|Husky Havoc RRT
|SIBERIAN SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE
Everything you need to know to keep your sibe safe in the hot
summer months...and to help keep you from losing what's left of
your sanity completely. This will be a work in progress throughout
the summer. If you have any other suggestions - or tried and true
remedies of your own invention - email them to
FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS, CAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO SMELL THAT BAD. AND YOU
KNOW IT IS GONNA HAPPEN WE HAVE SIBES FOR PETE'S SAKE!!!!!!
It will be the height of summer soon and we all know that our kids love to chase things with black and
white tails, so we are placing a simple remedy for those times when your sneakers can't stop you and
you get dragged into the butt of a skunk. Most sibes wonder what the fuss is about (come on, it smells
good!). Malkin didn't mind until he got some of it in his mouth. But those people at CVS noticed as
soon as Ridley walked in to get supplies! So stock up now before it actually happens; not only will it
save you time, it will certainly save you embarrassment.
|FOR THE SIBES:
1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 tsp Dawn dishwashing soap
Mix ingredients together to form a paste. Spread it on your
beloved skunk chaser and leave it for 5-10 minutes (we
suggest you do one at time 'cause your going to have to hold
them down from licking all of it off or rubbing on the
ground). Rinse well. Repeat again, if necessary, after 15
minutes. Air dry or blow dry, whichever you normally do.
There will be no weird aftersmell with this mixture like
there would be with tomato juice (let's face it, no one wants
their dog to smell like marinara sauce for 3 days straight).
|FOR THE HUMANS:
Bathe in mouthwash (Ridley prefers the peppermint
flavor). Pour a bottle of it in the sink, and soak a
washcloth or small towel in it. Then coat your entire
body in it, hair included; especially the hair actually,
since it seems to hold onto the stink more strongly.
Keep it on for 5 minutes, then jump in the shower and
rinse it off; then bathe as you normally would. It will
take several showers and shampoos before you stop
smelling like an old candy cane. But hey, it's not as bad
as smelling like a skunk.
DO NOT USE MOUTHWASH AS A MEANS TO DE-SKUNK
YOUR DOG! IT CONTAINS TOO MUCH ALCOHOL.
LETS REMEMBER TO CHECK PAWS AND IN BETWEEN TOES, SINCE SOME OF
THIS GENERA LIVE IN THE GROUND (i.e., hornets).
AND IF YOUR DOG HAS AN ALLERGY TO STINGERS, YOU'LL KNOW WITHIN
THE FIRST 5 MINUTES., SO STAY ALERT. ALLERGIES CAN RUN THE GAMUT
FROM PUFFY STING SITES AND DIZZINESS, TO ANAPHALACTIC SHOCK.
|FIRST THINGS FIRST, TRY TO FIND THE STINGER (WE KNOW WITH ALL THE FUR IT IS VERY DIFFICULT) AND DO NOT PULL IT OUT
(THIS MAY RELEASE MORE VENOM) TRY TO SCRAP THE STINGER OUT WITH A DULL KNIFE OR EDGE OF A CREDIT CARD (EVEN A
FRESH DECK OF PLAYING CARDS CAN WORK, AND WE'RE TOLD TAROT CARDS WORK WELL TOO) AND EXTRACT THE STINGER THE
BEST THAT YOU CAN. IF IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'D HAVE TO BREAK THE SACK TO GET IT OUT, SURROUND IT WITH PAPER TOWELS OR
A WASHCLOTH FIRST TO TRY TO ABSORB THE VENOM BEFORE IT GETS INTO THE SKIN.
NEXT, WAS H THE AREA WITH SOAP AND WATER IF POSSIBLE.
APPLY AN ICEPACK TO THE AREA IF POSSIBLE (USUALLY WITH SIBES, THIS ISN'T AS TOUGH AS YOU MIGHT THINK...HEY, IT'S ICE,
OR APPLY A PASTE OF BAKING SODA AND WATER FOR 15-20 MINUTES (DO NOT LET THEM LICK THIS BUT THEY MIGHT WANT TO
RUB IT ON EVERYTHING YOU OWN TO GET IT OFF).
WATCH THE DOG CLOSELY FOR ALLERGIC REACTIONS. IT IS POSSIBLE TO HAVE A SYSTEMIC SENSITIVITY WITHOUT GOING INTO
ANAPHALACTIC SHOCK. YOU CAN GIVE YOUR DOG BENEDRYL OR CHLORAPHENARIMINE (another allergy medicine). A 50 lb SIBE
WOULD GET 1 BENEDRYL (25 mg).
