Q: My son loves wolves and wants to get a Siberian husky because they look like wolves. I heard that since they look like wolves, they act like them, too, and that they can turn on you and be unpredictable. --Craig Meddan, Hicksville
A: Actually, if you placed a wolf next to a Siberian husky, you would see they do not resemble each other that much. Huskies are smaller, have shorter legs and snout and a tail that can curl up over the back.
The biggest difference between huskies and wolves -- and this applies to all breeds of dogs -- is in the way they think of us: Dogs always view us as providers and think of us as essential to their survival.
So, do not worry about the temperament of a husky, because they make delightful pets. The only issue I must warn you about is that they need lots and lots and lots of exercise, and, if you do not exercise them enough, they will do it themselves. This usually means they will end up running about your house like lunatics and viewing all objects in it as chew toys. Plus, they need lots of brushing and combing to help with the shedding their thick fur produces.
So, if your son is willing to exercise the dog and do the brushing, I see no reason why he should not be allowed to have a Siberian husky.
Q: Last week, you printed an article about how some cats do better on canned food than dry food, and I wondered what your thoughts were on dog food? --Rita Chambers, Oyster Bay
What I have noticed from feeding dogs over the past half century is that a dog on a diet of dry food will definitely have larger stools then dogs on canned or raw food. Dogs on a raw diet have very small stools, and dogs on a canned-food diet fall somewhere in between.
It has been my own experience that a dog on a raw- or canned-food diet sheds less and has cleaner teeth then dogs on dry food. Many people are shocked to hear this, as they think that chewing on dry food keeps a dog's teeth clean, but that is like thinking eating dry Cheerios is going to keep your teeth clean.
The only way to keep a dog's teeth clean is by regular brushing and dental procedures by your vet.
A: Bettas in nature will eat small insects floating near the surface of the water, and that is why your fish likes the bloodworms so much. However, in nature they would be eating many different types of insects, so the diet would be varied, and each species of insect the fish eats has a different nutritional value.
The pellets have all the proper vitamins and minerals the fish needs, so the answer here is to give him the pellets as a staple, and, as a treat, you can give him the bloodworms for variety.