Age: 12 Years Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
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January 15th 2004
the coldest part of the house
any stuffed animals
A large open field
he grumbles and complains when he doesn't want to do something
My 12 year old son wanted a dog so badly after a schnauzer mix passed away a year prior. I thought he would forget about wanting a dog. Holly the schnauzer-mix was very easy to care for and he had complained about letting her out and feeding her so I made a huge issue about researching about the dogs he was interested in and about dog care. For a whole year, it seemed as though he looked up various breeds, read about them online and in books, considered all the effort it took for their care.
We went to a shelter to look at dogs so he can see their size and to interact with them. We had been doing this on and off while researching breeds, but this one particular day, a terrier mix caught his attention. She had crooked teeth and seemed a bit top heavy. I had my eye on the Siberian Husky. I've always loved northern breeds and he looked a bit bored and disinterested. After looking at a few different dogs, my son was certain he wanted the terrier. She took to him immediately and curled up in his lap. My other son, wanted the Siberian Husky. I didn't want to get two dogs, and my older son had not researched the breed nor had he realized the commitment he will need to take. We asked the shelter about the dogs and they told us they were looking for someone who would adopt both of them together because they had grown up in the same house.
We ended up getting both the next day.
Part of me wondered if I was doing the right thing.... TWO dogs? We were lucky both of them were already housebroken and already trained. My older son soon realized how much effort and commitment a husky takes and it seemed the responsibility was too much for him. I started to exercise him and teach both my son and the husky what NILIF techniques.
There was just something about Ilya that caught my heartstrings. He seemed depressed and sometimes incredibly unresponsive. I had a feeling of abandonment and the sadness of being a result of a broken marriage (the reason both were in the shelter) I gave him the warmest embrace, when my boys were not around, and told him I was so sorry this had happend to him and I knew how he felt.
After a while Ilya would explore our house, still disinterested in playing and eating very little. One day, he noticed I wasn't feeling my best, and incredibly he came over and leaned into me as if he was giving me a hug. I was surprised because I had never had a dog give a hug before.
It is almost a year later and I am so impressed with his sensitivity to others and how much love he gives all of us.
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