Rez Pup Sunday: 10 Pups From All Over Indian Country

Readers continue to respond and we continue to love the rez pups as they arrive, just as much as their owners. This week marks week four and the way the submissions keep arriving we have plenty more weeks to go. So Indian country, keep sending in your rez pup photos and we’ll keep sharing the love with our readers.

If you’d like to submit your rez pup photo just send us an e-mail at along with a picture, the dog’s name and age, owner’s name, rez you’re from (or near) and city and state – we’ll be glad to post your rez pup Pics!

Four Awesome Urban Pups

Lynda and Wiyot from Trinity Alps California told us at ICTMN, that their dogs, “Don’t live on the rez but just cause we’re urban they shouldn’t get left out!” Sounds good to us Lynda! So without further ado here are four awesome “urban rez” pups that go by the awesome names of Mr. Pugsley (an American Bulldog/Pit), Tuff-Enuf Mugwump (Yellow Cur/Treeing Walker Hound/Pit), Hurricane Cali (AmStaff) and Tyson (Bulldog/Pit/Staffordshire Bull Terrier).

Their other pup, Minnie Mouse (a Sheltie/Devil) is a bit camera shy and though she is not pictured, is no less part of the family.

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Olson tries feeding the sick eagle

Fluffy and Sandy-cheeks (Gone Too Soon)

Melody Bidtah of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Washington State, tells a sad tale of two beautiful rez pups who walked on too soon.

“My son’s dogs, Fluffy (black) the mom and daughter Sandy-cheeks (brown), they’ve gone on to a better place in less than 6 months last year. Fluffy was 12 and old age finally caught up with her, Sandy-cheeks fought off coyotes, but she was far too injured. We miss them so very much.  They were our friends, our protectors, our furry kids, the ones our kids grew up with as they followed them on quads, bicycles, to the bus stop. Best rez girls ever!” Sound like sweet Rez pups Melody, prayers to you!


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Olson tries feeding the sick eagle

Yutah – the Wolf Ambassador

Yutah, the mid-content Wolamute – though she does not live on the Rez, hails near the Colville Rez and has several indigenous friends and fellow wolf-dogs as buddies. Dixie Dringman of Rock Island, Washington says Yutah is not only a wolf ambassador, “She is my hiking and travel companion.”

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Olson tries feeding the sick eagle

Sophia the Girlie Chihuahua

Ok, I admit it – I bum-rushed my own article. 5-year-old Sophia, truth be told is an urban dog who spends most of her time in Virginia Beach. But considering she has spent a lot of time on the Akwesasne Rez among the St. Regis Mohawk tribe, I figured she could be included. Sophia is owned by yours truly: ICTMN correspondent Vincent Schilling (@VinceSchilling on Twitter) and my wife Delores.

I used to make fun of my wife for picking out dog clothes – now she makes fun of me for doing it more than her.

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Olson tries feeding the sick eagle

Dash the Rez Horse Whisperer

Dash is a 2-year-old Yorkie/Maltese that is proudly owned by Gheri Hall representing the Blackfeet Nation. We are not sure what Dash is saying to Duramax here Gheri, but we bet it has something to do with being a cool rez pup that can talk to horses.

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Olson tries feeding the sick eagle

Maude from the Zuni Rez

5 Year old Maude lives on the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico. She is owned by Johanna Cooper who works on the Zuni rez. According to Johanna, “I am not Zuni, but work at the hospital here. But Maude is a Zuni rez dog; she showed up at my gate one day about 4 years ago. We take a lot of walks to beautiful places around the rez.”

“I hope you choose to publish her. I’m sure she would be thrilled and so would I!” – You got it Johanna!

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Olson tries feeding the sick eagle

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