Do you see some cute puppies, more or less like any other? Did you know that there is more than meets the eye inside of that cute exterior?
I’ll tell you what I see. I see the reincarnation of legends.
A dog breed above all others…a Seppala Siberian Sled Dog. The original working dogs of Leonhard Seppala that led to every Siberian Husky in the world today. If you were to write down a list of specifications for a new breed of dog. According to my friend Mr. Mick Brent this is what you might come up with when you talk about Siberians:
- Survive and function effectively at temperatures down to -50 degrees C without any artificial aids.
- Pull a lightly laden sled tirelessly day after day over vast distances in arctic/sub-arctic conditions and enjoy it!
- Survive and thrive on the bare minimum of food.
- Be intelligent enough to take instructions from the sled driver, and also intelligent to ignore such instructions if they are likely to lead the team into danger.
- Survive and function effectively at temperatures up to 35 degrees C
- Be capable of hunting and catching its own food if necessary.
- Be able to live happily with large numbers of other dogs with minimal friction.
- Love people in general and children in particular so that they can be used in winter to sleep with the children and keep them warm.
- Look absolutely beautiful at all times.
- Combine an infinite capacity and appetite for work with an ability to sleep anywhere and everywhere at the drop of a hat.
- Be capable of jumping/climbing high fences.
- Be capable of digging escape tunnels worthy of “The Great Escape” or “Colditz”
- Be capable (if given the opportunity) of destroying almost anything in seconds.
- Combine the characteristics of an iron-hard sled dog with that of the softest lap dog.
I also see the results of thousands of years of breeding before the Siberian came into existence. I see in these little bodies unknown potential and the ability to do great things, much like the dogs that made the serum run to Nome in 1925.
I see our promise in living flesh that this line of dogs will not go quietly into the night. That they will continue to impress and perform as working dogs and family members for years to come.
But it doesn’t come easy these days as their numbers continue to decline. For those of us who love them that is not acceptable. So we do all we can to ensure the legend will continue for others to experience just what makes them so special.
With each new birth…the legend continues.
That’s what I see when I look at these puppies.
And that’s what Poland Springs Kennel is about.