Melting Snowflake

While stopping at a great view on the trails, I turned to notice that Qannik was just enjoying the pause, shade and wet foilage.

P.S. #1 – Qannik is Inuit for Snowflake, thus the title.  As our buddy Bricey well knows, Qannik came to us from the Haywood Animal Shelter with the name Snowflake.  We decided to keep the name, but change the language.

P.S. # 2 – Yes, it has been very hot here.  But we have to explain.  At the house, we have not yet crossed the 80F (26 C) level – that only happens a few days each year.  BUT, when we travel, we have to cross valleys and into towns, and the temperatures can be in the 80’s and – rarely – even 90.  Sometimes, the rapid change in temperatures can be as tough on the dogs (and humans) as the high temperatures themselves, so we constantly monitor them and make sure they have plenty of fresh water.


  1. Wild Dingo on June 29, 2010 at 5:53 am

    i missed a few posts and this one. been MIA lately. (long story). but i’ve been meaning to ask you about walking in hot weather. i know it’s not desired for dogs, but when you have a husky, well, you have 6 and they NEED walking. so when i can’t walk early enough, i try to choose shadey areas and i take a back pack with waterbottles. we stop 2 or 3 times during an hour or an hour and a half walk to drink and rest. as a husky owner, is that ok? i don’t know. i don’t want her to overheat, but she needs her walk too. i don’t mind skipping a day or two but i never skip more than one day (like never two days in a row). it’s been really hot here (80’s, 90’s).

    before i had Juno, i would never walk a dog this long in heat (not Maggie, the dingo or Moosh the Lab or Loki). i would walk a dog about 30 min or less in this heat. but because she’s a sibe… she really truly needs a long one daily. more than Loki does, for sure. tho he comes anyway.

    curious to know what you think of walking in the heat, if i’m being careful enough and do you ever skip any days? what do you do to cool them off? i would we their paws — juno doesn’t mind, but loki hates his paws touched even by water. do you spinkle any water on them as you go for cooling?

  2. Honey the Great Dane on June 20, 2010 at 2:02 am

    I love how you kept the name but changed the language – very clever!

  3. [email protected] on June 18, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Keep cool! We used to freeze two-liter soda bottles and then wrap them in a towel and put them with the dogs when we traveled with them. It was a little bit extra “cool” in a very hot place!


  4. Holly & Khady on June 18, 2010 at 12:07 am

    I definitely think Qannik fits him better than Snowflake. Who names a boy “Snowflake” anyway?


  5. Life With Dogs on June 17, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    We’re due for a dose of that weather for the weekend and I dread it. None of us are acclimated!
    That picture speaks volumes. Ugh…

  6. Lorenza on June 17, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    80F sounds like heaven to me!
    We had 112 today!!!
    Kisses and hugs

  7. Bricey on June 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Poor Snowflake! Does the Herd want to come hang out at the daycare pool tomorrow?

    Brice (who prefers the meaning “quick moving, alert” and not the other meaning “speckled”)

  8. Dennis the Vizsla on June 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Poor Qannik! I hope you got ice cream later.

  9. The Army of Four on June 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Crank up the AC, dad-o-the-Herd!
    Play bows,

  10. Sagira on June 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Great title and explanation on this one. 🙂

  11. Huffle Mawson on June 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Poor Qannik. I invite you all to my house where it is currently 7degC.

  12. Kit on June 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Great title!
    You’re so lucky to have that elevation to help keep you cooler…It’s miserable down here at 1700′!
    Hugs and belly rubs to all,

  13. The OP Pack on June 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Well, we are fully into our warm season – hot, humid, hot humid, no change whatsoever, other than lots of rain. We are very grateful for the cold air that comes out of our little floor grates.

    Melting or not, Qannik is beautiful.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  14. El'bow & Hauwii on June 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    your so white 😀 like snow

    El’bow & Hauwii

  15. Szandra on June 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Hi there,

    I just wanted to compliment you on the wonderful job you are doing with you blog; and also the beautiful care you take after your Huskies.

    I have two Sibs, and where we are in Canada, it is getting pretty hot as well!

    Since your dogs are looking so beautiful, I have to ask; what do you feed your dogs?

    Thanks so much and keep up the blog we love it!


  16. Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo & Molly on June 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Snowflake: Qannik would definitely melt here!! It’s terribly hot here!

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

  17. Khyra on June 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I’m sure Bricey is glad fur the shoutout!

    Woo look furry khomfy there – we know where the khool spots khan be found on the ground!

    PeeEssWoo: Our weather peoples fibbed – they said less of that humidity stuff today – PFFFFFFFT not!

  18. Houndstooth on June 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Poor Qannik! I think he needs a nice pool to take a dip in. He always reminds me of a high school football player!

    Are Sibes big on swimming? I haven’t seen much of them around water, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like it, I suppose.

  19. jack & moo on June 17, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Ha-roo roo, ya got us! We came here looking fur a SNOW flake! Yup, heat & humidity is ruff when woo have a nice dense coat, but we’ll take this opportunity to mention that bipeds should NEVER shave a husky, its a no-no.

    jack a-roo & miss moo

  20. Kira The BeaWoootiful on June 17, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Wooos! Can I come live with woo???It is so hot out here, that I stay inside all day and do not go out until after dark…. I feel wooo pain Qannik.
    ~husky kisses~
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  21. Zona on June 17, 2010 at 7:53 am

    What a great story about Qannik’s name! You should join in with Frankie and friends on his Name Game on July 4!!


  22. Biloxi and Siber-sibs on June 17, 2010 at 6:03 am

    We hopes Qannik and da rest of the TH don’t melt too much. Thank woo fur splainin’ bout Qannik’s name. Dat is furry unique.

    Try to stay cool Thundering Herd.

  23. Martha and Bailey on June 17, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Snowflake is a beautiful name in any language for a beautiful dog.
    It is currently hot in Scotland – we have not had much experience of any prolonged heat before and the dogs are struggling.
    We now go walking early and late……..!
    Siberians have such wonderful thick furry coats but we can imagine they are more suited to the snow!
    Stay cool and keep drinking. xxx

  24. Maxx on June 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

    You’re as white as snow!
    Hope the weather kools down for you, it’s been very hot too here in Singapore but we had heavy heavy rain yesterday and it flooded a couple of places..funny weather!


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