Meet Opal! Opal was found left behind a dumpster outside a Tucson Eegee’s along with her mom, Emmy, and sister, Ruby. They were picked up by good Samaritans with 3 huskies of their own before being transferred to an AZHR foster.
Opal is the more timid of the two puppies. She is scared of new people and does not like to be approached quickly. She has started to show more affection towards her foster family as she settles in. She does not mind attention as long as its on her terms, but she will likely need time to warm up to her new person or family. She loves to follow Ruby around and use her as a pillow.
As she has gotten more comfortable in her foster home, she has gotten to be more playful. She likes to run around the house with a squeaky toy and wrestle with her mom and sister. Like any young puppy, she will play hard for a while and then nap like a champ. She is also content to settle down and relax with a chew.
Opal is neutral to fearful towards her foster siblings, a husky and a young GSD. She does not like when they try to initiate rougher play, though she is slowly becoming more confident. She has growled and snapped a few times to communicate her boundaries but does not seem to have any aggressive tendencies. She plays well with her family and would likely do well with other dogs who respect her size and space. She has not been evaluated with children or smaller animals. Older children who know how to behave around a timid puppy would likely be okay.
Opal has not had any formal training, although her foster family is introducing her to some basic commands. Her toy and food drive are both low, although that may change as she grows and comes out of her shell. She is afraid of the leash or even having her collar held and will need a patient human to help her walk nicely. She was not socialized and needs understanding as she is introduced to new situations. She is not housetrained, though her foster family is working on that. She does alright when in a crate with her sister, though she will likely need further training to make sure she is fully comfortable in a crate. She has the destructive tendencies that are to be expected in any husky puppy – she and her sister made quick work of a house plant on the floor of their rescuers’ home.
With some patience, understanding, and training, Opal would make a great companion for the right person or family. She’s a sweet little ball of fluff who would love her very own napping spot. With her calm and gentle demeanor, she would make a great puppy for someone who wants a husky without the drama that is typical for the breed.