|Skor lost his life on Tuesday. We brought him
in for minor surgery to have a small wart removed off
his back because we didn't want his harness to rub on it
and cause him discomfort during the upcoming season.
Skor never woke up. It's such a minor surgery it never
crossed our minds it could be dangerous, but any time
you put your dog under anesthesia it's a risk. You
just never think it's going to happen to your dog.
Skor was such an amazing dog in so many ways, it's
been hard to write a memorial page for him as there is
so much we want to say. He was a dog who meant so
much to us not sure we can ever write it all down.
He was a fabulous leader, best we have ever had.
He was so reliable, we could trust him with any obstacle
up front - horses, loose dogs of any size, any trail or
condition. We could come across anything and with
him up front we had complete trust everything would be
ok. He was so trustworthy. He always gave it
his all and loved to run. He had a unique way of
harness banging, he wouldn't leap but would quietly
surge back and forth. He was a tough dog, never
injured, had the toughest feet of any dog we owned and a
appetite every musher dreams of. We have traveled many
miles with Skor but there are some great moments that
stick out in our memories. We remember one training day
where we put him in front of a large team and had to
weave through many dog trucks (with dogs tied out),
teams hooking up and people walking dogs and we were
nervous that we would get through it all with no issues.
To our amazement we could drive him through all of this
and he made it look so easy. Another fond memory we have
is coming to a unbroken field in 2 feet of snow.
We knew where we wanted to go and we gave him gee and
haw commands and he would quickly take any command,
leaping as high as he could to get through the deep
snow. It was amazing to see a dog so smart and
trying so hard to do what we wanted. It's
something we will always remember. He loved single
leading, small teams, large teams, it didn't matter.
There are lots of great lead dogs out there, but there
are some that are just extra special.
He was a very gentle dog who never fought, if a dog
picked on him he would actually get insulted and sulk.
He liked puppies and was sweet with them. He was
just so well natured. He had a unique way of
jumping up on you for attention, instead of jumping like
most dogs do, he would sort of jump up slowly and put
his paws on you almost so you could get ready for his
landing, lol. All Siberians love snow and winter,
but Skor was always extra happy when it snowed.
Even if it was a dusting he would roll and rub his face
on the ground. He also loved to dig, usually we
are picky and keep filling in holes the dogs dig but him
we gave up on. He liked his tie out to look like
the moon as he loved laying in the holes.
As a producer Skor always threw his look, you could
always tell a Skor kid! They always had his eyes.
He sired 8 litters in his life and has lots of kids on
teams. We have a few of his kids but with his
passing can't help but wish we had more. We will
always remember our time with him, only wish we had
more. 9 years was still too young... words can't
express the feeling of loss we have right now. We
will love you always Skor and never forget you, only
wish we could have told you goodbye and we love you one
more time. You will live on in your kids,
grandkids and in many future generations and in our
hearts and memories forever.