Oreo the Siberian Husky Visited us in Stockton

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Here’s a dog at Stockton who looks familiar . . . and he is! We remember Oreo because of his eyes which are notable for their heterochromia – the different color of each eye. We first saw Oreo as a pup three years ago and posted his picture back then. Now we can see that he still has the same eyes and has grown into a well built, good looking and well behaved adult. As we noted before, the heterochromia is interesting but is not associated with any pathology or ophthalmic problems. As we have seen at our clinics, Siberians and other Huskies have become very popular in the last few years and that’s because of the Game of Thrones but there’s a surprise: We may all assume that because the show is fictional, the Direwolves in the show are fictional. THe surprise is that during the Pleistocene and Holocene epochs Dire Wolves were the largest canines ever to live and today they are among the most common remains to be found in the La Brea tar pit. So Direwolves were real and Huskies still are. Today’s Huskies are members of the Spitz family and have been bred by native people of the Siberian arctic as durable and energetic working dogs. They were originally classed as landrace breeds kept by various Arctic populations. The term ‘Landrace’ refers to the specialized dogs kept in specific ecological areas by the indigenous people of that given area. The Siberian Husky is the fastest sled puller of all and was imported from northeast Asia to Alaska during the Klondike gold rush of 1896. Anyone who is thinking about a Husky needs to remember that there is a big difference between fictional Direwolves and real Huskies! Real Huskies require time and lots of it: Time for training, time for interaction, time for exercise and more time to maintain the training. Additionally it is important to remember that all Huskies are from the cold Arctic and the Huskies who live in our hot Central Valley are trying to cope with heat they never evolved to withstand. – Geoffrey Antipa

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