In the Beginning
Siberians is located in Tennessee. I (Sidney) started with a second-hand
Siberian who was first class all the way in the things that counted: tolerance
for her human's many mistakes; an ability to train her human; temperament, temperament, &
temperament. Tosha rocks, for all her
conformation faults, she's still the
best. From there I got into rescue, from there I met some wonderful show
breeders, Judy Pilkay (Juroblyn Siberians),
Betty & Chuck Charlton (Solocha Siberians), and, of course, Billie Stewart (Wayeh
I assembled a motley crew
of Siberians (and Malamutes) and, along with a used and much-battered racing
rig, I started running the dogs.
Ever wonder what it would be like to hook 6 fireballs to a dogsled and launch
yourself down a snow-covered driveway straight towards a 4-lane highway?
See pic above. Me driving, Misha & Chief at wheel, Echo & John at swing, Nu & Mark in lead.
12yo, dilute black/white, blue-eyed spayed female
--QOATS - Queen of All Things Siberian, Co-Leader on my sled team until a
year after her vision failed with cataracts. (Yes, you read that
correctly.) Despite the bone cancer, cataracts, & epilepsy, she lounged in splendiferous
retirement under the coffee table and gives me what for at the beginning, and
end, of every run. She ran on the sled team from 1995-2001 (and
supervised in 2002). And then came Nu. And then came
(with Mark on left)
Therapy & sled
7yo, gray/white, blue-eyed, neutered male
Chief was supposed
to be a rescue. But he stayed. I tried placing him several
times. I always backed out at the last moment, found the adopters
another dog. Chief was severely displastic. The vet gave me
the choice of euthanizing him as a 4yo or teaching him to swim. So
we rowed out into the middle of the lake and Chief wore the look of betrayal
even before I tossed him over. He learned to swim. And gradually
his muscles became strong enough to support what his skeleton could not.
Chief ran on our sled team from 1995 to Spring 2000. And then along came Misha,
Mark, & Echo.
Therapy & sled
dog, Mighty Mishaman "Misha" (1988-2000)
12yo, black/white, brown-eyed, neutered male
Misha was a rescue
from another state. He was our indefatigable wheel dog at 12 years
of age when he laid down in his kennel and went to sleep one day.
Mighty Misha-Man ran on our sled team from 1997 to Spring 2000.
(with Chief on right)
Therapy & Sleddog, Solocha's Marksman, CGC (1995- )
One of the three musketeers lost though divorce. I trained Mark in
obedience, harness, and therapy work. He was a world-class dog with a true
benign Alpha nature. He could throw off calming vibes and settle down the
worst situation. And he never barked, rarely made any noise at all.
So when we were looking for the third musketeer we specifically asked for
something that looked like Mark but made noise. Really bad plan...
National Jr CH Juroblyn's Shaconagee Echo
"Echo" (1999- )
Little miss Echo the Gecko had a screech like a banshee. She made plenty
of noise. She was also intense in harness and lost to divorce.
Raised in my arms or my lap, she never wanted to be too far away from the
Sled dog, Solocha's
Robin Masters (1/28/97-9/30/98)
1yo, red/white,. amber-eyed, neutered male
Robin, sweet Red Robinhood
was starting in agility. His favorite thing was getting his twin
brother John in trouble. He ran our sled team a short 6 months.
(Jazz on left)
Sled dog, Juroblyn's
Brand New Star, WTD "Brandi"
& Sled dog, CH Solocha's Last Rebel's Yell, WTD
Brandi and Rebel came to stay for the 2002 fall training session and earn their
excursion sledding titles. They are dynamite in harness and a joy to live
with. Am expensive incident with a neighbors' horse sent them reluctantly
back to their breeders. They are sorely missed.
Sled dogs Wayeh's Sam & Wayeh's Ruth "Rio"
Littermates who went to WV to live with 2 other
littermates Ixa & Koyuk and run on a sledteam
when they were 1yo.