I AM LEGEND

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Togo and Leonhard Seppala. Two legends of the Siberian Husky history. Photo courtesy of Deb Serbousek.

Did you know that Siberian Huskies have hero’s too?

I’m not sure its something they often think about. Perhaps once in a while when they raise their snouts to the skies and howl the songs of their people. It’s a mournful song of past triumphs and tragedies that befell them during their long history on earth.

A song of freezing cold nights, little food, and maybe a raging storm. It’s a song of lost brothers and sisters along desolate trails. Their bones left behind to the earth as their spirits traveled to the rainbow bridge.

Stories of sacrifice and courage run strong in this line, as do stories of their love for mankind. If you own huskies long enough you will have your own stories to tell. They might not be as amazing as the stories of Leonhard Seppala & Togo. But they will forever be etched upon your mind and in your heart.

In every Siberian husky you can see the past from time to time. The unquestioned confidence and problem-solving abilities they possess. Friendly to all but not to be trifled with, for behind that happy face is a warrior kept in check. Only released when there is no other way out. Whoa be to the one that earns the wrath of the savage husky fighting for his own life or that of those he loves.

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Togo and Elizabeth M. Ricker. Togo listens to the book she wrote about him as he enjoys his retirement days in Poland Spring, Maine. “Togo’s Fireside Reflections.” 1928 Photo courtesy of Deb Serbousek.

If you find yourself in NYC someday go to central park and gaze upon Baltos statue and read the plaque below him.

“Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice across treacherous waters through arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the winter of 1925. Endurance. Fidelity. Intelligence.”

I AM LEGEND

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