Lauradale’s Siberian Husky Puppies – How it all began
Since today is Thursday, I am doing a Throw Back Thursday blog! I would like to give everyone a look inside how Lauradale’s Siberians got where we are today!
Our program started in 1994. I was 3 years old at the time. My dad, Dale, was an over the road truck driver, and since he was gone all week, my mother wanted a hobby for her & I to work at together. At the time, we hadn’t even considered raising Siberians. However, when my sister bought a puppy for her husband and then learned they couldn’t keep it where they were living, we adopted him and started researching the breed. We adopted 4 females within the next 2 years, and these 5 Siberians became the foundation stock of our breeding program. To this day, many of our Lauradale’s Siberian Husky Puppies can be traced back to at least one of these Siberians. Their names were Chief, Ginger, Cheyanne, Lady, & Cherikee.
Our program started under the name “Barron’s”, as this was my maiden name. As our program progressed, my mom & I sat down and came up with the name “Lauradale”, a combination of my name (Laura), and my father’s name (Dale). My dad was out all week on the road, but my mom (Lorraine “Lorri) wanted to include him in our hobby as well. Learn more about our family here!
I grew up with our puppies, helping my mom to care for our adults & puppies in the evenings after she came home from work. After a few years we decided we wanted to continue our program and expand it. In 2000, we began construction on our new kennel. We met with our local dog warden and with his assistance, designed the kennel with functionality, comfort, & cleanliness in mind. For more photos of the inside of our kennel, click here.
Our Foundation Siberians
Not all of our Siberians were show quality when we first started our program. As we learned, we adjusted our program, bringing in more new showlines. However, the influence that Chief, Lady, Cherikee, Ginger, & Cheyanne left on our program can still be seen in the pedigrees of most of our new litters. Keep in mind these photos are very old, so sorry for the poor quality!
Cherikee (red) & Lady (black)
Ginger (grey) & Cheyanne (black).
Lauradale’s Siberian Husky Puppies – Photos from the mid 90’s
Our very first litter of Siberian Husky puppies, by Ginger & Chief. The group photo was taken with a red heat light shining on them, which accounts for the odd coloring. There were 4 whites, 2 greys, & 1 red. I’m holding the little red female in the towel.
My dad with two grey pups, and me holding Lady at 8 weeks of age.
Lauradale’s Siberian Husky Puppies – Our first taste of showing
Over the years we continued researching and improving our lines as we learned about the breed standard and about showing. In 2000 & 2001 we began showing Mystic and training several of our other Siberians for the ring with handler Sarah Hansen-Barron, as well as placing a puppy, Flurry, in a show home with a handler. Sarah had recently married into my father’s extended family and missed showing, as her parents had a program in Michigan raising/showing Old English Sheepdogs. She offered to handle our Siberians for us at a discounted rate than many professional handlers, for the opportunity to be back in the ring again. Unfortunately, after roughly a year of training & showing, Sarah moved to Arizona. At the time, we did not have the funds to continue showing after she left. For those who don’t realize, showing is a major expense.
Lauradale’s Siberian Husky Puppies – Hollywood is calling!
In 2004, Birds & Animals Unlimited (the animal trainers for the movie) contacted us, and selected 4 Siberians born here at Lauradale’s Siberians to star in the Walt Disney movie Eight Below! Filming took a while, but in February of 2007 Eight Below came out in theaters, and we were able to see Mojo, Sir Prize, Chase, & Dakota star on the big screen along actor Paul Walker! This was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience for us, and we were so blessed to have the opportunity to work with the professionals in the film industry! Please visit this link to learn more about our experience with the Eight Below film!
Lauradale’s Siberian Husky Puppies – Recent News
In 2011 my mother became ill, and fought a brave 2 year battle with cancer. She passed last month. After my mother, Lorraine Barron, became ill I took over the program. I re-evaluated the direction that I wanted to take our program in and the Siberians we had in our program. I kept back some nice show pups and placed some of our adults who were not quite meeting the breed standard, and in 2013 we actively began showing again in both AKC & UKC. We have brought in new show lines in the past few years, and Mystic’s lineage (going all the way back to our first Siberian, Chief) has played a major part in our new & improved breeding program!
Joker was shown in AKC for one month, and is AKC pointed, receiving his first point at 9 months of age, taking Best Of Winners at Wildwood with handler Jessica Plourde. Joker showed great, but needed to come home to mature a bit before going out again. At 11 months of age, Joker obtained his UKC championship, going Best of Breed over champions & grand champions, and taking a Group 2. We are extremely proud to have our first bred by champion, and are excited for what our future holds with Joker, and our newest additions/show prospects. In 2013 Joker was shown selectively for several reasons. After we made the decision to allow him to mature before sending him back with his handler for AKC, I decided to start handling him myself. We attended an AKC show in June where we took 1st and Reserve Winners Dog both days out of the BBE (Bred By Exhibitor) classes. Since I haven’t handled myself before this year and Joker was very out of coat, this was a big accomplishment for both of us!
Due to my Mother’s illness, we didn’t show very often in 2013. Also, it is hard to leave for 2 – 3 days at a time with 2 toddlers. In the next few years we are hoping to get a better show setup, and start showing on a regular basis.
In addition to showing our own Siberians, we have had the opportunity to place a gorgeous red & white piebald bred by female in a co-own/show home. Lauradale’s Sunny Day, “Sadie”, is being actively shown by owner/handler, Jitka Newman, in AKC as well. It can be very hard to show piebalds, due to their “odd” coat patterns. However we are very pleased with how well Jitka & Sadie are doing at such a young age. Sadie is not yet pointed, but she has won classes against competition.
Lauradale’s Siberian Husky Puppies – The Future
In the future, we are planning on continuing to show, on a more regular basis with both AKC & UKC. Please stay tuned for updated on available puppies, show wins, and more! Keep our website in your “Favorites” and “Like” us on Facebook! To view our available puppies or upcoming litters, please visit our “Nursery“.