|Barked: Sun Aug 16, '09 4:57pm PST |
|Hey Khuno, maybe this should be a private message, but thanks for your advice answering my questions two weeks ago! I'm hoping she'll live a long life, and it seems likely as she is totally healthy at 11 years old. Hooray for hybrid vigor and regular exercise!
to answer some of your other points:
Since I got Ginger in February, she has turned into a wonderful pet. I haven't looked at your website yet, but Ginger DIDN'T come from an abusive situation, she was NOT chained all day, had plenty of good food, clean shelter, adequate vet care, and was even allowed in the house once in a while. They only chained the dogs while they were eating, for safety (and to prevent the fat ones from snarfing down extra food). Otherwise they had several fenced acres to roam in. I really don't think ALL sled dogs are abused and need rescue, but that a few bad mushers give the rest a bad image. I don't even know if people like that should even be called mushers, because abused dogs won't win races! Admittedly, I don't have a lot of experience, but from the kennel I saw, and meeting other musher's dogs at a race, they seem to really like their life. It's just different from being housepets, not necessarily worse.
I've decided not to say that I "rescued" her, because while her life with me is different, I don't know if she likes it better. She loooooooved sledding, and I can't provide that anymore. Mostly she makes my life better, and that's why I got her in the first place.
I haven't had any problems with her (besides her initial escape I mentioned on my profile). Her manners with other dogs are excellent, on and off leash, probably because she lived freely with a pack before. When I first took her home, she was scared of other dogs (only knew the dogs from her pack, not strangers) but now she is little miss confident, walks up to them tail high and proud! She is slightly scared of large humans that try to touch her face, but not to the point of biting them- she just ducks away. I can trim her nails and brush her with no problem at all. I can even walk her off leash now, at least in safe places like hiking trails, quiet streets, and large parks. She doesn't chase cats, so it's safe to take her to friend's houses. She was already housetrained, only had a couple accidents this whole time (peed in the guest room we hardly use when she was shut inside). At first she was scared of riding in the car and had to be lifted into it, but now she jumps up when I open the door. You're right, she was used to dog trucks, but not riding in the cab. It didn't take to long for her to associate car rides with good things, though.
I think she has a lot better manners than many dogs I know who were housepets their whole lives! (she has only learned to beg at table and put her paws on me since I've accidentally encouraged it! ) I tell everyone that I got so lucky with her to get a naturally perfect dog. I think you might have a bit of a bias against working/racing mushers, but Ginger's previous owners were great people who treated their dogs well, and just had more than they needed. They had already decided to stop breeding dogs, and had all the females spayed, and find homes for the extras. They were trying to eventually have under 20 dogs.
I'm just glad they trusted me to give their girl a good life, because Ginger is an awesome dog.
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