Better Late Than Never

January 25, 2008

We have been really busy in both the Gould world and the Sunday River world. Chris has been away to Duluth MI and Copper Co with the snowboard team taking part in the Revolution Tour. I had a crazy week at the Mountain with Kids Festival week, everything for kids was free, we had nearly 300 kids a day in ski school……..
Wednesday came around and I headed to Portland to pick Chris and the boys up from the airport and the Glog got forgot.
So a day late here is the piece I started putting together early this week. I got interested in Siberian huskies after learning about designing a new Husky logo and ended up reading some interesting information on the internet that I wanted to share with you all and thought it might give inspiration to budding logo designers

Сибирский хаски,
Sibirskiy Huski

The eyes of Siberian Huskies are most often brown or blue. The breed may have one brown eye and the other blue (“bi-eyed”), called parti-collared

Native to Siberia, the Siberian Husky was brought to Alaska in 1909. The Siberian Husky was originated by the Chukchi people of northeastern Asia as an endurance sled dog. When changing conditions forced these semi-nomadic natives to expand their hunting grounds, they responded by developing a unique breed of sled dog, which met their special requirements and upon which their very survival depended.

In the winter of 1925, when a diphtheria epidemic broke out in the isolated town of Nome, Alaska, a relay of dog teams brought life-saving serum from distant Nenana. This heroic endeavor earned national prominence for the drivers and their dogs.

As a result of his heroism in the Serum Run, Leonhard Seppala was invited to tour several cities in the lower 48 in the fall of 1926. Leaving Nome with over 40 Siberian Huskies, including Togo, Seppala traveled from west to east, stopping in Seattle, Kansas City, Dayton, Detroit, and Providence, before finally visiting New York City. There, at Madison Square Garden, Togo was presented a medal by the explorer Roald Amundsen, for his role in the serum relay. After his tour, in December 1926, Seppala went to New England and was hosted by Arthur Walden of Wonalancet, New Hampshire. Walden, a former Klondike gold seeker, had been winning many of the races in the up and growing New England/Eastern Canada sled dog races with his line of sled dogs based on Chinook, his large, yellow, mixed breed dog.

Seppala entered his Siberians in a race at Poland Spring, Maine in January 1927. In a repeat of the breed’s introduction in Nome, the New Englanders looked upon the Siberians with pity. Once again, they were dwarfed by the huge New England dogs, and it came as a surprise to all except Seppala when the Siberians easily won their first race outside Alaska, beating Walden’s team by over seven minutes over the 25 mile course.

Two weeks later, Seppala won the more prestigious New England Point To Point 3 day race near Laconia. It was apparent that the Siberians were superior to the local racing dogs, and many mushers were anxious to acquire them. Seppala, in partnership with Elizabeth Ricker, a New England musher and afficionado of the Siberian, established a kennel at Poland Spring, Maine. Seppala came from Alaska each fall to New England and raced the Siberians, amassing more wins and records across the area than any other musher. His last year of racing in the lower 48, 1932, included the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, where sled dog racing was staged as a demonstration sport.

Quick quiz question
Which faculty own huskies and what are the dogs names ?

Not to harp on about the weather and snow conditions, but the skiing and riding is great at the River, check it out when you head up next weekend for Parents weekend. Look forward to seeing you all.
Helen & Chris


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