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I Do Not Have Any Pomsky Puppies for Sale

 

Reading comprehension in America is truly a sad state of affairs. I cannot tell you how often I receive an email from somebody asking something along the following line:

Do you have any pomsky puppies for sale?

How much are your pomsky puppies?

When will your next litter of pomskies be born?

 

Generally, I just ignore them or politely respond and explain to them that I am not a breeder and that I do not have any pomsky puppies for sale.

Let me repeat: I DO NOT BREED POMSKIES!

Up until this point, it has been more of a nuisance and a curiosity to get these emails.  However, today I stumbled upon a thread over at Ask.com where I read a post by somebody accusing me of being breeder and a scam artist.  This ignorant person wrote:

PomskyHQ page is ran from another breeder. Just another scam asking us for money and the breeder gets to use to market themselves, talk about shady!

They go on to write some other baseless drivel.

Did this ignorant person even read this website?  Have they seen us advertise any dog for sale here? The only pomsky pictures I placed on the site were used with the permission of a reputable breeder.  Most pomsky related websites simply recycle the same pictures of supposed pomskies over and over, even though they are not even an actual Pomsky.

The only silver lining about this episode is that I did come across another pomsky related website that looks pretty interesting.  The website takes a look at breeders of pomskies and reviews whether or not they are legitimate.  It also takes a look at other websites about pomskies and analyzes them.  Pretty interesting stuff.  You may want to give them a look.

 

 

How big are Pomskies when they are full grown?

This is perhaps the singular most often asked question asked by those curious about Pomskies.  We have all seen the adorable pictures of these cute little creatures scattered across the internet.  And more often than not it is pictures of the cute little puppies that capture our attention, because quite frankly they are so darn cute and we get to do things like this to our dogs.

Those cute little fur balls do grow up and may become quite bigger than some of our readers might have first expected.  There is a lot of misinformation out there with some unsavory characters looking to score a fast buck suggesting that Pomsky puppies will reach a size and weight comparable to some of the “tea cup” breeds that many people tend to gravitate towards. After all, pictures of cute little puppies sale especially when you think that that little puppy is going to stay just the way he is for his entire life.

If you are looking for pomsky puppies for sale, here is our directory of pomsky breeders.

The actual size of a Pomsky at maturation depends on the size and genetics of its parents.  The general rule, and remember that this is a new breed so there can be some variances, is that a Pomsky puppy will grow to be approximately half the weight of the total weight of his parents.  Simply add the weight of the two parents and divide it in half and that is a fair expectation.

Generally speaking, when cross-breeding dogs you want to make sure that the female is the larger of the two breeds.  In the case of the Pomsky designer breed, a female Pomeranian would most likely die from a pregnancy should she fail to receive a c-section (caution: some pictures may be too graphic for young readers).  And considerable harm, including death through suffocation, can occur to the puppies inside the mother’s womb.

The average size of a female Siberian husky is 35-50 pounds.  Pomeranians can range from three to seven pounds.  Thus, we can figure with a fairly high degree of confidence that a Pomsky will reach 19-29 pounds at maturity.  Again, there will be some variance and outliers along the continuum.  Remember to note that this is based on a purebred husky mating with a purebred Pomeranian.

The height of Siberian huskies is measured from the floor or ground to the top of their shoulder blades where the neck meets the spine. This is called the withers.  Female huskies generally fall within the range of 20-22 inches in height. A Pomeranian will range from 7-12 inches in height.  Pomskies can grow to be 10-15 inches tall.

I know what some of you may be thinking.  Let’s find the smallest husky female and the smallest Pomeranian male and make that super duper cute puppy!  It doesn’t quite work that way.

Sure, ideally the smaller the parents the smaller the Pomsky will be as an adult.  However, it is important that one doesn’t sacrifice the health and well being of the parent in order to produce a smaller Pomsky puppy.  Parents at the lower weight distribution levels may have bone density and strength concerns along with other health issues that will make them less attractive and less than ideal choices for breeding.

Under no circumstances should pomsky breeders intentionally try to produce smaller puppies through a variety of appalling tactics.  As a potential buyer of a Pomsky puppy and hopefully an animal lover, you have an obligation to ensure that the breeder you choose is ethical, reputable and not in the business solely to make a buck.  When looking at pomsky puppies for sale, it is important that you investigate the care of these animals by the breeder.

