As we wind down 2022 we want to take a look back over the happenings of the year. Its been a positively productive year over all!
Starting in May our first Bred By took her first steps into the show ring. While there’s room to improve it was a good experience for all. She was a little shy and the weather didn’t help her first outing. We look forward to next season and perhaps a little more maturity to help.
In August we welcomed not one but 3 foster dogs. Starting with Maya (formally Daisy). She was an owner surrender from a former co-worker of mine. Starting out life on a farm she proved to be an escape artist that ended up with her living on a chain. She could still pick off the chickens and occasional rabbit. It wore on her welcome and eventually wound up with her looking for a new situation.
She went to another mutual friend of ours who adored her, but didn’t feel it was fair to her cats who now had to worry about this newcomer. We offered to evaluate her and see if there was anything we could help with. Overall she was a sweet girl, she was horribly obese, and didn’t have a lot when it came to other dog social skills.
Maya has been working in harness with our scooter team and has lost a good majority of the unnecessary weight. She has been an absolute doll.
Sakari and Goose soon followed. Sakari was found via social media as a loose trouble maker harassing local wildlife and livestock. Knowing that typically ends in disaster. We were able to catch her and property contain her. She was not well socialized but was very gentile natured. It took her a minute to warm to everyone and get the expectations but once we started working together in harness she made leaps and bounds.
Goose followed shortly after Sakari. He was originally a foster dog with a local rescue but after being found wandering loose on the road by a passer by it was discovered his foster home was not adequately prepared to care for him so the Good Samaritan who found him took him home. He was cared for and safe and by all accounts a lovely boy. Until he discovered the chicken coop. After a chicken massacre his welcome was no more. We decided to foster him as well.
With the additional fosters we had to do some upgrades to the kennel yard. We added a walkway in front of the kennels and added 3 smaller module kennels to accommodate the growth of the kennel. To say we are pleased with how it turned out would be an understatement.
The biggest accomplishment this year was getting a team back on the competitive trail. Team Keahi participated in the Dirt Rondy with not one but THREE teams! We ran the 6-dog sprint, 2-dog scooter, and our oldest ran his first run in the Junior Class.
Growing up in Montana my love of the Siberian Husky started at a young age. It has been quite a journey so far. There has been much to learn and still a lot more yet to learn! I truly believe that we are never too old, too experienced, or too full of ourselves to learn something new. I also believe that knowledge is useless unless we are willing to share it with others.