If you follow me on social media, then you know that I share my life with a beautiful Siberian Husky baby named Aisling ( a Gaelic Irish name that means Dream). This baby girl came into my life a year ago, after the heartbreaking and devastating loss of Vulcain (you can read about him here). So how is life with a Siberian husky? Well, it’s quite an amazing journey, and since a lot of you asked me, I’m gonna tell you all about it!
A little bit of History: Siberian Huskies are one of the oldest primitive dogs. Studies show indeed that they bear a genetic closeness with the now-extinct Taymyr wolf of North Asia. They originated in Russia, where they were bred and raised by the Chukchi, a tribe of Siberian nomads, for thousands of years. And the first Siberian Huskies arrived in Alaska only at the beginning of the 20th century! After some DNA tests, my rescue puppy turns out to be an Alaskan Klee Klai, also called Miniature Husky. She has a wolf coat, mixed eyes (one icy blue, one brown), and is now 16 months old!
To start, let me tell you that you get what “primitive dog” means when you live with a husky! First of all, they are very independent dogs, as they do their own thing and don’t like to be cuddled. They’re also very vocal as they “speak” to tell you what they want if they’re happy or unhappy about something (go to @aisling_siberianhusky on Instagram to watch her funny videos!). But they don’t bark. As for care, you don’t need to wash your husky but you have to brush them (and don’t even get me started on the molting -insert emoji scary face-). Food-wise I gave her Royal Canin Puppy when she was a puppy and then since adulthood, Nutiriva with 1 tbs of salmon oil at each meal serving.
Huskies are very, very, very, I mean VERY energetic! So they need their outdoor time to play, run, jump, and of course socializing. Know that a husky who ruins your furniture at home is not a bad dog, it’s a bored and full of energy dog who doesn’t get enough exercise. Since Aish was a puppy she is used to going out 5 times a day, each time in different setting such as the Parisian streets, la Coulée Verte (a kind of a road aerial pathway with trees and greenery), park, woods… And she never ruined anything at home. Huskies are also very moody! Which – I’m not gonna lie – makes it quite difficult to train, let alone the fact that my baby Aish is an alpha female… So while she was still a puppy I got the help of a puppy trainer with 4 lessons to teach Aish the basics.
What else can I say, other than that life with a husky is simply full of joy, love, and laughter, as they have a very funny and little minx personality! I saved her and she saved me at my darkest time after the loss of Vulcain, putting a smile back on my face and in my heart. She’s my Aisling, my dream, my forever baby girl.
You can follow Aisling daily adventure with her photos and videos on her Instagram :