Monday, May 26, 2008

Angel & Lakota's "Gotcha" Day

Haa roo Everypup
Today is Angel & Lakota's Gotcha Day, so I am turning over the blog to Angel so she can tell you their story.
Happy Memorial Day!
Greetings Everypup!

Thank you to Skye for letting me have this opportunity to share my "Gotcha" story with you. Three years ago, Lakota and I were rescued from an abuse situation in Maine. We had been starved. Twelve of us were saved. Sadly, eighteen dogs perished, including my sister, Skye's mom and all of her brothers and sisters. We were taken to the
Central Aroostook Humane Society in Presque Isle, Maine. There we were gently nursed back to health. Lakota was the first one of our group to be adopted. Mom had been speaking to a nice lady at the Humane Society and arranged to come up to adopt me after I had some surgery. One week before she was to come up, Lakota was returned to the shelter. The lady that Mom had contacted asked her if she would be interested in adopting another dog. Mom was very surprised, because on their last phone call, everyone had been adopted! The shelter wanted Lakota to go to a good home with someone who understood huskies. Mom decided that YES, she would take Lakota too. Mom had to drive ten hours to get there from Connecticut. She drove up the day before so that she could be at the shelter first thing in the morning. She met the nice lady at the shelter and spent some time talking to her. FINALLY they came to the kennel area. I saw her and I was SO excited I jumped up in the air and started doing a very happy husky dance! The shelter lady said that they had not seen me that happy in the entire time I had been there. They let us out in the play yard for a little while before we left. I was a little afraid to get in the car because the last time I went in a car, I went to the vet and came back with a sore tummy!
Mom convinced me that it was OK, so I got in and stretched out across the back seat of the car...nice and comfy! Lakota tried to sit back there too, but he ended up riding in the front seat because I was not giving him any room. It was a long drive back to Connecticut in the rain. Mom did not put us out in the kennel right away, but when she did, I was very happy to meet my new kennel and team mates. Lakota did not like being in the kennel--he becomes a whiney hiney after about an hour, so Mom made a special place for him right off the back porch.
The past three years have been absolutely wonderful! I do remember going to the vet shortly after I got here to get my stitches out and he told me "No one will ever hurt you again!" and he was right!
Mom loves us and takes such good care of us. I proudly run lead for her team. I love her so much for adopting me and giving me a wonderful home. I know Lakota feels the same way. We hope to be here with Mom for many years to come.
The first pictures are of me, relaxing next to my house and then just after doing a happy dance and howl. The other picture is Lakota, hamming for the camera (Stormy from the Ao4 would be proud of
him haa roo!)
Mom gave us Frosty Paws this afternoon as part of our Gotcha Day celebration. I made her hand feed me mine, so she ended up with....Frosty Fingers! hee hee She promised us extra cookies after supper.
Happy Memorial Day to everypup...hope you all get a special treat!
Happy husky howls!
Angel and Lakota

Monday, May 19, 2008

Dave's Barkday and the Sleepover

Haaroo Everypup!
Hope you all had a good weekend. Yesterday was Dave's Barkday! He is now 9 years old, but he sure does not act it. Mom gave everyone extra cookies at breakfast and dinner. She said we will probably have Frosty Paws next weekend to really celebrate! Oh my dog! I LOVE Frosty Paws!! Mom gave Dave a nice massage last night after supper--he really liked that! She even massaged his feety feet and finished off with a tummy rub. Talk about lucky!
Now for a bit of "catching up". Our Auntie Kat stayed over our house a few weekends ago. She loves all of us and likes to spoil us a little. She gives the kitties canned food and I always get to "steal" some. She let Lakota in the house as you can see, he jumped right up on the bed with us!
He snuggled with Auntie Kat and gave her lots of kisses. I was trying to be very good and ladylike. Lakota was just being goofy! Sorry about the two pictures that are almost the same....Mom put the wrong one in! Oh well, she tries.
After Lakota went back outside, I got to share some cheese and fruit--very yummy!
Well, I am going to head off to bed. Let's all keep our fellow DWB member Tasha in our prayers and hope for some good news on her tests.
Love & Licks,

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tribute to Kira

Haa roo everypup!
Today my post is a tribute to my angel sister Kira. Kira was born on May 12, 1989. Mom adopted her early in 1992 along with Kira's best friend, Moon. Mom did not know it then, but adopting Kira and Moon would change her life. They are the reason she got involved in dog sledding, even though it was not something she planned on. If it were not for Kira and Moon, I would not be here to share the story with you. Kira was mom's main leader and a teacher for many other dogs for a long time. She also accompanied mom into the classrooms on many school visits. She was a very happy dog, always the cheerleader of the team. She would be telling mom to take her out again right after getting back from a run. She was also the leader of the songs and she had the most wonderful howl!! She was a dog that everyone who met loved immediately. She accepted me right away,

even thought I was a playful puppy. She taught me how to be a good girl in the house and that if I was nice to the kitties they would be nice to least MOST of the time! Kira was not feeling well in fall of 2001 and had to have surgery.
She had cancer in her liver. Our vet was able to remove it and it turned out to be a cancer that does not usually spread. Kira lived for almost 3 years after that. She left us for North of the Rainbow Bridge on August 30, 2004 while mom held her. Mom still misses her.
These pictures celebrate her wonderful life.
Kira is the beautiful girl in lead on the left. Her best friend Moon is next to her. Amber and Raven, who were sisters, are behind them.
This picture is Kira, Mom, and Moon.
The next one is Kira and Moon running lead with our uncle Tom on the runners.
I love the picture of Kira celebrating life with a full, beautiful howl.
Doesn't Kira look cool in her bandana and bow? She and the team had just come home from a demo at a vet's office promoting good dog care.
The last picture is Kira and Amber coming in from a run with Mom on the wheeled rig. I think you can all tell what a happy dog she was.
Happy Birthday Kira! We will always love you and never forget you.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Stuffie Appreciation Day

Haa rooo Everypup!

Sorry I have not posted in awhile. My "secretary", aka mom, says she has been busy. I needed to sit on her and tell her we had work to do!

I learned that today is Stuffie Appreciation Day...well that is CERTAINLY a day I want to celebrate! Here is a picture of me with most of my stuffies. The big ram in front of me on the left is my very first stuffie toy. I picked that one out myself. Do you see something black in the front on the right? Well, that is Starr, the kitty who chases me! You can't see her face, just her tail & butt.(hee hee)
I want to share that I had a wonderful time at the Chat Pawty! I enjoyed meeting so many of you and making new friends! I look forward to reading your blogs and chatting with you again.
So...I will be playing catch up . I have pics and stories to share, but need to go curl up with my stuffies---after all, it is the day to appreciate them! Enjoy yours too!!
Love and play bows,