I am sitting here sorting through pics and thinking back to just a few short months ago when we got our second dog, Rok. I know, I know! I never even blogged about it. Whoops! Consider this, my introduction: In May, we got Rok. Rok is 75% husky, 25% albino shepherd, and 100% gorgeous! Meet Rok:
It all started many months before when my kids were begging me to get another dog. They wanted a Husky, but I refused to spend $400+ on a dog. I told them I would like to just get an older dog and give it some love before it passed away. Older dogs don’t get adopted as quickly as puppies do. I also told them if a husky became available at a shelter we would get it, otherwise we were getting an older dog.
When I told everybody I was looking for a senior dog, they thought I was crazy.
“You should get a puppy” they said
And, “An older dog is going to die sonner.”
That was kind of the whole point. I knew getting an older dog would mean watching them pass, but I also knew that we could give an older dog lots of love and let the years or months they had left be some of the best ones.
We searched for months on all the local animal shelter websites and social media pages, looking for the one that was just right for our family. We even went to the animal shelters a few times and though we saw a couple, none seemed right for our family.
Then, a friend on Facebook said her dog was pregnant with Husky puppies. Her dog is an Albino Shepherd/Husky mix and the dad is full Husky. Before the puppies were even born, we told her we wanted one. That ended our search for the perfect dog. I wasn’t really thrilled with getting a puppy, but the kids were all about it.
Rok was born March 15th and we brought him home on May 2nd.
The kids named him Rok after my Uncle’s dog Roc who lived with us a few short weeks in January after my Uncle passed away.
Upon bringing him home, I insisted the kids work with him and get him trained! Our other dog came to us as an adult and to this day will not follow simple commands like sit or stay. One of the first things was crate training. I’ve never crate trained a dog before, but it has been much easier than I anticipated. Rok will go to his crate when told “Go to bed”, and he will “wait” to get out until we “release” him. He will also wait to eat until we “release” him. He knows “sit” and will walk on a leash which our other dog won’t.
I couldn’t be more thrilled with how obedient he is. The kids have done a wonderful job training him. He is now 7 months old and growing like a weed. His coat is much darker and he is super playful. Rok hasn’t met a dog he doesn’t want to play with. His favorite things are chewing rawhides and annoying his little Yorkie sister Malori
Does your family have any pets? If so, what kind?
Currently, we have 2 dogs and 1 chicken. The chicken is like a 3rd dog, spending its days outside and nights in the house inside a dog crate.