The October Siberians are pure bred (AKC registered) Siberian Huskies. Our dogs come from reputable sled dog kennels and from the breeding of our best dogs. A good personality is a requirement when we breed; plenty of socialization of our puppies leads to dogs that are well balanced and good around strangers and children. Most of the dogs on our team are a result of our upbringing and training. We take great pride in our and seeing them perform is an amazing sight. We are committed to the dogs we bring into our kennel (and the world), by either providing them a lifetime home with us, or placing them in a good home. We enjoy naming our puppies and in most cases they are music-related. If you ride with us, you may be tested on how the names were chosen! The dogs below are listed from youngest to oldest:
Sugar, the Alpha and Leader, is ten pounds of pure terrier and keeps the Huskies in line. Actually Sugar is our daughter Sage's house dog and 10th birthday present. She is a Norfolk Terrier that arrived in our home in fall of 2009 after Sage demonstrated she is responsible enough to care for her, researched for a breed that would work in our home, and then found an reputable breeder.
As is typical of many small breeds, she thinks she is a Pitt Bull and finds she is not as tough when with the Huskies. The Huskies find her a curious little thing and in Rainy's case, he is in love with her and feels he needs to protect her from the other Huskies.
Chapin was born in April 2010 and was the result of an unintentional breeding after finishing a run in Little River – some things are just meant to be. I was looking for another female and the choice was between a grey & white, and Chapin the agouti. An experienced musher is supposed to evaluate all the puppies and then pick the top candidate, but we also follow our gut instinct as well.
Chapin is full of energy and personality and will show you that powerful dogs come in small packages. Chapin is in the ranks to be a great leader on the team.
Lexus "Lexy" was born in January 2009 and came to us in December 2010. Lexy's looks reflect her personality, "Party Girl", but in the sense that she loves everyone. She has lots of energy and gets along with all the dogs in the team. She is always glad to see you and can't wait to hit the trail.
Lexy is hoping to join the ranks of my lead dogs.
Belle was born in July 2007 and came to us in November 2009. The sweetness of her personality makes a nice fit in our kennel. We call her our Southern Belle. She is all politeness and calm demeanor - until it is time to hit the trail.
Be aware, my southern friends and visitors, you may be measured up to this fine lady of our kennel.
Sonny was born in the Spring of 2006. Sonny and the next two dogs are the offspring of our best leaders, Hiatt and Dini, who came to us from the Yukon Territory. When Dini gave birth we thought she was finished at five puppies, and then Sage came home and pointed out number six - Sonny.
Sonny has an ear piercing howl that will rattle the eardrum if you happen to be next to him. Of course he knows to do this when you are bending down to pet him. Sonny is one of our lead dogs.
Zappa is a litter mate to Sonny. Zappa's eyes are one of his best features. Beside the stunning blue color, he has a dark-colored ring around one eye and flesh-colored around the other.
As the son of our alpha dog, he has been letting the rest of the pack know he wants to be next in line. This does not make him a vicious dog, quite the opposite, he is such a sweetie. Being top dog is all about tone and visual cues with the appropriate level of physical action. Zappa always leans into you like a sponge to soak up the love. Zappa is also one of our leaders.
Emmylou is the sister of Sonny and Zappa. She is also a very sweet dog and reminds me of her grandmother, Sonia. The alpha stuff also hold true for Emmy – it's what you get when you breed your alpha dog.
She can be Miss Calm - cool, low key and polite - but the other pack members have learned not to cross her. When clients have brought children with some anxieties about dogs, Emmy has won them over. Emmy also leads in the team.
JJ was born in the Spring of 2005. Having always been partial to black and white huskies, it was hard not to keep him when he was born to one of our first dogs, Arlo, and female from Alaska we co-owned, Ashe.
JJ is full of energy and makes his presence know, with a voice rises even above Sonny's. He can be a handful to get ready and connected to the team, but we've come to understand the method to his madness. He will be happy to greet you and steal your attention away.
Georgia was born the summer of 2004. She is another superb leader out of one of our finest dogs, Sonia. She was the only puppy in her litter. Georgia and the only other singleton dog we have, Maui, have very quirky personalities, but this appears only to be because they are just so excited to be with you and get to work.
Georgia has been amazing in any position, but really shines up in lead, listening for the command then accelerating into the turns.
Rainy, also known as Sugar’s Beau, came to us from an Iditarod kennel in Alaska during the Summer of 2003. This is the same kennel who gave us our first puppy, Kona.
When buying a dog from a distance, you are supposed to ask tons of questions, but after seeing his picture - a black & white bi-eyed like Kona - no further questions were asked. Rainy is one of the old reliable leaders of the team.
Dini came to us in the Spring of 2005 as a three-year-old from some friends who moved to the Yukon Territory. Besides wanting another good dog, we were looking for a breeding possibility for Hiatt.
Dini, (short for Houdini, is a very sweet, easy going, hard working dog, and has produced three great dogs for the team. Dini is usually one of the first dogs hooked up, because she patiently waits for us to get ready. She is so calm I always wonder if she will jump into action when the Let's Go command is given but she has never let me down.
