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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.
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.
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Lots of snow, lots of rain, muddy roads, four-wheel drive, and an open jeep window. This is when a dog should not hold their head out of the window, as demonstrated by Natasha and Kodiak as they show off their Mud Freckles.