As breeders learn more about this breed and how puppy growth and development occurs under various circumstances, it is quite possible that the size of Pomskies will be reduced.  Obviously, through trial and error, breeders are going to learn how to emphasize the desired traits and characteristics and minimize the less desirable ones.

 

Looking for the Best Flea Treatment for Your Dog

While roaming the internet for information to post on our blog, I stumbled upon a website that has arguably the most definitive breakdown of flea products for dogs.  The website is called Flea Bites 101 and they have a large section of their website dedicated to reviewing major flea products.  On one particular page, they dissect the best flea treatment for dogs and I have reprinted it below with their permission.  Please note that they also have a similar page for cat lovers.

Their review covers everything you ever wanted to know about flea medicine for your dog. And it is done in an easy to understand way.  I was particularly intrigued by their breakdown of each products active ingredients and how they differ from each other.  Again, the chart is below, but their in-depth review is located on their site.

Dogs & Puppies: Flea Treatment Comparison Chart
Bayer
Advantage II
Frontline
Plus
K9
Advantix II
Parastar
Plus
Sentry
Fiproguard Max
Kills Fleas
Repels Fleas
Kills Flea Eggs
Kills Flea Larvae
Kills Ticks
Repels Ticks
Kills Lice
Repels Lice
Kills & Repels Mosquitos
Repels Biting Flies
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11-20
21-55
55 & up
0-22
23-44
45-88
89-132
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11-20
21-55
55 & up
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23-44
45-88
89-132
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23-44
45-88
89-132
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Identification Options: Chips, Tags & Tattoos

Pomsky puppy owners have three primary identification options for their pooch.  The most basic and standard option that everyone should probably use is the classic dog collar inscribed with the pet’s name and owner contact phone number.

Some owners complement the classic dog tag with microchip implantation or a tattoo, though I am sure there are even some owners who have done all three.  A microchip about the size of a grain of rice can be inserted underneath the skin in the shoulder blade area of your puppy’s body.  The chip is formatted with a special identification number containing information about your dog as well as your contact information.  There is no discomfort to your puppy when it is inserted and the puppy will never even know it is there.

TIP: Have your veterinarian scan the area where the chip is located to make sure it is still working and transmitting data during each annual visit.

Owners seeking visual permanency and absolute certainty may opt to have an identification tattoo placed on their pomsky in the event he/she is stolen.  Dogs are usually tattooed on the inside area of their ears or in the inside haunch area.  Some of the microchip registration companies may also register a tattoo number in your puppy’s account information so make sure you inquire about that option.

TIP: Try to coordinate the tattoo being placed at the same time your puppy is spayed or neutered since they will be under anesthesia and will minimize the discomfort.

Since many breeders will only allow individuals to purchase a puppy after it has been spayed our neutered, you will want to broach the subject of chip implantation or tattooing early on in the process so that you can all be on the same page when finalizing your pomsky puppy purchase.

 

Cost of Owning A Pomsky

 

Adding a pomsky puppy or dog to your family can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience for each and every member of your household.  Lessons of unconditional love, responsibility and accountability are distilled to our children.  It is not our desire or intent to discourage you from adding a puppy to your family. We just want you to go in with your eyes wide-open.  To that end, we wanted to leave you with one final aspect to consider and that is the cost of pet ownership.

The following chart estimates the costs of ownership and divides the anticipated expenses into several categories.  Here is the breakdown.  In a nutshell, the author estimates the cost (not counting the purchase price of your puppy) to be approximately $12,500 over the course of a 14-year lifespan.

This is over and above the actual cost of purchasing a pomsky from a pomsky breeder.

When you combine the numbers in aggregate, you are looking at a lifetime cost of your new puppy approaching $15,000.

Are you still interested in taking on a puppy?

Food for thought!

 

Home Improvement & Supplies List for New Pomsky Puppy Owners

When considering purchasing a pomsky puppy for sale you will want to refer to this list.

Your new pomsky puppy will spend most of their time inside the house and you may want to consider doing some of the following improvements. If you have hardwood floors and they are not sealed, you should consider sealing them with polyurethane to prevent the wood from retaining odors from urine. Walls, especially in areas your puppy will frequently traffic, should be painted with a semi-gloss paint to make cleaning easier.

