Zia originally seemed to be the more timid compared to her brother (she came in with her littermate) – however, once separated and placed in a foster home with other huskies, she has been doing very well overall – we think she could do better if back with her brother, but she has steadily been making progress… unfortunately her brother Balto is in the exact opposite situation. He won’t leash for walks and is pretty much just too terrified to do anything without his sister. Neither Zia not Balto have had any aggression, they just needs some time to trust. They spent the majority of their first months of life living together outside in a yard from the Clovis, NM area. The only way we were able to get them here on a transport was to separate them into different foster homes. Zia is adapting better than Balto, but we think both of them would be better off with each other. Some dogs do ok this young once separated but these two unfortunately aren’t doing great.
If a foster or adopter is interested in taking both together, that would absolutely be our priority, so please let us know!
Details on Fostering:
With fostering, you must be aware that evaluations done to date are minimal and that this is not the same as adopting a dog from us – with our dogs available for adoption we have already internally evaluated behaviors and have much more information as far as details like kennel and leash training, potty training, etc.
When you foster you are truly helping to save a life! Our fosters are the ones we rely on to be able to save these dogs from euthanasia at overcrowded shelters, and we rely on our fosters to report on behaviors within the home and let us know of progress and general notes. We always hop to it to move foster dogs from fosters if there are any major aggression issues that stem out of nowhere (we try to always avoid this happening as much as possible and it is not a common occurrence!) but in general, a foster must expect to deal with some unknowns like potty-training reliability, counter-surfing, kennel-training, leash-training, and basics. We do not and never will consider aggression a basic, so please know that we would not be placing a dog with aggression issues with a foster without fully 100% disclosing all details.