Thinking Of Those Affected By Storms

We were fortunate to receive much needed rain without any damage, but are thinking of those affected by storms this weekend.

Out for a rainy afternoon stroll - thinking of those affected by the storms
Out for a rainy afternoon stroll

The images coming out of the Midwestern and Southern states impacted by the storms this weekend were horrifying. Like many of you, we thought of family and friends as well as the many towns we’ve visited in the region. We hope for the best of outcomes, but know that many people lost their lives.

For us, though, the storms ended up being less violent and brought us much needed rain to quench wildfires in our area. We even worked our afternoon walk in between the rain events. Well, mostly in between. We might have gotten the humans a little wet.

EDIT: I posted this on Facebook this morning:

Back in August of 2006, we had just lost the great Nikita, the Siberian Husky who started it all, and were looking to add to our small pack. We visited Sidney Helen Sachs to see some of the rescued Siberian Huskies.

As often happens, the one we went to see wasn’t a good fit, but this wooly-coated, shy, scared, and skinny girl kept checking us out. Sidney told us she had been found wandering the streets of Waverly, Tennessee, so her rescue name was Waverly. She had obviously been abused and scared of people. She would need a lot of love, care, and patience.

We said we weren’t sure we wanted to take on such a project. We wanted an easier dog to adopt.

Sidney looked at us and said something I’ve never forgotten—”Sometimes, you don’t get the dog you want. Sometimes, you get the dog you need.”

Waverly came home with us, renamed Kiska, Russian for Pure. She did take a lot of work and wasn’t sure she trusted us.

A few days later, I was sitting on the back porch reading a book while letting Kiska explore. She wasn’t ready yet for pets or scratches and watched me warily.

She walked up behind me, sniffed, and hesitated. I waited for her, to see if she was ready to build a bond. After a few minutes, she rested her head on my shoulder. We sat like that while I read as Kiska learned to trust again. Once that trust was built, she became our fierce protector, our Chief of Security who yelled at anything who got near our fence and her safe life.

I tell that story because I woke up this morning to find several posts that Sidney was impacted by the devastating tornadoes. She lost kennels and, crushingly, a cherished dog was killed and another injured.

I know many of you involved with the Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute breeds will know Sidney. You will know how great she is with dogs, how much care she gives her dogs, and how much she means to the rescue dogs she finds homes for.

A friend of hers has set up a Paypal donation for her at [email protected] . I have no connection to it, but wanted to share it.

Please keep Sidney and all the victims of the storms in mind.

And, yes, Sidney, we did need Miss Kiska. And she needed us. Thank you.


  1. tammyj on December 12, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    thank you Hu Dad. what a beautiful telling of Kiska’s story.

  2. Lindsey Spivey on December 12, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing this story. Such heartbreaking tragedy from the tornadoes. Prayers for Sidney, her dogs, and all those affected.

  3. Sharon Sammons on December 12, 2021 at 9:45 am

    I donated to Sidney.

  4. David R Lukosik on December 12, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Yes, Very sad and horrific images on the news channels. Very fortunate here in Little Switzerland, lots of rain and wind but no damages with this storm. Two years ago a Halloween night storm brought down a dead tree across the 6 ft perimeter fence. It became a 2 ft high fence but fortunately no huskies or malamutes made the escape to the wilds of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was an all day job cutting, removing the fallen tree on the fence, and repairing the fence while the pack stayed crated in the garage wondering what was doing on outside in the backyard. I have reached out to Sidney offering help physically and financially today. Thanks for posting the story!

  5. Terry Grennell on December 12, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Such a heartbreaking disaster for so many. People as well as all the pets and animals in these areas. Horrifying that this can happen without warning. Maybe the advantage of the mountains? Funnel clouds don’t form there. Hope all your family and friends are safe.

  6. Jean Burkhardt on December 12, 2021 at 6:37 am

    I am so thankful the Herd(and family) wasn’t affected by the storms. My heart does break for those who were. I am glad in between the rain the Herd got their walk in!

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