Dogs: A streak of light…


I ran across a quote the other day that I wanted to share and write a little bit about:

“Dogs don’t know about beginnings, and they speculate on matters that occurred before their time. Dogs also do not know–or at least accept–the concept of death. With no concept of beginnings or endings dogs probably don’t know that for people having a dog as a life companion provides a streak of light between two eternities of darkness.”

It has been a little over three months since my best buddy, Ineka passed over the Rainbow Bridge and I still miss him terribly.

[ Rewind: Ineka ]

A lot has happened since his passing on that Tuesday morning. Lots of new beginnings and a new place to call home. We have dedicated our Iditarod team after Ineka and have hopes of carrying a part of him, in spirit at least, on every mile of every trail that we run.

Losing a dog is hard. One of the hardest things that I have ever experienced in my life. I never thought it would be. A good friend of mine, Sid Korpi, wrote a book, Good Grief: Finding Peace after Pet Loss and she was one of the first people I contacted the day of Ineka’s passing. Her advice was profound and I will never forget what she said. I am going to keep that between us though….

In the last few months I have come into contact with a lot of new canine friends. Namely my new pal, Reagan, a five month our Siberian that hangs out with me and sleeps right by my side. I also have 50 new friends that we share our days with training on the trails here in Alaska.

[ Rewind: Raegan ]

You see, I don’t think there is a greater bond between man and a dog. They provide something that no other species can provide. They listen when you are sad and they are there for you when the going gets tough, whether that be 500 miles away from home on a dog sled trail or just a shoulder to cry on.

How has your dog/dogs affected your life. I would love to know and hear your stories.


Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Doctor Radio | Denver Dog Works


Dr. Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and The Dog Doctor Radio Show


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Robert Forto is the owner of Dog Works Training Company in Alaska, a canine behaviorist, mushin' down a dream, sports nut and radio show host. Robert writes a lot about his observations in Alaska, pop culture, music, and of course dogs!

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4 Comments on “Dogs: A streak of light…”

  1. Amy Says:

    I had a Siberian Husky, Nikita. She got leukemia when she was about six and we had to put her down. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. This was about two years ago and I still miss her. I miss hearing her storm through the dog door and greeting us with her loud crazy howls. She was mine and my husband’s first dog together and we had no idea what we were gettin into owning a husky. We rescued her when she was four months old. It took her a very long time to warm up to us, but when she did, she was such an amazing dog. Bad. So very bad. But amazing.
    I wrote a post about her on my blog, back when she was still alive (
    Your buddy, Ineka, was so beautiful. I know how much you must miss him. It does get better, eventually.


  2. michele forto Says:

    Ineka loved the rain……he would prance around and go through the puddles,every once in awhile he’d look up to the sky and even hold his tongue out to catch the rain. Ive never seen any other dog do this, so when it rains I dont avoid the puddles and I catch the rain on my face and smile because I remember my dear friend and how much he loved the rain.


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