As you all know from my last post I recently went on a very long trip to pick up a new dog, Tornado. Well I figured you would all like to get to know him a little better, so without further udo, welcome Tornado.
Tornado is an eight year old Alaskan Husky, though from my interactions with him he acts more like a four year old dog. I acquired him from John Perry a little under a month ago, so I have started to get to know him, but he hasn't really let me see his true colors yet. Overall Tornado is a very friendly dog, I have been slowly introducing him tot he rest of the team, and he seems to enjoy getting to know them all. Currently he is kenneled next to Racer, and they seems to appreciate each-others company.
I have had a chance to run Tornado once, but it is summer so I really don't expect to get him in harness much more until sometime this fall. From what I have been told he is a wonderful lead dog, who can be hard headed at times, but that is not always a bad thing. Hard headed means that a dog can think for themselves, and does not always follow directions because they believe they know a better way. On the flip side, it means that they will not let the other leader, or the rest of the team, pull them off course once they have decided it is the correct path. Tornado is out of Jeff King breeding, and have hard headed dogs is common in that line.
As far as build goes Tornado is unlike any other dog here. He has more of a hound build, but still has the thick coat of an Alaskan. He is smaller in size, with a long body and long legs. I would say he has a medium build, not thin like a sight hound, or stocky like a Malamute. Like so many sled dogs, he is that perfect combination of everything.
Once the weather does finally cool off I will be working him on the bike with only one other dog at a time we can get accustom to each other, then I will start working him in the team. When I do start him in the team I will have him run in the middle of the pack, like all of my other dogs he will have to earn his place as a leader.
I will do my best to keep you updated on how he adapts to live here at KCM kennels.
Until next time,
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