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Do you remember what Tasha looks like? I posted a ... in her somewhere, but not like your Image and Cinder.

I've still got her photo in my Yahoo album: I think she's a good-looking dog.[/nq]
Thanks. You can see her ear size and set better in a picture taken from the front. They're not set as high on her head or as close together as most Sibes. Her build looks a little similar to some racing lines I've seen, except that she's big for a female, 22" and 50 lb. Also, while I know nothing about proper conformation in a sleddog, I know cow hocks when I see them, and she's got 'em.
There's a really interesting discussion about sledding vs. show type Siberians going on on the SHMushers mailing list at the ... teams have started doing quite well in distance racing (Image's former owners flat-out won the Craftsbury 60 miler this year).

Wonderful. I'd love to see Sibes come to the forefront of distance racing. It just doesn't seem right to see lab mixes and Border Collies pulling sleds.
Barb Schaefer, a well-known Siberian musher in California who I think worked on Iron Will (great dogsledding movie), said that ... deviations from type even though it's very common to hear show-oriented Siberian breeders say derogatory things about the sledding dogs.
I loved Iron Will! In fact, it may be time to watch it again; DH just joined Netflix. I missed all of Westminster this year. If that dog won BOB, then the judge must have known what he/she was doing too. A few more people like that, and there may be hope for the breed. Do racing lines have the same health problems that AKC Siberians have? Are racing lines even AKC registered? Show Greyhound people say plenty of derogatory things about racing GHs, too.

I personally think that a lot of AKC GHs look like a cross between a giraffe and an angelfish, and I've seen plenty of them with very little muscle. To be fair, there is one GH breeder - - she wrote the book Playtraining Your Dog - - who shows in breed, obedience, I think agility and does coursing. Some AKC standards say that the dog should look as though it can do what it was bred to do, but can you imagine a show OES actually herding sheep?
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There's a huge difference in how the hind end is ... I'd start ("HEY! WHY ARE YOU STARING AT MY BUTT!!").

yep, and her hind end was nothing like a GSD's. nothing. she could've been an identical twin to Sally's Tasha.

Do you have any pictures of her? How big was she?

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I've never seen a Boxer do that with it's ears uncropped! How cool!

weird, isn't it? i think it's because her ear leather and cartilage are really "nice." she can occasionally get them to stand all the way up by themselves. i've always wondered if, had they been taped when she was a pup, they could've been trained to stand up.
Who has an ear fetish of her own...dogs, donkeys, mules, pigs, cows..yeah, it's sick and wrong, but I can't resist!

same here. it's all about ears.
if you look closely at the center photo, the creases on the inside of the bottom of her ears are outlined in the most gorgeous coppery color. it's so shiny it's almost metallic looking. i love those little coppery bits.

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wow..impressive I must say!
Nice looking dog.
Do you have any pictures of her? How big was she?

nope, no pictures, unfortunately. she was a petite little thing, though. IIRC she was in the 35-40lb range.

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Do you have any pictures of her? How big was she?

nope, no pictures, unfortunately. she was a petite little thing, though. IIRC she was in the 35-40lb range.

Could very well have been all Sibe. We had a Sibe rescue here that was about 35 lb. What a spitfire she was. Cherokee had Tasha's coloring?
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Wonderful. I'd love to see Sibes come to the forefront of distance racing. It just doesn't seem right to see lab mixes and Border Collies pulling sleds.

I don't know - that Border Collie team in Ontario cracks me up. They get good and whipped every time they race but they're just having a great time.
I bought Cinder from a couple who were living in
Massachussets but relocated up to Quebec for the mushing (and that's where their line of dogs originated). They're getting out of Siberians and into Alaskans because Mike wants to go professional, which means winning some races. So far this year they've done two races - Caitlin took the Siberians into the 30-miler at Craftsbury and Mike took a mixed team to a 100-miler in Maine. Caitlin and the Sibes took 5th overall and were the second-placing Siberian team even though that team had never raced before and Caitlin had never raced before (and she said that Mike told her that every time he saw her she was standing on the brake). Mike took the red lantern in his race. Oh, well.
I loved Iron Will! In fact, it may be time to watch it again; DH just joined Netflix.

I finally got around to picking up a DVD player, so the first movie I bought was Iron Will. It's just fun to watch but you can learn a lot about sled handling from it, too.
I missed all of Westminster this year. If that dog won BOB, then the judge must have known what he/she ... and there may be hope for the breed. Do racing lines have the same health problems that AKC Siberians have?

No, not really.
Are racing lines even AKC registered?

Yes, or CKC (there are a lot of racing Siberians in Canada, with the consensus being that the fastest Sibes on the east coast are the Quebecquois dogs that Image and Cinder come from). Anyway, Karen Ramstead is having a big impact, not only because her show dogs complete the Iditarod but also because she's now doing a good amount of judging in both the US and Canada.
The Iditarod starts this weekend - Gary Paulsen (author of "Winterdance") was going race but dropped out, but keep good thoughts for Karen.

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Could very well have been all Sibe.

that's what i've decided. she certainly was Sibey in personality (and not at all GSDish).
We had a Sibe rescue here that was about 35 lb. What a spitfire she was.

she sounds fun!
Cherokee had Tasha's coloring?

yep!

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Wonderful. I'd love to see Sibes come to the forefront ... right to see lab mixes and Border Collies pulling sleds.

I don't know - that Border Collie team in Ontario cracks me up. They get good and whipped every time ... time he saw her she was standing on the brake). Mike took the red lantern in his race. Oh, well.

I don't get it. Is it speed or endurance that Alaskans have that Siberians don't?
I missed all of Westminster this year. If that dog ... lines have the same health problems that AKC Siberians have?

No, not really.

Interesting, that.
Are racing lines even AKC registered?

Yes, or CKC (there are a lot of racing Siberians in Canada, with the consensus being that the fastest Sibes ... complete the Iditarod but also because she's now doing a good amount of judging in both the US and Canada.

Both of which are hopeful things for the breed.
The Iditarod starts this weekend - Gary Paulsen (author of "Winterdance") was going race but dropped out, but keep good thoughts for Karen.

Where's Wolf? He should be happy. All paws here, Siberian and otherwise, crossed for Karen.
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