Our darling ingenue, Phoenix, is poised at the beginning of her brave new life. Just ten months old, she was surrendered to the NYCACC, already a rescue statistic. Phoenix's Owner described her as a shy girl, who warms up quickly. She had lived peacefully with another dog and cat, and had had extensive exposure to toddlers and older kids within owner's extended family. So, what the heck went wrong?

Phoenix is a classic victim of "cute cuddly puppy grows up to be a HUSKY" syndrome. Absolutely, Huskies are not for lily livered dog owners, and raising a young Husky puppy is a challenge best left to seasoned Northern Breed lovers.

Phoenix is a stunning red and white Siberian Husky, with irridescent blue eyes. She is a tall, leggy dog, and has the classic Husky stance and appearance. Now one year old, she weighs 76 pounds and still has some filling out to do. Full grown, she should round out to about 80-90 pounds. She looks a bit gangly as though she's not quite grown into her feet yet. Phoenix is a shedder and will require regular brushing, although probably not the services of a professional groomer.

Phoenix has a delightful personality, and is surprisingly friendly, mild mannered, and easy to handle for a Husky. She has greeted some men with slight trepidation (notably our Vet), but otherwise, she doesn't seem to have the aloof quality that we sometimes see in this quixotic breed. As an older puppy, she has a playful energetic puppy vibe, and would be an all-around good companion dog.

Phoenix would thrive in the active home of a single or couple, who can provide the daily activity that she needs to be happy. She is an athletic dog, with a high energy level, who requires a couple of vigorous leash walks a day, as well as focused playtime and ongoing obedience training. She would make the ideal running, walking or hiking companion. She has excellent stamina and endurance. She enjoys the company of other dogs, and could easily join a multi-dog home with other well mannered dogs.

At this point in her life, Phoenix needs an adopter committed to her exercise and training regimen. Some of her puppy behaviors were ignored in her first home, and she's a bit behind the learning curve. She can be a little mouthy and prone to rough-house play, so she would benefit from ongoing training and refining of her house manners. She would thrive in the companionship of a young adult dog who can show her the ropes.

Phoenix is extremely smart, and is an obedience natural. Sometimes we find Huskies aloof and tricky to focus in training, but Phoenix adapted to her obedience sequence like a champion. She quickly mastered her sit-stay and down-stay, and delighted her trainer with merry progress. Phoenix has the potential to go all the way to Canine Good Citizenship, and will surely pass the test with flying colors. Adopters should continue her on this route, since she so clearly enjoys the work.

Phoenix has decent house manners for a puppy, but we advise a "just-in-case" puppy proofing approach to start off. She is mostly house trained, and can hold for approximately 6 hours. She is crate trained, so her adopter will be able to use this to effectively to monitor her potty routine. Adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will inevitably occur during his transition to a new home. She is in good health and has been recently spayed, and has received routine vaccinations and health screenings. She has been microchipped and dewormed.

If you are interested in Phoenix, please write to Angelsfrgod@aol.com, or call/text Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

We are an active, 501(c)(3), multi-breed dog rescue, local to the North East, situated in Canterbury, Connecticut. Our 21 year history is reflected in our website EskiesOnline.com, and on our Facebook page: Eskies Online.