Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My New Favorite Thing

We bet you thought we lost our way to the Daily Echo!  We've been busy keeping up with Arctic Spirit Rescue which has been welcomed into the community with open arms and paws.  We couldn't be more pleased.  Aside from that, it's just been hot.  Summer is not our favorite season.  This is how I spend the days -

You'll find me hanging out here quite frequently.  There's a refreshing cool breeze blowing in from the living room.  Enough said.

Today I thought I'd share my new favorite thing.  Nana Chips!

That's right - crunchy banananana slices in a bag.  How cool is that?  Mom likes them because they're good for me.  These came from Aldi for $2.19.  Be sure to add them to your shopping list today or, make your own with a dehydrator.

We hope everyone is enjoying their last weeks of summer.  Snow will be here soon!  We hope.

                                         Your Pal - Shanuk

P.S.  Be sure to drop by Arctic Spirit's Facebook page.  There's lots of cool stuff going on over there.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Checking The Boxes Off

Hi all -

We've been busy here in our home!  Not just the past few days, but the past year.  Yesterday we were able to unveil a project we've all been working diligently to create.  A project my entire family can be proud to participate in.  One that was the vision of a team of focused individuals all with a common vision.  Meet the new member of our family.....

We're all so proud to share this with all of our friends!  So much hard work went into its development over the past several months. We were incorporated and a fully approved 501c3 by last December.   As time goes on you'll see this rescue is a bit different than many others.  Our team and Board of Directors has years of rescue experience and with that experience came the realization that there were aspects of rescue that have changed through the years.  Things could be done more efficiently and tools to accomplish those goals were available.  We just needed to find professionals that had the skills we needed to build our vision.  It takes a village, and we're so fortunate to have assembled that village! Our public journey began yesterday and we can't wait to see what the future brings.  We'll be looking for more team members....foster homes, volunteers, and more.  We're focused and are ready to go, and I've checked another box off on that Bucket List!

In the coming days, we'll be introducing those that have contributed so much of their time to create our look, develop our policies and procedures, and navigate cyberspace to find our way into your homes.  We are so grateful for all of their help and are so proud to have them on our team!

You can check out our website here, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.  Welcome to our new world!

Friday, July 1, 2016


Someone is taking Shark Week very seriously!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Siberian Summer Survival Skills

Good morning -

We're often asked "Don't your dogs hate the heat?".  Siberians are a very adaptable breed.  Their double coat not only serves to keep them warm in frigid temperatures, it also acts as an insulator to prevent overheating in the summer months.  That's why we always warn to NEVER, EVER shave a double coated dog!  

Melee volunteered to demonstrate one of the classic ways Siberians cope with the warmer summer temperatures:

The secret weapon:

Yet another fine example of Siberian resiliency!  

Monday, June 27, 2016

Potty Mouth

As we may have mentioned before, cohabitating with Siberians can be a challenge at times.  There's really nothing quite like it and unless you've actually had to deal with it, you probably don't really know what it's like.  It is tolerable with a sense of humor.  Very often, issues will turn into a bit of a battle of wills.  For instance - our powder room toilet has recently become one of those issues.  Toilet, loo, reading room, throne, water closet....you can call it what you want.  For us, it's the current battleground!

Let's start with the perpetrator:

That's right - that's none other than our strongest willed pack member - Shanuk.  Recently, Shanuk decided that the two pristine, regularly cleaned water bowls aren't desirable.  Instead, he has chosen the toilet in the powder room as his water bowl of choice.  Aside from the fact that this is not acceptable for obvious reasons, it's also not good when the seats slam back down on porcelain when his royal highness is finished.  BANG!  You get the point.  So, I set out to make it impossible for him to continue this new bad habit.  Several brands of heavy duty tape and numerous "child-proof" locks later the score is bleak.  Shanuk 5....Mom 0.  BUT NOT THIS TIME!  I introduce to you my new secret weapon......

HA!  It works!  Unless he grows some opposable thumbs he's out of luck.  I now present to you a very annoyed Shanuk:

Sorry guy.  I win!   :)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Working dogs

Good morning -

Since living with multiple Siberian Huskies isn't what most would perceive as "normal" (HA!  Far from it actually!), we are often asked many questions from intrigued onlookers.  There are many rumors and preconceived notions about this breed.  You've all heard them - "Is that a WOLF DOG?!", "I know they're great guard dogs!", "They only eat raw meat right?".....the list goes on and on.  Despite the urban legends, those of us that are familiar with the breed know how ridiculous most of them are.  Anyone who reads this blog or others that are dedicated to sharing life with a Siberian knows these class clowns are far from guard dog material!  No two are alike and each have strong personality traits unique to them.  Perhaps that's one of the things that sets them apart from other breeds.  Aside from the basic breed traits that are found in their DNA, you never quite know what you might get!  

Today we have an example of their working dog mentality.  They do best when they're contributing to the task at hand and usually insist on being part of things with their pack members whether canine or human.  I give you Shanuk, who's demonstrating one of the more typical Siberian qualities - helping.  

That will conclude today's tutorial on Siberian work ethics.  We hope you enjoyed our presentation!  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Avoiding Monday

Shyla heard it was Monday and wasn't quite sure she was willing
to deal with it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


"A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk  the tightrope of life."

                                                              William Arthur Ward

Sunday, June 5, 2016


The more time we spend with Shanuk, the more we realize his wisdom....Shanuk style.  

Nothing is out of reach and the spirit of adventure keeps you young.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Love is.....

.........staying close to our favorite friends even when they're not around.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

We Celebrate

On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor those that have given their lives to protect our country as well as those that are currently serving.  We remember and thank you for your sacrifices.

Thursday, May 26, 2016


It was a typical morning with the exception of one delay.  I couldn't find my coffee cup. I looked upstairs.  I looked downstairs.  I looked outside (I watered the flowers).

N O W H E R E  to be found.  Until I let Shanuk out of his crate.  I give you Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

GUILTY!  Someone's got some explaining to do!  Apparently he needs his own coffee mug.   

Sunday, May 22, 2016

It's All In A Name

Hi Friends -

Melee here.  It was a typical quiet morning at our house.  Except I might have gotten into trouble.  Sometimes that still qualifies as typical.  With a name like Melee, what do they expect??  Here's how it went......

Dad:  "Melee!  What happened here??"

Me:  "Oh.  That.  I have no idea."

Living up to your name is hard work.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Double Trouble

Because two heads are better than one!   

Saturday, May 7, 2016

My Plan

Hi everyone -

It's a big weekend so I have a plan.  I'm resting up today so that I can love Mom even more tomorrow since it's MOTHER'S DAY!

We wish all of the Moms out there - with 4 legged children or 2 legged children - a very happy Mother's Day!