Saturday, June 30, 2007

Ok so Indy tagged me and I have to share 7 things about myself.

1. I like to sleep in closets, also a good place to hide form nasty thunderstorms.
2. I love making new friends. This is Sky and I at MaPaw's annual meet and greet at the Green Lane Scottish Irish Festival. I'm the red and white one!
3. I love my mom homemade doggy treats, you can get them for yourself in MaPaw's Recipes for Rescue.
4. I like to woo at my people if they don't wake up when I am ready to

5. I make a good snuggle puppy

6. I love my Canidae platinum food mom and dad started feeding me after the big dog food scare. The told me last night they can't believe how beautiful my coat is now.

7. I LOVE CAR RIDES!!!!!!!

I tag Echo, Army of Four, and Amici

Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Funny Sort of Relationship

So Canyon and Sky have this strange type of relationship. Mom calls Canyon a cleaner fish whenever he is doing it. I learned by searching the "net" that it is actually called a symbiotic relationship. No, Canyon doesn't ride on Sky's back like the remora fish, but he thinks it is his duty in life to make sure Sky's ears are squeaky clean. Mom got pictures of him in the act the other night.The funny part is Sky gets seasonal allergies in the spring and can't stop scratching his face and ears. Amazingly with our new "cleaner fish" Sky's allergies did not flare up nearly as bad. So I guess Canyon isn't all bad sometimes.

Monday, June 25, 2007

All About Us

We hope you enjoy getting to know us better!
1. Your age?

2. Your age when you came to live with your people?
KA: 1 and a half
S: 1ish
C: 17 weeks

3. What color collar are you wearing right now?
KA: purple (the color of royalty)
S: blue
C: blue and brown with paw prints

4. Who is your favorite peson other than the people you live with?
KA: Megan and Morgan and Grandma
S: anyone I can jump up and say Hi to
C: kids

5. How much do you weigh?
KA: 54lbs.
S: 82lbs.
C: 65?lbs.

6. Most expensive thing you ever chewed up?
KA: used tissues (Mom says that's nasty)
S: nothing, I'm a good boy!
C: Dad's Dale Carnegie book, oh, and the Dish Network remote

7. Do you like other dogs?
KA: yes, as long as I can be alpha
S: yes
C: yes....dogs are less frightening than people

8. Who is your best non-human friend?
KA: my bed!
S: Canyon
C: Sky

9. Squeaky toys or tennis balls?
KA: neither
S: squeaky toys
C: squeaky toys

10. Do you like to be brushed?
KA: yes I like the attention
S: being brushed it better than being plucked by Mom
C: I guess so...still getting used to it

11. Peanut Butter or Cheese?
KA: toss up!
C: I'll eat anything!

12. Do your people cut your toenails?
KA: yes
S: yes
C: yes, it takes both of them to wrestle me and restrain me!

13. Any formal education?
KA: yes, graduated basic obedience school
S: no, unless you count the "come or else" collar
C: no, still learning

14. Couch Potato or Energizer Bunny?
KA: couch potato
S: both at times
C: Energizer Bunny

15. Five nicknames people call you?
KA: Kelsey Ann, queenie, yeslek, Kelsey girl
S: Sky, sky boy, Sky come, yks
C: Canyon, anya (2 year old's version of my name), noynac, puppy, good boy, shadow

16. What's your best trick?
KA: hiding in small spaces
S: beg
C: I bounce after toys like a bunny

17. Do you like kitties?
Kapp Pack: mmmmm......lunch!

18. What did you have for breakfast?
KA: Canidae Platinum
S: Purina One Sensitive System and Eagle Pack Anchovy, Sardine and Salmon Dry Food

19. Can you hunt and have you ever killed anything?
KA: yes, baby bunnies :-( (Mom was very mad at me!)
S: yes, broke a opossum's back
C: I'm half lab what do you think?

20. When was the last time you went to the Vet?
KA: Last October
S: March for my allergies
C: Last July, Mom's going to make my appt. soon

21. Where do you sleep at night?
KA: on my bed
S: on my bed or the floor, whichever is cooler
C: on Mom and Dad's bed on Mom's feet

22. Do you like to swim?
KA: Love it!
S: not really!
C: I'm half lab what do you think?

23. Can you make puppies?
KA: No, but MaPaw thought I may have had a litter before they got me
S: No
C: No

24. Your favorite place to visit?
KA: the car
S: the sheep up the road!, see Meet Sky Boy
C: I'm very shy so Mom and Dad are still introducing me to places

25. Do you give kisses?
KA: not usually
S: If I feel like it!
C: All the time, especially my girl!

26. Can you potty on command?
KA: um, no
S: what are you thinking?
C: yeah right!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Puppy Power

Ok, last but not least is Canyon's story. Last summer MaPaw got a call from a good samaritan who had taken a puppy in. This puppy came from a backyard breeder who ended up giving the puppies away because they were not selling. The puppies were kept outside in a small fenced in area. The good samaritan said the breeder would not let the mom near the puppies. She was looking for a puppy but there family was not quite ready for one. After a sleepless night being concerned about the well-being of these puppies she went back and took all five home. Her sister took one, she had PAWS rescue in Harrisburg, PA take 3 of them and she kept one.