Hiatt was born here in the Fall of 2000, to our leader Sonia and a dog, Action Jackson, from Massachusetts. He is one of our outstanding leaders and is the alpha in the dog pack.
We were told that the dogs from his lineage were slow to mature. The first few years I would come back from runs saying Hiatt this and Hiatt that, but at last those memories have been wiped away. We sent him away for breeding in the fall 2011, and the whole kennel missed his presence. It was an awakening moment to see the different energies of the dogs and how they interacted with each other without him. He still leads the team at age 11.
Ryland, born in the Fall of 2000 (Hiatt's litter mate) is one of those looking-for-a-good-time personalities. He has not been the leader his brother Hiatt has been, but he enjoys himself out on the trail.
Ryland does not like to sit still and is always eager to go. He is very similar personality-wise to his uncle Memphis.
Maui was born summer of 1999 as the only puppy of our first puppy Kona. It is rare to be a singleton puppy, and in raising a single puppy litter we tried to find the right balance of being her litter mate, her people and her trainer. We were never sure where she put us in those categories!
Maui's spirit left in December 2010. We will remember her as excitable and exuberant, and always glad to be with us.
Sonia and her brother Memphis were born in our first litter, in June of 1996. Sonia, the daughter of our first leader, Micro, was a shining leader in our team for many years. She was the mother of three of our dogs, and grandmother to the three puppies from the Hiatt and Dini’s litter.
Sonia's spirit left us the Spring of 2011 just short of her 15th birthday.
Sonia was such a sweetheart, and a pure joy to have in our kennel.
Memphis was our Mr. Happy Go Lucky, out to have a good time. He was never an outstanding dog on the team – as a trainer, I have to take responsibility for not bringing out his full potential - but he was a joy to have around.
As I would fill out my trail journal on the couch after a run, he would fling his head across my lap and look up at me as to say, “Be sure to write about how beautiful I was out there”.
Memphis's spirit left in December 2010.
Arlo was our first male puppy and the fourth dog we brought into the kennel. He was born in the Spring of 1995. Arlo was a strong, hardworking dog and sometimes a leader. He finally retired in the Spring of 2007 just before his twelve birthday.
Arlo is the son of a Hollywood star. His dad Boomer can be seen in the movie Iron Will. Boomer is a dog on Will’s team and Arlo looks just like him.
Arlo’s son JJ is carrying his enthusiasm on in the team these days. Arlo spirit left us in the Fall of 2007. Click here for Arlo's Tribute.
Kona was a one of a kind dog. Kona had that look that told you she knows what’s going on. She was our first puppy and the second dog in our home, arriving a month after we moved in, in 1994. When our kennel was small and we had more time to work with our dogs individually, Kona and I pursued obedience training. Kona was the only dog we ever had that received a Companion Dog Title. We accomplished it in three shows, the minimum required to get qualified scores and very difficult for Siberian Huskies to achieve. Working with Kona developed a musher and lead dog bond that will be hard to match again. When people ask about the intelligence capabilities of sled dogs, I answer them with stories of Kona. Click here for Kona's tribute.
If you have made it this far, you have found our founding female, Micro. In getting our kennel started, it was suggested to us that we find an older trained lead dog; our girl Micro was provided to us by George and Ann Cook of Alkasiber’s Kennel in NH.
As your leaders get older, you worry about who will take their place. For this reason we have always believed in breeding our lead dogs and their offspring to maintain their lineage. Micro is: mother to Memphis and Sonia, from our first litter; grandmother to Ryland, Hiatt and Georgia; and great-grandmother to Zappa, Sonny and Emmylou. That's 8 contributions and counting to our kennel!
I've never seen a dog show as much gratitude to a single event in her life as Micro once did; after adjusting to house living, she then learned that getting on the couch was OK as well. I was lying on a heating pad for a sore neck, when this discovery was made. Micro laid on my chest and licked my face for a good half hour before she was asked to get off. Micro came to us at age 5 in 1995 and left us just shy of her 15th birthday. Her spirit lives on in the dogs that came from her.
Thyme: Our first dog and a beautiful introduction to the Siberian Husky. The best way for me to truly share my feeling for Thyme is through a poem I wrote after his passing.
Thank you for visiting with our dogs. I hope you get a chance to visit with us and meet these wonderful dogs of ours. As a final challenge, can you match the Puppy Photos below with the dog above? (answer key on bottom of page)
The Siberians were bred by the Chukchi Eskimos in Siberia for the following traits:
- a medium size dog, 35 to 60 pounds
- the ability to pull a moderate weight
400-500 pounds a long distance (500 miles) on a low calorie consumption
- works well with other dogs (no fighting)
- good with children, as the dogs would sleep with the kids.
About 90 dogs made it over to Alaska around 1910, which were the foundation of the registered American Kennel Club (AKC) Siberian Husky.
Answers to our Puppy Photo Challenge
Top Row: Emmy Lou, Rainy, JJ
Mid Row: Zappa, Sonny, Maui
Mid Row: Hiatt, Ryland, Georgia, Kona
Bottom Row: Arlo, Sonia, Memphis