Our Dogs

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photo by Peter Acker

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photo by Peter Acker

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Our dogs are the beloved stars of the show

Some have completed the 1000 mile Yukon Quest or Iditarod, and some are rescue dogs who have been given a second chance. And some are both these things combined. When dogs come to the Kingmik kennel they seldom leave, unless it is to be adopted into a suitable retirement home.

They are known as “Alaskan Huskies”, the champion athletes of the canine world. An Alaskan Husky is technically a mutt, as they are not recognized by any kennel club as an established breed of dog.

Their origins can be traced back to the early working dogs of the Alaskan villages. Their tasks involved mail delivery, freight delivery and working trap lines. Over time, some speedy breeds were added to the mix, and from this the Alaskan Husky has evolved.

A truly remarkable dog, capable of unimaginable endurance and willingness can be found in the Alaskan Husky.

“I have driven dogs a time or two, enough to know what a driver means when he says the dogs’ exuberance can get up inside you, that you can take on their abandonment and their great generosity of spirit, that you have to discipline that in them, and in yourself.

I stand on the sidelines and watch in simple awe the unhesitating charge through a long turn of a team that wants to run, being driven by someone who knows that desire in them and cares for it, who communicates empathy and respect.

What dogs give in these circumstances is enough to humble a human being for the memory of any niggardliness in his life. A person would have to be a fool to abuse such heart. Anyone would have to be callous, nearly finished as a human being not to want to raise his arms in salute as such animals roared past, a fury of hot breathing gone like a shot down the trail.”
Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams