Niva

Niva, So Far

We’ve had Niva a little over a month now, so I thought it would be fun to put my thoughts into a post on how she’s doing.

Husky and girl laying in grass together

Niva is a really wonderful dog. I feel like I could just end the post there, ha! She has a great, friendly, and fairly submissive temperament. She’s not even slightly sassy. She’s all sweetness! 

Niva is amazing and very patient with Sadie, and it’s such a blessing and a relief to know they get along. 

Husky and toddler laying together

Sometimes I can’t believe she’s still a puppy at only nine-months-old because she’s pretty well behaved!

Yes, she sometimes jumps when she’s excited, pulls on the leash when we walk, does some hardcore begging/food smuggling, and occasionally knocks Sadie over in the yard, but she hasn’t chewed much, doesn’t need to be crated when we leave the house, and is relatively calm for a puppy. 

Husky and girl sitting in grass

We brought her home on a Monday and she went into her first heat on Thursday. So glad that’s done and very thankful for hardwood floors!

She also escaped our fence twice in less than 24 hours when we first brought her home. Since then, she hasn’t escaped anymore, though! She caught on quick with house training, which was surprising (in a wonderful way!) since she had never lived in a house until she came home with us. 

Black and white Siberian husky

While huskies are known to have a high prey drive with small animals like cats, she has been very good with Malcolm. She definitely likes to hunt, though. Last week she caught and killed a bird in our yard and was casually eating it. 

I’m not sure if I have any big plans with her as far as showing her/training her to be a therapy dog/etc. She’s pretty big for a husky, at a little over 50 pounds and less than a year old, so I don’t know if she fits the breed standard for showing. She is beautiful, though!

Black and white Siberian husky with blue eyes

As far as training, I definitely want to do some obedience classes with her once things are re-opened from COVID-19, but I’m not sure if we will pursue therapy dog work. She absolutely has the temperament to be a therapy dog, but huskies are a lot harder to train than other breeds. They definitely have a mind of their own! We will see.

In the meantime, she has become such a source of joy to our family and has healed my heart in so many ways since everything that happened in the past several months with Lola and Mavis. I’ll never be able to replace those two, and we didn’t adopt Niva as a replacement, but she has been absolutely amazing. I guess this post was just a longwinded way of saying that I’m really thankful to God for our sweet pup and that we all love her a whole bunch 🙂

Five Thoughts

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend, or are you staying home?

We are going to two first birthday parties and that’s about it. Hopefully our weekend is a mix of fun and relaxation. Here are five thoughts I have today, with a few affiliate links included!

1. We planted our garden! 

Fruit and vegetable garden

We had planned to plant last week or even the week before because we had everything ready but it snowed. I’ll share more details in another post, but this year’s garden includes some fruit! I’m excited to see how that goes since we usually only grow vegetables and herbs.

2. “School” with Sadie

Toddler learning activities

I’ve been trying to set aside a little bit of focused time each day to do a few learning activities with Sadie and she seems to be enjoying it almost as much as I do! It has been so rewarding to see learn. We do things like:

  • Go over different words with flash cards
  • Practice sign language
  • Do puzzles
  • Work on a sticker workbook
  • Draw, paint, or write
  • Play with her fine motor hedgehog toy
  • Cook or bake simple recipes together
  • Read books and ask/answer questions

3. Thankfulness. 

Husband and wife smiling

Our clothes are dry!

Remember how our dryer broke and we were trying to fix it? We had to throw in the towel and buy a new one. We went about a week without a dryer and now every time I fold clothes I am reminded of how thankful I am for things like dryers to make our towels fluffy and clothes dry!

4. Living the husky life. 

Husky shedding

Niva is blowing her coat for the first time! I told my mom and sister that and they were like isn’t that just shedding? No, it’s shedding on steroids, haha. Huskies have a double coat so they can survive in cold weather and they shed their undercoat each spring to keep them cool in the summer and make way for a new one when winter comes.

It’s wild to find full tufts of fur on the couch when Niva gets up, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. She’s awesome! 

5. Reading. 

Bible and coffee

I’ve been in a good reading groove lately. I’m all over the place with what I’m into, as usual. Just finished reading Philippians and this book on submission. I’m re-reading this book on Amish life, and I plan on starting this midwifery memoir next. 

What are you reading?