Rainy Steele:
Notes on a foster dog

Rainy is an affectionate, attractive gal who is looking for a stable family to love.
Last updated: April 19, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: March 31, 2018
  • Breed: Husky mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Approx. 2 years
  • Weight: Approx. 50 lbs
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes (tattoo found)
  • General Health: Heartworm Positive
  • Temperament: Affectionate and obedient


Rainy came to Steele Away Home because the shelter she was at closed.  Her first foster home handed her off because she killed their pet rabbit.  Her second foster home handed her off because she got nasty with the other dogs in their all-in-home foster.  She came here because we are set up to give some dogs their own space while they learn to get along with the others.

Known Issues & Progress

Rainy has taken to being moved around quite well.

She is Heartworm positive and has been for a while.  Steele Away Home tried the slow-kill method on her but it hasn’t worked.  It can take up to two years for the adult heartworms to die off on their own.  Slow-kill keeps the microfilaria out so at least the worms are not populating.  We are preparing for her to get Immiticide injections.  Other than that she is in great shape and should handle treatment well.

Rainy’s People Skills

She is sweet and affectionate with all people.  She likes to snuggle.  All afternoon long she was calm when we were together.  This evening, when I took her a blanket for her dog house and to spend some time with her, she got a bit rowdy.  I  think she got excited thinking she was coming in the house.  “Sorry, girl, Callie has the House Dog spot.”

As she has settled in here she has gotten more boisterous, but not unmanageably so.  I am working to teach her not to jump up on people.

Gets Along With Other Dogs

Not so good at first.  From what I’ve seen she is not scared of other dogs so much as she is protective of her personal space.  When we arrived here all the other dogs were in the play yard.  They came to the fence and barked at Rainy (because she’s new and outside the fence) but she paid them no mind at all.  She and I walked around calmly while Marie put the dogs in the house so I could bring her through the gate into the play yard and to her kennel.

We had her in the yard with Blondie Bear a few minutes after Rainy arrived.  They were fine except when Blondie tried to sniff Rainy’s face, then Rainy growled at her.  But they could be in close proximity, even sniffing each other, without issue.  Rainy seemed sensitive about her face but otherwise did not seem nervous or fearful.

Rainy has been in the yard with Josephine and Cochise too: there were no issues.  Josie and Rainy wanted to play.  Josie was hesitant at first (she’s much smaller), but when she learned that Rainy was just playing they’d get into that stand-up-wrestle thing quite a lot.  I kept Rainy on a long lead just to be sure it didn’t get out of hand.

In the house, Rainy displays some food guarding behavior if she has a treat or chew toy in her crate with her and another dog gets to close.  Working on that.

Rainy is now almost ready for in-house free-play trials with some of the other dogs.  She’s doing much better about not snapping at them if they get in her face (vid below).


She is housebroken.

Does not bark in the house but her vocalization is decidedly Husky.  When kenneled outside, she barks if there is something to bark at.  Her first night here was a full-moon.  Other dogs on the mountain were barking and the cows were bellowing like elephants.  Lot’s to bark at, so we tried crating her inside.  That first night went poorly, but she has since settled down and is good in her crate (vid below).

She does call me (Husky speak, not barking) when she needs to go outside, or wants to eat, or is lonely; otherwise she’s pleasantly quiet.


Rainy rides well in a vehicle.  She loaded up readily and sat calmly as I drove.  She rode behind the seats this time, and made no effort to force her way up front.

She is good on a leash.

When she arrived she did not seem to know any commands and did not respond to her name.  By the end of her first afternoon she had “In your room” down pat.  By her second day she will “come” when called regardless of far away she is (vid below).  After 6 days we also have “sit” pretty well down.  Now we are working on “paw”.  She’s smart!


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

Camera shy

Casual Dining (video)

A good look at Rainy (video)

Snarking Callie (video)

A Fast Learner! (video)

Meeting Cochise and Josephine (vid)

Too cold to stay out last night. Slept all night and is good while I fix breakfast.

Rainy has her own “room” in the den with me.

She is great at going out and coming in without a fuss. (vid)

Rainy is better at sharing space with the other dogs. (vid)

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