About this site, and a little about me
Let me start by saying that I am not an expert on Siberian Huskies. I am a total newbie to this game. When J and I first met, I was pretty nervous on a couple of counts. A new relationship is always daunting, and this guy was so wrapped up in his dogs that it felt like I was getting into a new family. Four fur-kids! Plus, despite having owned and lived with dogs all my life, I had no experience with huskies or any Spitz breed. J is heavily involved in sled dog racing - another thing I knew nothing about - and the sled dog racing part of the Siberian Husky Club of Victoria.
With some heavy encouragement from my housemate Ez, I took a deep breath and stepped off the cliff. And, as the existence of this blog suggests, I loved it. J and I make each other laugh, the dogs are gorgeous and the sled racing community is welcoming and interesting.
We moved in together in October 2012, after we found a great house with an appropriate yard and a sympathetic landlord. Suddenly, J and the dogs aren't just folks I visit at someone else's house on weekends, but are here with me in my space (or am I in theirs?) and we're all learning how to live together.
In April 2014, we celebrated our commitment to each other at the beautiful village of Dinner Plain in the Victorian High Country. Our family and friends helped us create a beautiful day with a meaningful ceremony and a great party. And of course, the dogs were a key part of the day. Ishka was our ring bearer (dogger?) and the three boys were part of the sixteen dog team that formed our "wedding car".
In March 2015 we heard the pitter patter of little human feet, welcoming our Wee Monster to the pack. Adjusting to life with a small person, I discovered a great enjoyment in Obedience, and Czar and I competed in trials over several years to achieve a Rally title for him.
We were starting to outgrow our little rental in Ferntree Gully, and were relieved to find a more permanent home in Mount Evelyn in 2017. And then our Lil Bunyip was born. Learning how to raise mini mushers is the exciting new phase of our journey.
In 2018, having said goodbye to both Ishka and Bolo, we found ourselves in the strange position of outnumbering the dogs. J filled part of the gap with my 40th birthday present - a beautiful Aussie Shepherd named Kit, who is going to help me continue exploring new dog sports, like Obedience and Agility. We also have plans for more Siberians and continue to see sled dog sports as a key part of our lifestyle.
So, its been a while since we could say we were listening to the pitter patter of sixteen little feet, um, paws. We decided to find a new name... one that was flexible in a time when our family is changing, but reflected the kind of relationship we want to have with our dogs. A little bit of inspiration came from our new home in Mt Evelyn, where the evening stars are bright amongst the gum trees. So, Evenstride was born.