Back on October 8, 2009, I bought myself an early birthday gift. I bought a dog from Kijiji. A Siberian Husky. At the time, he was named Legand and was 23 months old. At the time, I hated the name. I named him Thunder, because he thundered around my house like a high-energy clutzy idiot. He often made me wonder just what I had gotten myself in to! He taught me almost everything I know about Siberian mind-games – he was the master! He taught me about patience; and having lots of it! He kept me up for many sleepless nights while crate training. He was the crazy red-head husky everyone warned about. He really wasn’t suited as a first dog. Alas, I don’t give up, and we worked through it all.
While he was complete hell in the beginning, he became a fun companion. He loved going places – no matter where it was. Even to the vet was fun. He loved watching big machinery – just like a young human boy. We did many things together, and we enjoyed every minute of it. He loved going anywhere, even to the vet.
We dabbled a little in obedience, but that wasn’t our forte. He just could not master the sit-stay, and even tried leaving the ring during a trial in Midland Michigan in October 2013. We tried dog sledding, but he just physically couldn’t do it despite having a huge drive and passion for doing it! Once I was finally able to get enough of his registration information thanks to Robbyn Gordon, we entered his first dog show at 6.5 years old. It was then I knew what we were supposed to do together, just him and I – we were meant to show!
While he was in no means the top show dog out there, he was without doubt the happiest, goofiest dog entered in the shows and he thoroughly enojoyed every second of it! Dog shows for altered dogs were few and far between, and attaining points was very tricky with little to no competition. We did, however, manage to get 7 points during his 4.5 year show career, including his major win at a multi breed specialty show at the age of 10! His very first time stepping into the ring, he got Best Altered in Show! 6 months later, on his 7th birthday, he got Best Veteran in group his first time in the veterans class! He got another Best Altered in Show in August 2018, then went on to win Best Altered and Best Veteran in the SHCC Regional Specialty dog show on December 1, 2018. Little did I know, that would be his last time ever in the ring. Good thing he had an absolute blast at that show and showed like he owned the place!
But, he was more than just a show dog to me. He was a companion. He was my first dog as an adult. My first Siberian. The one that started it all! The one my kennel eventually became named after. The crazy red-head that could not be trusted for one single second, ever. Even yesterday. If he wasn’t under constant supervision, he was digging out of the yard. If he wasn’t doing that, he was eating anything and everything possible in the house. He once ate an entire box of orange paintballs and shit orange for a week! He had a scar on his face from digging under the fence. He loved to run in the traffic on escapades. Just when you thought you had him trained, hahahhahahaha, no you didn’t. Off he would go. He killed my cat. He drove me absolutely crazy for 9 years, 3 months, and 13 days. What I would give for him to drive me crazy just one more day.
A legend has left this world. He started as a Legand, and has left a legacy. He is Thunder-ing North of the Rainbow Bridge. Rest in Paradise my baby boy. November 8, 2007-January 21, 2019.
He left known as MBAISS BAIMBSS BVISS BVIMBSS MBAIS MBVIG Okiok's Tukisiwok CGN CGC.
April 25, 2014 - Victoria KC - his first ever show and he went Best Altered in Show!
May 24, 2014 - Ottawa KC - Best Altered in Group and his first point!
May 25, 2014 - Ottawa KC - Best Altered in Group and his second point!
November 8, 2014 - Georgina KC - Best Veteran in Group on his 7th birthday - first day in the Veteran ring!
November 10, 2017 - Georgina KC - BAIS BAIMBSS BVIMBSS Okiok's Tukisiok CGN CGC "Thunder" picked up a 2 point major at the Georgina Kennel and Obedience Club Limited Breed Multi Breed Specialty Show on November 10, 2017 at 10 years old under Judge. M. Galinas!! Thank you so much judge for these 2 fantastic wins!!!!!!! My intro to the breed and our namesake!
November 25, 2017 - SHCC National - Best Altered in Specialty
November 26, 2017 - SHCO Regional - Best Altered in Specialty
June 15, 2018 - Kingston KC - Best Altered in show and point #5.
November 24, 2018 - SHCO Regional - Best Altered in Specialty
December 1, 2018 - SHCC Regional - Best Altered and Best Veteran in Specialty and his last ever day in the ring.