We have complained before about Breedism, the assumption that a Siberian Husky is this poorly behaved wild child.  Where does that reputation come from?  Sigh.  Anyway, we have yet another example clipped out of our local newspaper:

Siberian Ad

On a totally different topic, we posted this link on Sibernet-L, an internet list-serv for Siberian Husky fans, but we realize that many of you may not have seen it.  This is the story of Melvin, a Siberian Husky in the Iditarod (which is running now) as posted in the Onion, one of our favorite off-beat sites.


  1. Steve & Kat on March 16, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    My mom says she’d like to see that animal trainer fix me from pulling. I’ve been to several and am not fixed yet, but I’m pretty sure that’s her problem and not mine!


  2. The OP Pack on March 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    The story about Melvin was a real hoot – or would that be howl?

    We are such a misunderstood breed, aren’t we?

    Tail wags, the OP Pack

  3. simcha on March 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    It’s a fact of life we are always mislabeled. The stoopid humans at the Starbuck’s drive-thu think we are wolves. They always say “The wolf lady is here”. What do humans know? Nothing.


  4. Mochi on March 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I agree with everyone, the ad was meant for the little dog.

    Thanks for sharing the article on Melvin!


  5. Biloxi and Siber-Sibs on March 15, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    We got a kick out of Melvin’s story. Poor guy, but hey, he is da new guy on da team. Give him a break.
    As for dat ad, I think they was talking about dat wittle thing wid da snarly teeth, not the happy smiling Sibe. Dat Sibe looks like he wouldn’t git into any trouble. Ha Roooooo!
    But dat wittle one, I wouldn’t trust it.

    Husky kisses,

  6. Painter Pack on March 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Poor Melvin…I don’t think he’s out of the ordinary…we do stuff like that all the time. I thinks the media was having a slow day and just used Melvin as their scapegoat….Harooooooo!

    Mya Boo Boo

  7. Kira on March 15, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Melvin looks to me like a normal sibe, I mean, I would stop every few minutes to dig in the snow and then go chase something too! Isn’t that normal?

  8. the Army of Four on March 15, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Ha roo roo roo! We saw that article, too, and thought it was a gas!
    As per the behavior thing… it looks to ME like the Sibe is being a total angel and that little Yappy is the one who needs some training!
    Tail wags,

  9. Princess Eva on March 15, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Hmmmm..we know that all Sibes are quiet, easily trained, stay-at-home, “why would I want to roam the neighborhood?” dogs. 🙂

    At least you’re not the little snack in the picture!

    Princess Eva

    P.S. There was a team of belgians in the Iditarod several years ago. Unfortunately, they didn’t do very well.

  10. Khyra on March 15, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Mom and I enjoyed your Melvin link on SiberN*t – we even shared it with a furiend who has some of those beaWOOtiful/handsome Belgian khanines 😉

    As fur our behaviours, what fun would we be if we were like all those OTHER khanines?


  11. Ozzie on March 15, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Poor melvin. Bless his fuzzy heart.

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