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On my way home from walking Indi, my husky, I was just tickled pink when we spotted our resident pair of mute swans climbing out of the river + onto the bank with their 4 cygnets in tow!
This is the River Tyne on the left, to the right of the path is our local golf course.
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I Love Dobermans! We had an Alsatian Doberman cross when I was a little, Lass. She looked more Alsatian, but one of her pups we kept looked more Doberman, Pablo, he was a big dog. I used to ride on his back! It always tickles me the way Dobermans do that round+round+round+round ritual before curling up like a cat into a little ball+you look at them thinking 'How can a dog that size curl into such a small ball?!' Indi does that, but she's not a big dog. I'm always laughing at some of the positions she sleeps in - huskies are the funniest for that!
We also had another of Lass's pups, Kahn, who had Labrador in him, so he looked like Alsatian/Lab. He was a big 'un too! They had the appearance of guard dogs, as we lived in a Pub+they would've protected us if they had to, but all of them were as soft as clarts, as us Geordies say. Lass had been badly treat by her previous owners, if she heard the dog chains hanging on the hook of the back door, she'd growl defensively, did the same occasionally if she saw you with the broom. It was because she'd been beaten with them. She had the loveliest nature which thankfully hadn't been broken+knew she was safe+loved in her new home though. Kahn+Pablo would sleep at the foot of mine+ my brother's beds!
WOW! You obviously know how to breed+train good stock Edie! I imagine it is a young 'un game though, like you say. Lol. Sorry to hear you have a bad back. Ironically for me, walking with Indi has helped me with my chronic achilles tendinopathy. Both are thickened from over 30 years of repetitive injury/weakness, which started when I was about 9 years old. It's had a knock on effect on my knees+back. Basically, I have to keep doing stretches/exercise throughout the day, otherwise they just seize up+it's agonizing. My right achilles eventually ruptured a few years ago.
It's a fine line, all the walking is really good, Indi pulling - not so good! I got a halti, which has helped save my tendons from the added strain. It's done wonders for my arms - got my biceps+triceps toning up nicely. (got muscles I've never had!)
I've had people ask me how I've lost so much weight+gotten fit - even my doctor+I tell them I haven't changed my diet (I don't eat junk food anyway) if you want to lose weight+tone up - get a husky+try some Zumba! LOL!!! ; )))


I could never take my two anywhere where there's traffic, or dogs, or people or just about anything. My two are very unruly but they do know that I'm to boss which is a good thing because of their size. I have a bad back which prevents me from walking more than 20-30 mins. at a time and I usually take a walking stick. Having them on a lead would be impossible for me. I'd be in agony after just the first minute. When I got them two years ago I knew they would be outdoor dogs and I knew due to my limitations that they would have no training. Back in my 20's and 30's I bred, show and obedience trained Dobermans quite successfully. Out of my first litter of 10 Dobes 8 became Canadian Champions, one female was just a bit too small but perfect confirmation and one male had only 1 testicle or I think all 10 could have finished. My first Dobe had a CD and a CDX and I was working toward a Utility Degree when he developed Wobblers and his obedience days were done. It was fun at the time and I loved the shows but you have to be young and healthy for that kind of stuff. Now my guys run around here and out in the fields at back all day and at night they have a 20'x20' enclosure with two large insulated dog house as well as outdoor sleeping platforms. All in all I think they have it pretty good. They love the winter and the snow and it never seems to get cold enough to bother them. On the other hand anything over 20 degrees and they're panting somewhere in the shade. Blackberry liqueur sounds delicious. I have a favourite raspberry one that the kids always buy me whenever theirs an occasion and I just love it. I'm writing down the name of that documentary to see if it's available here for download. Thanks Rea


LOL! Truth is, I'd love to let Indi off the lead, but I'd never be able to catch her! She's got zero road sense+I have to watch her when we're near a road, as she just darts out, oblivious to any traffic. All it would take is for her to see something that caught her attention on the other side of the road. I have a railway line out the front of my house too. So, it's for her safety that I don't let her off lead. We've been on a circular route today, it takes about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. The path you see here is on my side of the river+there are pathways running along the other side of the river, you cross a bridge at one end+ another bridge at the other, so you come full circle. It's about 7 miles (11 km). I had to stop myself from picking blackberries as I've got no space left in my freezer or fridge for them! Making some jam tomorrow + I've found a recipe for blackberry liqueur, so I'm going to have a try making some! Mmm, yummy! Discovered some plum trees today too, with delicious little plums as sweet as honey, so I'll be picking some of them next! LOL.
I'm not sure if it is available where you are to watch online, but there is a British actor + renowned dog lover called Martin Clunes who did a brilliant 2 part documentary "Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs" where he explores the unique relationship between man + dog, travelling around the globe, from Scufts dog show, sheep dogs + ratter terriers in the UK, wolves in Yellowstone, the dingoes of Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia to the wild dogs of Africa. It's the best documentary I've seen for giving people an insight into our canine companions! I highly recommend it, if you get the chance to watch it. ; )