Malkin has a Systemic Sensitivity; the sting site blows up like a balloon, he gets irritable and lethargic, and whines if you touch his head as if he had
a terrible headache. We give him Benedryl, keep him in a cold dark room and give him lots of TLC. This has not, sadly, stopped him from chasing
wasps. We need our cat, Lovergirl, to teach him her bug catching skills; she can jump straight up in the air and shred a wasp's wings down the center
before landing gracefully on her feet...without getting stung. Malkin? He just bites at the darn things and gets stung in the face, over and over and
over again. Paikea on the other hand has been stung by just about every bug on the planet, and she barely notices it.
|So, one night we decided to take Malkin and Paikea for a walk down our dark, sleepy sidestreet. There are no lights, but
this didn't stop Malkin from seeing the black and white striped kitty (at least that's what we assume he thought it was
since he chased it playfully like a cat). I had no idea. All I knew was all of a sudden I had to run faster than Steve
Prefontaine to keep up with the husky attached to the leash (which, ironically, was attached to my belt because I thought
I'd have more control LoL). I did manage to keep my feet under me by some miracle. But then Malkin hit a dead
stop...right into a skunk's ass. All four of us got a full spray. Malkin got it right in the mouth, which didn't bother him
until he started to puke his guts out. We didn't know the best de-skunking recipe other than tomato juice, and
considering I'm allergic to tomatos, that wasn't going to help us much. So we called the emergency vet and asked. After
their laughter subsided (me: "Okay, now would that work to deskunk humans too, or would something else work
better?"), they gave us the info we posted above. But we didn't have enough of any of the ingredients. So I stayed home
with the dogs outside, and Ridley went to CVS. A few minutes - and several doses of grimaces, laughter, and sheer horror
from the CVS employees - later, we started to clean everyone off. For the next three days, people would stand behind me
and innocently ask, "What's that smell? It's like candy canes or something." Me: "It's me. I got skunked. Mouthwash
took it out. Now I stink like mint. Sorry." And do they stop chasing black and white cats with striped tails? Nope. They
didn't learn a darn thing.
|KEEPING YOUR SIBES COOL IN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER:
DO NOT SHAVE YOUR HUSKIES !!!!
THEIR FUR IS DESIGNED TO HELP KEEP THEM COOL IN THE SUMMER
ALMOST AS WELL AS IT KEEPS THEM WARM IN THE WINTER. IT ALSO
PROTECTS THEIR SKIN FROM SUNBURN AND INSECT BITES.
Using cold air is a more effective way of cooling them off than dowsing them with the hose (although the hose can be an effective means of getting them to stop
chasing the neighbor's cat, eating the siding off the house, and bugging you for a walk). We have an industrial fan that turns any room into a NASA wind tunnel
and sounds remarkably like a 747 taxing on the runway. But hey, it stops super-fluffy Malkin from panting and we can always crank up the volume on our
iPods. Our sibes will bicker for position to get as close to the fan as possible without losing any tail plumage.
Another great way is to give them ice cold treats. Frosty Paws are "doggy ice cream" (it's not actually ice cream, but it looks like it) treats that you can buy at
your grocery store. Or you can make your own treats with some of recipes below. And, of course, ice cubes and just keeping clean cold water on hand go
without saying. We also like to keep deep buckets full of ice cold water outside on the patio for Paikea to "dig" in, and for Malkin to just stick his front legs in
and relax for awhile. Warning: some of these treats can cause flatulence bad enough to require gas masks for several hours afterward.
While you should never completely shave your Northern breed dogs, you can help them to release heat by simply trimming the fur between their toes. Most of
a dog's heat is released by panting, but they do "sweat" some out through their paw pads. So keeping the fur between the toes short enough to not trap the heat
(but not missing altogether so that you protect the skin from burning on the hot asphalt) can be of help to them.
|Take any of the following ingredients, mix with water, and freeze in ice cube trays or popsicle molds:
- tuna water from the can (not the oil, that won't freeze well)
- beef broth (not the granules as these contain too much salt)
- gatorade (this is great to help keep them hydrated...ours like the red flavor best)
- root beer (this is Malkin's favorite kind; obviously, we water this kind down a lot)
Or you can just give them sugar free popsicles (just make sure they're NOT sweetened with xylitol, which is
toxic to dogs!). Malkin is a dainty little gentleman when it comes to popsicles; he just gently licks them.
Paikea bites half off at once and wolfs it down. And Neenah, well, we're just thankful she knows to stop
grabbing and biting when she reaches our knuckles. She really likes popsicles.
|Home made "Frosty Paws":
Use plain unflavored yogurt as a base.
Mix in peanut butter or beef broth. Put
in cupcake molds (filled halfway) or
popsicle molds, and freeze overnight.
Depending on the type and amount of
peanut butter used, it may require a full
24 hours to freeze.
|Filled Marrow Bones:
Our pups enjoy those short marrow bones you can buy at pet supermarkets, but we always wind up with a
pile of old hollowed out ones afterwards. This is a great way to re-use old bones and keep your sibes cool on
a hot summer day. Our sibes like them in the dead of winter too. But don't feed these too often, or you will
be on a continuous poop patrol in your backyard. Sparingly, though, they can be a great treat.
Make sure the bones still have enough structural integrity and won't shatter into small
sharp splinters with continued chewing!
Combine oatmeal (cooked or dry) with peanut butter and frozen chunks of fish or meat. Sometimes, we just
mix in Cooljack treats and Yummy Chummies. Mix into a thick batter, adding warm water to thin it if needed
or if the oatmeal is dry. Using a small spatula, spoon the batter into the openings at either end of the marrow
bone. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze overnight.