When you live with dogs that sadly do not live as long as we do we inevitably have incredibly sad times when a family member passes. This month was our beautiful girl Laika. We knew the day was coming sooner than we hoped after her cancer diagnosis but not this soon. We are heart broken. Our beautiful girl is now at peace and joins Snak, Hux and Shyla who I’m sure met her with open paws over rainbow bridge and are looking after her now and causing mayhem.
Laika was a fabulous girl, you could run her in any position and she would always give 100% . She led a very full life with lots of adventures, races and treks and to have her missing from the teams this season is going to be hard. She loved people, kids and babies and was so gentle with them, she was mischevious though and we did show her but she was naughty in the ring and generally kept us on our toes. She was a brilliant education for our very first ‘working’ line Siberian. She taught us well and this teaching will always be part of our journey with siberians. It was a privilege to know and love her. Sleep tight princess.
We are trying to keep busy to process the loss of Laika and it coincides with the temps just about being cool enough to start training after the summer break. Navigating the teams without Laika has taken a bit of thought but the dogs are doing well and now we concentrate on building stamina and conditioning building using the passenger rig ready for the dryland mushing season. Flups have bodied up and have been maturing nicely over Summer and they are bringing added strength to the team.
SHCGB CHAMP SHOW 2
We also continue our summer of showing and really delighted with Mars bar at the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Championship Show this month.
Mars did his thing and won veteran dog class, then the reserve dog CC, best veteran dog and then goes on to win reserve best in show and best veteran in show under breed specialist judge Julia Simms (Snowspeeder). He has had a cracking summer adding two RCC's a CC and a RBIS and BV at the Club show to his CV.
'1 –Evans’ Eversepp Arizona at Demoneira: A lovely dog, one I’m told I’ve given a class to before, so I must still like him! Now 7 yrs old and nicely matured as I would expect from his lines. Dark faced boy with a good skull, nice stop, correct almond shaped eyes and a cheeky foxy expression. Good neck into well laid shoulders, to good elbows and legs with the right amount of bone for me. Nice spring to ribs, and lovely rear angulation. Well muscled with good reach and drive on the move, covering the ground with ease, you can see he could go all day!
Made his handler work, especially in the challenge when it had got much warmer. Still he pulled out the stops for me and I was happy to award him RCC. So pleased that he then went on the RBIS (which went to the referee’s decision) and BVIS!'
Breed Judge Julia Simms, Referee Bruce Hall SHCGB Championship Show 2 2021