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  • I made this post because I've been receiving questions as to how to find the dog breeds mentioned in my posts. I answered, but wanted to elaborate in a post about these questions. I've also been looking for Mackenzie River Huskies, CEDs (Canadian Eskimo Dog), or the Nenets Herding Laika for years. Still, I haven't been lucky. I find it extremely hard to find people who are willing to sell their dogs or puppies to you. I preferred to buy a puppy, but everyone did not wish to give up a puppy.

    I forgot to mention, years ago however, I did come across some websites where the Mackenzie River Huskies were being given up for adoption. So, you may get lucky in coming across them. It takes patience though and a lot of hard searching. I was always keeping an eye out for any website that offered them. I learned however, if I really wanted one, I wasn't going to pay a cheap price for either breed. I also posted on the newspaper and internet saying I was looking for either breed. I found out many of these searches required that I travel to Canada, Alaska and abroad. 

    When it came to the Nenets Herding Laika, I ran into this guy in Russia who had thirteen puppies on a farm. I asked if he could sell me just one puppy. He said he wanted to sell all of the puppies to get rid of them because he was sick of them. I was like, whoa, what would I do with thirteen puppies? I only want one. Trying to sweeten the deal, he wanted to fly the puppies to the United States. The thing was he wasn't willing to give me only one puppy, but preferred if I took all thirteen puppies. 

    It seems there is better responses in Russia. The disadvantage could be language barriers if you don't know Russian. Well, the breeder I corresponded with spoke and understood English. I think I just got lucky that time. Of course, there must be travel arrangements if you don't live in Russia. I am not really sure if all of the Russian breeders are like the guy I spoken to. When I searched around, I just noticed they all were either on a farm or in some wooded area. 

    This is my experience of searching for rate Arctic Dog breeds. I haven't been successful though, so I gave up. 

    Searching for Mackenzie River Huskies, CEDs, or Laika Dogs

  • I remember someone asking one day would I want to return to mushing. Some days make me want to; others not so much. I am satisfied with writing about sled dogs. I still have the same passion for them as I did years ago. I wanted to share my experience of owning a Siberian Husky named Timber. Remember the name for later. Very important that you do. 

    She was a beautiful Husky that was bought from the mall like our current dogs. I don't know, it just feels more convenient to buy dogs at the mall. The lady working there told us she was the favorite, and was the "creme of the crop"

    Timber was brought home and as soon as she did, she began making these strange screaming sounds. It was very hard because she kept us up all hours of the night trying to figure out what she wanted. She was a mischievous pup who liked biting our ankles, digging up the yard and destroying the house. However, she was perfect for a lead dog and for mushing. Timber just needed a strong person to handle her and I was willing to be that in order to train her for mushing. She actually was right for the job. 

    As what was instructed, I tied small twigs and branches to her leash to get her use to pulling stuff and having something drag behind her. I also got her use to getting in and out of a sled dog harness. 

    I know many say Huskies like to roam and break free from you, but I didn't notice that too much with Timber. Well, I know if she was off a leash, she was gone just as many other dogs. But she never attempted to free herself from us. No, she just liked biting on our legs and ankles. Unfortunately, we never was able to stop her from biting. Timber was a free spirited Husky who obviously loved to play, a lot. 

    My upcoming project kind of reminds me all day of Huskies since it is about Huskies. So I wanted to share about this...

    My Experience: Owning a Siberian Husky

  • It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post. If you would like to learn more about it, please visit this link:

    Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."
    Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

    That is an interesting question. I would have to say I outline everything and plan out every aspect of the project I'm working on. This does include the genre. Write below the summary or plot of the project, I include what genre it is in. Writing outlines for me helped reduce unintended stuff. For the most part, but I end up adding hints of horror or dark fantasy into my writing in some way. I guess this counts. It does since I don't intend to include horror elements, but I guess it's hard for me to not include the underworld, demons, spirits, the undead or something like that. Some of my projects, not all of them. It just gets a little boring to me without paranormal or horror. 

    For the most part though, I plan in advance. This way, I feel it's best to know where I'm going and it's a roadmap for me to follow. I understand every writer is different, but personally, I do find it easier to stick to the genre I picked. 

    IWSG: August 5th 2020

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