In 2005 I visted Mark & Karen Ramstead and their dogs for the first time. At that time they had a litter of 8 wk old pups out of Olena, the "Copper Basin" litter. At the time Karen didn't know who the daddy was, but of all the pups my favorite was a gray bi-eyed boy named Paxson. He was one of the sweetest in the litter (not evil like some of his littermates). If there was one pup at the time I could have taken home it would have been him, I didn't care who his daddy was (although I did correctly guess Squeaky and won Karen's "Who's Your Daddy?" Contest). In 2007 I made a second visit to the kennel and fell in love with Paxson again, but this time he was an adult and running in the team. I LOVED the way he ran in harness and thought he would be a superstar on my team at home and asked Karen to sell him to me, but she said no. We didn't give up that easily at first and kept begging Karen for him. Eventually a year later we pretty much gave up nagging poor Karen until one day she offered him to us (of course we said YES!).
Paxson came to join our home in November of 2008 and fit in with the team instantly. As the season went on we had no doubt in our minds that he was going to be a mainstay team member on our A race team although he was not a leader. Paxson has many traits we look for in our dogs on the trail - hard working, focused, fast, tough feet, never injured, great stamina and awesome around trail distractions. At home he is a dream to live with - quiet, gets along great with other dogs, good eater and very sweet and affectionate (he's earned the nickname Mr. Needy because he wants so much attention) and he can dig a hole 3 feet deep by 4 feet wide faster than any dog we know... ok so that's not a trait we love about him, but we forgive him for it :) As a Siberian Husky we love his type, structure, coat - really everything about him. In our eyes he's pretty perfect!
We just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Mark & Karen for letting this wonderful dog live with us. He's one of our all time favorites and will hold a special place in our hearts. We know how much Karen adores his brother X, Squeaky/Olena was a special litter indeed! :)