Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice where we remember the dogs who have gone before the current Herd.  More information can be found on the Siberian Husky Memorial Web-page and the list of Siberian Huskies in that memorial can be found here.  On that page a little more than halfway down, you can find a reference to our own sweet Nikita, the one who got us hooked on that Siberian Husky mischievousness.

Nikita taught me how strong of a fence I needed to build, how doors could be opened with paws, how anything could be chewed, how far you really had to walk a Sibe to achieve a Tired Sibe is a Good Sibe, and how much trouble a Siberian could really be.  She also taught me about the Siberian laugh, the absolute joy that a Siberian takes from every moment from every day, and how much they can brighten your lives.  She is also the one that, for better or worse, taught Natasha how to be the queen.  As you can see from the last three pictures, Nikita earned her nickname Mama Bear.


Nikita smiling


Nikita sleeping


Nikita and Natasha sleeping

Standing Guard

Playing in Snow

We also remember the Non-Siberians in our lives and celebrate them today as well.  Our first two dogs, Cocoa, a corgi, and Ginger, a mixture of many breeds, paved the way for Nikita by teaching us how much fun dogs are to have in your life.


Cocoa and Ginger



So today we light a candle, smile at the memories, and hug the Herd.  If you would like to join in the celebration, please light a candle at 8 p.m. and think of those who have gone before.  And please share with me the stories of those you think of so we can share those thoughts as we light our candles tonight.


  1. Four Musketeers on December 25, 2008 at 2:18 am

    We wish you a Merry Christmas ,
    We wish you a Merry Christmas ,
    We wish you a Merry Christmas ,

    xoxo ,
    Four Musketeers & Family
    Lady , Zena , Cody & Joyce

  2. Thor and Marco Polo on December 24, 2008 at 9:37 pm


    Thanks for sharing your stories of Nikita, Cocoa and Ginger. We lit a candle for our blue-eyed Girl, Samantha. Mom still misses her terribly as we lost her two years ago at Christmas! We know she is with your girls and they are all waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge!

    Merry Christmas
    Hugs and Kisses
    Thor and Marco Polo

  3. Sitka and Cornelia Marie on December 23, 2008 at 11:21 am

    We like how the bed is used as a butt pillow, ha rooo!

  4. Kodak on December 22, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Nikita, Cocoa and Ginger are in are thoughts today as is our own Tink, Buster and Clive who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.

    Hugs, Kodak

  5. The OP Pack on December 22, 2008 at 6:56 am

    What a beautiful tribute to those loved from the past!!! Nikita, Cocoa, and Ginger, all special in their own way.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  6. Steve & Kat on December 21, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Nikita was lovely, as were Cocoa and Ginger. We’ve got our candle lit.

    Steve and Kat

  7. Princess Eva on December 21, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    We learned earlier today about the ceremony. We lit a candle and cried for all those that wait for us at the bridge including my Tasha(husky/collie).

    Princess Eva

  8. Kayla and Maebe on December 21, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    WOO Thundering Herd, we will have lots of candles lit and we will remember Nikita, Cocoa, and Ginger. Kayla and Maebe

  9. Star & Jack on December 21, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Furry special post, we also have our candle lit to honor our “Golden Boy”, Sherman, who proved that there IS such a thing as a laid-back Siberian, and who will ALWAYS hold a very special place in our hearts. Blessings on your pups, too. Can you imagine how much happy wooing is going on North of the Bridge tonight?
    ~Star & Jack

  10. Biloxi on December 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Thank woo for sharing your special memories.
    Maw didn’t know about this until reading everyone’s blogs. She lit a candle for all the huskies who’ve gone North to da Rainbow Bridge. Especially for Nikolai and Misha who both went in July this year.

    Husky kisses,

  11. Ozzie on December 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Ozzie’s humans here…

    Truely a wonderful post. We will always understand why we love Ozzie so much for if it wasn’t for the experience we had with Sabo we wouldn’t be here today. Sabo was such a wonderful friend and will be missed so much. Forever in our hearts he is running in the snow and hiking on a mountain in Washington. His fuz is still with us today and we are so happy every time we find a clump. The Husky love is a virus that we are happy to be infected with.

    John and Kelly

  12. Khyra on December 21, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Four paws and ONE fluffy tail up fur the huzzy shot!

    Yes, it is a day to remember those befur us –

    Cocoa, Ginger, and Nikita did a fine job teaching woo about khanines and the fun we bring!

    PeeEssWoo: Mom says thanks for the full cirkhle khomment!

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