Though we will touch on this a little more below, you will need to begin thinking about how you will rearrange your home to accommodate the new addition. This will include removing or relocating breakables, rugs, houseplants, chemicals. You may even decide to rearrange your living room area so that electrical cords can be hidden or shielded from your puppy.

Many plants outside in your well manicured and landscaped yard could be poisonous to pomskies or any other puppy for that matter. You will need to research and consider removing these plant species to ensure your puppy does not get sick or die from eating them. If you have wooden gates and fencing you will need to double check the property lines and gate closing mechanisms to assess avenues for escape. Additional consideration may be given to utilizing different types of sprinkler heads if you fear that they will entice biting and chewing.

TIP: Dogs are genetically programmed to navigate “their” territory and you should expect your dog to frequently traverse a certain path around the yard. This can result in well worn paths. You may want to incorporate pavers or stonework to compensate for these visually unappealing paths.

Though most dogs can swim competently, if you have a pool you should consider the risks associated with a young pomsky falling into the water. Even if he is capable of treading water, he may be unable to climb up over the ledge and get out in the event he falls in and subsequently die from drowning due to exhaustion.

Puppies are naturally curious. If you have stacks of debris, precariously situated firewood or any other enticing piles of items it would be prudent to organize them in such a way as to be less appealing. You want these items removed or stacked in such a manner that they are not easily dislodged or knocked over by an exploring and nosy puppy.

All dogs are naturally allergic to bee stings. Take a moment to check the awnings and roofline around the perimeter of your home in addition to any trees in the vicinity.

If your yard lacks shade it would be advisable to add a dog house, structure or something suitable for providing shade.

Many new puppy owners go crazy and buy the best of everything for their new baby. Puppies have their own personalities and character traits. We believe it is best to be patient and gather up the essentials that will get the job done. There is no need to purchase designer beds and items for your designer puppy. They cost a pretty penny and you have no idea even if the puppy will take to these items. This list has been compiled from a compilation of sources including recommendations by pomsky breeders.

Baby Gates and Playpens

All puppy rearing toolboxes must contain a baby gate, a playpen and a crate. We will get to the crate in a minute.

Puppies need a safe place to stretch their legs and mill about without getting into areas of the house that are off limits. One of the best ways to give your puppy a safe area to play without making a mess for you is to use a baby gate to isolate the puppy in an area. This gives cat owners the additional benefit of providing cats the ability to hop over and get away from the unwanted attention that puppies sometimes send their way.

Playpens are stand alone enclosures that perform a similar function. They provide puppies with a safe play area and allow the owner to leave the puppies unattended for short durations while they perform chores or household tasks.

As you probably already know, baby gates come in many different styles. The one you purchase is going to depend a lot on the layout of your house, the desired permanency of the installation and other considerations. One of the more popular styles would be the side gate design that allows individuals to pass through without climbing or swinging a leg over the top. This is particularly useful when you are using a gate that will be used by children passing through the area where the puppy will be situated.

Crates

There are lengthy discussions about crate training and different crate styles and designs, so I will simply touch on this subject here. Crates are made out of different materials and can be designed for specific purposes or general uses.

In Forrest Gump, the character named Bubba lists off many different types of shrimp and one could do something similar with dog crates. There are wire crates, plastic crates, canvas crates, soft-sided carriers and designer crates made out of wood, rattan and wicker to look like actual pieces of furniture meant to complement the look and feel of a home.

The size and design of the crate will be predicated on the purpose or goal of the buyer.

Bedding

You can find many top-of-the-line bedding products that will set you back a lot of money. What if you purchase one of these fancy beds and your new puppy decides to chew it up and ruins it? We are not saying you should never spoil your pooch or buy high-end items, but let your puppy go through their puppy months (roughly 9-12 months) before you invest in these unnecessary and costly add-ons.

Dog Bowls

If you go to a major pet supply retailer you will see countless food and water bowl options in their store and online. You can choose between various plastic or ceramic bowls along with stainless steel offerings.

We suggest you buy a pair of stainless steel water bowls and avoid the plastic and ceramic options. Ceramic bowls can be chipped and this can result in cutting or choking your pet. Plastic bowls will be chewed and allow bacteria to grow and populate the dish. A lot of people will choose plastic because it seems so much cheaper. You get what you pay for and buying plastic bowls over and over during the life of your pet will soon be more expensive than simply going with the cleaner, safer and more durable stainless steel options that are also dishwasher safe.

