Qannik Tribute

Yesterday, we lost our big, white, fluffy dog whose happy attitude was infectious. Join us today as we share a little Qannik tribute.

Qannik Tribute


A little over 11 years ago, we dropped off some dog supplies to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation. They asked if we would mind swinging by the animal shelter and checking on an all white Siberian Husky there they planned to pull the following week. We went to the shelter and were immediately greeted by this bouncing, smiling, happy Sibe.

Serious Qannik

Serious Qannik

At first glance, he had little to be happy about. His feet were cut and torn from standing inside a suspended crate with a chicken wire floor. A ring of bare skin around his neck showed damage from being tied up long-term with a rope. His ears were so fly-bitten they were bare of fur.

That infectious smile

That infectious smile

And, yet, he stood wooing in front of us, bouncing around the yard like he didn’t have a care in the world. Needless to say, we didn’t even qualify as foster failures. We were “visiting-the-animal-shelter” failures. Qannik went home to Chez Herd.

A young and skinny Q

A young and skinny Q

Yesterday, as we said good-bye to our cotton ball, our thoughts were on that infectious smile. That happy-go-lucky attitude. He wouldn’t want us to be sad, but to take a bad situation and try to smile our way through it. We will do out best, Q.




Born – Unknown

Adopted – July 14, 2007

Rainbow Bridge – September 7, 2018


  1. The Ao4 on September 10, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Godspeed, Qannik. You take a piece of our hearts with you.
    Cam, Mags, and our mom

  2. Dennis the Vizsla on September 9, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    hello thundering herd its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am verry sorry to heer that qannik had to go away run free north of the rainbo bridj qannik ware the snows ar deep and their ar no kaydjes or ropes just miles and miles and miles of running!!! on and the okayzhunal snooz too of korse!!! i am sending lots of vizsla tail wags to all the thundering herd wot has ben left beehind!!! ok bye

  3. Lori on September 9, 2018 at 9:02 am

    With a very broken heart and tears in my eyes, Qannik, I wish you sweet rest. I’m so sorry…. run free baby boy ????

  4. Kathy on September 8, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    My condolences on the passing of Qannik. I am so sorry, and sending virtual hugs to all the family, human and husky.

  5. Shari on September 8, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Dearest beautiful Qannik, farewell. My Bear and Daisy are there to greet you. Thank you to Hu-Dad for sharing your sweet fluffiness with us all. Much Love to the herd.

  6. KJ Pierson on September 8, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Goodbye Q. Him and QNTE were the first two of the Herd I ever met. Both of Qs stories this week hit me like a brick unexpectedly. We know he will be missed, he knows it too, but he’s with more of his pack now. Run free Q-tip.

  7. jansfunnyfarm on September 8, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    So sorry to read this. Such a beautiful smile. No wonder you were “visiting the shelter” failures! You were blessed to have him with you for 11 years. Know you are missing him!

  8. BJ Mills on September 8, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    So sorry. I knew time was short but not this short. Run free cotton ball over the bridge. Go find Nikita and Queen Natasha the Evil, pass on our love to them all the rest of the pack. Your silver harness will match those blue eyes. Hu dad thank you for sharing him. Much love and prayers to all. Please love on Miss Kiska and all the Herd. Wouldn’t be surprised if they engineer a rescue. We will miss you.

  9. Jill Armentrout on September 8, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    So Sorry, Prayers for you. You give the Best Life to every fur-kid that you have ever found and I know your hearts are breaking now, I pray you remember all of the memories and smile over each one of them. Woos from Marco Polo and Olivia and I’m sure that Thor met Qannik at the rainbow bridge and They are all running free knowing they will see you again. Love to you, Jill and her Kids

  10. Laura on September 8, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    So very sorry. I love reading about all your fur babies. When you lose one it breaks your heart. ???? Hope all your memories of 11 years helps you at this time. ????

  11. Lisa on September 8, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    I just lost my own Husky boy (Eddie) 3 weeks ago, so am with you in the grief for our cheerful fluff-balls.

  12. Terry (+Rory) on September 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I am so sad to hear of Qannik’s passing…he was a beautiful boy with a Heavenly mistique all adorned in pure white!
    It must be snowing today at the Rainbow bridge…and your beautiful boy is finding just the right spot to watch over you all at Chez Herd.
    Heartfelt love& prayers to you all.Thank you for sharing your Qannik with us ????

  13. Diane Tetzlaff on September 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    My heart is heavy and the tears keep coming for a beautiful boy I never met. Your wonderful stories of the herd held me together when I lost my Rockett. I still had Kasey – she looks like a very young Qannik and she loves her black chow chow brother. I love the Siberian’s personalities. Kasey doesn’t sing, she tries, but she sounds like Chewbacca. Prayers for your pack.

