This update on Cheyenne Alicia is so great. Mike and I picked her up a year ago in Barton's Projects. Her owner did not want her and turned in 2 dogs that day, of which Alicia was one.
I am so happy for her! karen
UPDATE FROM ADOPTERS:
Just another note on Cheyenne....
She's still doing great....we keep talking about how none of you rescuers would even recognize her now. She loves to eat. She's filled out nicely, but not obese: she's too active outside wrestling and running with her canine brother Damon every day. Her coat is shiny and her eyes are wide and bright. She sleeps at the foot on our bed with Damon at night, though sometimes she is miss independent and prefers the isolation of her crate at the end of the bed.
You should see her at mealtime. We have an Audubon bird clock in our kitchen. Every hour a different bird sings to ring in the hour. The 3:00 bird is the cardinal, which signals it is dinner time. They both run into the kitchen to eat. Chey runs in and plops herself down in front of the food cabinet, so as not to miss the meal. She and DAmon eat in the kitchen together three feet apart from each other without a problem. In fact, when they eat, the cats are behind them also eating at the same time in their spots.
She is very much a Husky. She likes to sing and talk everyday. She greets us every evening at the door with a song when we come home from work. Sometimes, she comes into the house singing. She has become protective of her family and can be heard and seen barking at the wildlife on our property or noises she hears outside their fenced portion of the yard. Sometimes she starts the barking, or she backs up Damon when he begins barking. It is comical watching them race out to the back of the fenced yard when we let them out, so they can scare something away or let others know they're there. When she and Damon hear the coyotes, they bark at them. She loves jumping at the frogs but doesn't hurt them.
Cheyenne is devoted to Damon. She hates riding with him in the car because he is so crazy about his rides and jumps all about, sometimes on top of her, but she won't be separated from him. She's just as devoted to the cats. When she's outside and they're let out into the yard, she follows them around and sits or lies down by their side, whether they want her nearby or not. She won't go into the house when they're still outside unless we command her to. When she is let back out she races to check on them. If she doesn't see them come back in the house, she races around the house to find them and only settles down once she sees them safe. The boy cat Charlie loves to interact with the dogs and is always playing with them causing Chey to howl and sing at him.
She's become quite affectionate and isn't shy about seeking out individual attention and affection from us. Little by little each day, she comes more and more out of her shell and has developed into a more beautiful little girl. She is no longer afraid of being hugged and looks forward to her daily family hug in which Mr. Silva and I hug each other and hug each dog too at the same time. She's less afraid of Damon lying so close to and on top of her. She used to jump and run away when he first did that. Now she's more relaxed around him. She also doesn't hesitate to growl at him when he gets too rough with her, but she's not vicious or mean in any way. The two dogs are perfect together and great for each other. Damon has helped us bring her out of her shell, and she has helped him calm down a bit.
Cheyenne has come so far, considering that she was an outside dog for so long without bonding to anyone, she has done great. She is bonded to us now like glue and we to her. It is difficult to believe that she wasn't always with us. In another week marks the anniversary of the date Red Lake Rosie rescued her, which we'll mark as her third birthday here. We're so very glad we found her. We knew she'd move into the house without much difficulty and she did. All she needed was the encouragement to do so, understanding, patience and love. And she is a perfect example of that too, especially with her hyper, social butterfly canine brother Damon. He wants to play all the time, and sometimes, she just doesn't. She likes to lie down and smell the grass and listen to the sounds outside. Sometimes she just wants to conserve her energy. She's a true Husky; if it isn't on her agenda, it'll just have to wait until she is ready.
Anyway, just wanted to let you know that Cheyenne Alicia is doing well. She has developed a food allergy and can no longer tolerate wheat or grain, but lives the high life of having to eat duck and venison dog food for each meal.
Take care. And thanks again for all you do.
The Silvas and Princess, Charlie, Damon and Cheyenne
Addedum to update....we forgot to say how very, very much Cheyenne enjoys living in the house. From the comfy spot on the sofa to her comfy spot on our king sized bed to the cozy spot in her very own crate, Chey (pronounced shy) loves inside living.
She loves getting her belly rubbed. And she loves giving kisses to her forever mommy and daddy on command and off. Whenever we put our face to hers and say, "kissy, kissy, kissy" or not, she gives us licks on the face. She is adorable. She loves chewing on a rib bone after a rib dinner we enjoy or chewing on a rawhide bone that Damon 'broke in' for her.
We took some photos this evening while they shared a paper plate of some swiss steak. Table food is a treat. True to her Husky spirit, Chey LOVES seafood. As evidenced by the photos, Damon and Cheyenne are bonded and quite comfy with one another, enough to share a plate together. Enjoy!