If you're thinking of getting a Husky, you may want to think again!
When I first got Juno 6 months ago, I used the furminator brush on her and exactly three hairs came out. I prided myself on having the only husky who didn't shed. Holy mountains of fur, was I wrong. Juno's been "blowing her coat" for two weeks now and I've been furminating her three times a week and the house is still under siege. The Dyson Animal vacuum is on the brink of its own breakdown and Loki celebrates that he isn't a husky every time the furminator comes out.
I’ve filled 5 office-sized garbage cans. Saturday, I furminated her two times (poor thing) and then put her in the shower for a bath. She cried as if I was driving a steak knife through her heart the entire time in the bath. Yah, because torturing huskies by bathing is my favorite thing to do on Saturday afternoons.
Poor Juno. It isn't easy for a husky living with a clean freak. Juno happily walks around with big clumps of fur just hanging off of her ready to fall. I'm not far behind her with my fingers, ready to pluck the husky. I get as much satisfaction plucking the husky as I do exfoliating my skin, cleaning my fridge or vacuuming. Those clumps of hair are just so darn tempting-- like a zit ready to pop. You just can't ignore it. Husky-plucking is an addiction. And she gets so darn pretty every time I pluck her.
Let's compare Formosan GSD fur removal to Husky fur removal:
You tell me Internet, which dog is higher maintenance? Let's just say, Juno's super high scores in the personality department make up for her low scores in shedding.
After six months with us, Juno still flees from Mr. Wild Dingo and eyes him as the evil-doer of all huskies. She's obviously protecting her gumdrop nose, a valuable husky commodity. When Mr. Wild Dingo's home she walks around as if she's a guest in the house, depressed. Her groans and unferocious growls as he pets her are becoming comical. It must really suck getting a free massage.
When Mr. Wild Dingo's gone, she's bold, confident and playful. In fact, she challenges Loki for the alpha throne daily, pushing him out of the way to compete for my attention.
Just the other day, she tested the waters of the throne. Loki's been taught to ignore Juno when she's eating or has a bone. He'll leave the room or sit by me. Juno was eating a bone in my office while Loki took his usual position in the hallway outside my office, half asleep, never even looking at Juno. Juno got up, left her bone and walked into the hall way. Next thing I heard was blood curdling barks and cries. Most likely Loki got up to investigate the abandoned bone and Juno, being four feet away from the bone attacked. When Loki is truly "naughty" and he feels righteous, he'll generally avoid me, but instead, after I broke them up, he immediately became submissive, ears back and laid down, just completely confused. He'd done his job, ignoring Juno and since an abandoned bone has always been fair game in the house, he had no idea what happened. Juno baited him, set him up for the fall off the mighty alpha throne. But Loki's no slouch and instead, Juno got served. She walked away with the war wound.
Still, she's my princess and is treated as such by all three of us, including the bad boy himself, who's learning to behave nicely to her. I could not have picked a worse playmate for either dog. Though they get along fairly well, they are polar opposites. But she's in our lives now and no matter how much fur she drops in the house, how many things she chews and destroys or how many times she groans and growls at Mr. Wild Dingo, we love her, just as she is.
Happy 6-month anniversary Juno!
We're so happy to have you in our lives. We love you, and your gumdrop nose, just as you are.