How did these working dog breed originating in Northeast Asia end up in Hemayetpur, close to Dhaka’s hot and humid concrete jungle?
The door of the dog kennel opened and the alpha dog immediately led the seven-dog pack on a perimeter patrol. The brown and black furry canines moved calmly. Like predators, they alertly monitored everything around them.
They don't rush towards you nor do they demand playful cuddles unlike ordinary dogs. Rather, they obeserve you and only when they are sure you are not a threat, they would let you stroke them. You might also get a gentle lick.
The more friendly ones might try to climb on your lap while others wag their tails, eagerly waiting their turn; these are the Huskies of the Siberian Husky Kennel-Bangladesh.
The Siberian Husky comes from the extremely cold and harsh area of the Siberain Arctic. They are large dogs, covered with thick double outer coat, weighing anywhere from 13 to 27 kg.
Huskies are a fairly popular dog breed in the world. There is even a bronze statue of one hero Husky, Balto, in New York City Central Park displayed since 1925. Balto became a hero after delivering life saving diptheria serum amidst an epidemic to Nome, an Alaskan city, pulling a dog sled in icy blizzard.
How did these working dog breed originating in Northeast Asia end up in Hemayetpur, close to Dhaka's hot and humid concrete jungle?
Truth be told, they actually made their way from Siberia to mainland China to Thailand and finally into the sub-continent," explains Subael Sarwar the founder of Siberian Husky Kennel- Bangladesh.
The Kennel is located at the premises of the Penta Group factory in Hemayetpur where the ocassional cool breeze from the river Dhaleshwari nearby helps the dogs cool down.
"On a trip to Thailand I saw a lady jogging with a Husky beside her. I was intrigued. A Husky and that too in such a humid country! I asked around and found a place to get these adorable canines. It was there I met Ariel, my first Husky pup. At that instant I paid for her without even considering how I would bring her back to Bangladesh," described Sarwar.
As Ariel grew up, it was time to find her a partner. It's always better to keep Huskies in a pair and thus Argus was included into the family. From then on, very quickly the population of two transformed into a pack of seven.
Sarwar had created a Facebook group, Siberian Husky Kennel –Bangladesh, where he used to post day-to-day adventures of his pooches. The page started to become popular with Husky enthusiasts and some of them wanted to see and play with the the dogs.
"Fun fact, there was this obsessed person who kept pestering me to visit the dogs. After lots of discussions, I finally allowed him in," Sarwar added.
"After spending some quality time with Argus and other dogs, he called back and said it was one of the best experiences of his life. After that I contemplated on letting others enjoy the company of my huskies as well."
The kennel began its journey in March of 2014, at the premises of Milon Garments (Penta Group). From then on it has been the go to place for Husky and dog enthusiasts.
At present, the kennel is open to all visitors from 8:00 am till 8:00 pm and charges everyone Tk 250. The kennel also has its own transportation arrangement with pickup and drop-off points in the city.
Visitors at the kennel are welcomed by April, a cute little Shih Tzu, a toy dog breed originating in Tibet. The tiny April escorts all visitors to the kennel which houses the seven Huskies, each with their own personalities.
Incidentally, Bangkok also has a Siberian Husky Café with 25 dogs where visitors can play with the dogs, watch them play and generally relax with the dogs.
So if you need to find a new way of relaxing instead of visiting the same old Dhaka restaurants or are simply bored sitting at the park all by yourself and you love dogs, go to Siberian Husky Kennel-Bangladesh and you might have a wonderful adventure with the adorable dogs there.