Sociable huskies at home in Kalgoorlie’s red dirt
After growing up with his dad owning German shepherds in Scotland, Tom Chalmers is now the owner of two pure-bred white Siberian huskies in the red dirt of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Alongside his wife, who wanted to get the breed, and their two children, Mr Chalmers is the proud owner of Lycan, a two-and-a-half-year-old male with a diluted black coat, and three-year-old female April, who has a stunning copper-coloured coat.
While the Chalmers family have had Lycan since he was a pup, April was adopted recently from a Perth husky rescue as they sought out a playmate to keep him company.
“There were heaps of (husky rescues) I just can’t believe someone would give up that,” Tom said.
“They’re quite close in age — that’s what we wanted.”
Tom thinks socialising Lycan from a young age at the dog park helped him get along with April when they brought him to Perth to meet her for the first time and check their compatibility.
“We had to take him to Perth to meet her and check they were all good, they have their moments kind of like everyone does but usually they’re quite good,” he said.
“We brought him here (to the dog park) since he was a pup and let him off so he can socialise and get to know the others.
“I think that really helped when we went and got April as well, because it was just another dog.
“He was familiar with other pets.
“But he was just getting a bit lonesome, we had two cats and he would try and play with the cats so we thought we’d get another one.”
Now, after experiencing life together, the duo have found their groove despite their opposite personalities.
“They come here and they play and they fight and play-fight with each other,” Tom said.
“They’re totally different — he’s really quiet, relaxed and easy, she’s not — she’s bossy, so bossy.
“When you come in the door he’ll howl at you but she barks for some reason, it’s like he is trying to talk to you.”
Apart from the constant dog hair littered across the Chalmers’ home, Tom said they made great additions to their family, always happy and up for a long walk around the city.
“I try and walk them at least once a day, I try and do 5km,” Tom said. “Well, they usually walk me 5km, I’ve got to put a belt on (to hold the leads) and they march down the street, they are so happy.”
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