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Cuba + Drifty = Canine Good Citizens

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Siberian Huskies Cuba + Drifty heading to the local Art & Wine Festival. Oh boy!

Siberian Huskies Cuba + Drifty = Canine Good Citizens

We gave them a job to do: they carried their doggie back-packs containing water bottles, toys, snacks and of course - poop scoop bags.

We gave them a job to do: they carried their doggie backpacks containing water bottles, toys, snacks and of course – poop scoop bags. Cuba + Drifty eached earned their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) designation from the American Kennel Club last year after passing some rigorous testing. During separate tests, they needed to stay calm in busy, unpredictable environments, be relaxed around other dogs, adult strangers and children, obey commands, and remain with the tester while we wandered off out of their sight. This does not come naturally for Siberian Huskies!

To find out more about the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program, visit:

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You’ve met Cuba before if you’ve been following my Siberian Husky stories. He was rescued by Although he had a rough first year of life, when we adopted him at age 13 months old we knew we were all meant to be together. We think that HE rescued US. He’s a very good boy. He loves to be visited by small children and other dogs… and all people – especially those friends who were part of his life when he first came to live with us. They obviously hold a special place for him, judging by his happy greetings. (Northern California Sled Dog Rescue)
“We think that HE rescued US”

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And this is Cuba’s little “sister” Snowdrift (Drifty). When she lays on her back for a belly rub or to do the “wiggle-worm” you can see drifts of “snow” down the center of her tummy. That’s a quick explanation for a black Husky’s snowy name! Every pup in her litter was actually named after a character or location in the fascinating book by Helge Ingstad“The Land of Feast or Famine”, a first-hand account of the Canadian North in the final days of the fur trading era in the 1920’s. Snowdrift was/is a town in the Canadian Northwest Territories. We adopted Drifty when she was 13 months old, about a year and a half after Cuba came to live with us. She came from a wonderful musher-breeder-friend Barbara Schaefer of Qualobo Siberians in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. Drifty used to be very timid; now she’s a happy. well-adjusted little sled-dog. She adores her big brother Cuba. And he adores her.

“You can see drifts of “snow” down the center of her tummy”

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It’s thirsty work being such a good Husky!

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Made in the shade.

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Cuba’s left eye is a “parti-eye”, half light blue, half brown.






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“Yawn!”… Taking a break from being Siberian Husky ambassadors at the Art & Wine Festival… just watching the world go by.


On Sunday (Father’s Day) Huskies Cuba + Drifty will be helping to demonstrate Urban Mushing at the annual Father’s Day Fun Match and fundraiser for multiple northern breed rescue organizations in Danville, California. They are going to have such a great time with all the people and other dogs being good breed ambassadors and Canine Good Citizens!

© 2014 deb davies thorkelson {bluerock / debrazone}
about these images: iPhone photos with filter applied: “Lolo” from the CameraBag app

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