  14. DJ, Cierra and Maggie on September 8, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    A beautiful tribute for a beautiful boy. Q-Tip touched so many of our hearts as all of the pups do. We will miss him. Hugs to the herd (especially to Miss Kiska). Run free Qannik…no more green bean diets.

  15. Laura Yager on September 8, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    So sorry Hu dad and family. It hurts losing a pack member. Seems like your Queen Natasha just left. We get through the loss, never over it. I pray you find peace, knowing that you gave Q a loving home. Soft woos from my little Herd, Siniy, Bolt and Radar…..????

  16. Linda on September 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    You gave him the happiest, most loved life! My heart breaks for you. Give the rest of the Herd an extra snuggle from all of us.

  17. Zoe on September 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    With head bowed and paw raised my Pack and Hu-mom offer our sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful Qtip. Please know his joy was infectious and far reaching and the love from his family so evident
    This is one of those times when words are simply inadequate, yet they are all we have to offer.
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers

    Sabo the German Shepherd, Attorney at Paw
    Jasmine the Lab
    Delola the German Shepherd
    Athena the English Mastiff
    Maximus the Tibetan Mastiff
    And Zoe our Hu-mom/servant

  18. Lisa Myers on September 8, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    My heart hurts and my eyes are filled with tears. I am so sad for all of you. I have followed you for such a long time and Q has always been a part of the herd. Too many of your precious pups have passed over the years that my dear, very loved Sitka has been by my side. Each time I think about how his passing will affect me because I get so sad about your curly tails heading over that snowy bridge. My heart is with you. No matter how hard we try not to be sad, that empty space in our hearts always hurts. Thank you Qannik for all the years of entertainment and for allowing us to see your beautiful face.

  19. Karen on September 8, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I went back and re-read a lot of your older post re Qannik, he seemed like such a sweet baby. Wish I could have met him and loved on him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Would love to hear some updates on the herd, especially Ms. Kiska when you feel up to it.

  20. 24 Paws of Love on September 8, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    So sorry to hear about Qtip. He was one of my favorites.

    May his love and smile live on forever.

    Run free Q!

  21. Juno's mom on September 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

    The sweet boy joined his old friends sooner than expected. Having been through this many times, my comfort is knowing that love is the most powerful force in the universe and we get back all those we’ve lost when we go on ahead. My heart goes out to you all and a special ear rubs for Kiska.

  22. Cathe on September 8, 2018 at 11:20 am

    So sorry. Run free, beautiful boy!

  23. Jane, Bruce and Penny on September 8, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. tammy j on September 8, 2018 at 9:59 am

    no words hu-dad. tears are in the way. sending great love to you.
    and gratitude for allowing us to share your life with the herd. now. past. and future. XO

  25. Wimsey Bloodhoud on September 8, 2018 at 9:56 am

    So sorry for your loss. Loved your story about him forgetting to pee every night when you let him out. He lives in so many hearts.

  26. Kathleen Wilson on September 8, 2018 at 9:54 am

    So sorry to hear about Qannik. A lovely dog who was much loved. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.

  27. Koda Hazel and Sue VerSchneider on September 8, 2018 at 9:54 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Qtips passing. Know you and he are in our prayers. Go rest on high Q.

  28. Ziggy on September 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I love following your stories of Chez Herd! I feel like I know them all personally through all of your stories and adventures. My heart cries for you all in losing Q. Run free over the Bridge seeet one. ❤️????

  29. Marlene Mullin on September 8, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Such a beawootiful boy! I am so sorry for your loss.

  30. Sylv on September 8, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

  31. Liz Neimeier on September 8, 2018 at 9:05 am

    So sorry. This makes me sad and I have never met Qannik. ‘m sure he had the best life with you guys and he has great memories as he’s crossing the Rainbow bridge.

  32. Jim on September 8, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Find the cold and the snow north of the rainbow bridge, Qannik. We’ll be waiting on your sign of northern lights when you there.

  33. Annie Worthington on September 8, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Run Free Qannik you’ve earned your silver harness. Soft woos & love & prayers????????????

  34. Random Felines on September 8, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Safe journey Qannik. Purrs to all of you….we are very sorry

  35. Denise Schoen on September 8, 2018 at 8:51 am

    So sorry to hear of your and the Herd’s loss. Thank you for sharing Q-tip’s life with all of us. He always brought a big smile to me. His attitude is one to be emulated. Hugs to all of you during this difficult time. It is wonderful that you have provided such a love filled home for sibes over the years.

