Meika is a female Siberia Husky, born September 1991 (12
yrs old). She's a very tiny 42lbs (was 33lb in her younger years) - about as small
as a Siberian can come (fully grown). She was the runt of the family and still is
mistaken for a puppy all the time. My parents raised her but couldn't handle her so
I took her a couple of years ago. She has big brown eyes and is white with grey
markings. She has a little bit of wolf in her background, the rest is
Siberian. She came from a litter from Mountain Mushers breeders in Banff.
Meika loves the outdoors and lives for snow.
Camping a few summers ago was a whole new adventure for her. There were
squirrels and elk right in the campsight which provided hours of entertainment for
her. Fortunately she missed the bears that crossed through our area. We
recently moved from a dry windy prairie city to a northern city in the middle of the
wilderness. Walks are much more fun for her now that we are right next to a forest
insteaf of paved roads between houses.
Her favorite things are running, stealing cat
food,eating treats (pigs ears, rawhide, bones, etc.), running, beating up/chasing the cat,
running up and down the stairs and around the livingroom at the speed of light, beating
the living crap out of stuffed toys, and did I mention running?! She also developed
some bad habits when living with my parents - begging is her biggest downfall. But
she has perfected the art of catching food when thrown to her - grapes and mini
marshmallows are her favorites.
My parents use to give her a tiny stuffed toy every year
for Christmas as a treat. When she came to my place, she decided that the two
stuffed bears that survived my childhood would suit her just find. No problem, I
don't want them anymore. But to watch her throttle them is quite a sight - it's like
watching a wolf or a pitbull shread a small animal! She's demolished them, so I
bought her some really cheap big stuffed animals on sale after Christmas - the 2.5ft
Rudolph and 2ft Teddy get flung around the livingroom with great gusto. They lasted
for years of beatings.
She is also quite the digger. When she first came
I had no lawn, so concrete blocks were a necessity if I didn't want to replace my
carpets. She spent the first while on concrete and then in a link-fenced kennel, but
once the sod took, she got out of the kennel and now lays behind her dog house, in the
shade on the grass. The only time she digs now is when she gets a really good bone
that's too big and needs to be hidden from pretators or if she hears something and thinks
she can dig up a gopher.
Unfortunately she doesn't get to roam free. She is
also an expert escape artist. If she gets away there is no use chasing, I just wait
for a minimum 2.5 hrs until she gets thirsty and comes home. Even when she was in
the kennel she could jump the fence to attempt to break free. Fortunately for her
she wears a harness and not a collar. A construction guy in the neighbourhood found
her hanging over the kennel fence, dangling from her rope. He was kind enough to get
her down and leave me a note about it - suggesting I shorten her rope! Yes, a rope
and a kennel are overkill, but I knew she could jump a 6ft. high fence.
Meika had to come up with her own attention grabber in
July '98 with a dog fight, resulting in a torn ear and stitches. We went camping in
Jasper as soon as the stitches were in - good story to tell all the other tourists when
they asked about the mangled ear. Everyone in Jasper just loved her and had to stop
to pet her and ask if they could share their ice cream with her (it's that sucky face
she's so good at making). Needless to say, Meika loved the attention and the ice
cream! She's never had so much fun. Her ear healed up nicely, with just a
minor knick in her pretty little ear, which can be seen in more recent pictures if looking
In the summer, her favorite thing during walks is to
jump in the river and cool down (at least 4 or 5 times). Plus there is always
someone who sees her and has to stop and pet her - what a rough life!!
Here are a few links to check out on
- Siberian Husky Info
- Siberian Husky Club of America
- Siberian Husky Rescue
Groups - how could anyone want to get rid of or hurt one of these cuties
Husky's - great tips for those considering getting a husky (and they are 100% on nose
with them, believe me)
- More Siberian
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