A little over five years ago a young man walked into the kennel to meet one of our rescues, PHANTOM, and has never left our hearts. We could not have asked for a better adopter as Brian's world revolved around Phantom from that day forward. We are devastated to hear about Brian's passing. He left us unexpectedly and far too soon. Our love and gratitude remain and we are comforted to know that Phantom continues to be revered and cared for by Brian's girlfriend Lani, and his parents, Joe and Elaine.
Phantom had been in rescue for over a year- way longer than most- and we believe that was because he was waiting to find his best friend in Brian. The work we do here is never easy, but it is people like Brian and adoptions made, such as Phantom's, that make it all worthwhile. Rest easy, Friend. Thank you for making such a huge difference- not only in Phantom's life, but in ours as well.
BRIAN EDWARD BOLANOWSKI
APRIL 2, 1984-JULY 24, 2018
We learned that PHANTOM went ahead to meet Brian in Heaven in December of 2021. What a beautiful reunion that must have been. Much Love, Boys.
Nikki is a fabulous female Siberian who stole our hearts from the word "mush!" She came to us branded as abandoned and abused. The story goes she was tied to a boiler in the basement and the people moved out, leaving her there. Also said to be aggressive-Nikki proves you can’t believe everything you hear. She has never given us one iota of trouble! (Well, there was that time she took herself for a stroll in a snowstorm -but hey- what Husky hasn't?) As she has hung around The University, she has become a huge asset to the rehabilitation program and is the calm, assertive Pack Leader. Older now, infact our oldest at around twelve she can get a bit crochety when she’s not in the mood, but still she knows just the right amount of correction to give to dogs who are struggling with anxious energy. Chatty and hilarious with her Zoomy Zoomy Zooms, we can't imagine life without her!
Dogspeed, Nik-Nik. 09/13/19
Love you more.
Pack Mascot/Class Clown
Thunder is what they call a Native American Indian Dog (NAID). One of the most majestic canines ever, he has an incredibly engaging Spirit. Many of those who’ve met him agree that he is indeed a Sacred Animal. Super sweet and sensitive, he weighs over one hundred pounds and stands 6 feet tall on his hindquarters. He is remarkably well socialized with other dogs and wants nothing more than to romp and play- even with the little guys. He has a great sense of humor, is silly on many levels, and is simply amazing to watch run, or listen to- when you inspire him to “sing”. He loves balls and toys, and desires lots of activity to amuse himself and/or be entertained. He relishes his time with K9’s and/or humans alike. While he needs calm Leadership, patience, and affection to maintain and improve his training, this incredible dog is well worth it!
Dogspeed, Mr. Thunder Keewanaw Wolfie Pants McDonald. You are incredible.
" Blessed are our beloved sled dogs, as they are actually Angels from Heaven, here to teach us life's most important lessons. From courage to how to find joy in unlikely places, they gift us more than unconditional love. And on their return this Night of the Winter Solstice, they bring with them more gifts of character, and how to walk a simple, good path, as well as how to open our hearts and homes to another Angel. For in teaching us how to love, our hearts grew big enough for another, who will continue our lessons from the Divine Eternal. I believe. Do you?" ~Cruzlin Picabo Schubert 2018
Goodnight, Moon. Dogspeed 12/20/21