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Oscar is sick & Siberian Husky needs a home

post #1 of 27
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I had to take Oscar to the vet today. Bless his heart he has a very severe ear infection I'm a bad kitty Mommy for letting him get this way. I will have to put antibotic drops in his ear for 10 days. Needless to say he wasn't a happy camper at the vets today. Could you all give Oscar some get well soon vibes?

While I was there waiting for our turn to see the vet, a man came in to check on a dog that he had found last night with a collar embedded in her neck It makes me want to go and kick some @ss that someone would do that to her She is a full blooded Siberian Husky, white with a little bit of charcoal on her back. OMG she is beautiful I have talked to Ken and he said he is going to think about it

I am really going to have to think about this before taking her into our home as I want to be able to care for her as well as the rest of my babies. I wouldn't want the quality of care for all of my fur kids to go down so I could take in another who needs a home.
post #2 of 27
Don't blame yourself about Oscar, Cathi. He's in my thoughts. I hope he gets better real soon!

I don't doubt you have enough love for another doggy, I know you and Ken will make the right decision.

post #3 of 27
Aww... Kathi dont blame yourself re Oscar kitty..... He knows his mama loves him. That pesky old ear infection stuff just came along and got him unknowingly. And about the poor little doggy at the vet's ... We will be behind You know matter what decision You make.
post #4 of 27
Awww Cathi We know you will make the right decision as to whether or not to take take in the doggy. Just take some time and think about it, go with your heart

Dori and I are sending Oscar some mega healing vibes. I hope your baby feels better soon
post #5 of 27
Cathi I'm sorry Oscar is not well, sending him lots of get well soon vibes. Whatever the decision is on that beautiful dog, I know you will make the right one.
post #6 of 27
People

I am glad that man found her or rescue her , what a poor baby
If you already have some dogs , what is one more ?
But you and your husband need to make that decision . I do hope Oscar is feeling better
post #7 of 27
Eek Siberian Huskys might not get along so well with the cats, eh? I've known several that enjoyed killing them in fact...
post #8 of 27
Oh Cathi! Looks like our two little ones are just not doing good this week! I am sending Oscar healing vibes! So is Mittens because he knows his little friend was doing the same for him!!

About the dog, do what you think is best, sleep on it!!
post #9 of 27
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Eek Siberian Huskys might not get along so well with the cats, eh? I've known several that enjoyed killing them in fact...
Sarah, I already own two Siberians now. Nakita and Dakota, yes they are notorious for killing any small animal that comes into their yard with the exception of Ceasar my MinPin.

Ken and I are talking it over about getting this Siberian. She does need a good home. I know that she would have an excellant home here with us, but I am not certain on the financial side if that is a possiablity until I audit our budget. If we do get her I am going to name her Fayina, meaning "free one" in Russian.

Thank you all for the well wishes for my baby boy Oscar. I didn't stay on the computer a lot last night so he could lay in my lap and sleep while I was sitting on the couch. Bless his heart Oscar's little face is even swollen up I do feel bad that I didn't catch this sooner. I hate it when any of my fur kids gets sick
post #10 of 27
Cathi I feel so sorry about little Oscar being poorly. Sending more healing vibes over. Take care of yourself Cathi.
post #11 of 27
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I just gave Oscar his ear drops this morning. Wow what a job that was anyone have any suggestions on how to make this easier without a struggle? Oscar wanted to fight me tooth and nail this morning
post #12 of 27
Cathi, the only thing I can think of is to wrap Oscar in a towel first.
post #13 of 27
Cathi, wish I had seen this sooner. I sure do hope Oscar will be feeling better very soon! Please don't feel guilty for his illness. You are now taking the best possible care of him. Sorry he wasn't cooperative with his drops. Would it help for Ken to help you hold him whilt you admister them?
Stephanie
post #14 of 27
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I think I will do both, have Ken hold him and put him in a towel. That boy was a big as a tiger this morning trying to put his drops in his ears Maybe that is a good sign that he is feeling a little bit better.....I sure hope so
post #15 of 27
Let us know how you get on Cathi. Poor little Oscar.
post #16 of 27
Ahhhh poor Oscar! I don't blame him for putting up a fight! Have Ken help you!

Sounds like you guys are really close to getting the dog...since you have a name picked out!
post #17 of 27
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Oscar seems to be feeling a lot better this morning. He isn't shaking his head or scratching at his ear very much at all

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Sounds like you guys are really close to getting the dog...since you have a name picked out!
As of right now we are leaning towards getting her. She is a beauty that's for sure even with her neck shaved with those horriable sores where the collar was embedded in there Some idiot put a choke chain on her when she was a small puppy and never checked it again. As she grew that F@&%*$g collar dug into her neck until it had to be cut out of it
I would have to put a harness on her if I do get her as there is no way I would put a collar on her to try and get her home.
post #18 of 27
I'm also a member of the Siberian Husky rescue in our area (NC), and two of our five dogs are Siberian mixes. Siberians are known for a high prey drive, but the risk to cats varies greatly from one dog to the next. Our Australian Shepard/Terrier mix is a far greater risk to unknown cats than any of our other dogs, but all the dogs do fine with individual cats after a careful introduction.