  36. Marilyn & Chessie on September 8, 2018 at 8:48 am

    So deserving of love, so easy to love. You gave him that. We will all miss you, Q.

  37. Debbie Moore on September 8, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for loving him all these years..he’s a happy dog condolences.

  38. Kimberly Parker on September 8, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I’ve traveled this road with the Herd three times now and it never gets any easier. How funny it is to get so emotional over dogs I’ve never really even met. And, yet, I do. They are a part of my life and I grieve when they have to leave. My sincerest condolences in the loss of Qannik. I know that he and my Juneau are playing north of the Rainbow Bridge and having the best time ever.

    • Sharon on September 8, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Thank you for expressing my feelings so elegantly.

  39. Jeanee on September 8, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing the Q tip is a loss for all of us. I know he had the best life with Chez Herd and I’m thankful that you share your fur family with us. Run free, Q. You will be greatly missed.

  40. Hokie Pack on September 8, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Soft woos from the Hokie Pack. Run free Q and keep on smiling.

  41. Patricia and Rebel on September 8, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was loved at Chez Herd by his humans and his brothers and sisters and was fortunate to have been saved by you. He is healthy again while running free north of the Rainbow Bridge and I can see him being greeted by the members of his pack that are already there waiting. R.I.P. sweet Qannik, you will be missed and we are thankful your Hu-dad shared you with us.❤️????

  42. Pam Gerlach on September 8, 2018 at 7:58 am

    So sorry for the Thundering Herd loss. Qtip will always be the pup that no matter what made us smile. Run free across the Rainbow Bridge Qtip from Max and Maya and their humans.

  43. The OP Pack on September 8, 2018 at 7:53 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Qannik was a handsome boy and so resembled our Dakota. Soft woos and gentle hugs from all of us.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber, and Mom too

  44. Barbara MacKenzie on September 8, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I will miss that happy puppy face. I am so sorry. My prayers are with you and the herd.

  45. Khumbu on September 8, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Run free beautiful boy. We shall miss seeing those blue eyes.

    Gentle woos
    Khumbu, Arko, Rita and mum

  46. Sharon Sammons on September 8, 2018 at 7:32 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Knowing he had a wonderful life with you and Chez Herd makes his loss a little bit better. I am sure his brothers and sisters are mourning him too.

  47. Marleen Kinderman on September 8, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Thank you, D., for sharing his life with us.

  48. Jo Ann on September 8, 2018 at 7:25 am

    I’m so sorry I love and enjoy your “Thundering Herd” run free & fast Quannik ((husky hugs)) for all❣️

  49. Jerry Owens on September 8, 2018 at 7:23 am

    From Chloe Bear ( an adopted Beagle Mix) and Randi (a stray Rat Terrier mix took in) we and our humans send our Love and Prayers….

  50. Kate on September 8, 2018 at 7:15 am

    So very sorry to hear about Qannik 🙁
    Those eyes and that face and his happy go lucky attitude brought us all joy through your stories and pictures. May he Rest In Peace and frolic with all of our pups who have found their way to the Rainbow Bridge ❤️

  51. Jean B Burkhardt on September 8, 2018 at 5:52 am

    To Hu-Dad and family and the pack. My heart hurts and I am so very sorry for your loss. I do know he is now wearing his new silver harness just north of Rainbow Bridge where all beloved huskies go to play while they wait for the day to be reunited with their humans. You will be very missed Quannik.

  52. Mom ' Ebby on September 8, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Mom ‘n Ebby both say: Run, run, run, Qannik! Run happy and free across the Rainbow Bridge and into the bright green fields and trees, and see if you can spot my Ayla, waiting there for someone to run with her. Be happy, Qannik, knowing how much you were loved down here!

  53. Padma Bending on September 8, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Oh, no! I was hoping Qannik would be with the Herd a bit longer. Wear your silver harness with pride, Qannik. And watch over the Herd during this difficult time.

  54. Vincent Porrazzo on September 8, 2018 at 5:23 am

    So sorry, our deepest condolences.
    Silky, Nacho and Vince

  55. Tonya Rogers on September 8, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Run free over that bridge Q. So sorry for your loss. Thank you for giving this sweet boy a wonderful loving home and letting him know that not all people are awful.

    • Dana Long on September 8, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      So sorry to hear!! All our love and prayers are with you! Qannik had the best parents and enjoyed a wonderful life with you! Run free beautiful Q-run free! We will all miss you greatly! Thank you for your posts and sharing your family with us-many hugs and love!

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