R.O.A.R. Squad: Cindy and Matt and their dogs, Mika and Nanook

A very warm welcome to our latest R.O.A.R. Squad members: Cindy and Matt from Nunavut!

Cindy and Matt moved up North so Mika and Nanook could take up sledding and skijoring, which is when a person on skis is pulled by dog(s). I think that is fantastic!

Read more about this wonderful family and see their gorgeous photos after the jump!

The R.O.A.R. Squad April 10/11 is wrapping up this week so we are not currently accepting submissions. Read all about the project and what we’ve accomplished here. Rescue Owners Are Rockin!


Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Cindy & Matt Lottes

Gorgeous Pups: Mika (Black dog) Nanook (white dog); both 5 year old Husky mixes

About Cindy and Matt: Matt is a teacher and I am a photographer.  We met in high school and have taught in Thailand, South Korea, Manitoba and Nunavut.  We currently live in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut where we enjoy skijoring and dog sledding (Editor: check out their blog where there are heaps of gorgeous photos!) 


She Spent the Night on My Pillow: We moved to Poplar River, Manitoba in the fall of 2006 to teach.  There were lots of stray dogs on the reserve that were expert beggars.  Mika came to our back door one night during a thunderstorm.  We knew it was her because earlier in the day one of the students had brought her over.  She was so tiny and helpless but Matt and I had decided no dogs because we still had plans to travel.  That all changed when Matt jumped out of bed and carried the sopping wet Mika into our lives.  We dried her off and she spent the night on my pillow.

Together Ever Since: Nanook was also a stray puppy, looking for a home.  She frequently came over and played with Mika.  The two of them got along so well.  When the temperatures dropped to -40C for a week, we ended up letting in 7 of the local strays… Nanook being one of them.  After that we didn’t have the heart to separate the girls and they’ve been together ever since. 

Sledding and Skijoring: We moved to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in 2007 so the girls could take up dog sledding and skijoring.  They’ve turned out to be excellent pullers but love their spoiled life in the house!    

Mika hates walking on tile floors, is my lead dogs and knows her right (gee) from her left (haw).  She loves to smell people’s breath.

Nanook loves to lick people and pick fights with other female dogs.  She is the biggest suck and loves to be pet.

Where: Nunavut

Want to meet another rescue owner from Nunavut? Check out Millie and Andy and their dogs!

The R.O.A.R. Squad

Our goal is to make having a rescue animal THE coolest thing around! Check out ALL of the R.O.A.R. Squadians

2 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Cindy and Matt and their dogs, Mika and Nanook”

  1. Alex says:

    You guys are awesome and then some.

  2. Kristine says:

    What fascinating lives they have led so far. And what gorgeous dogs! I love how the ROAR Squad is made up of so many very different people with very different lifestyles. It just proves that rescue is for everyone!