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What Challenges Face Adult Rescue Dogs?: Update on Cash the Siberian Husky


I thought it was time to share some truly heart warming and encouraging news about a woofie rescue we helped in September this year.

Remember Cash?

before after 02

He has been having one heck of a great adjustment to living INSIDE and looking OUTSIDE…

Great to be inside and comfy

Great to be inside and comfy

…instead of being forced to live outside, rain or shine with no protection…hence his black fur became sun burnt and red; no to mention so matted and flea infested he had to be shaved.

First…let me tell you all that Cash is doing well…and he has a permanent home forever.  Second, you all know that there are CHALLENGES, as with any adult dog rescue, bringing Cash into a home where there are resident dogs…Samantha is a 7 yr old female Siberian Husky, and Foster, a male Shiba Inu, brought into this home about 2 years ago now age 5.

I have kept in touch with Cash…’cuz I know you all want to know how he is adjusting…(bet you all want find out what he looks like when his FUR grows back!!) as well as how the other woofies are managing to accept him.  He has now gone on a first shopping trip complete with car ride with open window!!

Arwooo!! What fun!

Arwooo!! What fun!

BUT…yes, that great big word…BUT…as with all of us adult woofie and cat rescues…we bring some unknown baggage.  Our human guardians are the ones who we depend on to help us unpack that baggage.

Which is just what Cash’s human guardians are doing…and oh my cat!! What a difference even ONE session with a competent animal behaviorist can make.

Miss Liz, Cash’s new HuMom sent this update to Mom L…

“He (behaviorist trainer) was amazed how laid back and easy going Cash was while interacting with the other dogs in the house, which is true of Cash, to be a husky and a puppy, he certainly is quite calmer than most.

We worked on:

  • feeding schedule
  • bed issues (my bed) and a few other (hierarchy) issues

Foster and Cash were fighting for the same place in the family and I wasn’t making Foster the “2nd in command” after Samantha so there was tension.

Keeping Cash off my bed was the big one. Foster”s biggest resentment was me allowing Cash on the bed when Cash had not “earned” it.

The first night not allowing Cash on the bed, Cash paced most of the night, got me up twice to take him out, which is not like him.  So the next day I purchased a new bed for him to have in my room.  I laid with him on it and gave him a great treat and made him eat it on his bed.

That night and every night after, he sleeps all night on his bed and doesn’t even try and come up on the bed.  If I allow him up it’s because I invited him and he has not automatically jumped up.  Even with Samantha and Foster on the bed in the morning while I get ready, Cash lays on his bed..

Feeding Cash last, when I always fed him first because I had to pen him up, has been another big change. I now feed Samantha, then Foster and then Cash, without anyone being penned up.  Cash eats his own food, doesn’t try and get to the other bowls unless the others walk away.  I automatically pick up the bowls so he is not allowed to eat out of them.  He allows the others to drink from the same water bowl as himself without even flinching.

Just by implementing a few ground rules on Cash, there is no longer any tension in the house between Foster and Cash”

And yes, Cash remains the typical Sibe, honing his escape skills…

Escape through the feeding door on inside crate

Escape through the feeding door on inside crate

Thankfully, ONLY two sponges suffered injuries when Cash escaped and went on his walk about inside the house. Now, he is not penned up at all.  No further sponges have been to emergency, only a roll of paper towels!

And then the toll Cash takes on the aerobic heath of his Sibe sister…she is 7 years old and this year old pup is making sure she never has to go on the evil d-i-e-t!!

Oh My Dog!! This kid is wearing me out!

Oh My Dog!! This kid is wearing me out!

Cash must always sleep with one eye open should anyone attempt to capture his fave bone…(notice his furs are already coming back!!!)

I can SEE you...looking at MY bone!

I can SEE you…looking at MY bone!

And of course…he always has his place on that couch…

ahhhh...chilling in my home is just fine, fine, fine

ahhhh…chilling in my home is just fine, fine, fine

A Paw It Forward project that just keeps on giving back!  So much joy to see Cash safe and so cared for.  Hope you enjoyed learning how Cash is progressing…I promise to bring you a photo once he has his full Siberian coat back. Bet he is drop over gorgeous!

You do know, don’t you, that Siberians are actually CATS!…trapped in a woofie body.  Anyone who knows the grooming habits of Sibes and who knows their warm, loving…yet very independent…nature…should see some of the truth in that…arwooo and play bows to my woofie pals.