Cleaning Supplies

Einstein said that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. I am here to tell you that for every ounce of cuddly cuteness that comes with a puppy, there are just as many ounces of ickyness…sometimes fluid ounces in the form of urine, diarrhea and vomit.

A new puppy will add some new smells to your home unless you are prepared to clean up their messes with strong enzyme-based cleaners. These cleaners are designed to neutralize powerful pet odors that if left untreated serve as a signal to your puppy to continue urinating and defecating in those areas.

TIP: Many pet owners swear by this miracle product for pet odor removal.

Make sure that the cleaners you purchase are safe for your pets if you are unable to keep them stowed in a safe place, out of reach from rambunctious puppies. While you are at it, double-check the cleaners you have been using for years to see if they are safe for your pets. Some aerosol products are harmful to animals.

In addition to your standard cleaning supplies and those specially formulated for pet odors, you will want to keep wet wipes handy so that you can wipe down the paws of your puppy before they enter the house after going outside to use the restroom or return from a walk.

Halters, Harnesses, Leashes and Collars

Like everything else we have discussed already, there are numerous product options for you to consider. Before purchasing a halter or harness, we believe you should probably consult with one of the trainers in your area that you plan on using for obedience school. He or she will be able to give you some good, practical guidance and it is quite possible that puppies going through their training program respond better to certain types of restraints.

A 4-to-6-foot leash made out of cotton, nylon or leather is a near universal recommendation when it comes to leashes. Most puppies will want to chew on their leash or think it is a toy so you may want to spray some chew deterrent on it.

TIP: Many experts recommend avoiding the use of retractable leashes early on in the development and training phase of a puppy’s new life as the constant tension and pressure of the leash will cause them to continually pull on a regular leash.

Collars are a simple thing that we as humans tend to complicate. A simple, basic collar with a quick snap connector of some sort should work just fine. The collar should fit snugly against the neck and allow you to flat fingers underneath it. Many owners fear that they have placed a collar too tight on their dog and therefore often leave it too loose. Choke chains, prong collars and other similar types are losing favor and being substituted for normal collars reinforced with reward-based training techniques.

Hygiene Products

When you visit your veterinarian for the first time, ask him what shampoo and conditioner products they recommend for your Pomsky. If your pet is on a flea and tick treatment regimen, you must be particularly careful to ask for guidance about medicated shampoos because you do not want to subject your pet to too many chemicals.

Human shampoos and conditioners will probably dry out the coat and skin of your dog. Like humans, individual dogs have unique reactions to products so you will need to be patient and observant.

TIP: Dental care for your Pomsky is very important because they are descended from Pomeranians and those dogs are known to have issues with the health of their teeth.

As you would imagine, there are toothpastes specifically formulated for dogs. The temperament and preferences of your particular pooch will dictate whether you use a toothbrush or finger brush to apply the toothpaste.

Dental care and treatment for canines is very expensive. More often than not, dogs are put to sleep so that their teeth can be thoroughly cleaned in a manner that is safe for them and their human handlers. As a pet owner, preventative care is essential in keeping your costs down so do not overlook this area.

Miscellaneous Supplies

Some additional items you will need are puppy treats and snacks to reward them when they go potty along with other good behavior. Many dog owners prefer to store their dry dog food in a storage bin or container. And do not forget to pick up some doggie waste bags to pick up after your pet on walks.

Other supplies that you may consider purchasing are chewing deterrent sprays, blood stop powder and grooming supplies.

There are many different types of deterrent sprays and each dog is different so the effectiveness of each spray will vary. In fact, some dogs end up liking some of the sprays, which can obviously be very frustrating and counterproductive. Blood stop powder and similar products are designed to quickly end the bleeding of superficial wounds. If your dog scrapes their paws or another part of the body, you want to be able to stop the bleeding as quickly as possible so that they do not track blood all over your home or car interior.

Some owners prefer to send their pets to the groomer on a regular basis and others tend to do their own grooming at home. Even if you do send your pet to a groomer, there are still going to be times in between visits when your pooch could use a touch up. You may want to purchase a dog grooming kit for these purposes.

Personally, I cannot stand it when a dog has a hairy anus, genitalia or excessive hair/moustaches around their mouth. This means that when they urinate or defecate, the hair in these areas will absorb and trap these unwanted waste products and odors. Additionally, hairy moustaches and beards allow water to drip onto your floors and furniture. Also, you should trim the hair from around their eyes so that you can see them and they can see their surroundings.

