Departure Bay Family – Son and KC

“We live out in the wilderness and we’ve had dogs my whole life, growing up too. I lived with my parents when we first got KC. I’m now married and a month after moving in together, we ended up getting a little puppy too.”

“Make sure it’s the right dog for you. Myself, I’m not so much of a lap dog kind of person. I like the bigger sized dogs…”

“Probably the companionship and having a dog there by your side. When you want to take off and be by yourself and the dog is there. She doesn’t ask questions. She doesn’t bug you. She’s just nice to have around. She will just be there and not need to talk.”

Departure Bay Family – Daughter-in-law and Della

“Della is a 3 year old Husky. We got her as a pup. She was 12 weeks of age.”

“She is very sweet and gentle. She likes to run a lot. She sheds a lot! We have 3 different vacuum cleaners! When she was really really young, it looked like she was wearing glasses. It looked like a mask”

“Yup, she is my first dog. Kyle grew up with dogs.”

“Ummm. It’s made me a lot more active. We go for walks much more often.”

“She can run really, really fast. She howls. She sings. I guess it’s a Husky thing, but when we come into a room, she talks. She’s very vocal.”

“I’d say, bring them out for walks and then pay attention to them when you are out there.”

“When we first got Del, there was a freak accident and she broke her leg and had to be in a cast. That was very challenging!”

[Brother-in-law] “You should have seen her on the beach the other day! My goodness! It doesn’t effect her whatsoever.”

Departure Bay Family – Mom and KC

“This is KC, named after my 2 sons… Kyle and Cory. She is a Husky Shepherd mix and she’s 13 and half years old. We rescued her from a Veterinary College. Actually we rescued 2 dogs at the same time. But we lost the other dog last year. They say that dogs don’t know it, but she does. We can’t even leave and she is instantly by our hip. She really feels the loss. She’s been great on this trip… she travels really well.”

“She was maybe 4 weeks old… I think. I know they say that’s too young, but this was a rescue. She’s very obedient. She listens really well. She chases bears off our property. She actually bit one in the butt while it was going up a tree!”

“Be way more stubborn than them! Honestly… be way more stubborn than them! That’s my number one thing… when you’re trying to train them, or get them to do anything… like when you want them to come and they don’t come… bring them to where you want to go. And if you do that over and over again for say 6 weeks, you’ll have the perfect dog. They’ll listen so well. That’s my number one thing.”

“This was not my first dog. I’ve had dogs my whole life. I’m a female dog whisperer… that’s what I call myself. My dogs are so trained!”

“Training is so important. Because they live a peaceful life if they are not anxious. They feel confident in you. Their lifestyle is more peaceful. I’ve known people that have dogs that bark and bark and bark out of control. Or they shake and they’re nervous. That can’t be good. I find this dog and dogs I’ve had in the past… they are just relaxed. My dogs are trained well enough that they can be off leash. KC is never ever on leash. Ever.”

She is right – while we’re talking a cat in an adjacent car meows loudly. We all turn and look. KC remains sitting, completely relaxed and unfazed.