Alaska


Siberian Husky
Picture of Alaska, a female Siberian Husky

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Age: 7 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Alaska

Nicknames:
Princess, Baby Girl

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

Likes:
Playtime and Running

Pet-Peeves:
Sharing ice cubes

Favorite Toy:
Anything that her brother wants to play with

Favorite Food:
Peanut butter

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere

Arrival Story:
She was a rescue that I was not expecting, but she had no where else to go.... Alaska had been attacked by another dog, I was told. Personally, I doubted that she was simply attacked by another dog. It looked to me like she was thrown from a moving car. Alaska was about six months old. She had many infected wounds all over her body and was malnourished. She smelled like blood and infection. She had a large head wound (her eye muscles and the side of her eyeball were visible through it). Three of her legs & feet were swollen and bleeding. She had almost no hair on her chest & belly. She had worms, mange, etc. Her owners were going to let her die of the wounds. She was an outside dog and they were just going to leave her tied up to die. They wouldn't give her proper medical care or even put her to sleep.... It was suggested that she be put down. She was so underweight that first night. I really thought she wanted to die. She wouldn't eat or drink. She was covered in dust and blood. She barely moved.... I had baked some steaks the day before for a recipe. The steaks had already been cooled and cut up into bits and saved in the refrigerator. If this dog was going to die, she was going to have a good last meal. I took out a steak sized portion and WOW was she interested! She gobbled down a whole steak herself. She found something to live for.... Alaska was given antibiotics & pain killers for several weeks. Her wounds had to be cleaned every night & day. She had to be hand fed until she could stand & walk. She had to be carried nearly everywhere she needed to go. Sleeping next to her for naps and at night (until she fell asleep) for the first few weeks was a regular occurrence. It sounds strange, but I wanted her to be near me at all times - to make sure she was breathing and alive - as if I could protect her. She did seem to appreciate it. She was on antibiotics and painkillers for a long time. Those are strange days to remember.... Alaska had been too weak to risk any vaccinations. I think the vet also probably (and logically) assumed that she wouldn't survive long, anyway. She had only received a rabies vaccine as a puppy (per state law). She was getting better, though. She could walk. She could eat. Her eye was no longer swollen. Then, just before she could receive any new vaccinations, she contracted parvovirus (CPV). After hospitalization and mounting vet bills, she could walk & eat again and even play. Her wounds were healed (they didn't bleed, anyway). The hair was growing back and covering over the scars.... Because her immune system was so weak, Alaska was not allowed to be taken off the property until she was a year old (vet's orders). She was only allowed outside for bathroom breaks (also vet's orders). We played a lot inside the house, and she grew strong enough to climb stairs & onto a couch or bed. However, she needed more exercise. She chewed through drywall to get out of a room. She attempted to take out doors by chewing the wood all around the doors. She even chewed/destroyed furniture, bannisters, the corners of walls (even though she has chew toys). Ugh.... By July she was in pretty good physical shape. As she grew able to walk (and get into trouble) she did not behave like the other dogs I had owned. Part of her problem was socialization - outside dog with little human interaction becomes inside dog cooped up. We got through that phase (mostly).... She was finally able to walk around the neighborhood in October 2008.

Bio:
Alaska has grown into a beautiful young lady. Her scars are visible if you see her in person now, but not so visible in pictures. She is very photogenic. For some reason, she is terrified of school buses. She is also afraid of new people she meets, but is getting better about that. All in all, she is much, much happier now. She is a big troublemaker unless I am around, I am told. She is generally an angel around me. And, oh yeah, she digs like a backhoe.

Forums Motto:
An angel delivered from darkness

I've Been On Dogster Since:
March 16th 2009 More than 5 years!

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Dogster Id:
970311


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