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by firleymj
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: Nicknames
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Nicknames

Kona's official nickname in our house is Ate Chechela (Ah-TAY Chey-chey-la) <Lakota, "Little Father" (OK, "Father that is little") from the wonderful litter he sired for us.

We also call him "Friend" as that is what his name means in English.
by firleymj
Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 2399

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36

The Kona Diaries Month 36 Dear Diary What a month! There’s so much to tell, I’m not sure I can fit it all in. We finally dug out from all the snow. Mark barked that it seemed to take forever, but I was kind of sad to see it go. It was so much fun to play in, even when just about all that was left w...
by firleymj
Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 2399

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 35

The Kona Diaries Month 35 Dear Diary Sometimes, try as I might, I just can’t get Mark to finish editing my diary. But here it is at last. Wow! Just last month, I was wondering where all the snow was. Well, we got to find out. Did we get snow! It was so nice and cold and fresh – and there was so muc...
by firleymj
Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:29 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Indiana (soon to be Oregon!)
Replies: 5
Views: 3209

Re: Hi from Indiana (soon to be Oregon!)

First, welcome and well-met May your search for a Tamaskan be rewarded, and if you are worthy (sometimes I wonder if I am enough) may your Tam bring you the joy and adventure my Kona has brought me. Watch for postings from the 2nd Annual Tamaskan Sled Dog Gathering on this board soon! Amazing! Mark
by firleymj
Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 2399

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 34

The Kona Diaries Month 34 Dear Diary It’s been another one of those months when I have to nose poke Mark to get our diary finished. Thanks for waiting. There was so much going on – a lot of stuff about that Christmas day. I tell you I LIKE Christmases. I wish we could have them more often. For one ...
by firleymj
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Up and coming breeders discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 1334

Re: Up and Coming Breeder's Discussion

SWM (Studly Wolf-grey Male) ISO SWF (Suitable Whelping Female). Tamaskan preferred, but will consider outcrosses. Me: 68cm tall at the shoulder, (27 inches) - 36kg (82 pounds). Almost 3YO. Almond shaped brown eyes, well-defined stop, short fuzzy ears. Powerful pastern and hocks. Thick double coat, ...
by firleymj
Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:15 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Ohio!
Replies: 4
Views: 3095

Re: Hello from Ohio!

Welcome and well met I'm pleased to meet ANYONE with genuine interest in the Tamaskan breed. May your quest, however long, be rewarded and if you are lucky enough to have a Tam in your life, may your dog bless your life the way my Kona has blessed mine! I know there's a serious Tamaskan fan between ...
by firleymj
Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Photos
Topic: Oslett's Al Hob Al Akhar (Halifax)
Replies: 15
Views: 325

Re: Oslett's Al Hob Al Akhar (Halifax)

She's growing so nicely! Thank you for sharing.
by firleymj
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Massachusetts USA
Replies: 4
Views: 5616

Re: Hello from Massachusetts USA

Welcome and well met. May your search for a Tamaskan be rewarded, and if the universe grants your petition, may your Tam bring you the joy and wonder my Kona has brought to my life! At the expense of self-promotion, you might want to read what it's like "Growing Up Tamaskan" - an ongoing diary of on...
by firleymj
Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 2399

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 33

The Kona Diaries Month 33 Dear Diary It’s been a busy month – Mark is a little late getting this out, but there’s only so much nose butting I can do to keep him on track. Mark’s been smelling a little off lately – it’s that work thing again. He’s tried to tell me some about it, but I’m not sure I g...
by firleymj
Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Diet
Topic: Pets Go Raw
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Re: Pets Go Raw

Thanks for a good tip!
by firleymj
Sun Dec 20, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Artwork
Topic: Rosemont's Art (Digital)
Replies: 5
Views: 166

Re: Rosemont's Art (Digital)

OK, even an old engineer with little sense of color finds them impressive and quite beautiful! Consider that not just an endorsement, but a compliment!
by firleymj
Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Long time no post
Replies: 2
Views: 4972

Re: Long time no post

Welcome back! Although I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your companion, know that we empathize here, and offer you both welcome and support.
by firleymj
Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Ontario!
Replies: 3
Views: 4303

Re: Hello from Ontario!