Well this property where she lived and now I live doesn't lend itself to having dogs on leads. The house sit's 1100 ft back from a dirt road on 10 acres with acres of farm fields behind. She had 7 cats, just like me at one time but down to four when I bought it and the dogs never touched them even though 3 of them were semi feral indoor/outdoor cats that would run and hunt outside. My dogs are outdoor only, they were born in a barn and have only lived outside. Last year they managed to catch and kill two rabbits in deep snow. I was upset at first but after seeing the damage the rabbits did over the winter stripping bark off my shrubs, I'm not upset at all. Usually they don't have a chance catching anything as they are not built for speed. They weigh 115-120 lbs. each. Not sure what that is in stones. I walk once or twice a day with them in the fields. Sometimes they will give chase if they spot a deer or a coyote but mostly they just trudge along beside me checking out all the new smells from everything that passed by during the night. Maybe I should try putting a leash on one of them to pull me along at a quicker pace and I may loose some weight as well :-))


Huskies do have a strong hunting drive, it's in their nature just like pulling is. It's what they were bred for, let's face it. A team of huskies has been the only thing between life + death for those living in the harsh northern territories. Unfortunately, these days lots of people have them because of how they look+don't understand their natures. My Indi is a purebred Siberian Husky (she's got a 5 generation pedigree of international champs - better bred than me! Lol!).
1st rule for huskies - NEVER let them off the lead. Some people can manage to train them off the lead - but only if they've had them from being small pups. It's rare though.
2nd - a yard/garden/enclosure with at least 6ft wall or fence They can jump over anything shorter! Huskies are superb escape artists. Indi can break out of her crate+with the gate still locked!
3rd - No small pets, be it birds, cats, rabbits and so on. Some people do have say a compatible husky/cat duo, but again, it's rare. You're more likely to hear tales like the people I got Indi from, who have been reputable husky breeders for years, told me how they learnt the lesson. They got a cat (from a shelter) which was as thick as thieves with one of their huskies in particular, played, ate+slept together for over 2years. One day as the owner was in the garden, the cat was going around the room, on the tops of the furniture, round+round, the husky just watching - WHAM! out of nowhere, the husky caught the cat mid air. They were fortunate not to lose the cat, which needed quite a lot of vet treatment+returned to the shelter once it recovered. If she hadn't been there+quick to intervene, the cat would've been torn to shreds.
But - like ALL dogs, there are some soft as dough, some meaner than others. Huskies tend to be really friendly with people.
Indi's as soft as can be. She just loves any attention - a treat+her belly rubbed is all she wants! LOL!
She needs lots of exercise, but I ain't complaining, she's got me the fittest I've been in years + I've lost over 2 1/2 stone since I got her in June last year!
Back to your story about the white husky - if it was a shepherd cross - the sheep herding dogs instinct is to kill the sheep, not protect them. They are trained to herd for our purposes. So, either breed has a strong hunting drive.
Indi would be after the wildlife around here, pulls like mad when she spots rabbits, suirrels, bigger birds, like crows/gulls, if only she didn't have me like a lead weight on the end of her lead! Mind, I think the cat down our street would have her face off as quick as look at her, she's such a softy! ; )


Thanks for guiding me here Rea. After reading your comment I guess it was wise to keep your distance and hopefully your dog knew enough to do so as well. When I bought this house 3 years ago the owners had a white husky, maybe purebred or a shepherd cross. She loved that dog but hated the fact that he killed everything. Rabbits, possums, squirrels, some baby racoons and the worst was when he came home carrying a fawn. They tried to get it away from him but he wouldn't come within 20 feet of them. They knew it was dead and he ran off with it and they assume probably ate some and buried the rest. She said for that reason she would never get another husky because they have such a strong kill instinct. Not sure if you find the same to be true.


That they do Jim. ; )


Times like this just bring a smile to your face.

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