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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Retirement Home

Last good byes

Isis and Tukisi in their new pen

Tukisi and Isis has been wonderful members of our team and then were retired a couple of years ago. Since then, they have not been able to run with the team but have spent much time every day during the off season, running free in our fenced enclosures. They have needed much more stimulation that, due to the needs of the other dogs and the schedule of the musher, we haven't been able to supply. We decided quite a while ago that if the proper retirement home came up, we would place them. It did!

Genevieve, a long time friend living north of Winnipeg, Manitoba was Tukisi's breeder 10 years ago. When discussing with her what would be best for the dogs, she agreed to provide them both with a retirement home. Genevieve and her husband live on 640 acres in the Canadian bush with 22 Canadian Inuit Dogs. There are numerous trails running through their land that the dogs get to run on in groups every other day. Each group of dogs gets a huge pen. Tukisi and Isis would get a 50'x50' enclosure to call their own and a huge dog house with a covered front porch. (Michael is very handy with his chainsaw sawmill.) I was so excited that our two retired Inuit Dogs would get what they needed and more in their older years and so sad that I wasn't in a position to give it to them myself. It is about the dogs first and foremost.

Neil and I drove Tukisi and Isis up to Grand Forks, North Dakota on Saturday to meet Genevieve halfway. Isis has been to visit Genevieve before and Tukisi spent the first weeks of his life in her care. She seemed familiar to both of them and Tukisi cuddled up to her right away.

Isis and Tukisi will be missed at Points Unknown kennel but we know that they are in good hands, living good lives.

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