We are located on four acres in Central Alberta, Canada. Our dogs compete in mid distance sled dog races, obedience trials and the occasional conformation show.
It all started when we adopted ‘Teaka,’ a Lab/Husky cross, from the SPCA back in 1991. Teaka was Rick’s fishing buddy, almost always accompanying Rick on his fishing trips out West. Teaka passed away on January 10, 2005 at the age of 14 1/2 years old. She is still missed.
In 1994 came ‘Tasha‘, a purebred Siberian Husky. Jackie wanted to compete in obedience trials, but at the time crossbreds were not allowed to trial at performance events. Getting a Siberian Husky to do obedience is often considered an oxymoron. But Tasha, (OTCH Sirius’s Anastasia on Ice CGC) showed that a Siberian can indeed be obedient (most of the time!), earning multiple High in Trials and being the #1 Siberian Husky in Canada for obedience 4 times.
When Jackie decided she wanted to get another Siberian for obedience she started looking at working lines of Siberians. Karen & Mark Ramstead, Northwapiti Kennels, were aspiring Iditarod mushers at the time (Karen is now an Iditarod veteran – first Canadian woman to finish the race with purebred Siberian Huskies, including show Champions) and had a very exciting litter planned. We went to Northwapiti Kennels for a visit and were offered an opportunity to run our own 6-dog team on the Ramstead’s trails. That one ride clinched it for Rick – he wanted his own team of Siberians! Tucoldturain Siberian Husky Kennels was born that day.
In 1999 we moved to our current acreage and began the process of building our own sled dog team. It is a journey that we have been thoroughly enjoying ever since! Aside from competing (and finishing) numerous mid-distance races, Tucoldturain is also home to multiple Obedience Trial Champions, High in Trial winners, Sled Dog titled dogs and a few conformation show champions. Our focus has always been on the functional Siberian because form follows from function. The truly beautiful Siberian is one that can perform his/her function well.
Rick Austin & Jackie Wepruk