Q: Husky - bad situation

September 22, 2011 | By Jan H. | 2 answers | Expired: 1588 days ago

Jan H.

Just want to share this story and get comments.

D had a husky that she loved very much. Unfortunately D developed a terminal illness. One of her dying wishes was that the dog be given a good home. Her son was going to take the dog but did not. I don't know why. Another relative took the dog but did not want him and chained him to a tree outside. A friend of D, who fosters dogs for a rescue group, took the dog even though the rescue group did not have space for another dog. I'll call him and his family F1. The dog was fine with F1. He was friendly with men, women and young children. F1 had him neutered and knew of family, F2, who were looking for a dog. The dog is an all white husky and F2 was looking for a big white furry dog. F1 thought it was good fit and F2 adopted the dog. With F2 the dog showed separation anxiety and started damaging their home. F2 did nothing to address this and one day they left the dog home alone all day without exercising him. He did significant damage to their home and they were very mad at him. Over time the dog started to growl at each of them, man, woman and child. F2 thought the dog would adjust and the problems would go away. F2 did not exercise the dog and did not address any of the dog's issues. Eventually the dog bit the man of F2. Then F2 was afraid and wanted to get rid of the dog. It took time but the rescue group finally took him back. He now bit somebody from the rescue group and is displaying severe anxiety. The rescue group is crating him for 22 hours a day. I'm afraid that he will eventually be killed.

I know F1 and F2. F2 feels they did nothing wrong and is convinced that the original owner was in an abusive relationship and that is why the dog bit the man. They are happy that the dog bit somebody else; to them it proves they are not responsible. But they now know more about huskies and have admitted that they did not want a husky.

Readers' Answers (2)

Sep 22, 2011

It sounds like everyone but the original owner was at fault to some extent. The son for denying his mother's dying wish, the relative who neglected the dog and adding to the anxiety of being abandoned and rehomed, F1 who did take the dog in but didn't follow through with ensuring it was the right home, and definitely F2 for not working with this dog's individual needs in any way. And now the rescue group is greatly increasing this problem behavior by crating him nearly all day.

Obviously a dog doesn't just bite. In this case, the dog bit after months or years or however long it was of mounting insecurity and instability. Take the damn dog out of the kennel and start creating a positive environment for him to flourish. It may not be simple, but the dog's life depends on someone stepping up to the plate and finally accepting the responsibility they agreed to by taking in this dog.

Right now it's up to the rescue and if that rescue falters in his care, then they're no better than a dog pound.

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Sep 23, 2011

Jillian is right. Everyone since the original owner died has failed and continues to fail this dog. He's suffering from depression, anxiety, his life has been turned upside-down, and God only knows what else happened (besides neglect) in the house where he started biting but I can assure you it wasn't his fault. Now all the rescue is willing to do is toss him in a crate for 22 hours a day and ignore his issues? That's certainly not going to fix the problem. Obviously this rescue is not prepared to deal with dogs with behavior problems, which is odd since a lot of rescue come with baggage. This dog is circling the drain and it seems like you're the only one who is concerned about him. Thank you for that.

If the rescue he is currently with is unprepared or too busy to deal with him, they need to admit they don't know what they're doing and find a new place for him that will work with him. I work with a rescue/sanctuary in Texas (Smiling Dog Farms) that believes that dogs shouldn't lose their lives because they bite. They have people who work on their issues and if biting is just their nature (which, isn't the case here) the dogs are allowed to live out their lives at the sanctuary with friends who love them...not punished in crates. They save dogs from all over the country and have even gone to bat for dogs in other countries. I would encourage you to contact SDF or a group like them who can help save this dog's life, hopefully reverse the damage that has been done since his owner died, and get him into the right loving home or at least allow him to live his life with people who love and respect him giving him and allow him to run and play.

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