NOTE: Glasswork and photos by Janet McDonald, from Heavenlyglass.com. a NootkabearBear owned art-glass/stained-glass/photography company in Historic Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Today, 11/7/2020, I received a letter from Associated Press ("AP") wherein they accused me of copyright infringement for some photos I had used on this site. Even though I disagree that I infringed on copyright by using any of the photos that have been replaced, ex abundanti cautela, that same day, I came and deleted the photos complained of, and replaced with other free photos from the internet, or from my own stock of photos. AP wants me to pay them $1100 that I do not have for the alleged infringement.
Further Note: I used to have a lot of social media links on my sites. Not any more. Once Facebook started selling information to the highest bidders, I have pulled away from the social medias. I still have an account with Twitter, but rarely go there.
Everyone wants to know what a "NootkaBear" is. I always tell them "it is hard to explain..." It takes two humans to make one NootkaBear. James and I are the two humans, and we still don't come close.
Welcome to The Wonderful World of the Kugsha: www.kugsha.com
NOTE: I want to make it known that there is no affiliation, relation, kinship, infringement upon the rights of Kugsha.org which has not been on the web for quite some time now, KUG Universal Group or any of the original breeders of Kugsha, Kugsha Dog, or any of the kennels which have bred, will breed or are thinking of breeding the animals.
My companion of over eight years departed for heaven December 19, 2005. I nevertheless, wanted to share the information that I have obtained during the period I was lucky enough to share life with Nootka GreatBear Oklavik of Greystone and to provide information about the Kugsha/AmerIndian Malamute breed. NootkaBear was actually born as an Amerindian Malamute and later went on to be names as foundation bloodline in both breeds, and kept dual Registrations.
I have heard many different explanations from people of what a Kugsha is. In my eyes, the original Kugsha and the original Amerindian Malamute are the same, NootkaBear had the registration of both.
The Kugsha along with many different Malamutes, Huskies, Akitas, and other dogs used for weight pulling, working class, sledding, are descendants of the wolf. They are not wolves, no one claims they are wolves.
To the people that insist that the Kugsha, Husky, Malamute bloodlines are “wolves”, I will say this: You need to watch Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet, from there you will learn that all dogs came from wolves. Yes, some dogs look more “wolf-like”, some may howl, some may even have a more primitive nature than the little “house doggie”, but even the house dogs came from the wolf.
The information I will provide for those who are interested about the Kugsha, Huskies, Malamutes, etc. is information that I gathered over the last 8.5 years from Encyclopedias, Libraries, Veterinarians, Breeders, and companions of the animals. I have heard many different explanations of what a Kugsha is. Not long ago, I read that a Kugsha is a wolf with a good enough temperament to live with humans. A good enough temperament. Has anyone checked the temperament of the Akita lately? Come on people, not all dogs have a good temperament. Not all Pit Bulls are mean. Not all humans have are honest either.
When NootkaBear was around one and a half years old, he obtained registration as Foundation Stock into the Kugsha breed by one of the three Kugsha breeders. As I have known two of the three breeders of Kugsha, and the original Amerindian Malamute breeder, I can tell of what I know of both breeds, I will refrain from naming the Kennels or breeders, thus relieving myself of any liability. The goal here is not to harm the breed, the breeders or reputations of such.
So, what is a Kugsha?
Originally the Kugsha was a primitive, undomesticated working class dog. Understand the meaning of undomesticated when used in front of “working class”. This does not mean “wolf”. The meaning of *“undomesticated” when used describing the Kugsha and original Amerindian Malamute is that they have a lot of spirit as needed for competition weight pulling; very intelligent, independent, mindful.
These dogs have a higher intelligence level than that of the average dog. He is eager to learn, learns quickly and loves to please. Their attention span starts at an earlier age than the average dog and socialization is very important. They are very good travelers, one must be careful, with arctic type fur, you must be cautious about leaving them in automobiles as they easily overheat. NootkaBear had a Suburban with a generator on the back carry all and 9000BTU AC unit in the back window. Whenever we stopped anywhere, the AC was on. If you leave the widows of the car open, they will jump out. These guys have a different sense of time than normal dogs also. If you tell them you will be back in a couple of minutes, they begin watching for you within a couple of minutes. If you tell them it is going to take a while, make sure there is more than one in the car or plenty of things to play with.
They are not good with kids as these animals have the “predator\prey” instinct. They do not like commotion. I, myself don’t have kids around, they are unpredictable and tend to be noisy.
I made the breeder many promises when she agreed that I could take NootkaBear.
Never: chain them up; raise a hand to punish; leave them alone unless you have more than one;
Always: give plenty of toys; exercise regularly; treat with respect; only positive reinforcement never negative;
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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*do·mes·ti·cate ( P ) Pronunciation Key (d -m s t -k t )tr.v. do·mes·ti·cat·ed, do·mes·ti·cat·ing, do·mes·ti·cates
To cause to feel comfortable at home; make domestic.
To adopt or make fit for domestic use or life.
To train or adapt (an animal or plant) to live in a human environment and be of use to humans.
To introduce and accustom (an animal or plant) into another region; naturalize.
To bring down to the level of the ordinary person.
n. (-k t, -k t ) A plant or animal that has been adapted to live in a human environment.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Dog Main Entry: dog
often attributive : a highly variable carnivorous domesticated mammal of the genus Canis (C. familiaris) closely related to the common wolf (Canis lupus); broadly : any member of the family Canidae
Waptake @ 6 months.