Also, do not forget to get nail clippers or nail grinders. You will want to do some reading to determine which method of trimming nails is preferable to you, but this is something you will want to make sure you learn especially if you have children whose skin is more sensitive and scratched more easily.

 

 

101 Essential Tips You Need to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Safe Dog

I came across a post about raising healthy and happy pomsky puppies on another blog and thought I would pass it on to our readers.  The post authored by The Pet Blog Lady was primarily a review of a book authored by Dr. Jason Nicholas, a veterinarian.

The Pet Blog Lady writes:

I really like the preventive angle, which is understandable for this book since Jason is The Preventive Vet.   It makes sense to be knowledgeable on factors that can lead to difficulties for your pet, as opposed to having them happen and then dealing with them.  There are 6 main chapters. (By the way, the book is delightfully illustrated by the talented Chuck Gonzales)

  • Prevent Digestive Problems
  • Prevent Traumas
  • Prevent Toxicities
  • Prevent Disease or Recognize it Earlier
  • Prevent Multiple Problems
  • Be Prepared for Emergencies

I encourage you to follow the links to her blog and to Dr. Nicholas’ website. I believe you will enjoy the material and become a better informed pomsky owner.

 

20 Dog Breeds that Have Fallen in Popularity Over the Past Decade

Yahoo.com has put together a list of dog breeds that have fallen out of favor with a couple of interesting inclusions.

No. 1: Greyhound

No. 2: Smooth Fox Terrier

No. 3: Spitz Breeds

No. 4: Schipperke

No. 5: Chow Chow

No. 6: Dalmatian

No. 7 (tie): Samoyed

No. 7 (tie): Keeshond

No. 9: English Cocker Spaniel

No. 10: Silky Terrier

No. 11: Basenji

No. 12 (tie): Cairn Terrier

No. 12 (tie): American Eskimo Dog

No. 14 (tie): Lhasa Apso

No. 14 (tie): Toy Fox Terrier

No. 14 (tie): Norwegian Elkhound

No. 17 (tie): Italian Greyhound

No. 17 (tie): Scottish Terrier

No. 17 (tie): English Setter

No. 17 (tie): Wire Fox Terrier

 

PomskyHQ Interview Series: Designer Dogs & Dysautonomia

 

Carrie - Just Mildly Medicated Blog

Welcome to the first in hopefully a series of interviews and guest posts that we will present to our readers. Though they may not necessarily be specifically related to Pomskies, Pomsky breeders, etc., we believe you all will find them interesting.

Today, I would like to share with my readers an interesting story about a woman with a chronic illness and her hope to use her designer dog as a medical aide.  Her name is Carrie and she is the author of the Just Mildly Medicated Blog. Please like her Facebook page.

Her dog Maggie is a Goldendoodle – a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.  Maggie has begun to alert Carrie whenever she senses something is wrong with Carrie’s health condition.

I stumbled upon Carrie’s blog while doing some research on designer breeds.  I wanted to better educate myself on the pros and cons of mixing breeds to counter some of the arguments we hear from time to time from the animal rescue and purebred breeder crowds.  She had an excellent little discussion about this very subject that grabbed me.  So I reached out to her and she agreed to do an interview with us.

PomskyHQ:  Carrie, thank you for your willingness to share your story with our readers.  In as much depth as you feel comfortable sharing, can you please share with our readers your medical condition and how that impacts your daily routine?

Carrie: I have been diagnosed with Pure Autonomic Failure which is a type of Dysautonomia. The things that your body regulates automatically, like blood pressure and heart rate, don’t regulate in a normal way for me. It’s called Orthostatic Intolerance.

Some things are much harder for me because my heart rate and blood pressure don’t transition well when I stand up and move around. Things like unloading a dishwasher or making a bed that require standing and bending can be the equivalent to a 5k because of how hard my body works to just be upright let alone the bending over and walking.

PomskyHQ:  Dealing with Dysautonomia on a daily basis must be incredibly challenging. You are a wife to a husband who is serving in our military and a mother of four children.  This is taxing for women who are in perfect health.  How exactly did adding another responsibility and all the tasks that come with caring for a dog make things easier for your?  As an outside observer, it would seem that a dog would just add more work for you and tire you out even more!

