For those who believe you can force dogs to run should read this book. Everyone else should read it as well. A great story of a woman’s battle with her own loss and fears. A true story of courage in many ways besides just dogs. I thought it was so well written and tells of her two tries to finish the Iditarod at age 47. A story of human compassion, and the trials and tribulations of life both for humans and dogs.
What does thousands of years of breeding The Dogs of Winter produce?
It produces a family member who loves children, works hard, and is a true partner and family member. The lessons learned in the harshest of lands on earth brings the warmth of love and companionship. The love of a dog must never be squandered. For this is the bond they give to us forever.
You don’t want to fool a Siberian, they remember it forever.
Be this person:
Dr. Douglas Willet was born on May 25, 1937, on a farm in Adams County, North Dakota. His love of sports, animals, and the great outdoors would lead him down a trail of dog sled racing and breeding. A journey that lasted over 30 very successful years with the Seppala Siberian Sleddogs.
From 1974 – 2010 Douglas Willett, competing in over 200 races, totaling more than 12,000 miles, was a dominant force in Mid-Distance sled dog racing in the lower 48 states and Canada. With at least 79 first place, 32-second place, and 29 third place finishes in his career. Douglas and his Seppala Siberian Sleddogs, racing in the open class proved that the Alaskan Huskies could be beaten with purebred Siberians.
This book chronicles his racing and kennel breeding history. It gives you the history of the Seppalas along with his detailed breeding records (91 Litters, and over 400 Seppala dogs produced) many of which went on to other kennels to become outstanding performers.
And let’s not forget about the dogs. Over 250 photos with at least 150 of them in color showing many of these famous Racing Siberian Huskies and Seppala Siberian Sleddogs from that time period. This book is his story and legacy…a journey with the Seppala Siberians. I invite you to relive this remarkable journey.
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Allodoxaphobia is the fear of opinions. The origin of the word allo is Greek (meaning different), dox is Greek (meaning opinions and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Allodoxaphobia is considered to be a social phobia known as Social Anxiety.
What better place to build your resistance to this phobia than social media? For if you have an opinion you will find it rare that anyone agrees with you. As in most things, dogs have the answers to many of our own problems.
I can’t imagine a Siberian Husky caring what anyone thinks of them. They remain true to what they are and go their own way. For the most part this is true of all dogs not just Huskies.
Bernard Baruch put it well when he said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
So here is my opinion today on Activist groups like PETA, VEGANS, Anti-Vaxxers etc.
They are in fact “Ignorant narcissists.”
Narcissists aren’t planned in their intent, they are planned only on their motive. Whereas, the sociopath is planned in both. Narcissists aren’t ill-intentioned per se, they’re emotionally ill-equipped to safely reach their motive without wreaking havoc on others.
What separates this mental illness from the rest of us is easy to understand. I have my opinions and you have yours. These people want to change the laws and force you to believe and live as they do.
That would be the same as me passing laws to make them eat meat, mush dogs, race horses etc. I wouldn’t care if they liked it or not because it’s all about ME!
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776:
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Stay out of my Happiness.
Now I’m not much of a churchgoer. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe, it means I don’t believe in manmade temples built on the potential profits sheared from the flock. I believe in what is real to me, what is proven to me.
And what has been proven to me is the love of a dog or dogs as the case might be is real. They have a purpose in their short lives, and that singular purpose in life is to love us.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought:
“Damn, I’m old!”
“My hair fell out!”
“I have more wrinkles”
“I’m dumb compared to most”
“My life sucks!”
When that happens all you need to do is look at your dog. They don’t see or think that. What they see is you as the love and the purpose of their life. They see your heart, and that is all that matters to them.
That’s what they give us.