Our Tamaskan Story:
Both of us grew up in Michigan and had always been passionate about animals. We both grew up with an assortment of animals and have always dreamed of having a homestead. We met after high school and knew our future together would include many more fur babies.
In 2015, we rented a small house together and adopted our first cat, Jinx (she was a catch and release spay kitty, which is why you'll see one of her ears clipped). Though we love Jinx dearly, we were very much excited about getting a dog. Olivia began researching (as she does with most things) different dog breeds to find the best match for our lifestyle. Both of us were inclined to pursue either Siberian Huskies or German Shepherds, but we kept going back and forth on the right match. It was at this time that Olivia began looking for similar mixed breeds and fate led her to the Tamaskan Dog Register's website.
We bought our first home together in 2016 and made sure that the yard and fencing were top priority for our future fur baby. It very much became Olivia's biggest passion as we began to apply for different puppy waiting lists and soon she felt compelled to help the breed move forward by hoping to some day become Tamaskan breeders ourselves. During her last semester of undergrad, we brought Thorin home from Sweden in September 2016. Our love for the breed has only grown since; he is such a great companion.
Since then we have added a second tam, Athena, and a second rescue cat, Gemini to our ever-growing fur family. We have been fortunate enough to contribute to the breed by studding out Thorin though he has since been retired. As we've moved out to the country and are now on a small farm, we have been fortunate enough to breed Athena and have had our first litter. We hope to continue contributing to the breed with Athena's loving and spunky attitude to be passed on to healthy and beautiful pups and have chosen a female pup from this litter to stay with us, Ciri!
Olivia has completed a few of the canine genetic and breeding population management courses offered through the Institute of Canine Biology as well as a few basic companion animal health and canine breeding courses offered by Schoolcraft Community College. She is passionate about learning more about canine genetics, wellness, and whelping care in her free time outside of work as a product engineer.
We are always happy to answer any questions regarding Tamaskans you might have and would like to welcome you to the Tamaskan community!