Hi Again! My name is Niko, and I’m an Alaskan Malamute. So here is an update on whats been going on: summer is officially over, and fall is in the air. That’s dog talk as we really like to sniff the air. Speaking of summer, it was just nuts here in the resort. Golf carts with kids and dogs and you name it. I get to bark at them but not TOO much. Dad says, “you gotta be nice.” I like to lay in the shade as my fur is pretty thick so I get hot really easy. Dad and some friends came over and built a new three-season porch. Now this is really cool ‘cause I get to hang out there and can see all that goes on. It’s screened in, so there’s no bugs. Dad says I don’t need a doggy bed, and I agree as I like the hard wood floor ‘cause it’s cool. That project took a lot of time, so we didn’t get to do much for trips. We did go to Anoka a few times, and I got to see some old friends and get cookies at the grain and feed store.

We did put on some miles, so Dad had to get the oil changed over at Anderson Brothers Garage across from the Vet’s Club. Mark, the owner, let me stay in the car when it went up in the air. The kid that did the work was pretty funny ‘cause I talk a lot when I’m having fun! They do good work too!

Oh, and just down the road in Onamia, the Casey’s Convenience Store is open! It’s a cool place with lots of food, subs, pizza and b’fast stuff. Can you tell that I like food? Next in the food chain was the Country Corner Cafe over in Isle. It’s right on the corner when you come into town. Dad likes to park in the shade for me in the summer, so we parked in the street. They have lots of parking. Dad’s friend Mic, who helps us out a lot doing things that we can’t do, came along, so we treated Mic to b’fast. He had #1 on the menu with tons of food, and dad had #2 ‘cause he likes pancakes and poached eggs. He ordered it with bacon, and guess who got the last big piece? Yup, you guessed it, “The Fur Ball.” We are off to Anoka on a road trip today.

I think we are going to Von Hanson’s for my all time favorite bones. They are so good, and I get to paw-pick them. They are smoked, and you gotta try one if you are a connoisseur of dog treats. I get one every Sunday ‘cause that’s “Boney Bone Day.” You should see me when Dad says those magic words. I just go bat crap crazy! So I should be all set with bones and treats and crackers from Teals for the winter.

Oops, did I say winter? Dogs like me love the snow and cold, so we can be outside and play in it. As I said before, we can smell really good and can find something under the snow even if it’s iced over. Maybe I should be a fishing guide and sniff’m out. Wonder what the Walleye limit is for Alaskan Malamutes? Have to find out. Or if you know send me an email.

If you want to contact me, my email address is

So take care and remember dogs have feelings too! See Ya!

J.B. Duracha is the pen name for the Niko Travels stories. We live in Wahkon and enjoy living here and of course, traveling back to Anoka.

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