On Monday evening the evacuation order was lifted for Two Rivers. We are grateful for heavy rain showers, reduced humidity, a change in wind direction and about 700 firefighters attacking our Stuart Creek 2 Fire. Our 4-truck caravan brought us all back to SP Kennel at 4 PM Tuesday. The fire is still active and we could be asked to evacuate again if Mother Nature wills it. But, for now, we are safe and happy to sleep in our own beds/doghouses.
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center provides current news on our fire and other fires in Alaska.
Thanks to all who sent offers of help, good wishes and prayers our way. We are so fortunate to have our loyal SP family and friends!
Here is some family news that was overshadowed by fire news this week. Our SP family is about to get bigger. And we are all pretty excited! Olivia and Nacho are expecting their second litter of pups on July 23. Big O is a petite blue-eyed spitfire, overflowing with strength and determination. Nacho sports a happy-go-lucky and friendly personality. In harness he is a long legged, smooth running all-star who never gives up. Aliy and Allen are eager to see what combinations of their parents' traits these new little athletes possess.
|Parents-to-be Nacho and Olivia pose with Aliy. Their yearlings Lydia and Kodiak play in the background.|
Do you remember that Olivia and Nacho had a litter last summer? Junior, Lydia, Kodiak and Dutch were born on August 8 of 2012. These four happy pups have dog houses at the entrance to SP Kennel where they greet family and visitors daily. They and their new siblings are the future of SP Kennel.
|Meghan and Dutch last October|
|Meghan and Dutch last month|
Last week Olivia's sponsors (who are surely part of the SP family), visited the kennel with their granddaughters. The girls shadowed Aliy and learned a bit about Alaskan huskies. They were among the first to learn that Olivia is expecting. We always love our sponsor visits.