4.12.03

RUNNING WITH THE HUSKIES. Siberian Huskies are high-maintenance dogs and there is an active cottage industry in taking in and finding new owners for dogs that are not compatible with owners who buy them for their conversation value. (A local chapter provides the live mascots for Northern Illinois University, and it sometimes hard to tell who is controlling whom when the dogs go around the field with some of the smaller cheerleaders running along behind.) But take the story about the dog that got off the leash and ran from Michigan into Indiana with a bit of skepticism. If it had gotten away from a handler in Houghton (home of the Michigan Tech Huskies) it might be an animal worthy of the Iditarod, or Sgt. Preston of the Yukon. On the other hand, if it had run away from Sturgis, Michigan City, Indiana is just down the road a piece.

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