I have been approved to act as a foster for the Illinois Alaskan Malamute Rescue Association. When we are given a foster, this will be his (or her) space.
For current dogs needing a home please visit: http://www.iamra.org/index.htm
Mickey went to a very nice family in Chicago. Thanks Dueshazer and family! We'll miss you Mickey!
Mickey came into the rescue on 2/12/10. On 2/25/10 he will be neutered. Then we will see how he, Ami and Lupa get along. He seems like a smart pup and picked up pretty quickly on some manners. He's probably about a year old, found wandering the streets. Can't wait to see if he'll work out here. Obedience classes start in March, so I hope to get some news before then.
Mickey is now at home with us. We had to wait for Lupa's season to finish. He's doing really well. It's obvious that someone put some time into him, he walks nicely on the leash as long as you ask him to, he can sit and sometimes down. He's quickly picking up manners (like no jump and stay off the furniture). He's also, surprisingly, potty trained. We haven't had any accidents yet.
His first night here, we gave him a bath and we've been slowly trying to brush him out. He was great with the bath, but doesn't much care for being brushed, probably because his undercoat is almost to the point of being matted...not quite at that point, but not very far from it either. It probably wasn't helping with all the dirt from the boarding kennel.
Mickey does need to put on some weight. So far he's not eating much. He's not used to being given food at certain intervals, even when the food was down all day at the boarding kennel he would only pick...so I'm working on trying to increase his appetite. I think with more exercise and mental stimulation, he'll pick up a little. Plus I am using his food for treats when working on the basic commands.
Mickey does well with other dogs, but he is extremely playful and doesn't quite know when the other dogs have had enough. I am hoping that he'll calm down after a few days. No signs of aggression over objects.
He does not care for being left alone. He cries when in a crate, so we are working on that.
If you have any other questions, please use the contact form on this website or go to the IAMRA website for their contact information. We would gladly meet anyone interested in adopting this playful boy.
I got a weight on Mickey today, he is 55lbs, much smaller than he should be. I've been hand feeding him because he doesn't seem to be interested in the food when it's in the bowl. I am slowly moving my hand into the bowl to try to get him to finish whats left in there, but it's slow work. In two weeks or so, I'll get another weight to see if he's gaining anything. If not, I will increase his food. Right now I'm giving him about 5 cups of food a day. It's the high end of what's recommended for his ideal weight.
I've tried adding raw egg and olive oil to the kibble to get him more interested in it. The egg worked, but he did not like the olive oil.
Last night we had beginner class. Mickey did alright. I think its good to get him around the other dogs and other owners to work on focused training. We did fun recalls, sit, down, sit stay, down stay, heeling.
Today we had issues getting him to eat. He was not at all interested in the food until after noon. Ami's the same way, she dislikes eating in the morning. I'll have to try again these next few days to see if its a pattern or if he just was full this morning.
They also got some time to romp in the back yard, here are some of the pictures:
I thought this one was funny:
All tired from their play time:
Wa-Hoo!! Mickey only cried in the crate for about a minute last night, AND he slept through until I woke up naturally. What a great night.
He's on day 4 of the new diet, and he started to get the runs yesterday. It looked like it was firming up a tad bit this morning though. He's on about a 75:25 ratio of new food to old. I have been able to get him to eat his full amount the last three days. It hasn't been easy, but we've managed by hand feeding/chasing him around the room. If you get him to take a single piece of kibble, he'll usually eat another handful or two. I've also been using my other dogs to get him more excited by the kibble. I sort of tease my two with it, and he's interested in why they are interested and he'll eat more that way...in fact, I got him to eat most of his meal out of the bowl last night by doing that.
Mickey is not completely potty trained like originally thought. He's had two accidents. I think a better way to word it would be that he has control of his bladder and such...because he will hold it, but he doesn't quite know how to say that he needs to go out. When out on a leash, he won't poo unless you briskly walk him around.
Mickey loves to chew. In the three years we've owned these Kong chews, I've never seen them used more. I might part with it and give it to the new owner if they don't have one. He's not even all that interested in the treats inside, he just likes having something to chew on. Plus, when he drops it, it bounces all different directions, which he loves.
Due to Mickey coming, we've made this past weekend a project weekend. We are re-doing the poo area because it stinks something horrible...We dug out the top four inches and leveled it out, and later today we will be getting a huge load of pea gravel. The area's going to be more like a run so that I can clean it with a water/enzyme product once a week to keep it from smelling.
Additionally, he just rang the bell to go outside to go poo!! Yeah Mickey!
No accidents the last two days, and Mickey rang the bell again when, I know, he really had to go...he ran outside and did both duties...so he got lots of praise for that.
He's still not eating much. Today I've tried adding water into the food, and this is sort of helping. He does eat more, but I'm still crawling around on my hands and knees chasing him to get him to eat. It seems that we are averaging about 4 or 5 times a day we try to get him to eat. At least once or twice he flat out refuses (spits it out or flicks my hand to spill everything all over), but the other times I can usually get him to eat a cup to a cup and a half at one 30-40 minute sitting/crawling....