Welcome and well-met! May your quest for a Tamaskan be rewarded, and may your Tam bring you the joy and wonder my Kona has brought to my life! (With a warning that a science of single instances is no science at all, I invite you to read one dog's view of "growing up Tamaskan") on this forum: http://...
by firleymj
Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello! (Ohio)
Replies: 5
Views: 4678

Re: Hello! (Ohio)

Welcome and well met! May your quest for a Tamaskan be rewarded, and if you are worthy, may you find your Tamaskan as much a source of joy and wonder as my Kona is for me! There are few greater blessings, and I know! With the warning that a science of single instances is no science at all, I invite ...
by firleymj
Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Ohio USA!
Replies: 3
Views: 4249

Re: Hello from Ohio USA!

Welcome and well met. May your search for a Tamaskan be rewarded, and if it so destined, may your dog be the source of joy and healing for you as my Kona has been for me! With the warning that a science of single instances is no science at all, I invite you to read one dog's view of "Growing Up Tama...
by firleymj
Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: Sled Dog's Summer Dreams - another song parody !
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Sled Dog's Summer Dreams - another song parody !

Kate THANK YOU First, because I'm flattered to be in the company of people with real (as opposed to aspirational) talent. Second, for introducing me to this remarkable artist. Reminds me of some old tunes from my (cough) youth. http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DonegalWeavers Sisu may be a term heard mor...
by firleymj
Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:58 am
Forum: Birthdays
Topic: Canine Birthdays!
Replies: 330
Views: 3012

Re: Canine Birthdays!

Happy Birthday, Wylie!

You are Tiospaye, part of our extended family.

May you live long and well and bless the human race with your being!

We salute you!
by firleymj
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:01 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from ChanDog!
Replies: 3
Views: 4500

Re: Hi from ChanDog!

WELCOME and well met!

May your quest for a Tamaskan be rewarded, and if you are a worthy owner, may your dog bring you the joy and wonder my Kona has brought to me.
by firleymj
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:32 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Bonjour de France
Replies: 8
Views: 5932

Re: Bonjour de France

Bienvenue! May you always find welcome and support here, and may your Tamaskan bring you as much joy as my Kona has brought to my life! Puissiez-vous trouver toujours les bienvenus et soutenir ici, et peut-être votre Tamaskan vous apporter autant de joie que mon Kona a apporté à ma vie!
by firleymj
Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 2399

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 32

Kona’s Diary – Month 32 Dear Diary I finally got to play with a geese. It wasn’t as much fun as I thought it was going to be. (Mark called it a “big disappointment.”) We were out walking on our smell walk around the middle of the day, when we rounded a corner in the path and sitting there was a gee...
by firleymj
Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Other Pets
Topic: CZV x AWD - low/mid content - Merlin
Replies: 57
Views: 1033

Re: AWD low/mid content Merlin

Thanks for sharing your photos and the story of your remarkable and beautiful boy!
by firleymj
Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Question about breeders (UK)
Replies: 42
Views: 622

Re: Question about breeders (UK)

Please understand a few things: 1. There really are good breeders, but sometimes all does not go according to human plans. I alas, only have a stud, and it's hard to find a geographically desirable mate, so I know the pain in a different way. Do NOT give up hope, please. And give the folks who look ...
by firleymj
Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Photos
Topic: Louie (Oslett Naseem Jouz Al-Hind/Coconut breeze)
Replies: 20
Views: 543

Re: Louie (Oslett Naseem Jouz Al-Hind/Coconut breeze)

How well I remember the sleep-deprived nights and the wonder of all that new life!
And how much more I've grown with my boy since.
May he continue to bless your life for a long and wonderful time!
by firleymj
Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hello everyone! New to forum, would like your eyes.
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Hello everyone! New to forum, would like your eyes.

