It is Buck´s 12th birthday today and I feel the need to say a few words about this exceptional dog, besides the usual birthday wishes.
Buck became a part of the Kipp d´Amundsen team back in 1998, when his breeder, our friend Michael Huschens from Germany was facing the tough decision of reducing his kennel to a minimum.
I´ve been offered a puppy from Buck´s litter before he was even born, and knowing both his parents as wonderful sled dogs, I was very serious about acquiring one of the four boys, that were born. Various circumstances didn´t allow me to take the puppy though, and it wasn´t until Michael´s situation, that I´ve been offered Buck.
This time I didn´t let him go and although I had no slightest idea then, it was the begging of my life with Buck and the wonderful, long bond and teamwork we would develop.
We were simply meant to meet.
As many of you, who follow our kennel, know, Buck is very special to my heart. Let´s face it completely: he is my soulmate.
This boy is all what I want from an "ideal" siberian. Hard working, never giving up, inspirational, motivating, patient, charming, calm, never picking or being in a fight. Gentle, cudly, sweet, soft, yet tough headed on the trail. He´s never been injured. Never had a single problem with his feet. Always a great eater, driven as the main string dog, always a cheerleader, even now. A patient teacher to the puppies and yearlings. A beautiful, multipurpose and wise dog.
For all this, and a lot more, Buck has become the foundation dog of Kipp d´Amundsen kennels. He sired 3 litters up to date (the "E", "F" and "G" litters), and gra ndsired already two other (the "Spice" and "CH" litters).
And the rumor has it that he might become grandfather again later this year....
I totally love and adore Buck. He is a beautiful sled dog, with many working and show acomplishments. But his biggest beauty shines mainly from inside - from his heart.
That´s my Buck. The honorary dog with an ordinary name.
Wishing you the best of health and may you be with us for many more years to come, Bucky!