Laid to rest January 14, 2008
Most people think their dog, is the very best,
but I knew someone else’s better than the rest.
many dogs I’ve met; many of Luke’s
if I lined up favorites Luke would likely lead.
A beautiful Siberian, he could show and race,
gray and white with one most expressive face.
He was thickly muscled but very gentle too,
he could do whatever a sled dog had to do.
Luke pulled miles in the time that it had to be,
earning at age five his Sled Dog Degree.
Luke finished as a champion, at an early age,
One of Luke’s many ways his quality to gage
All offspring he sired have some of his look,
In a short nine years he gave more than he took.
Luke had a certain look, as if he knew you well,
and that he liked people you could always tell.
passing is a sad event anyone can see,
a winner and a friend of the best kind was he.
January 16, 2008
In very limited showing Luke finished his championship 3/11/00 ~ WD for a 5-point major under breeder-judge Bob Eisle at the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Detroit Specialty. Both his majors were 5 points. Friend & handler, Suzie Willis handled Luke to all of his National Specialty Sled Dog Class 1st place wins in the SD division - 2003, 2004 and 2007 (2003 - Portland, OR) - Best in Sled Dog Classes National Specialty.
As with most Siberians if they are fortunate to have time in harness, pulling a sled is what he loved most. Luke earned his Sled Dog degree while running wheel position on Team Tasman's 6 dog team. As Luke got older he was moved to Leader of the 4 dog team, helping lead that team in 2004 to a 1st place finish at the Punderson Sled Dog Classic.
A wonderful ambassador to our breed, Luke was a favorite & frequent Siberian at local Cleveland public events, sled dog school demos & The Great Outdoors Sport & Travel Show held every March he made many appearances for the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland - children would crawl all over Luke and he would do his typical roll on his back and spread his legs with a big grin asking for the ultimate belly rub! His charming personality and of course those ice blue eyes drew the spectators to him at any event/race. It's because of those eyes we named him "Cool Hand Luke" after Paul Newman's (a Cleveland native) character from the 1967 movie matching Newman's "Cool" demeanor was Luke's personality and of course, they both had those beautiful baby blues...
Luke was a kind & gentle soul. He will be dearly missed by us and many that knew him well.
He was one Cool Siberian - Our Cool Hand Luke - we miss you so - RIP.....
Luke at the 2007 National Specialty - Photo by Elite Image
2007 National Specialty 1st place Sled Dog Degreed
Candid from the 2007 SHCA National
"Luke" part of Team Tasman 2006
Luke in lead
Luke wins the SD Degree class at the 2004 Nationals - Photo by Kelly Boyd
Luke moving out at the 2004 National Specialty
Shown by Suzie Willis
Luke finished his championship 3/11/00 by going WD for a 5-point major under breeder-judge Bob Eisle at the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Detroit Specialty! Luke is exceptionally sound and has flowing sidegait. When handling him, you need to look down to remind yourself that there is actually a dog at the end of the lead!
STOP PRESS: S.H.C.A. National Specialty 2003, Portland Oregon, 'Luke' wins Best Sled Dog from the Sled Dog Degreed class!
Sire - Am/Can Ch Tasman's Kulak of Silver Wind's
Dam - Silver Wind's FM Kazya Diavol, CGC
Bred by Cynthia Haskell, Silverwind Siberians
OFA - SH-13520G24M-T
CERF - SH-6857/2001-36
| Tumble | Luke | Gunner
| Kona | Tara | Jane
| Coral | Tasha | Breeze
| Chloe | Daisy | Ginger
Hootie | Kuli | Kargo | Mohawk | Rosie | Kanoe | Shasta | Lanna
Chinook | Laura | Breeze | Aly
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