Saturday, September 18, 2010

Introducing Sasha Not-So-Fierce

I admit, today's post is a bit off-topic; however, as most of us horse-obsessed people are also suckers for smaller four-legged fur-balls, I'm sure you can relate! As some of you know, way back in late March when Salem was still with me, an underweight Husky stray meandered through our barn gate and trotted herself straight down to the stable. Sometimes I swear I emit some kind of high-pitched frequency that only animals in distress can hear, because they sure do have a way of finding me! Sasha worked her sad-eyes puppy voodoo magic on me, so of course I brought her home and she has been with me ever since.  


How could anyone resist that face?!


It constantly amazes me how many animals are on the street here in Miami. I grew up in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Illinois and I literally never saw strays. Down here, it is a daily occurrence. It's truly heart-breaking. I do what I can, but I certainly can't take in every stray that I see. The solution is for people to educate themselves about animal care and actually spay and neuter their pets -- unfortunately, there are a lot of people from third-world countries where such things don't exist, so it's going to take a while. I always joke that you don't need to buy a dog in Miami -- just go drive around for a while and you're sure to find one. Heck, I picked up a gorgeous, sweet, well-behaved 5-year-old pure-bred Siberian Husky for free!

Life on the street was obviously hard on Sasha -- she was underweight, dehydrated, infested with mange and hookworms, and had infections in both ears. I kind of wish I had some "before" photos to compare to the current ones, but the good news is that she is now perfectly healthy and happy and getting spoiled to her heart's content.




Check out those stunning eyes:



In these pics, Sasha is sporting her gorgeous new leather collar that I had custom-made made by LDS Leather. They did such an amazing job! Seriously, the leather is incredibly soft and supple, and the craftsmanship is absolutely top-notch. I just ordered a matching leash, so Sahsa will be quite the stylish puppy. The owners told me that they used to make Western saddles and are perfectly willing to make other horsey-related items, so I'm keeping them in mind (turquoise-lined havana halter, maybe? *drool*). If you order from them, note that the website says custom orders can sometimes take up to 120 days to complete, depending on the orders ahead of yours. My collar took around two months, but I see that the leash that I ordered a few weeks ago has already shipped.


It looks tight, but I promise that's just because Sasha
has a ton of very thick fur


I have to say, if it wasn't for Salem, I probably wouldn't have been out at the barn that day, which means I wouldn't have my little Sashi-girl. I swear, that horse has brought so many good things in to my life. Thank you, Salem!


(And since my other straight-off-the-streets-of-Miami rescue, Phoebe, would be quite miffed if she knew I posted pics of Sasha and none of her...)


28 comments:

SprinklerBandit said...

Gorgeous! I'm glad it worked out so well for you.

Golden the Pony Girl said...

ooooof I love huskies and that is one beautiful pup! She is sure lucky to have found you!

You could probably find more than just dogs and cats in Miami. They have a big exotic pet trade down there right? So you could scrounge up some iguanas, monkeys, boas, parrots etc too! Have your very own zoo!

Alana said...

I admit quite the frequency as well. I currently have 13 rescue animals(dogs, cats, horses, bird, pig). Yep. My life is working to feed them, feeding them, cleaning up after them, sleeping. That's about it!! It is so completely and totally worth it though!
I always take pictures of any rescues that I bring in. I feel it is important to remember what each animal has gone through, and how far they have come, and a lot of times the easiest way to do that is through pictures. I once heard a rescuer say the exact opposite bc then people expect bad behavior, that once a *blank* always a *blank*, so I think it just depends on the area.
I live in Redneckland. 2 of my 3 rescue doggies are walker hounds (the hunting dog of choice). Deer season you see beaten, starved, and a lot of times mutilated dogs everywhere. Oh. Joy. do I *love* hunting season. Let's harm as many animals as we can for fun!
Sorry, off the soapbox. Animal rescue is just a huge part of my life, so I tend to get long winded!

Sasha and Phoebe are both lovely ladies!!! Now, would you like another cat? lol!!

Alana said...

Oops, it won't let me edit. Oh well, bad English I type.
Another thing: be careful about blogging about rescues, I think it strengthens the 'signal'. I started one (got the name and whatnot: Oh No! Not another one!) and that night got Terraboo, severely starved crippled hound #2, and then didn't mess with it for awhile, the second time I started to mess with it, RajaniCat showed up. I am not going to blog anymore!!!!!!!!

Frizzle said...

Thanks, guys! :-)

Golden, YES, we do have an exotic animal "trade" down here -- I've even heard of people having tigers in their backyards! My old next-door neighbor had a wolf, which I didn't find out about until after it passed away.

Alana, you are an animal rescue rockstar! I wish I could have more of my own, but it just isn't possible at the moment. So, right now I just have the two, but I give some $$ to the ASPCA every month and click "The Purple Button" at The Animal Rescue Site www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces at least once a day. It's not much, but every little bit helps!

eventer79 said...

Awww, lovely critters. My old dog (Eskimo/Shepherd mix, crazy smart) was named Sasha, so I always have a place in my heart for that name.

baystatebrumby said...

I've never really wanted a purebred (only because shelters are usually filled with mixes), but if I could have one, the husky is one of the ones I love. I always have!! Not like I know anything about their temperament, but I like their lines and their beautiful eyes and fur. Sasha is GORGEOUS. I love her sky blue collar and because I love Miami, it cracks me up that she's been photographed by some palm trees!! Long live the palm tree, cried the Massacusetts resident!!! She looks so wonderful. You must feel so lucky to have her.

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Turq is THE color this year! :) Sasha is so beautiful and those eyes, wow! Tough heat for a winter dog, huh? Does she swim? So..cat...dog...hmmmmmm, what's missing ;)

Frizzle said...

Bay, Huskies are apparently notorious at being escape artists and diggers. Sahsa has certainly dug a few holes in the back-yard (nothing major), but she has never tried to run away. I guess she knows she's got it good with me! She's very laid-back and a total sweetheart, but I guess that's not the norm -- my vet commented that she is not the "typical crazy Husky." Lol. She sometimes even crawls up into my lap (despite being over 60 pounds)!

Kristen, turquoise is MY color!! I love all shades of blue, but turquoise is my absolute fave. So, it is "the" color for me every year. :-) And, yes, I DO need a horse!

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achieve1dream said...

I know this is an old post, but I never saw it! She is GORGEOUS! I love huskies (I guess that's obvious since I have one lol)! :D I'm glad she found you and that she's happy.