Chester here - half of the duo known as "Kris 'n' Chester." We live in Londonderry, NH, a Boston suburb about a 2-hour ride from the birthplace of Chinook.
We have 3 male Chinooks filling our otherwise empty nest. Huck
(Granite Hill Howlet, 3.5 yrs) was our first. Birr
(Lakeside Run's Little Bear, 2.5 yrs) confirmed our addiction a year later. Tibbs
(Forever Greene Trondek, 7 mos.) is Huck's son. If Kris has her way, we'll add a son of Birr to the mix when Birr "gets lucky." We bikejor and sled regularly, and also make public appearances with the boys to promote the breed - particularly as our official State Dog.
We are relatively new to the Chinook community (I'll let Kris speak for herself from here on out). I was drafted about 15 months ago to assume responsibility for the COA website, which has led to a host of changes including this forum. I'm hopeful that it will succeed. I have two identities here for now, being known also as user "coa_webmaster."
Beki - I added "Intoduce yourself" to the thread's subject line to call more attention to it. Thanks for starting it - a great way to break the ice.
Ashleigh didn't mention the fact that she is a new member from South Australia
. She is the only
active COA member residing outside of North America. This became evident when we went to produce the mailing labels for CQ - the software I wrote to handle membership assumed that all members would be in the USA or Canada, so her address didn't quite fit the standard mold. Ashleigh, I hope you got your newsletter. I'm very interested to know more about how you discovered Chinooks. I've been told that there was one in Australia at some point, but that it has passed on.
Thanks and welcome to those posting here - let's convince the rest of the gang to come here, too!