Chica is a half Hedlund Husky not related to our Zulu line. She is a half sister to our Phoenix and came to Jim and Judy from Mush Knik Networking in Alaska.
Neil and I took the morning yesterday to visit some members of our canine family at a kennel in Northfield, Minnesota. Juma and Nacha are Klaus and Sweet Pea's sisters and were placed in a wonderful home with Jim and Judy nearly 7 years ago when they were pups. Also at this kennel are relatives to Juma and Nacha on their mother, Jesse's side.
Since this can get confusing I'll explain. What I call my "Zulu line" began with a breeding between Zulu and a 55lb female named Jesse who was bred as a long distance racing dog in a northern Minnesota kennel. Jesse has a very muscular build. She's got blue eyes and a shorter coat. Zulu and Jesse had 8 pups in 2001; Bazil (father of Tuloon's 2007 litter), Klaus, Sweet Pea, Nacha, Juma, Zimbi(dam of planned fall litter with Phoenix), Blue and Gretta. Jim and Judy gave a home to several dogs from the same kennel from where Jesse came which are then relatives to the Zulu/Jesse 2001 litter. I can't tell you how much fun it is to be able to see dogs from the extended lineage. It helps to create a better mental picture of one of the the lines on which we're currently working and gives us more insight.