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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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