Kodiak

Over the course of my life I've been blessed to have shared my life with three siberian huskies. Two of them were mixes, with german shepherds, my current husky, Kodiak is pure bred.

We got Kodiak when he was 7 weeks old. He was a very sick puppy, but we worked closely with our Vet to get him healthy. Right from the beginning, he was clearly bonding with me. I couldn't/can't go into another room without Kodiak following me, keeping a watchful eye on me. Since I'm home all day every day, (I am disabled), I set about training him with simple obedience commands.

By the time he was 5 months old, I realized he was showing great interest in everything I did. I decided to see if I could 'owner train' him as my service dog. After showing him the "pick it up" command a half dozen times, he learned to pick up my keys when I'd dropped them. I introduced the 'paws up' command and he was picking things up and putting his paws on my lap to hand the items to me. He figured things out for himself as well, pulling my socks off for me, without me showing him what I wanted or teaching him to do so. If he hears something fall, he will go find it and bring it to me, regardless of what room I'm in. He helps me do housework, even picking up electric cords when I'm trying to vacuum or mop floors.

He's now helping me to dress and undress as well as pulling the scrunchie hair tie out of my hair at night. He can even turn the covers back on the bed for me. He's an incredible companion. He lays with me when I'm resting, not feeling well. If I need him to get someone for me, he will go to them and whine until they get up and come with him.

I tether him to my power chair so we can go for walks together. I take him into the bank with me and pick up meds at the pharmacy with him by my side.

The huskies I've shared my life with have all been like 'soul mates'. They respond to me without commands, they just seem to know what I need from them. Kodiak is my very best friend, confidante and companion.

 
rollingwithhusky rollingwithhusky
46-50, F
Jul 26, 2010