One week ago today Zach and I adopted a new husky puppy.
Meet Nova Gray!
This is the story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there. I’ll tell you how I became a husky mom in a house filled with dog hair.
Growing up we had cats. A lot of cats to be exact. And I loved every second of it. A stray dog showed up in our yard one day when I was about ten. We cared for him for a few weeks that summer before he mozied along, maybe back where he came from. We never saw him again. That was the closest I’d ever come to having a dog, so when Zach, my fiancé at the time (now husby) suggested we adopt one I was a bit apprehensive. I’ve always loved all animals, but I just wasn’t sure how to care for a dog. I convinced Zach to wait until after the wedding and we’d see from there.
The first day back from our honeymoon I was talking to Zach in the car after work. We pulled up behind a red truck at a stop light with a husky sticking it’s head out the window. I told Zach that if I could pick any dog, it would be a husky hands down. I had been fascinated by them since childhood. But I didn’t think too much of it, after all - these dogs are not typically found at the shelter, where I planned on visiting to adopt of future pup. The next day Zach went into work and his friend and co-worker, Brandon, mentioned that his dog was having puppies and asked if we might want one. Zach asked what kind of dog it was. A Siberian Husky.
We picked Willow out the day she was born. All of the other pups wiggled and squirmed, adapting to their new world. Willow slept peacefully on the end of the row of newborn puppies. The white squiggle on her back made her stand apart and I loved her immediately. Jessica and Brandon let us come by periodically to play with the pups and bond with Willow. I will forever be grateful to them for giving us to her, she was by far the best wedding gift we received!
That was almost six and a half years ago. I went from not knowing much about dogs to full on dog mom almost over night. Willow is so much more than a dog to us. I can look at her face and know what she’s thinking. I know her favorite things and that the only thing she is scared of is the garbage truck, which leads to needing to be cuddled immediately. She loves to be outside and has gone canoeing with us. She is a big supporter of peanut butter and LOVES kids. Passing out candy on the porch on Halloween is a favorite of hers. She is a stunning creature for sure, but she has moments where she is quite frankly, a major dork. And I love it. We celebrate her birthday every year and have more dog toys than you can imagine. She is good with our cats(for the most part) and her best friend in this world is my dad’s English pointer, Silvia. She is our girl and we are so thankful for her.
It’s been really exciting watching her grow up. My photography skills have improved with each passing year, so I really enjoy using Willow as a practice model. She even knows when to sit and look at the camera. She is awesome! Watching her play in the snow is easily one of the best things I’ve ever witnessed. She is so in her element in the winter. Zach taught her to pull him on the bike and the joy that it brings her is amazing. She is one of the best things to ever happen to me and I am so glad she is my girl.
And that brings us to Nova. We’d been trying to adopt another husky for about four years. Rescuing a pup was important to me as we volunteer at the humane society and I see how many dogs out there that need homes. We’d talked about getting another dog of any breed really, but Willow struggled with this. I think generally huskies are misunderstood. They have a language all their own and often times their body language is intimidating to other breeds. As a result, Willow struggles to make friends, and it made adopting another dog extra difficult. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but Willow’s happiness and comfort were our priority. We even tried another full grown husky that had been rescued from an abusive situation, but that was short lived as she and Willow both fought to be alpha and that lead to a lot of violence. We decided to wait it out until the timing was right.
Last week I saw a photo of this sweet pup that my friend shared online. This young husky had been through so much in her short life and had been tied to a tree for most of it. My heart broke, but it also skipped a beat. This was our girl. I knew it the second I saw her. After exchanging some messages, we got the word that she was ours. My friend Beth went with Zach and I to pick her up last Friday.
She is so much like Willow, but so different at the same time. For the first few days she was docile and skittish (understandably so) but now we’re seeing her ornery side come out! She is learning so much from Willow and is incredibly gentle. She and Willow are quickly becoming best friends! (Though you can see from some of the photos it took a little bit of work to get there, haha) Willow is doing great as a big sister and I think she really loves having someone to play with, which was our hope in adopting another husky.
We are now a two husky family. Twice the dog food, twice the fur but also twice the love. And I am so pumped!