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Friday, November 30, 2012

Illy & Aise; 2 Years Old

Beautiful and modest Illy

Animated Aise

Our two beautiful girls turned 2 years old on November 27th. Illy and Aise are out of Points Unknown's Tumac who is a deep line Hedlund Husky living in New Hampshire at Uktousa Kennel, and Daisy, a half Hedlund line/half bush trapline Alaskan line, who came from Kim Fitzgerald in Alaska to Uktousa Kennel as a pup. Uktousa had some beautiful puppies 3 years ago!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Topa/Oken Puppies; 1 Year Old!

Misquah - fun loving and a people pleaser. She's a bit snarky with some of the other dogs as she attempts to work her way up in the kennel pack.

Arrow - a person in a fuzzy suit. This boy has the best of the Hedlund and Zulu lines combined. He's the biggest sweetheart you'll find.

Irish - intense yet kind and mild, like her mother. She's a big girl and, like her brother Arrow, got the best of both the Hedlund and Zulu lineage.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Phoenix and Ari - 7 Years Old.



Phoenix, Ari and their sister Rosie, living with Uktousa Kennel in New Hampshire, turn seven years old today! They are deep Hedlund line Alaskan Huskies out of Ilo, (Hedlund and Joe Redington Sr lineage) and Tulipq (deep Hedlund lineage).

We couldn't ask for better sled dogs and furry companions. Phoenix is one of our very best open country leaders, taking commands on a dime with no trail in sight. Ari joined us later in life and we've not helped him reach his full leadership potential due to other young leaders we've been working on in the kennel. He doesn't seem to mind and just puts 100% into whichever position we place him.

We love these boys!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Do it Green! Minnesota Gift Fair 2012

Come and Scent from Nature at Midtown Global Market at Chicago and Lake in Minneapolis, on Saturday, November 17th for the 7th Annual Do it Green! Minnesota Gift Fair.

Stop by the booth and if you say you saw this post on our blog, you'll receive a FREE 3 pack of our pure beeswax Scent from Nature tealights!

Friday, November 2, 2012

New Wholesale Family Member!

Welcome Bumble & Hive to our Scent from Nature wholesale family! They will be receiving their first order the end of next week. If you're in the Rhinebeck, New York area, please stop in and say hello!

Today's Run

Topa and Klaus were prepared for hunting season

Phoenix in single lead. Not as tight to the right as White Feather plays it but still very nice!

Arrow the gargantuan. Wowzer.

Sweet Pea the tolerant. She would much rather be back home with the puppies. At 10 years old, she's beginning to let me know that she would really like to move on to something else like lounging around in the yard and being inside with us, chewing on a bone, as we relax in the late evening. Yes! We do get to relax sometimes.

The Phoenix "leeeeaaan into the harness".

Zala the mighty. All 42lbs of  her.

Irish the Sweet and Steady. She's not been in harness long but it's obvious that she's a natural.

Expect the Unexpected

Irish on her last run of the season. No worries, read on.

Expect the unexpected. Isn't that what they say?

With the thoughtful addition of several puppies over the last year and a half, with Ryden being our final, our kennel expansion was now complete. Or so we thought.

No matter the intention, direction or plan. No matter how hard you organize and manage, the universe likes to throw a curve ball now and again to make sure you're paying attention. And the universe did just that to us on October 11th.

Unfortunately, we're having an unplanned litter. The most unfortunate part about it is that it is Irish. She turns a year old this month. It has never been our intention or desire to breed a girl so young and it breaks my heart that things happened as they did. That being said, a wise person told me to take it as a gift. (Thanks, Mom!) Irish will be fine and the pups may very well be the best we've ever had. So, I can either beat myself up about it or just accept it and move on. I've been fairly good at beating myself up over the years but then came to realize that it just hurts too darn much and stopped.

Here's the story.

Irish went out of heat on October 1st and went through her entire cycle. I put her in with Ari(fixed), Journey and White Feather to live and let her play with Ilo (intact) in the yard, in a group, on several occasions. Then Aise went into standing heat which means she was now receptive. I had her in the back yard kennel which is in the center of a big play area. Of course, Ilo was interested in Aise. This was about a week after Irish went out of heat. That day, Ilo was showing some interest in Irish while they were out playing and he hadn't before. I thought it was just a displaced "passion" (versus aggression) since Aise was standing and didn't give it much thought. I went back out after just a few minutes and there they were. Tied. I was horrified. She's just a baby! I've since learned that Irish must have had a split heat cycle with Aise's heat pulling her back in. Very strange. Now I know and hopefully, if you have dogs, you can file this away in your knowledge bank so it doesn't happen to you.

We had an ultrasound yesterday to confirm it. There are at least three. Of course, Topa's showed three too and then there were seven.

Well, it is what it is. I researched all of the options and the best and safest one is to have the puppies. She's due on December 13th.

This is down in the "books" and on the record as our last litter for a few years or until our older dogs decide it's time to retire, whichever comes first. Ya year that, universe? No more curve balls!

Points Unknown may have a Hedlund Husky puppy or two available this winter to the right home(s). Be in contact with me if interested in being part of the Hedlund Husky Preservation Project.