Howl do you do?

Enchantée! My name is Mishka, I am a 1.5 to 2 years Siberian Husky- hey never ask a lady her age ok? It’s a secret no one knows! I spent an extensive amount of time in Porterville Animal Shelter and no one wanted to adopt me. I didn’t know why- I am so sweet, affectionate, smart, well mannered and confident like Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. Time was running out and I only had 48 hours to live. If no one took me home I would have been euthanized.

Then Sam and the amazing folks from Hearts for Paws Rescue showed up, pulled me and my Husky buddy Fred out of the shelter, and placed me in a foster home in the Sacramento area. Life was good- I instantly fit into the pack and made friends with their pup. A few days later, a sweet family adopted me. Unfortunately I was there for only 5 days- they had to return me because I was a mismatch with their dog. C’est la vie, that’s completely understandable and they meant good ;-) The only constant in life is change; life goes on, you know what I mean? I gotta stay Pawsitive and think like Rumi- What you seek is seeking you!

I got transferred to a second foster home and my amazing foster Mom Haley took really great care of me. To be honest, without all the beautiful volunteers from Hearts for Paws Rescue, I would not have the opportunity to write this new chapter of my life. Infinite doggie kisses to everyone of you! You guys can rub my belly forever and ever after!

Over the weekend, Haley drove me all the way to Fort Funston in San Francisco. I have been bouncing around in a short amount of time and it was soooooo refreshing to smell the Pacific ocean air! Oh, I also met this funny looking couple who smelled like kimchi and smoked duck.

A few days later, on July 2nd 2020, this black Prius showed up and I remembered that stinky fermented farty odor! Why do they smell like that all the time? Hmmmmm maybe they have something tasty I never sampled before. Ok, let me show my belly and see what they will do. The car doors were wide open, and as Laozi said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, ok let me jump in and see if I can smell the ocean again. You gotta have moxie to own your destiny right?

During the car ride they kept yelling three different names at me: Ninja, Mishka and Jujube. Hey I am an independent and well-educated woman, I don’t wanna be named after a date fruit, nor after a covert assassin from feudal Japan. Mishka sounds like a gentle soul, in Russian and Inuit (spelled Miska) it means “Little Bear”, and in Hindi the name means “Gift of Love”. OK that kinda fits my personality let me respond to the sound so they will stop yelling those words at me!

Now I am in this new home and slowly settling in, so far so good. I might have some separation anxiety issues because I love people too much, but you know what, as Maya Angelou once said: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.” Let’s work together and the future is unwritten!

Okay, before I hang up, let me howl you this song I love!
“Nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time
It’s easy
All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need ;-)”

Howwwwwwl!!! I am a pretty good singer right?
Na Zdarovje my friend! And I wish you a wonderful and happy day!


We adopted Mishka (formerly known as Ginger) on July 2nd, 2020 from Hearts for Paws Rescue. Due to the popularity of the TV show “Game of Thrones”, lots of people are buying Siberian Husky puppies without understanding the breed’s nature, and subsequently dumping them at animal shelters when they are no longer cute or being hyperactive when they reach doggie adolescence.

People like how they resemble direwolf in GOT, but aren’t always ready for their daily activity needs and their intelligence. Siberian Huskies are working dogs that require lots of daily exercise and mental stimulations. They are undeniably expert escape artists and are notorious for being difficult to train. They are a pack dog with a hierarchical order of leadership and they are free spirits, strong-willed, and independent. It is absolutely heartbroken to see so many young Huskies stuck in the shelters. (Along with Huskies, Pit-Bulls and German Shepherds are the most abandoned breed in California shelters and they all require lots of exercise and training)

Below here’s a screenshot of the original post from their website.

Stay tuned! More pics and updates to come!

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