After awhile, we decided Nanuk needed a playmate. She was lonely. So, we found someone who was giving away a Siberian Husky. We drove an hour and thirty minutes to get Mocha. Mocha had been bred once before. We decided to breed her also. Our plan was to keep two of her puppies and raise them like Nanuk and Akala were. Brother and sister. Well, Jeremy was in Boston and found an all white Siberian Husky and decided to purchase her. So, we decided that we would keep a male from Mocha's litter and breed him with the white one, Tymbre (pronounced Timber). As you can tell from the pictures below, they would have made beautiful puppies! However, we discovered Cyu was a carrier to a hereditary eye disorder gene and we did not want to pass on bad genes. So, being responsible breeders we had him fixed. The gene never affected him, but if he was bred with another carrier, or their puppies were, it would affect them. He unfortunatley inherited this bad gene from his mom so this was the last litter she had.
Mocha was pregnant with Cyu (pronounced ki-you) and his 8 siblings in this picture. She was chewing on a bone or some sort of chew.
And a side view of our very pregnant Mocha!
When we first got Mocha, she was afraid of people she didn't know, especially men. Needless to say, she wasn't the biggest fan of Jeremy. But when she was pregnant, she just couldn't get enough of Jeremy!
We bred Mocha with Nanuk's dad. This makes Nanuk and Cyu half brother and sister. Remember, Nanuk and Mocha weren't related. On May 30, 2001, Cyu was born. Mocha had been out in the backyard and for a day or so she had been getting underneath a Pontiac Fiero that we had "parked" back there. I didn't think too much of it. According to the gestational period of a dog, she still had a few more days to go. I came home for my lunch break one day and thought I heard puppies when I went out back to check on Mocha. I thought I was just hearing things, but I kept hearing it. Sure enough, when I looked underneath the Fiero, Mocha was under there with some of her newborn puppies! There were more on the way.
The proud mama... I was amazed that she could even fit under there. You saw how big she was before she gave birth! And the hole that she dug to get under the Pontiac Fiero wasn't that big. But she sure had quite a hole dug once she was underneath.
So tiny and cute! The eyes weren't even open yet! You can see Mocha's nose very close by. She was a good mom and protective of her puppies. She was ok with us holding them, but wanted to be able to keep her eye on them.
Such a tiny paw, just a day or two old! And really soft!
We took Nanuk, Cyu, and Tymbre with us. We left Mocha behind because she still had some puppies that we had not sold yet, that she needed to take care of.
A while later, we made another trip to Lake Jackson, and took all four of the dogs. Pictured from left to right, it is Tymbre, Nanuk, Cyu, and Mocha.
I have a couple of stories to share about Cyu before we see more pictures of him. When he was a puppy and we were teaching him how to sit, we kept his treats in a set of school lockers that we had in our dining room. The dogs slept in our bedroom with us. We had them trained so that when we said "go to bed", they would run to our bedroom. That was their "bed". One night when it was time for bed, we were in our bedroom and only three of the dogs came in. Everyone but Cyu. We wondered where he was. We waited and he didn't come. So we went looking for him. Where was he? He was sitting at the lockers looking at us as if he was thinking, "I'm sitting. Where is my treat?" He knew that when he sat, he got a treat. And the treats were in the lockers. Smart puppy, huh? It was so cute!
Now you can enjoy some pictures of Cyu as an adult. He was a beautiful dog!
Such beautiful blue eyes! Cyu's coat is a different shade of red in this picture. Depending what time of year it was, would depend on the shade of his coat. In the summer, it would become a brigher red from the sun. It is amazing the difference in his mom's coat during the summer and winter! Peeking over the fence...Cyu was very large for a Siberian Husky. A standard Siberian Husky weighs between 40 and 60 pounds. Cyu weighed 80. All of our Huskies are in the larger spectrum for a Husky. Siberian Huskies are very good natured. They are great with kids. They are gentle. As you can tell, Cyu fit that mold of a Siberian Husky. Finn had put puzzle pieces on him. Did Cyu care? I'll let you be the judge of that. Just look at the picture! Cyu had a very laid back attitude about life in general.
Here is another good picture showing how carefree Cyu was. Finn, who wasn't even two years old at the time, was using Cyu as a pillow!
And another one...he let us put a Santa hat on him. His face makes me think he wasn't necessarily proud to wear the hat, but he was such a good dog that he just let us do it.