Let me start by saying that I am not an expert on Siberian Huskies. I am a total newbie to this game. When J and I first met, I was pretty nervous on a couple of counts. A new relationship is always daunting, and this guy was so wrapped up in his dogs that it felt like I was getting into a new family. Four fur-kids! Plus, despite having owned and lived with dogs all my life, I had no experience with huskies or any Spitz breed. J is heavily involved in sled dog racing - another thing I knew nothing about - and the sled dog racing part of the Siberian Husky Club of Victoria.
With some heavy encouragement from my housemate Ez, I took a deep breath and stepped off the cliff. And, as the existence of this blog suggests, I loved it. J and I make each other laugh, the dogs are gorgeous and the sled racing community is welcoming and interesting.
We moved in together in October 2012, after we found a great house with an appropriate yard and a sympathetic landlord. Suddenly, J and the dogs aren't just folks I visit at someone else's house on weekends, but are here with me in my space (or am I in theirs?) and we're all learning how to live together.