|When we decided MANY years ago, that human children
were not going to be in the picture, we began the search for a dog to share our life with.
We were considering either a chocolate lab or a liver colored Siberian. On our way to
Sunday River for a day of skiing, we spotted a sign at Clarance Tyner's house in Mechanic
Falls, ME advertising Siberian Huskies for sale. It just so happens, that both the sire
and dam were red coated! Well if we were going to add a dog to the household, it might as
well look like us eh! Paperwork problems prevented the sire from being registered with the
AKC so our pup would instead be ILP
registered. Mischa's name is a combination of her mother's call name and our favorite peak
at Sunday River.
Mischa was never one to push herself too hard in harness. The few times she would join the
racing team on a longer run, she would either hang back in the dog truck (not one of her
favorite occupations) or run for awhile on the team then rest it out in the sled bag.
Mischa was and forever will be, the team mascot and cheerleader.
When Mischa was younger, we attended obedience class and entered a few local matches.
Right up until a few days before she crossed over the Bridge, she would perform a perfect
recall and will come from yards away to the word "cookie".
Rather than have bestowed on her, a less favorable title (couch potato, Queen B, etc)
Rhonda was working with Mischa on a Working
Pack Dog degree.
Photos from Mischa's Hikes >>
During the 2007-2008 season, we were afforded an opportunity to bring Mischa along with us
while camping. She actually started to enjoy the idea of going for a ride in the truck up
to 'camp'. She was almost 14 y/o and we were quite surprised at how quickly she learned
the floor plan and routine of the 'Dawg House'.
One of Mischa's jobs was 'guardian of the dog food'. She also held a matriarch position in
the kennel which ALL of the dogs respected.
Where the kennel name came from
Mischa participating in working day
Various pictures of Mischa growing up.