Woo, how time flies.  Realized that a year ago today, we took Cheoah to the vet for the first time.  She had actually been with us for a couple of days after being rescued from being tied up behind a foreclosed house.  A neighbor had spotted her and intervened with the local all-breed rescue, who knows us well.  So we got the call asking if we could take in another Siberian Husky.  According to the AKC papers left with her, she was born December 22, 2005, but we simply do not believe she is 3.5 years old.  Her development (and, well, puppy personality) points to a 2 year old.

For those who do not remember, shortly before Cheoah came into our lives, we were out hiking and met a woman who said she was a member of the Lakota tribe.  The woman told us she saw that we would be adding a new member and that that dog would be named Cheoah, the Cherokee word for spirit.  So when we adopted this new red Sibe, we decided to make the prophecy come true.  Only, we forgot to confirm that Cheoah actually meant spirit, an important point since we live right at the Qualla Boundary (the Eastern Band Cherokee Reservation).  As it turns out, Cheoah means Otter in Cherokee, not spirit.  So we are now very cognizant on the reservation that we have a dog named otter.  It fits because she loves to get wet.

So Happy Cheoah-versary and welcome to The Herd!





Savoring snow



Patented S-RV Face



Walking at the Beach



With Big Brother Kodiak



Living up to the Otter name






Enjoying laying outside the S-RV on a camping trip



Hanging out in Charleston



And, of course, hiking with The Red Team


  1. Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ Campanella on May 25, 2009 at 9:32 am

    happy gotcha day – greta you have a forever pack – we are all rescues too and know how great it is

    Woodrow Sweetie MJ

  2. Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ Campanella on May 25, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Happy gotcha day Cheoah – happy you found a forever pack –

    luv Woodrow Sweetie MJ
    bully brats all rescues

  3. Allison (Dog Mom) on May 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Such a grrreat member of your pack!! Happy anniversary, Cheoah!

    Gus and Waldo

  4. Steve and Kat on May 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Happy Anniversary Cheoah!! We are so happy you found a great home and that we’ve gotten to know you!

    Steve and Kat

  5. Mochi on May 23, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Happy Cheoah-versary!!! I hope you get lots of toys and treats! 🙂

    The S-RV Face is still my favorite!!!


  6. Huffle Mawson on May 23, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Happy gotcha day Cheoah! Your family is so very lucky you decided to adopt them.

    Huffle Mawson

  7. the Army of Four on May 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Ha rooooo! Happy Cheoah-versary! Or is that Happy Otter-versary!?!? Ha rooooo!
    You were MEANT to join the Thundering Herd!!!
    Play bows,

  8. brownie on May 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Happy Cheoh-versary!!! hope you get hamburger cake. 🙂

  9. The OP Pack on May 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Happy Cheoah-versary to none other than Cheoah!!! We say it’s time to break out the livergreat and ice cream!!!

    Woos, the OP Pack

  10. Stella on May 23, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Hi little Otter Girl! Let me join in with my Happy

    Good luck was with you AND your Dad the day you joined the herd!


  11. Khyra on May 23, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Happy Cheoah-versary!

    Cheoah-itos fur all!

    PeeEssWoo: Mom remembers the early emails on SiberNet when your hu-dad khasually mentioned six dogs – and then in a few days shared the story of how woo khame to join The Herd! The Dog gods surely Siberian smiled on woo!

  12. Ozzie on May 23, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I am so happy that Cheoah was rescued by such a wonderfully loving heard. You deserve the best sweetie! Happy Cheoah-versary from the Ozzie camp. Did I mention I have a thing for older red-heads. Rrrrrr!

    Love and puppy kisses,

  13. Four Musketeers on May 23, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Happy Cheoah-versary! Thats a very sweet post !!

  14. maxx on May 23, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Happy Cheoah-versary! May the coming years brings you treats and good health!!

  15. Princess Eva on May 23, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Happy Cheoah-versary!!!! Bricey thinks the little otter girl is very cute and sends her a snooter smooch.

  16. Storm Glory on May 23, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Happy Cheoah-versary! That is a lovely story how she got her name.


  17. Turbo the Sibe on May 23, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Happy Cheoah-versary! Cheese & bacon for all!

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