Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Puppy Paws Episode 2

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Theres a lot more to a name than the short sweet syllables that these puppies will learn

to answer to for the rest of their lives. So how puppies are usually named really changes

from year to year. We do often offer the opportunity to park employees who are retiring because

it is a special way for them to continue to connect to the park.

Both of us are retiring at the end of December this year and Jen asked us if we would like

to take a parting effort at naming the new puppies.

(What? Go get her. Go chew on her for awhile.) My first summer here was 1967 and then came

back to stay here in 69 and Ive been here mostly ever since with a few years doing things

in other places. I guess collectively we are going to have 75 years between the two of

us. It was quite fun to get together and start to think about puppies.

There are a few key things that we ask whoever names the puppies to keep in mind. We always

ask that the names are short usually no more than two syllabus, and really easy to say

because this is how were going to communicate with our dogs when they are working out on

the trail with us. If there name is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious were never going to get it out in time

to tell them to turn left or turn right on the trail.

We always try to have the dogs themes and names tie back to either Denali or Alaska

in some way. People get really creative in coming up with things the first time visitor

might not be aware of. Clare came up with a mining claim idea and

we zeroed in on Quigley Ridge and some claims that had been filed there between 1910 and

1920. The Little Annie claim produced the largest volume of or that was shipped out

from the Kantishna area up until 1938. I was working the Savage Check Station as a GS-4.

And the miners would come through and every week one miner would come through and ask

if I would like to have a smoke. And I would say sure I would love a smoke. He would reach

into his pocket and bring out one of the hard pack Marlboro cases of cigarettes. Hed

pop the lid open and say okay hold out your hand. And he would dump his take for the week

in nuggets into my hand. I think with Little Annie she was so big we

just named her Little Annie. She was the biggest puppy. And he couldnt be Polly or Annie

so he had to be Lucky. Fitting right in with the claim theme for

these puppies is the name of their father, which is Silver. Silver is a pretty special

Yukon Quest leader owned by Brent Sass. Hes from the Wild and Free Kennel. After the puppies

are given their names then kennels staff will take the time to carve their names into their

wooden name signs. And the dogs names sign is on their house until the day that they

retire. Then when their adoptive family comes to pick them up, they will take the name sign

off of the dogs and come on into the kennels building and hang the dogs name sign up

here on our walls where they join a long history of many, many generations of dogs that have

gone before them. Its a special way for us to recognize that these dogs are carrying

on a legacy of being working sled dogs here in Denali.

People feel the history of the park through the dogs. Its the dogs that bring the history


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