65- Why Are You a Siberian Husky?

The Siberian Husky is THE snow dog. When you look at people doing sled racing, it is likely this dog that you think of. It’s also the dog that someone who doesn’t know much about dogs thinks looks like a wolf. These are actually a pretty healthy and old breed, and you would be surprised that it actually comes from Russia. That’s right, it’s not a misnomer like the Australian Shepherd or the Labrador (which is totally from Newfoundland, ha! Well, originally I mean.) The dog has a lot of breeding and popularity in the United States. 

The dog can come in several different colors, and it made its claim to fame with the Nome Serum Run. The famous trek in Alaska where several dog teams carried serum for diphtheria. These dogs have been used to pull sleds in both the Arctic and the Antarctic and are regarded as the best sled dog around. It is actually a much smaller dog compared to sled dogs of the time it was introduced. 

Kyle talks about how he started reading a sad book about dogs. Caitlyn is excited that we use a lot of latin, since no one can stop her mispronunciations. 

Song is “Snow Dogs” by Brunswick Project

11 – Why Are You an Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes, why are you a dog?! Caitlyn and Kyle recorded this episode immediately after the Bluetick Coonhound episode, so there’s wasn’t any listener mail this week…until there was.

This week Caitlyn has a hard time pronouncing indigenous people’s names (shocker), and talks about how the breed is one of the oldest dog breeds around. Caitlyn and Kyle also talk about a terrible occurrence that nearly wiped out the breed entirely, so hug your Malamute tightly if you have one. They also discuss how they look like bears, and their heroic deeds in expeditions and  medical emergencies.

Outro song is “Malamute” by Samoyed.