First, thank you for your courage in rescuing this dog. May the generosity of your spirit be rewarded in a long and loving relationship. Second, as to what he is - despite all the hoopla - DNA testing - especially with mixed breeds or breeds with small populations - isn't horribly reliable. There wa...
by firleymj
Sun Nov 08, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the Netherlands
Replies: 5
Views: 5130

Re: Hello from the Netherlands

Welcome and well met! When the time comes, may your find a Tamaskan that brings you as much joy as my Kona has brought me. Let me give my "usual" speech about selecting a breeder. I'd go with a Tamaskan Dog Register affiliated breeder (or one that belongs to an approved club in the Netherlands or Ge...
by firleymj
Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:33 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Orlando, FL!
Replies: 3
Views: 4178

Re: Hi from Orlando, FL!

Welcome and well met! May your times with your Tamaskan be as joy filled and wonderful as mine has been with my Kona.
I could wish no greater blessing for you.
by firleymj
Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:28 am
Forum: Sales Info
Topic: Ratliff puppies?
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Ratliff puppies?

Let me put this in more positive terms. TDR registered breeders subject themselves to performing a number of mandatory tests for their dogs: much more than many other breeds require. These include but are not limited to hip (and now elbow) scoring, ophthalmological (eye) exams, DNA parentage tests, ...
by firleymj
Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Slovenia!
Replies: 6
Views: 4837

Re: Greetings from Slovenia!

Welcome and well met!

I hope that your search for a Tamaskan is rewarded, and if it is, may your Tam bring you the joy and love my Kona has brought me. :)

Mark
by firleymj
Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Aggression toward dogs - what to do?
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: Aggression toward dogs - what to do?

Thanks for the kind words. Rereading your first note and some of what followed leads me to make a few other observations, based on our history. 1. For some reason, somewhere between 16 and 24 months, many dogs will go through a period where they re-test a lot of their social behaviors. It's often mo...
by firleymj
Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Aggression toward dogs - what to do?
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: Aggression toward dogs - what to do?

This is a very quick reprise of a technique I've found useful: Canine Engage Disengage Game.jpg The point is that almost any dog can become sensitized to other animals, some more than others. Kona's problem playmates are few and far between, and while he's not an aggressor, he is big enough to be a ...
by firleymj
Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Photos
Topic: Louie (Oslett Naseem Jouz Al-Hind/Coconut breeze)
Replies: 20
Views: 543

Re: Louie (Oslett Naseem Jouz Al-Hind/Coconut breeze)

Somehow, the tune for "Louie, Louie" keeps dancing in my brain:



May your Louie be as much a blessing to you as my Kona has been to me. :)
by firleymj
Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 2399

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 31

The Kona Diaries Month 31 Dear Diary It’s getting colder at last! Yay! I seem to have so much more energy when it’s colder. I even want to sleep outside, but even if Mark lets me out in our little yard, he makes me come in for the night. Sometimes I whine a little just to remind him, but to tell th...
by firleymj
Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings to everyone from Florida!
Replies: 6
Views: 6206

Re: Greetings to everyone from Florida!

Welcome and well met.
May you be worthy of your Tamaskan, as I hope to be worthy of mine.
May yours bring you the joy and blessing mine has brought me!

Mark
by firleymj
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Photos
Topic: Oslett's Al Hob Al Akhar (Halifax)
Replies: 15
Views: 325

Re: Hello from Toronto!

Well, if we can get past the red tape maybe there's hope! FYI, I think I could love her too, just not in the same way that Kona would :P She's adorable Besides, I could do with listening to the PM debates from McLean's rather than the circus south of your border! Full disclosure: I know Montreal bet...
by firleymj
Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Photos
Topic: Oslett's Al Hob Al Akhar (Halifax)
Replies: 15
Views: 325

Re: Hello from Toronto!

A total cutie - my boy may be developing a crush :)
by firleymj
Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Breed/Breeder Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Breed/Breeder Questions

I thought I had a breeding male for a time.... but let me try to answer some of the questions anyway. He's a national champion twice over, (The first Tamaskan EVER to get a full double championship) but we don't dare breed him, that's how strict this breed's standards have become. (sigh) WARNING: Th...
by firleymj
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 2399

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 30

The Kona Diaries Month 30 Dear Diary The days are changing again, getting shorter which is not so fun, and colder which is a lot better. It’s been very dry and a lot of the plants are turning gray and smelling all used up. Even some of the trees are dropping their leaves. It feels somehow early for...
by firleymj
Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Which name is best?
Replies: 15
Views: 309

Re: Which name is best?