Paw Pats, Savannah

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28 thoughts on “What Challenges Face Adult Rescue Dogs?: Update on Cash the Siberian Husky

  1. I’m glad he’s settling in well!

  2. This is so great to hear and glad that Cash is doing well!

  3. meowmeowmans on said:

    What a great happy tail (tale)! We’re so happy that Cash and his new famkiy are doing so well. 🙂

  4. Oh Savannah dat’s pawsum. So glad Cash is duin’ so well. Hims lookin’ mighty handsum dat’s fur suwe.

    Luv ya’


  5. So happy to hear Cash is doing okay…and Savvy, I knew there was a resemblance with us…he’s adorable 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

  6. We loved seeing how well Cash is doing. ~Scylla & Family

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  8. What a happy update! Glad that the behaviorist trainer was able to help smooth out the bumps in the road 🙂 Thank you Savvy for the update!
    Marty and the Gang

  9. We are thrilled fer Cash doin well in hiz new home!! Mum had a part Husky what acted ALL Husky named Bogart Sam n she haz told me many storiez n me thott he sounded like a kitteh in a grrreat big poochie body!!!
    Wheneber Mum seez a Husky she getz da warm fuzziez… 😉
    Hurrah fer Cash n Miss Liz!!! may dey have many yeerz of husky happyness together…
    Lub Nylablue n Mum too ❤ ❤ ❤

    • awwww…thanks NB…not many of the kitties came around today cuz I posted about the woofie…bummer…but thankfully those who visited all realize this is successful rescue reality. paw hugs, Nana

      • Yow what iz wrong wif kitteh peepz?? A resckue iz a resckue n we shuud bee supporin poochiez az well az kittehz…
        Sum of me best furendz are poochiez altho YA iz me BFF!!!! Allwayz!!!
        Mum sayz to say PHANKZ to Aunti 😉
        Lub ya Savannah ❤
        Nylablue n Mum x0x0x0x0

  10. What a heart-warming story! I’m so happy for Cash–he’s definitely found his forever home.

    • oh My Gosh!! Sage!! Thank you so very much for visiting and commenting. I know most readers think I outta be like, ya know, a “cat blog” but I like to keep ’em guessing and just be an ‘animal blog”…na’ mean??? So Woofies are ALWAYS gonna be included in happy tails stories.

  11. We’re so glad Cash has a great home now and is adjusting to his new life. 🙂

  12. kittiesblue on said:

    We and mom are always so excited to hear about happy endings in rescue. Cash looks so much better, and we too can hardly wait to see him with his furs grown back. We can tell that Cash is right where he belongs. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  13. Two Frwnch Bulldogs on said:

    We are so happy you have beautifilul Cash
    Lily & Edward

  14. Oh I am so glad to hear updates on the beautiful Cash!
    Sounds like he definitely found the right home 🙂
    And yes, I even did a post on how much huskies are like cats. Between grooming themselves, jumping up and sleeping on the back of the couch etc…..they are very much cat like!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  15. The OP Pack on said:

    How our Mom can relate to Cash’s new humans. We Sibes are wonderful dogs, but we must admit we do need some very firm obedience training and a strong human leader. Sounds like Cash is on the road to blissful living:) Thanks for the pupdate.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  16. Isn’t it just plain amazing to see the progress Cash has made……from that very sad situation he was in to being in a forever home with his beautiful coat coming back AND for him to have fitted in so well with other animals – well – this is what it’s all about isn’t it Savvy. A new start….every animal deserves it yet so few get it – Cash is one of the lucky ones and we’re so happy for him!

    Hugs, Sammy

  17. Looks like Cash is settling in really well. That’s great to see!

  18. mollieandalfie on said:

    That is pawsome for Cash, I just love happy ending story’s. Have a super weekend xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  19. Wow, dogs have their own behavior issues and they are SO different from us kitties! I’m glad things got worked out with Cash and he has a great home!

  20. Thank you for an energising and hopeful post about a dog who started with no hope and thanks to pawing it forward with love has been transformed. We should all care and make this kind of a difference.

  21. Mumsy's Little Chancy Man on said:

    We are just so happy for sweet Cash and we sure do appreciate the update on him. Hugs and nose kisses

  22. Woooohooooowoooooooo fur Cash! $$$

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