Pet of the Week: Meet Kailani, the two-year old Alaska Husky mix

Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 5:05 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - From enduring a lonely life outside, to having a litter of her own, she’s been a tough girl; fending for herself with hardly anyone to love. Maybe that could change. In today’s Pet of the Week, we meet Kailani, a husky mix who’d love to have a home.

Here’s what Sarah Harman, an animal tender with Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter, had to say:

“Hi my name is Sarah with the Fairbanks North Star Borough animal shelter with our pet of the week. This week we have Kailani. Kailani is a two year old Alaskan husky mix. She came to us with a bunch of other dogs who were sheltered outdoors in unusual circumstances with minimal human contact. As a result these dogs were mostly left to their own devices to sort out who got what food and what resources. She is probably not going to be your average pet dog. In order to help socialize Kailani we highly recommend that you do obedience courses to help her familiarize herself with indoor life, and what your expectations of her are. As well as help her socialize with other people and other dogs.

While at the shelter Kailani has kept her kennel mostly clean, however in a new home situation we would not assume she is fully housebroken. She will probably need some reinforcement from her new humans in a new environment. Kailani may not understand that it is not okay to jump on counters or steal snacks from the garbage.

As Kailani has primarily had to fend for herself, introductions to new animal housemates should be done slowly and with caution. And resources such as food, snacks, and toys should be put away after use until she understands how to share. She still does not know how to walk on a leash but she is friendly, and very gentle if you go slow with her. Again this will be helped greatly by doing basic obedience courses with her.

She recently had a litter of puppies before she first came to the shelter. They are now weened and looking for homes of their own. And she is ready to find a forever home. A place she can relax and learn how to be a happy house dog after all the stress and exhaustion of motherhood. She deserves a nice break.

She is young and full of promise. Husky mixes are typically very smart and easy to train. They are eager to learn. Please think carefully about whether you can give her the opportunity she needs. She is looking for a home that is capable of taking some extra time and patience to help her learn how to be the best doggy companion she can be.”

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