First, I would strongly suggest checking your local laws about strays. If the man found the dog it is important that the proper steps are taken to ensure legal ownership of the dog. Failure to do so can potentially result in a very ugly legal mess. The legal steps vary be location and are generally pretty simple and easy to follow, but it is absolutely essential they are followed.

If you do decide to take in this dog be sure you have a good vacuum and a good set of brushes and combs. I love these dogs but they do shed A LOT and need lots of exercise.

Having gone through LOTS of introductions I'll be happy to pass on suggestions if you're interested.
post #19 of 27
Great news about Oscar
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by CharmsDad
I'm also a member of the Siberian Husky rescue in our area (NC), and two of our five dogs are Siberian mixes. Siberians are known for a high prey drive, but the risk to cats varies greatly from one dog to the next. Our Australian Shepard/Terrier mix is a far greater risk to unknown cats than any of our other dogs, but all the dogs do fine with individual cats after a careful introduction.

First, I would strongly suggest checking your local laws about strays. If the man found the dog it is important that the proper steps are taken to ensure legal ownership of the dog. Failure to do so can potentially result in a very ugly legal mess. The legal steps vary be location and are generally pretty simple and easy to follow, but it is absolutely essential they are followed.

If you do decide to take in this dog be sure you have a good vacuum and a good set of brushes and combs. I love these dogs but they do shed A LOT and need lots of exercise.

Having gone through LOTS of introductions I'll be happy to pass on suggestions if you're interested.
I may need some help introducing Nakita to her That is one thing I am concerned about. Nakita has gotten quite attached to me She was an abused dog and it has taken a lot of love and patience to gain her trust. Even at that she has gotten very snappy with Dakota when I am out there with them. I have tried to show her that she is the Alpha dog in my little pack and she comes first.

Dakota is still a pup, a big pup @ 60lbs, but a pup none the less so he is spastic when I am playing with them I may be wrong but since Nakita has a problem with her hip, she has been on medication for her hip over a month now without much results(she is being x-rayed Tuesday) that maybe why she is attacking Dakota when he gets too close to her. She has even snapped at me once when I was brushing out her coat as I got to her hip. Bless her heart she looked so sad when she realized what she did

Thanks for the advice about the legal side of this I will be checking into this in the morning.
post #21 of 27
Cathi, I'm so sorry that I saw this so late. I'm really glad that Oscar is doing well.. Bless his little heart for going through all that medication and infection!

I'm glad that the Husky has found you... hopefully you will keep her...
post #22 of 27
Are you going to cat test her (safely for the cat of course) before you bring her home? I would never be able to forgive myself if one of my babies got killed by bringing in a cat-killing breed to my home.
post #23 of 27
Good news about Oscar! He'll be better in no time. I definitly suggest the towel thing or a blanket, makes life alot easier.
post #24 of 27
Alot of you'all seem to think that blondiecat keeps her big dogs in the house the only dog that stays in the house is the minpin Ceaser and the cats so she does not have to worry about the cats being jumped by the dogs. And lil sis I can come over and help with Oscar all you have to do is call. Big Bubba
post #25 of 27
Cathi ive just seen this now. Your anything but a bad mum .

I'm pleased to hear Oscar is doing ok now.

I can imagine how furious you are about the poor dog, i would be the same

Let us know what you decide
post #26 of 27
I'm so glad Oscar is feeling better, Cathi!
post #27 of 27
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I may need some help introducing Nakita to her That is one thing I am concerned about. Nakita has gotten quite attached to me She was an abused dog and it has taken a lot of love and patience to gain her trust. Even at that she has gotten very snappy with Dakota when I am out there with them. I have tried to show her that she is the Alpha dog in my little pack and she comes first.

Dakota is still a pup, a big pup @ 60lbs, but a pup none the less so he is spastic when I am playing with them I may be wrong but since Nakita has a problem with her hip, she has been on medication for her hip over a month now without much results(she is being x-rayed Tuesday) that maybe why she is attacking Dakota when he gets too close to her. She has even snapped at me once when I was brushing out her coat as I got to her hip. Bless her heart she looked so sad when she realized what she did
A bad hip absolutely can cause a dog to become a bit "nippy".

With a spunky younger dog the older one will generally have to put the younger one in his place a few times, then things should calm down. Generally a male/female combination rarely produces serious conflicts, though there's generally that initial period where they establish their personal space issues. I would expect the new dog (Dakota) to try and shove himself between you Nakita, and then she'll snap at him. He'll learn. Don't step in unless it looks like it will become more than some growling and quick snaps. Chances are he'll yelp a time or two, then show submissive behavior to her (turning his side, dropping his tail, rolling on his back). As I mentioned, it is extremely rare to have serious issues in a male/female pair even with a large age difference and generally best to give them the time to work things out between them (though caution is always in order.)

Introducing same sex dogs can at times be a much different issue, and introducing dogs with cats or other species is all together separate.

George
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