She contacted MaPaw frantic for a place to place Beans. Their 3 year old boxer wanted to eat him. She was keeping the 2 dogs in separate rooms but was worried her children would open the wrong door at the wrong time. She was just ultimately concerned for Beans' safety. MaPaw agreed to take him in right away for his safety and ironically enough, my mom was scheduled to teach a training in Harrisburg the very next day.

Mom met the good samaritan at a pet store in Harrisburg and brought Beans home. Beans was supposed to stay temporarily before going to another foster home....but as you can tell we all flunked puppy transport!
Our biped sister claimed him right away as her puppy and they are inseparable to this day. They are two peas in a pod. Mom and Dad renamed him Canyon and it seems to fit since he is the color of the Grand Canyon. He is a husky/lab mix, which my mom and dad jokingly call a huskador. They also say he behaves like a lab in a husky suit.

As for me Kelsey Ann, I behaved very much like his mother....but I must tell you his puppy license officially expired about 2 months ago. I do not like to be jumped on as I walk across the room or up and down the steps to go outside or at any other time.....thank you. This picture shows the beginning of his loss of license.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Sky boy part II

Ok, so I left out the part about Sky's romp through the golf course. I was trying to save face for my Dad. Poor Daddy! We had just completed a weekend camping trip to the Poconos. Mom and Dad were extra cautious and on their toes to thwart an escape of my new "little" bro. They had adopted him in March 2004 and this was only July. We survived the entire camping excursion with no catastrophies even a hike at Bushkill Falls.

This was also the trip Mom and Dad visited Lakota Wolf Preserve for the first time. But that's another story. The kennel the wolf preserve recommended for us had Mom and Dad a little nervous. We had to stay there for a short time because we weren't allowed to meet the wolfies. They wanted to put Sky and myself in an outside enclosure (that was ok) but it only had a 3 foot fence.....uh oh....not Sky proof!! They were nice enough to let us use an inside kennel and when Mom and Dad returned for us we were safe and sound.

On the way home Mom and Dad took the scenic route and stopped at a state park to have lunch. Dad's eyeball's were floating (if you know what I mean :-P) and he thought he had secured Sky to the picnic table. So off goes Dad to the potty and amazingly off goes Sky ahead of him!! Once again it became a game of catch-me-if-you-can. Mom and Dad were trying so hard to catch him. Dad slid down a gravel hill and really hurt his hands and knees but they kept trying to catch him. And being the good girl I am, I just stayed (secured) at that picnic table and watched the show.

Sky took a jaunt down a trail that at the end crossed a road and went onto a golf course. He must have had a great time running through the water hazards and the nice, soft grass. Mom and Dad talked to everyone they could and looked for him for about 3 hours. They were about to give up. Please don't think badly of them....he had an ID tag, it would have been getting dark and they did not know the area at all. They took one last drive through the parking lots and in the last parking lot we came down the hill and there was a gentleman walking a black and white husky. Mom and Dad did a double take and exclaimed "It's Sky". Yeah! Happy Day!

The people who had him were the owners of the golf course. Their house is right next door to the golf course and Sky went right into their open garage and laid down. I guess he was really tired from all that running.

So you see now why I tried to save my Daddy the embarrasment. And believe me, Mom reminded him quite often it was his fault. It was after this excursion Mom and Dad got Sky the "come or else" collar. They now keep reminding all of us Sky is the best behaved of all of us (I woowoo in protest on that!) and they don't even need to use the collar anymore.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Meet Sky boy!

