Animal lovers descend on Scotland for husky race

by Mark James on January 29, 2014

Last weekend, the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally entered its 31st year. The destination, with a backdrop of Cairngorm Mountains, is ideal for the race, because the flat ground enables the dogs to pull loads over long distances.

All generations attend the show to (more…)

New charity launched by Norfolk husky owner

by Leanne Thompson on January 22, 2014

A Husky and German Shepherd dog rehoming charity has recently been set up, using its founder’s heroic canine pet as its inspiration.

Blue-eyed Siberian husky Bolt is (more…)

Dog lovers’ spectacular deed for charity

by Darren Jamieson on October 31, 2012

When Zoe Quinlan and Faye Bailey came up with the idea of raising money for charity with the help of their dogs, little did they know that many local residents of Goole, East Riding of Yorskhire would join in.

On December 30, over (more…)

Family receives gift of Siberian Husky

by Mark James on January 10, 2012

A family in the Casnovia Township area of Michigan sadly lost their Siberian husky stud dog to a previous owner on Boxing day. To make them feel better after losing such a close companion in the family, a caring couple from the same area decided to give a warm, fluffy gift to the family; a Siberian husky puppy.

The couple, who breed Siberian huskies for a living, said how one of their dogs gave birth to a litter of pups at the beginning of November. To show their consideration, especially over the Christmas period, the couple offered the family a new pet husky free of charge. This came about after the couple (more…)

Mush! Iditarod 2011 gets underway

by Mark James on March 11, 2011

The world famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race got underway in Willow Lake, near Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday.

IditarodMushers from far afield as New Zealand, Jamaica and Scotland gathered to take part in the gruelling event, and more than 60 drivers and over 900 dogs were sent on their way by hundreds of spectators as they set off in two minute intervals.

The Iditarod is in its 39th year, and started off as a test of skill and endurance for dogs and mushers alike, but soon developed into the highly competitive race it is today. After a ceremonial start to the race in Anchorage, the race proper begins in (more…)

Prehistoric dog thinks he’s people

by Darren Jamieson on March 3, 2011

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a dog buried thousands of years ago which indicates that people at the time viewed dogs as fully thinking, social entities rather than as pets.

Although some dog owners are criticised for treating their pet like a human for indulging them with luxurious food, dog toys and expensive dog collars, it seems that they were not much different from their ancient ancestors.

The dog, which resembles a Husky, was unearthed in the snowy wastes of Siberia and is said to be (more…)

Sled dogs slaughtered in Vancouver

by Mark James on February 18, 2011

Dog lovers in British Columbia have been left aghast at the news that more than 100 sled dogs were butchered in April of 2010.

The dogs belonged to a Californian sled dog business called Outdoor Adventures that ran into financial difficulties shortly after the Winter Olympics, which were held in Vancouver.

Now, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have launched an investigation into the cull.

The slaughter came to light in paperwork relating to a compensation payment made to (more…)

Top 5 real life hero dogs

by Mark James on August 21, 2010

Here at Dream Dogs, we’ve been looking at celebrity dog owners. All of the pets that we have looked at have been famous by dint of the fact that their owners are famous, but what of dogs that are famous in their own right, standing on their own four paws?

Centuries of domestication and selective breeding have made the dog our closest pal in the animal kingdom. Of course, some would argue that cats are, but have you ever seen a cat wag its tail when you get home from work? Whether it’s someone who is lonely finding companionship in their pet, a child whose dog is his best playmate or a riot policeman, looking on in pride as his German shepherd sinks its teeth into a tie-dye shirt wearing climate protester, it’s not for nothing that we’re known as a nation of dog lovers.

Those with a close relationship to their pet sometimes find that their dog is very protective towards them. For some, this simply entails a daily barking session at the mail dropping through the letterbox, but for others it means them throwing life and limb in harm’s way to defend their master. Let’s have a look at the top five dogs that have done just that.

Rats the Soldier Dog of UlsterRats

Known as the Soldier Dog of Ulster, Rats was an unassuming white and brown mongrel. He accompanied British troops out on manoeuvres day and night, including helicopter missions, and much front line action.

In fact, Rats became such a morale booster that he became a target for the IRA. He was run over, blown up, had his leg broken, was shot and had shrapnel lodged in his spine, but it didn’t stop him in the slightest. He had a nose for danger, and on many occasions he warned a patrol that something was wrong, saving lives in the process.

Rats was eventually given an army number. He was awarded a medal inscribed with ‘Rats, Delta 777’ in a ceremony attended by his whole company and a piper, who in his honour played Scotland the Brave. The plucky pooch was eventually retired to (more…)

Siberian Husky Breed Profile

by Mark James on June 14, 2010

The Siberian Husky is a working dog that originated in the cold, harsh environment of eastern Siberia, Russia. It was bred by the Chukchi, an indigenous tribe that lived by the Bering Sea. This handsome dog is easily recognised by its distinctive markings; a dense double coat, triangular ears and standout facial markings. It is a hardy, energetic breed and was introduced to Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush, after which it spread to the rest of the United States and Canada. They originally were put to use as sled dogs, but are now mostly kept as show dogs and family pets.

Typical Siberian Husky facts

Height: Dog: 53 to 60 cm, Bitch: 51 to 56 cm
Weight: Dog: 20 to 27 kg, Bitch: 16 to 22 kg
Average Litter Size: 6 to 8 puppies
Life Expectancy: 10 to 14 years
Good with Children: Yes
Kennel Club Classification: Working group

Colour of a Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky has a wolf-like appearance and shares some characteristics to other Spitz breeds, such as the Samoyed and the Alaskan Malamute. They feature an assortment of colours and markings, with the most (more…)