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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Husky History

woo!

I spent some time looking through the archive of Life magazine at pictures of huskies.

Here's some:











15 comments:

Sitka, Tia, & Cornelia Marie said...

Those are very cool! We like the second to last one the best!
Hugs,
Sitka

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Khool post!

Fur some reason, I'm kind of taken by the lead dog in the fourth pikh!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: my verifikhatio word is NOSISTOR...I think that is something we do with our snooters!

D'Azul Siberian said...

Woo, pics of Chinook Kennels, Short Seeley and her siberians. I think I spied a mal in there too. Way cool.

D'Azul, where siberians rule

Tracey and Huffle said...

That last pup looks like his face is frozen!

I saw a husky on telly last night. He was chasing a duck.

Huffle Mawson, Honorary Husky and Explorer Cat

Cyber-sibes said...

Hey Turbo, did woo happen to catch our posts last September? We visited Chinook Kennels! They also bred mals there. We did several posts about our trip last year. This one has pics of the very same kennel run in your pics!
http://sscyber-sibes.blogspot.com/2008/10/real-siber-mal-history.html

Woos & a-roos,
Star & Jack a-roo

The Army of Four said...

AWESOME pix,Tubey!
Tail wags,
Storms

Thor and Marco Polo and 3 Kats said...

WOO WOO Turbo

What great pictures!!! We Loved them!

Hugs
Thor and Marco Polo

Kapp pack said...

Good detective work! They are really cool pictures!

Royal Kisses, KSB

Summit the Super Mal said...

Woo there, Tubey~
Thanks fur posting those awesome pics of our grancestors. Mom sez she can look at sledding pictures ALL day. Does that mean she's not going to feed me now?
Your pal,
Summii

Fred said...

They look chilly!

The OP Pack said...

Thanks for sharing all of that, great photos. We loved them all.

Woos, the OP Pack

Kathryn and Ari said...

Retro huskies. Wow--those jive haircuts and crazy old fur coats. What were they THINKING back then?

Charlie - The Big Dog said...

Seriously, I wish I was a Husky!

You guys ROCK!

The Husky in the Window said...

Cool photos. We finally did your folder tag. You picked a good folder.
Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue Inc. said...

The Siberian Husky was developed over a period of around 3,000 years by the Chukchi and related peoples of Siberia, the breed was developed to fulfill a particular need of the Chukchi life and culture. In one of the most inhospitable climates in the world, the Chukchi relied on there dogs for survival, as they were a remarkable tool of ingenuity. In teams as large as twenty or more they could travel out over the ice sometimes covering as much as 100 miles in a single day to allow a single man to ice-fish and return with his catch, by sled dog standards they were small the large size of the teams minimized per-dog pulling power, while smaller frames maximized endurance and low energy consumption.

The Chukchi economy and religious life was centered around the Huskies. The best dogs were owned by the richest members of the community, and this is precisely why they were richest members of the community. Many religious ceremonies and iconography was centered around the huskies, according to Chukchi belief two huskies guard the gates of heaven turning away anybody that has shown cruelty to a dog in there life time. A Chukchi legend tells of a time of famine both human and dog populations were decimated, the last two remaining pups were nursed at a woman's breast to insure the survival of the breed.

Tribe life revolved around the dogs The women of the tribe reared the pups and chose what pups to keep, discarding all but the most promising bitches and neutering all but the most promising males. The men's responsibility was sled training, mostly geldings were used. huskies also would act as companions for the children and families dogs slept inside the temperatures at night were even measured in terms of the number of dogs necessary to keep a body warm eg. "two dog night, Three dognight Etc." The legendary sweetness of temperament was no accident.100 miles out on the ice, a single man with twenty dogs, if there's a dog fight , he simply does not get home.


When winter came, all dogs were tied up when not working, but the elite unneutered dogs were allowed to roam and breed at will, this insured that only the very best would breed. In summer, all dogs were releasesed and allowed to hunt in packs, they would only return to the villages when the snow returned and food grew scarce. The primitive hunting instincts can still be found in the breed today.