It’s been almost a week and our new addition Alfie the husky has returned to his original family. He is a lovely dog, but the lack of training overwhelmed us. Alfie is big – the size of a German Shepherd because he’s a cross with Alaskan Malamute which is a giant dog.
So when a dog this size pulls on the lead, you have no choice but to follow. But we could deal with that. The problem was that he wouldn’t let us sleep, in particular Scott. Alfie decided that Scott was his man and leader, and so Alfie demanded attention literally 24 hours a day. As soon as Scott puts his head on a pillow, he gets a friendly snout in his face and a paw afterwards, followed by “Let’s go for a walk!” howl. Not great at 1:30am. And then at 2am. And so on through the night. To be continued all day long. How does the dog manage, I don’t know but we certainly can’t.
So we took him back, and guess what – the children were missing him so much! And he was missing the children. Yes, he was stuck in a house all day with them but he was playing with kids all day, which is probably why he is still behaving like a puppy. And apparently he never kept them awake before. I think may be our household was too quiet for Alfie – he was getting more and more restless instead of getting settled in.
It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but in the end we figured that he was most likely going to remain too much to handle for us even with professional training, assuming we survived that long. 😉 And so it was better to return him sooner rather than later – less confusing for the dog, and for everyone else as well. I think the family appreciates him even more now that they’ve missed him for a week. And we appreciate being able to sleep at night! 😀