MaggieCarrie: I have always been an animal owner and Maggie, my Goldendoodle, was actually purchased before we knew what was happening to me. I have a lot of help with the daily care; four kiddos make for excellent dog helpers. The benefit of having the companionship she provides will always outweigh the challenges.

The hardest part of caring for a dog with a chronic illness has been walking her. I can do short walks but my husband is in charge of longer walks. My newest aide will be a wheelchair so that I can go for longer walks with Maggie. Some hear about how much grooming goes into a poodle or poodle mix and assume that would be the hardest but I do a lot of her grooming myself while sitting down and I love it. I also use a professional groomer for when I am not feeling great or when she needs a good cut to even out from my inexperience 😉

PomskyHQ:  Interesting.  I kind of assumed that you purchased Maggie after you had been diagnosed with your illness and was set to go down a certain line of questioning.  So, let me recalibrate if you will.  When you set out to add a dog to your family, how did you settle upon a Goldendoodle? What was the motivation for that decision?

Carrie: One of my children has a pretty strong allergy to most all animals, including dogs. After much research on allergy friendly breeds I stumbled on pictures from a Goldendoodle breeder fairly close to where we were living at the time.  I continued looking but always came back to this one breeder’s website so finally I called.

The breeder, Teddy Bear Goldendoodles, asked a lot of questions about my family and what we were looking for in a family pet. She also suggested I send a few plain pre-washed t-shirts and she rubbed them on the pups that fit what I was looking for so that I could then have my son touch them and see if he reacted. Sure enough out of four pups he had no reaction to two of them.  So we chose from one boy and one girl in the same liter. It was so hard to pick!

PomskyHQ:  As I alluded to above, I stumbled upon your blog while doing some research on designer breeds.  It grows a little annoying reading comments by some of the more self-righteous folks on the internet who adamantly demand that we all rescue dogs from a shelter. How dare we have the gall to pick out a puppy that we want to be ours!

It really grates on me sometimes.  I doubt the same people randomly picked out the car they drove and I know that none of them opted to adopt a child instead of having their own.  I get worked up just thinking about it.  What are your thoughts on these people and their, dare I say it, bullying like behavior?Maggie2

Carrie: First the fact they assume that a designer dog isn’t a rescue could be quite the assumption. Many of these dogs are in fact rescued. Much like purebreds designer dogs end up in shelters as well.

I think animal rescue is noble, our dog previous to Maggie was a rescue and my family has had a combination of rescue, friend’s dog had puppies and breeder purchased animals. With that said I feel the judgment is harsh on the owners, not to mention breeders, of “designer” breeds.

My reasons to go through a reputable breeder were well thought out for my family. We not only needed a specific type of dog for allergy reasons but we have small children and wanted a professional to temperament test our new addition. We were also able to have our pup go through some training before she came home where we were able to get even more feedback on her personality.

The other part of the assumptions that upsets me is the fact that all current purebred breeds exist from breed selection. Man has created breeds of dogs based on what we were looking for, everything from lap dogs to labs. Mine is as well, I love the combination of a retriever and poodle.

PomskyHQ:  You have stated that Maggie has begun to sense when you are not feeling well and you are hoping that she can become a very reliable monitor for you.  Can you share with us how this all evolved and how you learned that she might be able to be more than just a social companion, but a guardian angel of sorts?

Carrie: I have tremors that are sometimes just an arm, other times my whole body. At first I would start having an episode and Maggie started behaving like she really wanted attention, nuzzling at my hands and arms and making noises, and I was thinking “seriously dog, I am falling apart here — go away” until she started doing in a few seconds before. It took several times before we realized it and even after that I would doubt myself thinking maybe I just want her to alert so I am imagining it. Then we were asked by one of my doctors to try and get an episode recorded so he could see it, that’s when the trend of Maggie’s behavior was more clear.

You can see a few of the episodes and Maggie’s response here:

PomskyHQ: That is a very moving and powerful video.  I urge all our readers to give it a look.  What do you attribute this response by Maggie?  Is it something that all dogs are capable of exhibiting in your opinion or do you feel it is breed specific?  What was the doctor’s reaction to the video and have you had any other animal experts weigh in on the subject?

Carrie:  This is a gift. No one can say what it is a dog actually alerts to although most trainers agree it is some kind of scent the body sets off before an episode, in my case it could be a visual trigger she notices before I do. Most dogs, even trained service dogs, are not alert dogs. It has more to do with the relationship and a skill on the dog’s part.