Exactly. My Kona (< Lakota, "Friend or 'Life companion'") is really Hawthorne James Watson at Anthracite. But he will always be my Kona. Sunka waste! (Shun-kah wash-tay) "Dog that is good" :) And one more contender for the boys: Teme (Tem-ay) < Northern Algonquin, "Wolf" which is part of the root of...
by firleymj
Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Which name is best?
Replies: 15
Views: 309

Re: Which name is best?

OK, this reflects a deep-seated prejudice I have for names that are easy for the dog to learn, so where possible, I tend to prefer short (two syllable) names over long or complex ones. It's just harder to get their attention with the moral equivalent of "Michael James Worthington-Smythe" (humans kno...
by firleymj
Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: A historical Pomeranian x wolf cross
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: A historical Pomeranian x wolf cross

At the expense of being pedantic, antique typesetting used a character that looked like an "f" (except without the horizontal bar) to stand for an "s" sound in a word. A doubled 's' (progress, congress) was rendered 'fs' Therefore a slightly easier to read version below: "I also saw here a dog the o...
by firleymj
Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Videos
Topic: Holidays...
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: Holidays...

Merci! Magnifique!
by firleymj
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 2399

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 29

The Kona Diaries Month 29 Dear Diary Another month gone by. Doesn’t seem like it. The big yellow things are still down by the big water, and Mark says they’re going to be there a lot longer still. I’m not sure I like that – that big fence of theirs blocks our way when we want to walk by the lake. A...
by firleymj
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Toronto!
Replies: 7
Views: 6270

Re: Hello from Toronto!

Welcome, well met.

May your girl give you the joy and wonder that my Kona has brought to my life.

May your times with her be long and healthy

May you always know the blessings of this remarkable breed

Mark
by firleymj
Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:38 am
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: Alaska! (With apologies to Toto)
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Alaska! (With apologies to Toto)

Alaska! (with apologies to Toto and “Africa”) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQbiNvZqaY I hear wolf dogs howling in the night But he hears only whispers of some quiet conversation We’re coming in, ice covered sight The sled runners reflect the stars that guide me toward salvation I stopped a mushe...
by firleymj
Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:40 am
Forum: Tamaskan Photos
Topic: Louie (Oslett Naseem Jouz Al-Hind/Coconut breeze)
Replies: 20
Views: 543

Re: Louie (Oslett Naseem Joux Al-Hind/Coconut breeze)

I remember those days and wish you all the joy and happiness my Kona has brought me.
by firleymj
Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Français
Topic: Un Bull au pays des Loups
Replies: 13
Views: 265

Re: Un Bull au pays des Loups

Bonjour et bienvenue sur le forum. Puisse votre expérience avec cette race être aussi merveilleux que la mienne a été avec mon Kona. ( S'il vous plaît pardonnez mon pauvre français.)
by firleymj
Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: Interesting Imgur Post
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Interesting Imgur Post

Thank you. And thanks for the article.

Sometimes I do worry that in the quest for a perfectly healthy dog we may breed not enough dogs. But what you posted serves as a useful reminder to the community.
by firleymj
Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from PennsylvaniaHi
Replies: 8
Views: 6432

Re: Greetings from PennsylvaniaHi

Joe

Welcome to the Tamaskan community. May your experience here be as blessed as mine has been with this breed and the people who support them. :)

Mark
by firleymj
Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tamaskan's in Rural Areas
Replies: 10
Views: 285

Re: Tamaskan's in Rural Areas

My experience (and only mine (a science of single instances being no science at all)) Kona's better in rural areas - I am enough of a "nervous parent" not to risk him in more urban settings. Having said that, one can use the Tamaskan's high pack drive (read: separation anxiety) to advantage - they g...