Back to Chez Herd to continue the name game today with Kodiak. If you want to participate, check out Frankie’s blog and the rules of the game. We bent the rules and are going to take a post every day this week and explain where each member of The Herd’s name came from. We will, at least, finish on July 4 – the day when everyone is supposed to post their stories. And don’t forget that every member of The Herd has his/her own page here, including past members of The Herd. Today we focus on Kodiak.
As we explained on Wednesday, we knew that we were losing our matriarch, Nikita, and had been searching the area rescues for a new Siberian Husky when we found Kiska. After losing Nikita, the house seemed quiet despite the fact that we had three Siberian Huskies running around. Nikita was known for her big personality and her constant “woo-chatter”, so guess it just seemed empty. So when Siberian Husky Assist called and said they thought they had found the perfect Siberian for us, we agreed to meet him even after we told them about Kiska.
They brought him to our house October 28 2006 to meet the rest of The Herd and he and Kiska hit it off the second they saw each other. The nicknames of boyfriend and girlfriend started that very day the way they hung on each other. They remain that way even today, as evidenced by this picture taken just two weeks ago.
He was named Champ by the rescue. While we liked that, we wanted a name more fitting of his Sibeness. And, besides, any group of nordic dogs has to have a Kodiak, right? And so he was named Kodiak very quickly and it just stuck. We also struggled with figuring out his age. The rescue believed he was only a year or two old, and some of that rang true with his total puppy attitude. But in other ways, he seemed to be much older. Our wonderful vet summed it up best when she said chronologically he could be much older, but there was “a lot of puppy between the ears.” Regardless, one of our nicknames for him is “Old Man” based on the grey on his muzzle.
Our biggest curve ball was the discovery in early 2007 that he was heartworm positive. The rescue had tested him and we repeated the test when we adopted him. Both tests were negative. However, a dog can test negative for heartworms for months after actually being infected. Fortunately, he handled the treatment like a “Champ” and is perfectly healthy today.
His most endearing trait is the famous Kodi-Hug. During a rousing game of bitey face with The Herd, chewing a bully stick, or just laying in a room with the humans, Kodiak suddenly decides that a hug is in order. This is given by racing across the room, flying through the air (all 57 pounds of him), head colliding into the human’s chest, and front paws wrapped around the human and squeezing. The hug lasts for several seconds (while the human is struggling to breathe again from the shock), and then he releases and returns to whatever he was doing. While the hu-dad tries hard not to anthropomorphize canine behavior, he really can not come up with any explanation for this other than a periodic “thank you”.
Your welcome, Kodi, your welcome.