Q - We don't know anyone and wondered if we can attend the business part of the meeting?
A - Come on in! We welcome guests to our meetings. We don't have anything to hide and all our meetings are open to the public. If you aren't sure about getting a Siberian Husky, this is a great place to come and try one on for size. There are always dogs in and around the meeting and Siberian owners just love to talk about their dogs.
Q - Is there a dress code?
A - Yes, and it's very strict. If you aren't dressed comfortably, you're at the wrong meeting. It must be admitted that the choice spots near the wood stove fill up fast on a cold day, so dress warmly if you don't get here on time. Please remember that dog hair is inevitable and, in your coffee cup, can be counted as extra fiber in your diet.
Q - My dog isn't the best behaved. He jumps up on people with muddy paws; he howls and woos at very inopportune moments; are you sure you want us to bring him to a meeting?
A - Sounds like a typical "in-your-face" Siberian to me. Bring him in to socialize with his kind. Dogs should be leashed and under your control at all times, but we're used to having to talk over the wooing.
Q - I don't have a pure-bred Siberian Husky, but one from a shelter adoption. He looks like a Husky (sort of). Can I come to the meetings?
A - Yes, you're more than welcome. Most of us started out with a Husky from a back yard breeder, pet shop or, (gasp! horrors!) unbeknownst to us, a puppy mill. Only the very luckiest (and smartest) of us actually did our homework and found a reputable breeder to sell us that first Siberian. Some of us have other breeds who also like to pull, or attend meetings. If you or your dogs have an interest in working (with your dog), you're both welcome to a meeting.
Q - I don't have a dog of any kind and love the look of the Siberian Husky. Can I come to a meeting and talk to breeders?
A - Probably. I qualify that only because not all members attend all meetings and you could end up attending one that none of our breeders attended because they were home caring for puppies. That doesn't mean you won't see dogs at the meeting. We will be glad to introduce you to breeders within our club and can give you names of Siberian Husky breeders across the country. This does not mean we recommend or endorse any particular breeder. We do require that members of the club who breed Siberian Huskies follow the guidelines of the club's Code of Ethics. We may have a handle on some of the puppy mills out there, too and can at least try to steer you to someone more reputable.
Q - What if I want an adult dog. Can you recommend some way of finding an adult Siberian Husky?
A - We have many members with rescued Siberians. Rescue dogs are neutered, usually adult or older puppies, who have been given up for adoption for any number of reasons. Some people think only "bad" dogs are turned in to shelters and rescue. That isn't the case; there are many reasons people find they can't keep a perfectly good dog; one you will love and treasure. Sometimes owners get very old, or sick or even die and the family needs someone to care for the beloved dog. If you want a dog who has already been neutered and temperament tested, you want a rescue. If there isn't just the dog you want now, you can bet that someone will turn in just what you're looking for in the near future. We can point you to local rescue groups and shelters
If you have other questions, I'll make every attempt to answer them. If they are asked by more than one person or sound like something everyone wants to know, I will post them to this page. Feel free to e-mail me your questions and comments.