We've managed to hit my goal of 5 cups for all except the first day, but today we might not get that...he just was more fussy than usual. Its nearly 8pm and I've only gotten him to eat 3 cups so far.
Today his deposits were taking more form (at least much more than the last two days). We are officially out of the stuff he was originally on, so I'm hoping to see some improvement in the next few days.
Pat said that someone might be interested in him this weekend. So on Thursday or Friday I'm going to give him another bath and blow dry. Also, I think I'd like to weigh him to see if he's gained anything. Its hard to say, since he's had the runs/loose stools since he came. He doesn't feel any heavier...and now that he's been getting brushed out, he looks worse (to me, anyway). George thinks we should try him on a cheaper, more fattening food. He thinks it might smell more appealing to him. I had only gotten a 15 lb bag of the Blue, so we'll see what happens. He might not even be here long enough for me to decide if he's doing well on the kibble or if we should switch.
I cut Mickey's nails today. Boy oh boy did he scream like a baby...despite the fact that I didn't once get close to the quick. I was purposely not cutting as close as I do for my dogs so that he can get used to it, but everytime I took a tiny bit off, he would thrash and mouth and scream. He must have had a bad experience with nails in the past. By the last foot, he calmed down a bit though. Maybe after enough "good" experiences he'll be easier to trim.
Been a bit since I last updated. He's had more solid poos than mudpie poos since starting the antibiotic that Pat gave us. Only one accident in the house this week, and I caught him "in the act" and he got to finish up outside.
He seems to have a thing for laying on top of my dogs. Here he is annoying Ami (she hates haven't people/dogs cuddling up to her).
He's nearly out of his Blue Buffalo food, and I decided to change what kibble to give him. I switched to a better brand called Taste of the Wild. It's a higher calorie count, so even if he continues to eat very little, it will amount to more in the end. It's still not the "best" kibble, but its low (or was that no) grain and pretty low in price for as good of a kibble as it is. Its only a couple of bucks more than the Blue Buffalo.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning, he was leaving behind little "poo spots" everywhere he sat, so Monday I took him for another bath and had the groomer do an anal sqeeze which cleaned up the problem instantly. I super blow dried him to try to shake loose some more of his undercoat. I learned that he doesn't mind the rubber brush and the slicker brush as much as the rakes.
We've taken him to the dog park a few times and he has done really well. I try to go when its a bit slow, but George took him on a sunny popular day. He does really well, but can be a bit of a rough player, so if someone wants to get another dog, they would need large enough to handle his boisterous play. His recall is okay as long as he's not "in play" or running to go play.
Here's a video of him responding to "Come Here"
Mickey has also had a go on the springer attachment and did well. He learned that running in front of the bike was a bad thing and he learned that running towards something will only proove to be useless. On the whole, though, he learned quickly (like everything else) and stayed where he was supposed to be.
We've made a lot of progress in crate training...or rather an important step in getting to the crate. Up until a few days ago, we've had to lead him in there with a leash because he would refuse to go up the stairs (where the crates are). Two days ago, I brought some bones up so I could do the cleaning, as soon as he figured out there were more toys and chewy things up there, he doesn't miss an opportunity to run up the stairs anymore. Still can't get him into the crate without guiding him in there, but he doesn't need a leash to keep him from running off, which is major progress in my book.
He's still pooping a lot. It's like his body's not processing any of it. It just gets mushy and passes through him. At least most of it is formed now...which is a plus. Today I'm going to try something a little different. I'm going to feed him only a tiny bit throughout the day. See if that jump-starts his digestive system to pick up the slack. He does like this Taste of the Wild better, but it’s still work to get him to eat.
WHOOOO-HOOO Mickey gained a pound! I think I'm going to keep up with this tiny meals for a bit (1/3 cup every 35 minutes or so...obviously times are extended if we go out, but thats the time that I shoot for), too, because it seems to be really helping him as far as appetite and stool consistancy. He's definitely pooing more with the little bit through the day, but it looks like he might actually be processing it! I'm excited. I can't wait to see if he gains again next week. Way to go Mickey!
Last week, Mickey gained another pound :) so he's up to 57lbs. I'm so proud of him. Also, today, I was able to feed him next to Lupa without him attempting to take her food. I was really impressed, I didn't think he would be able to do it without corrections, but he stayed in his bowl and she stayed in hers. A family is going to be looking at him soon. I'm both sad and happy. It will be nice for him to be in his forever home, but we will miss him. I hope that I can stay in contact with his new family.
Oh! And getting him into the kennel is proving less difficult lately. He seems to have taken a liking to Ami's smaller kennel. Who am I to say he can't choose which kennel he wants? So we've let him have it and Lupa's been back in hers. Whatever floats his boat. :)