While the number of dogs we have has grown over the last few years, we never forget about the companions we had before we got into sled dogs. Tatika (the Shepherd) and Snickers (the Boston Terrier) we’re our first two dogs (not ever, but from the current dogs that live with us). They’re getting up there in age as these two girls will be 12 years old this year. Snickers has lost her voice, all her teeth, and the vision in one eye is starting to go, but she still has the spirit of an alpha dog. It’s not uncommon to see her dangling from the loose skin of the neck of one of the sled dogs that has made her angry — which isn’t tough to do these days. Tatika has lost her teeth too, but she is holding up well otherwise. She guards the house and yard the same way she has her whole life, and looks out for the yonger dogs when she sees someone getting picked on. All the puppies love her. Summer can be boring since we’re not doing as much with the sled dogs, but it is a nice opportunity to spend more time with our house dogs, giong for long beach walks, hikes in the mountains and a few light jogs on the mushing trails. We hope these two stick around for many more years because the house, kennel, and our lives wouldn’t be the same without them.