A couple of years ago, a young boy approached the Jeep full of Sibes and asked, “Why do you have six Siberian Huskies?”  Hu-dad answered in all seriousness, “Because we don’t have room in the Jeep for seven.”

The boy might have been puzzled by the answer, but it makes sense to us.  Six just seems like a natural number.

Sure, we used to be a Herd of three.  We were still quite adept at the thundering part (though hu-dad thinks back to that time as the quiet days), but were maybe not quite a Herd.  But when Nikita passed away, the void was great.  Hu-dad started this website in memory of the great Nikita (and had no idea that anyone would actually read it).  When he went to adopt a new member of The Herd, he ended up adding two dogs rather than one – Kiska and Kodiak.  And we were a happy Herd of 4.

In 2007, our local all-breed rescue, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation, asked us to go check on an all-white Siberian at the local animal shelter.  Anyone who knows the hu-dad could have predicted that “Snowflake” (since renamed Qannik, Inuit for Snowflake) was coming home with us.

And again in 2008, when a distress call came out about a Siberian abandoned behind a foreclosed home, Cheoah came to The Herd.

And, thus, we were six.  When Kodiak passed away in 2011, Frankie joined the Herd.  And with Rusty’s recent passing, we knew that it was just a matter of time until a new member joined us.

Which brings us to . . . Ty:


Ty came to us via Siberian Husky Assist, the same rescue in Bristol, TN (or VA – depends on your side of town) that brought Kodiak and Frankie into our lives.  He is nine months old (yes, we must be crazy) and is a little overwhelmed learning all about Chez Herd.  Poor guy, we even took him on a regular Herd hike this afternoon to break him in – and met a black bear on the trail.  He is thinking we live big.

Six Hikiing
Six hiking again – L-R – Cheoah, Frankie, Ty, Qannik, Natasha, Kiska

As we introduce him to our world, we are also working with his name.  We like Ty, but also customarily use two syllable words with strong sounds (a little trick to getting a dog to hear and respond to their name).  Tyrus.  Tyrex (Tyrannosaurus Rex).  Tybee (An island in South Carolina, but the word means salt in Euchee, so not exactly fitting).  Any thoughts out there?

We will keep you posted as young Ty weaves his way into everyday living at Chez Herd.


  1. Nicole Tester on August 18, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Typhoon is da bomb. When will there be 6 huskies again?

  2. Max and Maya's momma on August 18, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Alright Hu-Dad it’s not fair to leave us hanging on how you came up with the name Typhoon. Read the older comments where it’s been suggested but how about giving the “Real” story on how Ty became Typhoid His Royal Highness????

    • The Thundering Herd on August 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

      The “Typhoon” part started the day of this post. It was a great name. That quickly became Typhoon Phooey, partially because of the old Hong Kong phooey cartoon. Little Prince didn’t take long based on his insistent, demanding attitude that we didn’t know what we were doing. From there, it was an easy step to His Royal Highness Little Prince Typhoon Phooey.

  3. Juno's mom on August 18, 2021 at 11:30 am

    It’s funny how you can see him talking in the group walk photo.

  4. Karen on August 18, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Oh my! I had forgotten how strong his markings were on his sweet little face. Regal then and regal now. So glad you shared this again.

  5. Jean Burkhardt on August 18, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Hu-Dad-this was before I FOUND the HERD but loved reading the STORY. Every single SIBE who has been part of your group has been SO lucky. Typhoon as aptly named! I am so thankful to be able to read of the adventures you all have been through!!! Love that Frankie Suave and Typhoon the Little Prince as still a part of the adventures

  6. Debbie and Ruby on August 18, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Typhoon was such a cute puppy. Hard to believe only 2 of the Herd are still here to amuse us daily. Love all those who are here and gone.

  7. jack & moo on January 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    BAcktracking the Herd blog to see who the new guy is – he’s so cute! And such a youngster! Hu-dad is brave, inddeed!

    Welcome, dude!
    Jack & Moo

  8. siku marie on January 9, 2013 at 12:57 am

    We agree that six is the most mystical number there is; perfect if you will. Welcome Typhoon! You will be the absolutely best addition to the Herd; you have been fated…and blessed!

    You have big shoes to fill being a member of this Herd but we can see in your eyes that you will never disappoint!

    Congratulations to you all!

  9. KB on January 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Ty is so handsome! And, I do love the full name of “Typhoon”!!!

    We all have our reasons for the number of dogs that we have… and yours is as good as any! I love having 2, but I’ve been seriously tempted by a step back up to 3.

    In any case, Ty couldn’t be luckier than to have found you.

  10. Shadow and Marvin on January 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    We like the name Ty, it seems to fit. We wanted to help with the name so we asked our human to look up Eskimo translations for the word wind. This is what we found: Kivaknaq means wind from upriver. Kanaqhaq means wind from down river (from the ocean). Uiyula means whirlwind. Anube means windy. We are happy Ty has a new forever home and can’t wait to hear more about him.

  11. Elmo & Mouse on January 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Ty is handsome. I cannot believe how much older Frankie looks now with Ty around. Frankie looks like a big brother.

  12. Tammy and the goldens on January 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Congrats on the new member of the herd. He is very handsome!

  13. Heartbeats on January 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Aww! Typhoon is a PERFECT name for a pup! Of course, being from SC, I like Tybee as well! And salt could mean salt & pepper which he is! Anyway, I love the eyes and the face! I hope he adapts easily to the Herd!

    Mamma Heartbeat

  14. MImi & Cabana on January 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    He’s beautiful. Congratulations on your new addition. Tiny Tim?

