My goal in breeding is to better the Siberian Husky health and conformation. My ultimate goal is to breed a better dog and to be able to finish more champions under my kennel name. To produce the best looking pure white Siberian in the show ring - to produce the best quality of white Siberian Huskies! My purpose in showing and breeding is to produce a Siberian Husky that excels in temperament while maintaining the ability to work on a team as well as striving to eliminate any genetic diseases in the breed.
I am active in the breed both locally and nationally, and are a member of the following clubs:
I have been naming my dogs after the characters in the novels of Ann Rice, the movie The Lost Boys and most recently after characters from the Twilight, True Blood and Vampire Diaries sagas.
Since I was little I wanted a Siberian Husky. My mother raised toy and non sporting breeds so I grew up with Miniature Poodles, Toy Poodles and Shih Tzu's. I started to show when I was about 9 years old. The Toy dogs are great but the grooming part is the pits. The constant grooming until the last minute before you show was not for me!
I told my mother that one-day if I ever aquired a dog of my own, I would obtain a Siberian Husky. Mom didn't like that because she is a breeder of toy dogs. I stopped showing her dogs when I started high school.
After my professional education I purchased my first Siberian from Maureen Gunderson of Fraka Siberian Huskies.
I always wanted a dog descended from Kaila kennels especially one down from Ch Kaila's Tom E. Wolfe and Maureen had just such a dog. Maureen brought me back into dog shows. At first I only wanted a Siberian as a pet to love but I guess Siberians are very addicting - you can't have just one!
Golden Gate Kennel Club 2003
l-r Claudia, Sybelle, Me, Ch Sky & on the floor Ch Marius
I named my first Siberian Nanook which means 'North', according to one of the dialects of native tribes in Alaska. No, I didn't get the name from the beanie baby; I came up with the name way back. But thanks to the beanie baby craze everybody knows my kennel name! Not to get confused with the Canadian Nanook kennel, I started using Nanook Siberians of California as my kennel name.
For several years now I have been volunteering with the Iditarod Trail Sled Race committee. It has been a fantastic experience that thoroughly showcases just what the Siberian Husky can do. I have spent quality time talking with Karen Ramstead of NorthWapiti Siberian Husky Kennels and Wayne Curtis of Team Stormwatch Siberian Huskies and learned a great deal from them.