Sky joined our pack about 3 years ago. My Mom and Dad were getting ready to buy their first house and my grandpa had been looking at the Lebanon Humane Society for a new dog. He didn't find one for him, but found a friend for me. My Mom and Dad went to meet him and then took me the next day for my final approval. I gave him 2 paws up!
Sky did not make things easy on my mom and dad. The second night at our old house he escaped out the front door. (I just had them too spoiled and they let their husky guard down.) Mom and Dad and the local police spent the better part of the night searching for him and Sky was playing a rousing game of catch-me-if-you-can. Ironically Sky had been loose in our neck of the woods before and the police were not very nice at first because they thought it was my mom and dad that had been letting him get loose all the time. I set the police officer straight right then and there. Mom and Dad had their early morning run trying to chase him down again. It was quite an amusing sight. Mom finally had gotten a call at 7:15AM from kids at the bus stop who caught him. He had walked right up to say Hi!

Then, on our first night in our new house (3 days after the first escape), Sky got loose again. Apparently Mom got a call from a sheep farmer 1/2 mile up the road who had caught him. He didn't hurt the sheep but just liked playing with them overnight. Boy, did he stink! Even better he decided to sleep all day in Mom and Dad's makeshift bed on the floor while they spent the day moving into our house.
Mom and Dad knew they needed to teach Sky to come on command for his own safety and decided to purchase a dog training collar. It took Sky almost a year to really settle in and become a loving dog to Mom and Dad. Now he won't leave Mom's side. He even doubles as a horse for the little biped. Sky is an extra large husky weighing in at 85lbs.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

A friendly visitor

Hi All! Today we had a visitor. His name is Blue. Mom said he just stopped by to run with us to get his all his pent-up energy out before going on a long car ride. Mom said he would be meeting up with another MaPaw volunteer to go stay with some MaPaw friends for a little while. Mom got a call last week from Blue's neighbor. She was concerned that he was not being taken care of very well. So my Mom was able to talk with Blue's owners and they were willing to let him come to MaPaw to find a better home.

Mom said where he was living was definitely not fit for a queen like me. He was in a 10X10 foot cinder block kennel and tied with a HEAVY chain to a dog house in the middle of it. No wonder he had so much energy when he got here. Blue was the victim of being a Christmas present someone didn't expect and who didn't understand our Siberian ways. And boy was he stinky! Mom said that was even after a bath yesterday.
Here we are doing the official sibe evaluation for Ma and Paw and Blue passed with flying colors. Blue seemed very happy to spend time with us and I know with some house training he will make a great dog for someone with sibe experience.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Long Live the Queen

In the summer of 1999, someone found me outside (before that I don't really remember where I was since I was pretty young - maybe only 10 months or so). The nice people who found me along side the side of the road couldn't give me a home, so they took me to a place in Lancaster. The people at the place were pretty sure I used to live at a place they called a "puppy mill."Lots of other dogs and cats were in kennels, but I could tell from sniffing that many other animals had been there too. Families came and went; dogs left and other dogs came. No one seemed to want me because people scared me. They say that I had something called heartworm and needed extra help to get better. Finally, Ma and Paw came and got me.

They took me to their house in Lansdale and named me Kelsey Ann. Ma gave me a middle name because I would always start to talk when she got on the phone. I slept in their closet all the time, right on top of Ma's shoes. After many month's of being at Ma and Paw's, a nice couple came to visit. Right away, I realized I could get along with them better than any other people I had met before. Best of all, I wasn't even scared around them like I had been around other people before. I put my paws on the lady's back and claimed them as my own.

I didn't go home with them that day, but they came to visit me several more times over the next few months. They said that I had to wait to come home with them until they had a house to live in. When they would visit, they would take me for walks and one time I got to go for a car ride and chase geese at a lake. During one visit, they spent most of their time filling out paperwork...boring...remember me....I'm over here!

About 3 months after I first met the nice couple, Ma and Paw took me for a car ride. It was a long car ride. I kept asking "are we there yet," but it only came out as "woo-woo." When we got out of Paw's blue van, they took me into another house and guess who was there... was people I had picked to be my own!!! That was six-and-a-half years ago. Soon after that the couple got married. I went on vacations with them to places like New England and the beach in Delaware. I also became a seasoned camper, although I hate when it thunderstorms while sleeping in a tent. We've also added two "little" fur-brothers and a baby human sister to our family.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

So our mom finally let us join in this thing the other doggies are calling blogging. So let me introduce my pack. I am Kelsey Ann and I was adopted from MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue 6 1/2 years ago by my mom and dad. I even picked them out myself. Three years ago they decided to adopt my brother Sky from the Lebanon Humane Society. They made sure he got my approval before bringing him home. Then last year they brought home this puppy they seem to jokingly call a huskador. He instantly became best friends with Mom and Dad's little girl so he got to stay despite my protests. He was supposed to be at our house temporarily before being transported to another foster home. The puppy came with the name Beans, but Mom and Dad changed it to Canyon.