  15. brooke & darwin on January 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    The black and white team is now outnumbering the reds! Welcome Ty! Can’t wait to see what antics your 9month old self gets into!

  16. Anjellica Evans on January 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Now i’m starting to feel bad for cheesewiz… she’s the lone redhead sibe.. I think..

  17. Holly & Khady on January 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Welcome Ty!

    We have a Titus here, but mom is always calling him Ty or TyTy.

    We know YOUR Ty will definitely be lots of fun. He has that “look” to him!


  18. Nora on January 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Ty is beautiful! Welcome Ty!!!


  19. Teddy Westlife on January 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Y’all are gonna have to get a new blog header!

    Welcome to the family, Ty. Tyson, Typhoon?

  20. NCMountainwoman on January 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Hooray for six Sibes once again and congratulations all around. I think “Tyro” might be appropriate for the learner in the Herd. He’s so much younger than the others he will always be a novice in their opinion.

  21. rottrover on January 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Oh! He’s beautiful!! Typhoon is perfect! Welcome, Ty!!

  22. Danielle on January 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Typhoon, the tycoon! 🙂

  23. A Husky Life on January 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you and the herd 🙂 9 months….yup, will keep you on your toes!

  24. Sam on January 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Woot! We were waiting for your 6th member to be introduced. We figured we wouldn’t have long to wait. Welcome Ty!


  25. Dennis the Vizsla on January 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    hello thundering herd its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy noo yeer and welkum to the herd ty!!! hay dada is saying sumthing abowt sum old astronomer naymed tycho brahe wot figgerd owt the orbits of the plannets and wore a golden nose on akkownt of having lost his reel nose in a dool over a mathematikal formyoola i am pritty shoor dada must be getting into the eggnog agin becuz sutch a storry cud not posibly be troo!!! ok bye

  26. Zoe on January 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Welcome, Typhoon! We think Natasha will have fun teaching this one the ropes. Love the glint in those eyes.

  27. Kimberly Parker on January 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Oh, he is precious–I just love those bi-eyes! It will quietly break my heart not to see Rusty-Roo’s picture on the right side of the blog, but I know things move on. Congratulations to you all on the new addition; I look forward to seeing and hearing all about his interactions with the Herd.

    As far as names go, I do like Tiberius, but his nickname can easily be Typhoon.

    Love from the Parker pooches and their mom

  28. The Ao4 on January 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Typhoon. Ha roo roo roo! That one’s priceless! I don’t think we could out do it!
    Welcome to the Herd, Ty!
    It looks like he has a lot to say in the hiking picture!
    Play bows,

    • Carolyn on January 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      It will be fun to watch the Herd deal with a puppy. So much to discover! He seems like a little guy next to Frankie but…he is still growing, so… 🙂

      Frankie is still my fav, I have to say, but Typhoonaroonie will no doubt establish his personality quickly, and it will be awesome :).

  29. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart on January 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I like Tyrex, but Typhoon is hilarious because it so easily could become Tyfool, if he is a young / silly boy. It’s a shame Tiberius has too many syllables. Would make a great Star Trek nod. I agree 2 syllables is BEST. I am so happy for your news. Congratulations on getting back to SIX. Our limit (for many reasons) is 2, but I see why 6 works for you.

  30. Ice 'n Ayla on January 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Ayla sez: “At our house, we’ve ALL been wondering how long before another SiberPup joined the Herd.” Our hu-Mom was going to suggest “Kaos”, but sounds like you want to stay with the “Ty” sound. Whoever he turns out to be, we’re all going to love watching him becoming part of The Herd, and learning about his personality traits.

  31. jane niederstadt on January 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Welcome to the herd Ty. He is absolutely beautiful. I can’t to see all the fun things you end up doing. Everybody has their own name and you will figure yours out soon, but I do like Ty. Big hugs and kisses to the herd.

  32. Angela on January 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

    9 months! He looks so small against The Herd! Your first paragraph is my favourite on the entire blog. Love your answer.

    We like:
    Tybalt: bravest of the people?
    Ty-Ohni: wolf?
    and our most favourite because he is a 9month Sibe:
    Typhoon! Hahaha!

    • D.K. Wall on January 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Typhoon! We love it. And, let’s just say, it seems to fit. That might just be it.

      • Angela on January 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

        Haha! Can’t wait to see him in action!

  33. houndstooth on January 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Ty is adorable! And nine months old, well, here at our house we appreciate a lot of puppy antics still. We’ll be loving reading about all of yours!

    As far as the name goes, I’m sure he’ll tell you his soon. It occurred to me that Tyrus might be a nice nod to Rusty, but something that has some Native American or Inuit roots might be cool to ponder! Whatever you call him, he’s darned cute!

  34. Lynn on January 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I like Tyson. Nice and simple, but strong!

  35. Wild Dingo on January 6, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Oh my! I’m grinning ear to ear! Ty is so handsome! And bi eyed! Nine months…hu dad has clearly fallen off his rocker! I like tyrus and tyrex. We used to call our Labrador, whose name was Moosh, short for Mushashi, a japanese samurai warrior ship, nick names like Mooshapotomus, Mooshu Pork, Mooshu gai pan, Mooshed potatoes…you get the picture…you could do,a lot of fun nick names with ty, tyrus or tyrex!

    Welcome Ty! Please do your best to provide FULL siberian puppy experience to the hu dad. He thinks he is soooooo experienced with sibes by now. Time to show him there is still much to learn….booowahahaha!

    Ps you are adorable! Cant wait to read about you fitting in with your new pack!

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