Let's Talk About Chanel
If you follow us on social media, you’ll know that we at Lolamina are particularly enamored with this sweet, red-haired girl named Chanel. Her story highlights an ongoing issue with Siberian Huskies but also shows what is possible with an animal’s incredible strength and resilience, a person’s unconditional love, and a little help with some friends. It encapsulates why we do what we do.
Chanel was found with her leg broken, practically dangling off her body. She was hit by a car, running away from kids who were throwing rocks at her. As if this was not tragic enough, when she was brought to her home – her family rejected her. Turning her away because, now, she was too much trouble to care for.
We’re so tired of hearing stories like this - and so is the Northern Exposure Siberian Husky Rescue. This organization in New Jersey is dedicated to saving, rehabilitating, and finding forever homes for huskies like this precious girl. Chanel is now safe and living with her loving foster family. But she still fights every day to walk and play like a normal puppy. She’s undergone so many painful surgeries - Her leg is still healing in a cast, and requires close monitoring. But you would never know it. She carries it all with a smile on her face and a cheerful attitude.
Chanel is one of many huskies that are abandoned at alarming rates around the world. They are a gorgeous breed but require special care. To have the privilege of having a husky in your home, you need to be prepared to give them frequent exercise and attention. They’re smart and bold enough to escape virtually any fence or enclosure, and your days will be filled with howls and zoomies. You’ll need a lint roller in every room, in your car, and your bag, if you carry one.
This information is not to deter anyone from adopting this magnificent breed, but more to prepare someone of what to expect. It is crucial to educate potential husky owners of these responsibilities. Game of Thrones stars Jerome Flynn and Peter Dinklage have spoken out and raised awareness to this issue, urging people to do their research before adopting a husky. Because, unfortunately, we’re still seeing the effects of ignorance. Fantasy shows and movies have increased the demand and appeal of these furbabies because of their majestic and wolf-like appearance. People will purchase them, only to abandon them when they realize the care they require. Chanel was, tragically, no exception. She was given up once she became inconvenient.
We at Lolamina believe that huskies are truly one of the finer things in life. And like any other luxury, they need a particular kind of maintenance. My life is forever changed from my husky, my Mina. I think that having a dog like her is truly the greatest blessing. Once you understand and know the love of this breed, there’s really no going back. You will always want your days to be filled with howls and zoomies. They are so happy, so full of life, pure love, and sometimes silliness. They’re an extraordinary kind of animal, and we appreciate the extraordinary people who care for them – like the amazing people at the NESHR. They will always have our heart, which is why we dedicated our Milo Heart Bracelet to them.
So, if you think you are ready for a gorgeous animal to change your life for the better, please consider adopting or fostering a Siberian Husky. And if you’re not quite ready for that just yet, you can follow Chanel’s journey and donate towards her recovery over at the NESHR’s website.