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Jeff’s gone – and we’re having fun!

It’s been a while since we’ve written ~ but we have been busy! The staff has been gearing up for the past month and it is finally here! We’ve been spring cleaning, doing some construction (and destruction…), and moving those ping-pong tables out of the way. We kicked off the season on Wednesday evening with our first tour, and we’re now in the swing of things and open for all three of our regularly scheduled tours. We are looking forward to having another great summer here, and to meeting a whole new group of guests from around the world!

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Summer is almost here ~ the days are long and the temperatures are rising ~ but the ice is not quite gone from the lake. We tried to change that yesterday… Armed with some not-so-great paddles, Jamie, Nicole, Dave and myself hit the water ~ after Nicole and Dave practiced their air guitar (you’ve got competition, guitar man in Tok!).

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I will go so far as to say that this was my idea, so if we get any slack from the boss…we were off the clock. Also since it was yours truly who came up with this temporary detour from regular chores – I happened to be the only one without a paddle and got to snap these fun pics. The ice-breaking canoe trip seemed to help a little bit – but that water is going to be cold for a while…

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In other news – we’ve got puppies!
Nicole is holding all 3 puppies in our “Office Supply” litter (finally! I’ve been pushing for this one FOREVER!) . They are “Shredder”(f), “Eraser”(m), and “Pencil”(m). We’ll see if the names stick… :) Dave says “of course they will!”

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Our smallest litter on the block are Dollar’s pups. They don’t have names yet, but they are getting a lot of loving from our first few groups of guests. There are even a couple in the litter that resemble their dad “Solomon” who was a great addition to Jeff’s teams in both the Iditarod and the All Alaska Sweepstakes. Born on April 24th, these little ones are just over 3 weeks old.

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Claire, one of our long-time all-stars, had a litter of 4 pups on March 21st. She had 3 boys and 1 lone girl that looks just like her Mom. These guys just woke up from a nap when I snapped this pic – they’re still covered in straw. What a life! We’re working on a theme for these guys too.

Jeff is in sunny California this weekend attending a few events ~ including the Red Lantern Party that we hear went off without a hitch yesterday. Despite the fun we’ve had while the boss is gone… he has been missed and we look forward to the return of POTUS.

Donna has been here holding down the fort (POTUS-ette?) and giving a lot of tours herself. She pulls out on Wednesday for an agility trip down to the warm weather in Portland. We wish her lots of luck and hopefully she and the agility crew will come home with lots of ribbons and some great photos for us to post here on the blog.

Keep checking in with us here for more fun stuff from the Husky Homestead Crew!



  1. So, is Jeff going to be at the Cabelas opening in Scarborough, Maine? I don’t find his name listed on the Grand Opening schedule.

  2. Jeff will NOT be at the Cabela’s Grand Opening at the Scarborough, Maine store.

  3. Bummer! I was looking forward to it.

  4. Everyone,

    The pups are sooooooooooooo cute!!! I held a pup named Loafer at the Homestead a few years back!! I hope they get all the condtioning they need to be “future stars”! I can still see pups running in the concrete drum.

    Could you let us know how Peg is doing with the agility trials?

    Enjoy the warmer temps and long hours of sunshine!!

    Thanks for remembering us IN OFF SEASON!!!

  5. Thanks for the update! – love reading your blog.
    Jeff T

  6. I visited and had a tour a couple of years ago, I remember someone handing round armfuls of puppies to cuddle! That surely has to be the highlight of anyones vacation! I am now studying for a qualification to be a dog behaviourist and I now realise what great socialisation that is for puppies to experience the sound, scent and touch of humans at an early age. How about a TV COPS litter? Crockett, Tubbs, Kojak, Cagney and Lacey !!

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