I like this opinion piece which discusses puppy mills, exotic pets and even the link between popular culture (movies, etc.) and the demand for certain breeds of dog.
Mr Barkham (no pun intended) talks about the need to strengthen requirements to underpin a culture that expects responsible pet ownership. My favourite quote “Buying a big pet should be like obtaining a mortgage – an agonising process with loads of ludicrous red tape that ensures we really want the burden of an animal in our lives for a decade or more.”
Click on the link to read more:
Hapless huskies, dumped dalmatians: let’s stop treating pets as disposable | Patrick Barkham | Comment is free | theguardian.com.
‘The Blue Cross has seen a 700% increase in husky-type dogs being given up or abandoned over the past five years, with 78 taken in last year.’ Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
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For those in the northern hemisphere, Christmas is a winter holiday and why not enjoy it with your dog? Skijoring is a winter sport where a cross-country skier is drawn across the snow pulled by their dog. In some cases, skiers will skijor with more than one dog. In Norwegian, the term literally means ‘ski driving.’
Breeds like Huskies, Malamutes and Samoyeds are obvious choices for this sport, where the owner and dog get their exercise together. However Pointers and Pointer crosses are also good sled dogs (Daisy likes that idea – although at her advanced age she will be a spectator only).
In this sport, the cross-country skier provides power with skis and poles, and the dog adds additional power by running and pulling. The skier wears a skijoring harness, the dog wears a sled dog harness, and the two are connected by a length of rope. There are specialist suppliers of skijor equipment to get you started.
Of course, careful winter paw care is needed and some dogs may be fitted with protective footwear for the sport.
Christmas skijor anyone?
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Many institutes of higher learning have adopted a dog as their official mascot. In this, what I hope will be my first profile of such dogs, I’d like to introduce you to the Northeastern University Husky.
In a prominent foyer of the main campus, a bronze sculpture of the Husky has been on display for decades in homage of the dog’s role as the official mascot.
It’s a common meeting place for students and faculty, particularly as the foyer provides a haven from what can be rainy or snowy weather in Boston.
The statue’s muzzle has been worn smooth from the amount of petting it has had over the years.
In addition, the sports teams of Northeastern are referred to as the Huskies, the newsletter of the university is The Husky Nation, and the on-campus card for purchasing is The Husky Card.
Visit the official university bookstore and you can buy t-shirts, sweatshirts and other items bearing the Husky image. If you are lucky, a real Husky will attend a special sport or other event being held at the University!