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Are you aware that the name Cheoah refers to a certain water loving creature? Very appropriate since otter oughta be her name.
We were hiking one day and ran into a Lakota woman who wanted to be introduced to Qannik, a dog she perceived to be a special spirit because of his eyes. In talking with her, she foretold that we would soon adopt a new Siberian Husky named Cheoah, the Cherokee word for “Spirit.”
Thus, a few weeks later, when we adopted this little red Siberian Husky who had been abandoned behind a foreclosed house, we decided to name her “Cheoah.” Unfortunately, we live in one of the few parts of the world with several thousand Cherokee speakers (we live beside the Eastern Band reservation) who have gleefully told us that Cheoah actually means Otter, not spirit. Fortunately, Cheoah is also that rare Siberian who loves water, as can be seen in these photos.
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