Taq is a purebred Alaskan Malamute born on October 18, 2005.  His full name is Marruunik Taqsalik, which stands for Two Spot in Inuktitut.  When we were picking him from the litter, we could always tell it was him by the two spots on his belly.  He is quite a character – when we scold him, he howls and talks back!

Taq currently weighs about 109 lbs. and will be 8 years old this year.  He doesn’t deal well with the heat anymore, so he will be getting a belly trim before we head out this summer.

His role on the trip is companion, bear alert, kitty patrol, random ballast, and greeting committee.