Many different breeds of dogs are able to train as different types of service dogs. Most facilities work with labs and retrievers. Many places also use poodles though the grooming requirements can be a deterrent for someone with a disability. While any breed of dog can show alerting skills Maggie being retriever and poodle makes me feel the odds were in our favor.

I am in communication with a service dog trainer in Indiana who reminds me how special Maggie is even though she is not trained for public access. I’d like to think she could be an official service dog at some point but we have a long way to go for that kind of training.

PomskyHQ:  What is the next step in this evolutionary process of discovery and bonding with Maggie?  Do you believe this awareness or connection that you share can be transferred to other dogs and learned?  Where do you go from here?

Carrie: Maggie alerting is a product of an internal ability and our bond. Trainers cannot guarantee an alert dog because there is no way to reproduce whatever it is they are alerting to, although they can see alerting potential in a dog.

Now that we know she alerts at home we will start a long process of bringing her to dog friendly public places in the hops that she can become well enough socialized to be able to focus on me in public and become a full-fledged service dog.

I will say though, not many dogs are cut out for that kind of work, she has a special place as the family dog and I am thankful to have her. Her alerting me to episodes at home is a huge blessing in itself and if that is as far as goes I am okay with that.

PomskyHQ: I would imagine that it is a huge psychological benefit to have Maggie there to give you a heads up alert.  And being home alone with children while your hubby is away from the house can be incredibly stressful for someone with a serious chronic illness.  Can you share an example or two about how one of Maggie’s alerts prevented a bad situation from arising for you and your family?

Carrie: As of now Maggie will alert if she is in the same room with me with no big distractions, if we are having pizza I can forget about being alerted to anything other than pepperoni. Remind you she is not a service dog but an awesome pet.

When Maggie alerts she gives me about 10 seconds to make a clear decision on my surroundings. Things like if I am holding a drink I know to put it down, if I am standing I can choose to sit wherever I am or gauge if I should head to the couch. It is such a help because it minimizes the times that my episodes do sneak up on me.

PomskyHQ:  Carrie, thank you so much for sharing your story with our readers. I have really enjoyed learning more about your relationship with Maggie and how she has helped you.  Do you have any parting comments?  Also, please tell our readers how to get a hold of you and learn more about you and your dog.

Carrie: Thank you so much, I have loved answering questions about my Goldendoodle, she really is a joy.  Readers looking for more information about my chronic illness can read one of my detailed posts on the subject. We are also about to expand and have a section following Maggie’s training as well as a high school student with a chronic illness  and her first year with her amazing Labradoodle service dog Beau. Check back often to see all the changes and get new stories.

I hope our readers have enjoyed this interview.  The bond between humans and dogs never ceases to amaze me and this is a classic illustration of that unconditional love and devotion shared between a family and its dog.  I do not want to turn this into a political soapbox of sorts, but Carrie expressed her reasons for choosing a designer dog over a rescue and articulated her points well.  I applaud the strength and courage she has displayed in facing this illness while raising a family and applaud her ability to defend designer breeds and those who choose to them.

If you are looking for some other interesting stories on Carrie’s “Just Mildly Medicated” blog, I would invite you to check out her piece on designer dog discrimination and one about Diane Sawyer assisting her in finding the right service dog training organization.

If you or somebody you know has a compelling story that you believe our readers may have an interest in learning about, please contact us. We would love to feature additional interviews or guest posts for our readers.

 

Pictures of Pomsky Puppies

For your viewing pleasure, PomskyHQ.com is attaching some pictures of Pomsky puppies provided to us courtesy of Apex Pomskies.  Apex Pomskies is a Pomsky breeder in Arizona.  Please note that we did not steal these from another site or from a Google image search and pretend that we took them or that they are our dogs.  PomskyHQ contacted Apex Pomskies and they were very gracious in supplying us with these pictures.

If you are looking for pomsky puppies for sale, here is our directory of pomsky breeders.

By the way, Apex Pomskies is a member of the Pomsky Club of America (PCA).  The Pomsky Club of America is working to bring credibility to this designer breed by advocating on its behalf and advocating ethical and responsible breeding practices.

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A Pomsky puppy aged 10 weeks.

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Beautiful Pomsky puppy

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Look at these markings on this lovely Pomsky

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10 week old Pomsky Puppy profile shot