Thursday, October 25, 2012

Farewell, King Muskwa

 He was the first Siberian Husky I ever met; the dog who changed my life. Not only was he a package deal with the man who became my husband, but everything I know about stubborn, digging, howling, escaping, challenging, frustrating,  funny, too-smart-for-their-good, dogs, I first learned from Muskwa. 
=No dog ever had a better life.  He spent his entire life with Stuart, best friends from the moment they met, when Muskwa was just days old.  He saw parts of the Yukon few humans ever get to enjoy.  He was a born alpha dog, a true leader who never resorted to aggresssion to prove his point.  He simply was the King and he expected that everyone, regardless of species, would recognize that! 

It was a life full of adventure and misadventure!  He had a taste for porcupines that never went away.  A dozen encounters never taught him that those things hurt.  Even smart dogs can't know everything!
 
Four days after his 15th birthday, four months after he was diagnosed with liver failure, Muskwa was released from a body that could no longer support his big spirit.  He has rejoined his pups, Earle and Hoodoo, along with so many members of the pack he started and always ruled.
Godspeed, old friend.  We will miss you!
Muskwa
King of Dogs
October 20, 1997 - October 24, 2012

8 comments:

Unknown said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I've always loved Muskwa and I know he meant so much to you and Stuart. {{HUGS}}

kuhio98 said...

Tamara and Stuart ~ I'm so sorry for your loss. Gentle hugs.

ra husky said...

Soft husky woooos,

RA

Sam said...

I'm so sorry. I wish we had known him.

Sam

Cyber-sibes said...

I am certain that Star was standing there to greet him as well. I just know she wanted to meet him!
Godspeed, handsome Muskwa.... forever in our hearts.

Tamara & Stuart,
what an honor its been to "know" Muskwa online all these years. He was an incredible dog, his truly majestic spirit will always be part of the woods, mountains and streams surounding your home.

husky hugs & sad woos,
Pat, Jack & Moo

dogsled_stacie said...

Condolensces from my pack to yours... he was a beauty of a dog. I also enjoyed hearing about his antics online, he was a cool dog.

24 Paws of Love said...

What a beautiful boy. Love those eyes. So sorry to hear about your loss. He will be missed.

Anonymous said...

We are so very, very sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful boy and he is playing with all the other Huskies that crossed over Rainbow Bridge including my Huskies. Love to you and your babies from Carla and the 18 Huskies in my rescue, Siberian Husky Rescue of Tucson.
metsrol