With no real guidance in our early years Dakota remained a companion animal. It was a perfect role for him, admittedly we babied him as our once sick boy.
Despite his many physical faults he got us started down the trails. Unfortunately he could not carry us much further than 5 miles before his body started to rob him of functionality. He has the truest heart and drive of any Siberian, in a body that failed him beyond short distances at moderate pacing. He still wants to go when he sees the dog truck move into the loading area. We had to find him a new role.
His first year alone he earned a Silver Medal and 3 of 4 qualifiers toward his working dog title. Also earning a novel place in people's hearts as a clown and constant chatterbox when he showed up to the area matches. Quite the 'typical' Siberian!
There was just a teeny-tiny hiccup when the working chair person changed mid-process. But it was easily caught and made right! Our 10 year old Dakota became Dakota's Arctic Rush, WD February 2015.
So naturally, he had to show us he was not ready to retire. Pulling his all time record on wheels of 920lbs and earning a qualifier toward his WDX title.
Thanks for 11 amazing years with many more to come!