Typhoon – Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd

As we announced Monday, the Second Annual Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd is underway. To enter our contest, all you have to do is mail a Valentine’s to your favorite member of The Herd (To: Dog’s Name, c/o The Thundering Herd, PO Box 1835, Maggie Valley, NC  28751-1835).

If you chose, you may enclose a check for a donation to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation (who saved 1,231 dogs and cats in 2014 – see this article for details).

One lucky reader will be selected from all of the Valentine’s mailed to win a beautiful gift basket from Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery! The basket last year was overflowing with awesome treats, chews and toys. We get our own freshly baked Pumpkin Treats from them – which they will gladly ship to wherever you are.

To help you decide which dog deserves your Valentine’s, we will be running profiles of each member of The Herd. This year, we will be doing the order from the dog who received the least number of Valentine’s last year to the most.

We have now profiled CheoahNatashaQannik, and Kiska. Today, we turn our attention to Typhoon, the recipient of 49 Valentine’s last year raising $384 for Sarge’s.


Look deep in these eyes – and send Valentine’s.

Typhoon has now been at Chez Herd for two years, filling a really big hole created by the amazing Rusty the Rooster. Fortunately, like Rusty, Typhoon is very comfortable with the role of clown – always amusing the rest of The Herd and the Humans.

He is the third member of The Herd from Siberian Husky Assist (Frankie and Kodiak being the other two). He came to us with the name Ty and we were trying to think of a two syllable name (which the humans seem to think make dogs pay more attention . . . as if). A reader suggested Typhoon and, thus, he was named after a natural disaster. How fitting.

He has many nicknames, but is most often called Munchkin due to his smallish size (barely over 40 lbs – 18kg), though he has has very long legs and a lanky frame.

always entertain

I must always entertain.

As the youngest member of The Herd, Typhoon has the most energy by far. His favorite wrestling partner, Cheoah, has been on injured reserve due to a knee injury (hmmmmm – wonder how that happened?), but he has made do with his big brother, Frankie. Their wrestling matches are legendary with many body slams and high speed chases.

Typhoon is also entertaining with his amazing vocal range – particularly a high decibel Siberian Death Scream used whenever things don’t go his way. Which, for the record, is often. For some reason, another of his nicknames is the Little Price.

don't get my way

Hey – I don’t get my way, I want everyone to know it.

Typhoon is also the most likely to sleep in the human bed at night. Most of The Herd prefer to sleep in their crates, the floor, or the couch in the bedroom, but Typhoon likes sleeping at the Hu-dad’s feet. Of course, even better is to sleep draped over Hu-dad’s feet so he can’t turn over at night. Just saying.

pin in bed

Just waiting to pin the Hu-dad in bed

So let’s summarize why Typhoon thinks he should get the most Valentine’s. Named after a natural disaster. Youngest and smallest member of The Herd. Class clown. Always in trouble. Hmmmm – let’s just say he is the Siberian Husky breed standard!

Tomorrow we do our final profile with last year’s winner – Frankie! Get ready to mail your Valentine’s!



  1. The Ao4 on January 27, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Well, I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ve seen a certain bi-eyed pup around here trying to write a Valentine for another certain bi-eyed pup …


  2. donna wolfe on January 19, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I cannot believe Rusty has been gone two years. Typhoon you are doing a great job keeping some of his oddities alive! I have just applied for a Siberian to adopt from Siberian Husky Assist. Looking for an older coach potato type haha, sorry Ty I cannot handle youthful energy!

  3. pnwgrl on January 17, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Oh, how I love The Little Prince and his spunk……aka mischievousness! My wooly husky, Nico, has quite the loud, non-typical husky voices that scare the snot out of some people and make others laugh their heads off. I’d love to hear Typhoon and am sure you’ve posted some videos of his performances. If so, could you tell me where to find them and if not, please video him in action. I’m sure I’m not the only fan wanting to hear Typhoon!

  4. carolyn on January 17, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Would never guess he was that light! He has the most comical face.

  5. Sam on January 17, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Typhoon. I think mainly because he reminds me of Harlow and her silly little antics.

    Monty and Harlow

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