DeKALB – As with any public-facing face of the university, he shakes hands with students and professors alike, acts as a therapist, is a colonel in the United States Army and is a champion athlete.
In this case, he's also an adorable, furry, blue eyed Siberian husky. It's all part of what makes Mission a very special part of both the Northern Illinois University and DeKalb community.
Mission got his start at Northern Illinois University after Diesel retired in 2013. At just a year old, the precocious pup was thrust into the spotlight. Luckily for trainer Lisa Boland, Mission was seemingly born to work as a public figure.
“Siberians are bred to work,” Boland said. “Their traditional work is going to be sledding. They love to mush, and will easily mush 40 miles in a day without breaking a sweat. But, he himself is the right dog for this job. He’s got the right temperament and personality. He loves people of all ages, children and he loves other dogs. He gets a lot of value out of this work.”