Eddie (D'Azul's On the Dark Side), a red Siberian boy bred and co-owned by Cecile and Lisa of D'Azul Siberians, made his debut as the Library Sled Dog Program dog yesterday, Feb. 25. He was a hit! There were around 50 humans, both young and old, who came to see the program, learn about sled dogs and the historic 1925 serum run to Nome, AK. Eddie modeled his bright red sled harness and was very gentle and happy when the kids came up afterwards to pet him. Most of the children were anywhere from 2 1/2 years to about 10 years old, and we had some folks probably in their 80's there, too. One special little girl, around 2 1/2 years old, had been brought because she was very frightened of dogs. Her mother has been exposing her to nice dogs to help her get over her fear. When her mom told her she was going to a sled DOG program, the little girl was terrified. She knew she was going to see a D-O-G. When she came in with her mom, she clung to her mom as if Eddie was going to eat her. At the end of the program, after watching all the kids line up and pet Eddie, the little girl tentatively came up to meet him. Just like his wonderful cousin Nakita before him, Eddie, who also is not an "in your face" kind of dog, patiently and gently greeted the little girl. To everyone's surprise, the toddler and Eddie bonded....it was in an instant! We stayed awhile longer to let the two get to know each other. When it came time for the girl to leave, her mom had to pry her away from Eddie!! What a good dog, Eddie! Eddie's breeders, Cecile and Lisa, handpicked Eddie for this job when he was a small puppy, and raised him up right. Their efforts paid off ten-fold yesterday. No one could have been prouder of him yesterday even if he had won a Best in Show. Temperament first! Always first! You have to live with a dog first.
When we got home, Eddie promptly took his freshly-bathed body to his favorite mud hole and had a grand time in typical Siberian fashion!
Yay, Eddie!!! What a good boy you are! A big "Thank You" to Cecile and Lisa Toth of D'Azul Siberians, for breeding and raising such a wonderful dog!
ps-The photographer from that town's paper was there taking pictures. We'll let you know if he ends up in the newspaper.