving it.
Then, suddenly Kaija chased the ball under the dining room table, she stopped short and began to shake her head and show her teeth. Then, without bringing the ball, she walked back to her bed and lay down continuing to shake her head. I walked over and opened her mouth and saw that she had bitten her tongue. It wasn't bleeding too badly so I went over the refrigerator and got a nice bowl of ice chips. Kaija was thrilled with them and I spent a half hour feeding Kaija ice chips one at a time. With fond memories of the special love and trust Sesi had for me, I thought, "another lesson in Mommy fixes everything..." Perhaps we are on the road to that relationship with Kaija?
Not wanting to spoil the idea of playing ball, I resumed the game briefly when Kaija was feeling better. Then she took her "indestructible" stuffed blue whale and tore into it until I had to scoop up the stuffing from the tail and toss it out. Evidently, she had consoled herself that, despite the owie, her mouth was still in good working order!

 

Nickname? "Bunny" or "Foo Foo"

April 10th 2012 11:40 am
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When I put the first photo of Kaija on facebook, someone wrote,"Look at those bunny ears, she can't be purebred". Score one for "bunny" Kaija! Later I was told, "don't worry, she'll grow into those ears." When we visited Marilyn, Kaija headed out to her yard to play with another dog. She first ran circles around the yard at high speed. On the second or third turn around the yard, Kaija began leaping into the air like a bunny. Kaija's movements were light and effortless and her jumps were astounding. Score two for "bunny" Kaija. Marilyn recounted a story to me of two of her huskies. They were out in the yard playing and running when Marilyn happened to look out the window just in time to see two white husky butts bounding over the fence in one great leap! The very thought of that sent panic through me, "Oh, God, please don't let anyone tell Kaija how easily she could jump a fence with those husky bunny jumps of hers!
So, on a long lead next to my desk, Kaija is learning to like cats... a must since we have five of them! Most of the cats keep their distance and look askance at Kaija. But, my half Bengal, Cami, has inherited the peaceable and dog friendly nature of the Bengal. She purposely walks through Kaija's lead reach and even purrs and throws herself down in front of Kaija. Kaija responds by leaping over Cami and gently bopping her with her nose. Score one for the nickname "Foo Foo"... and, while my kids tell me the Bunny Foo Foo poem is a bit "negative" on the image; it totally fits the mischievous, not too obedient nature of the husky!
I wonder, which will stick for her nickname: Bunny or Foo Foo?!

Little husky Bunny
Hopping through the living room
Jumping on the house cats
And bopping them on the head
Down came the Good Fairy, and she said
"Little husky Bunny
I don't want to see you
Jumping on the house cats
And bopping them on the head.
I will give you three chances,
And if you don't behave, I will turn you into a Foo Foo!"

"Little husky Foo Foo
Hopping through the living room
Jumping on the house cats
And bopping them on the head
Down came the Good Fairy, and she said:
"Little husky Foo Foo
I don't wanna see you
Jumping on the house cats
And bopping them on the head."
I will give you three more chances,
And if you don't behave, I will turn you into a Goon!"

"Little husky Goon Goon
Hopping through the living room
Jumping on the house cats
And bopping them on the head
Down came the Good Fairy, and she said:
"Little husky Goon Goon
I don't wanna see you
Jumping on the house cats
And bopping them on the head."
Now you've had so many chances,
And, you still won't behave...

The moral of the story is: Little husky Bunnies
Are like the bunny Foo Foo...
They are looking our for fun and won't always listen to you!

 

Dog Park

April 21st 2012 10:47 am
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Went to the dog park... first time Kaija was there with other dogs. There was one other husky there, a seven month old black and white with blue eyes. Darling guy named Koda! He was so cute! Kaija was shy at first. She was a little nervous about the strange dogs; but she warmed up pretty well.

I discovered that Kaija enjoyed being with Koda more than the other dogs. So many of the dogs stood there or sat there or they gathered in a group of dogs and just hung out. Kaija and Koda wanted to run, run, run! I just thought, "Wouldn't it be nice to have a local husky group that met once a week? I wish I knew how to start something like that!

Tuesday is Kaija's spay and microchipping so I guess her next trip to the dog park will be a while!

 

Bi-eyes?

April 25th 2012 12:42 pm
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Outside in the dogyard, I looked at Kaija's eyes and realized that there was a wide blue band around her pupils before the bright amber outer edge. Excited, I rushed into the house and told my son to look at Kaija's eyes. He looked; but the light in the house was dimmer than the side yard and Kaija's pupils were much bigger. The only color that could be seen was the bright amber outer circle. This is the second time I saw this and this time it was more prominent than the last time. But, the kids are skeptical... last time I succumbed to the idea that it was all my imagination; but this time, the inner blue band was wider than last time... I have heard of huskies having bi-eyes; but the examples I've seen were one blue and one brown. I wonder if anyone else has seen this with their husky?

 

Kaija has a facebook Page!

June 10th 2012 7:43 am
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Yes, Kaija has a new facebook page. The page is called Kai Kai - The Foxy-Faced Husky. I hope everyone will take a look and "like" Kaija's page. Please leave comments and suggestions. This is a new thing for Kaija and I so we are playing around with it and would love have suggestions!

Do any other Dogster Dogs have their own facebook page? Please tell.....

 

Kaija gets in trouble!

June 10th 2012 7:53 am
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Yesterday I took Kaija with me to my Master Gardener work day. I attached her with a long lead to a post on a large patio below the four foot retaining wall that supports our garden. Then I jumped up the retaining wall to work and Kaija immediately followed.

I forgot Kaija as a worked and noted a little cottontail frequently running through the garden. I looked over at Kaija and she was meandering through the garden. Then, I saw that Kaija was eating something. Disgusting, I thought, probably cat poop again... I pulled her back to the patio; but she immediately hopped the wall and stuck her face down a hole. Suddenly, I heard squeals from inside the hole.

Oh! Naughty Kaija!! Here Mommy thought there was nothing more disgusting than puppies eating cat poop... But, no, Kaija was eating baby bunnies from the bunny hole!

 
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