The proud mom and dad of the six males (boys) and a female (girl), are the amazing Ilakulik and our own Polar Husky veteran Hershey!
The GoNorth! Nunavut 2009 adventure learning expedition came to an end with the Polar Huskies pulling into the small community of Clyde River in the end of May 2009. GoNorth! Scientist Shari Gearheard and her husband Jake opened their home to Team GoNorth! in every way. After three wonderful weeks it was time for Mikkel Ketil, Mille Porsild and the Polar Huskies to return home to the United States – but it was decided that Polar Husky Hershey would stay behind to enjoy retirement with Shari and Jake, and hopefully father a litter of puppies with Ilakulik!
While Hershey was named for his ‘chokolate color’ (Hershey is an American chocolate brand name), Ilakulik means ‘one who is mission something.’ Shari explains “She was missing a toe when we got her, and now she has actually also lost part of her ear!” – so, it’s a fitting name! But never-the-less Ilakulik loves to run and is a fantastic and spirited sled dog. Shari goes on “Ilakulik is one of those special dogs that never stops running, even when we are going as slow as can be. She is our 2nd lead dog and the motivator in our team. We now know she is also a very good mom! Though, as Hershey has just returned to Expedition Basecamp in Minnesota (USA), we think she is missing her boyfriend Hershey right now!”
* Rex pulled sleds first to the North Pole (1986) and then to the South Pole (1989/90) which made him one of two dogs to be the first ever to accomplish that feet!
Help Us Name the Next Polar Husky Superstar!!!
Sometime before we take off on the GoNorth! Beringia 2011 adventure learning expedition, one of these puppies will journey from Baffin Island to the Polar Husky kennel in Minnesota to join the rest of our gang - and by then we will need to give him a name...
Yes, it will be a boy coming our way. And yes, we would like your suggestions to pick a perfect name from! We plan to close for submissions on January 16th.
A few words on naming a Polar Husky puppy...
Before you get your mind set on a name - try to yell it out loud! (please do not bother other people in this practice :-)). Remember Mille and the other members of Team GoNorth! will be calling out this name in all sorts of weather, including 40 mile an hour windstorms. Sometimes it's to encourage our new crew member and sometimes it's to let him know he needs to learn from the moment. So, you need to be able to call the name out loud and sound both very kind and encouraging as well as firm.
A couple of other things to keep in mind:
Polar Huskies are never named after 'people, friends and family.'
Polar Huskies are never given the same name as Polar Huskies that have passed away.
Make sure that the name does not 'sound like' the name of other Polar Huskies in the kennel.
Most Polar Husky names have two syllables. If three syllables or more, make sure that a nice 'nickname' can come when the word is cut short to two syllables (!). An example of a name with two syllables is Tuc-ker. His brother is named Do-mi-no. That is three syllables. Domino's nickname is 'Domi,' and Good Thunder's nickname is 'Goodie.'
That's it! We can't wait to see your ideas!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS -
The name will be announced in the GoNorth! Beringia 2011 trail report for week 2