Mystery Steele:
Notes on a foster dog

Mystery is a chocolate lab, husky mix, but she is definitely a Husky in build and personality.  If you like the quirky, independent personality of this breed, you’ll love Mystery.
Last updated: January 17, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrived here: January 11th, 2018
  • Breed: Chocolate Husky
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Approx 2 years
  • Weight: Approx 60 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: unknown
  • General Health: Good.  Other than being in need of a good brushing, her fur, skin and teeth look to be in good shape.  I see no sign of injury or disease.
  • Temperament: Fair: she’s doing great with me, but has been unfriendly toward the dogs.  She’s been stressed by life in a shelter.  See notes below.


Mystery was picked up as a stray and taken to Newport Animal Control in November 2017.  Because Huskies do not do well in close confinement, she became stressed, depressed, and aggressive.  N.A.C. management asked Steele Away Home to take her in so she could get out of that environment and regain her sanity.

Known Issues & Progress

Mystery is a Husky.  Huskies have a personality all their own.  I’ve worked with Huskies in a shelter environment before and they do NOT do well in close confinement.  It’s heartbreaking to see how fast this spirited, independent breed sinks into depression when incarcerated.  That was the case with Mystery.  She came to Piney Mountain because we have a large, fenced play yard and big pens for our fosters to live in until they can begin house training.

Upon arrival (yesterday), she was fine with me: friendly and obedient, but when other dogs came near her pen she would bare her teeth and charge the fencing to warn them off.  Some of them did not take too kindly to that attitude!

I’ve given her several solo play sessions in the yard – which she enjoys immensely — and she is calming down already.



Gets Along With Other Dogs

Not so good right now, but that will change as she feels less stressed.  I fully expect she will be wanting to play with them soon.

People Skills

Very good.  She is friendly and comes when called.  She does not jump up on me and she walks well on a tether/leash.  She has had some training before.


Mystery is a typical Husky, and as such can be more of a handful to manage than most other breeds.  Huskies tend to be highly intelligent, deviously clever, independent thinkers, and OPINIONATED.  They are also hilariously entertaining and devoted family dogs.  To manage a Husky, you need firm boundaries and a good routine.  Let a Husky decide she’s in charge of the household and you’ll have a frustrating challenge on your hands.


In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom.  Click the thumbnails to enlarge.
Some pictures are linked to Doggy Tales about Mystery, click those to open the related story.

Looking better after a good brushing

The next day I let Mystery and her roomie, Angel, out to play in the snow:

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