Huck is your normal Jackson boy, just maybe a little bit more handsome.
You can find him making turns down Glory, hiking Josies Ridge, floating the rivers and cruising the bike paths on weekends. He also likes to bark at the wildlife.
But nobody’s ride in Jackson is free, so even as a 2-year-old the blue merle mini Australian shepherd commutes from Victor, Idaho, every Monday through Friday to spend his 9-to-5s assisting his dad, Kevin Gregory, at the Lubing Law Group.
“We’re trying to get him to start billing hours,” said Huck’s mom and Gregory’s fiance, Casey Orzech, who works as a floating nurse, “but that hasn’t happened yet.”
With electric-blue eyes and a luscious head of hair, Huck also does some modeling on the side to help make ends meet. His good looks even garnered 283 votes in the #JHPeakPets competition, more than any of the other 122 entries.
Though Orzech always said she would never start an Instagram for him, he was just so photogenic she couldn’t resist. His many glamour shots can be found at @huck_the_mini.
“I want to be him in my next life,” Orzech said.
Key to any active life in Jackson, however, is knowing how to recover. Huck is very good at recovering.
“Aussies can be very hyper, but they just need a lot of exercise,” Orzech said. “If there’s ever a day that either of us can’t get out during the day we’ll sit in the hot tub and throw him his Frisbee to wear him out. As soon as he gets in the house he’s super mellow and just passes out.”
When Orzech and Gregory picked up Huck from the Four Paws breeder in Carpenter a little over a year ago, he became scared in his crate and started crying in the middle of the night. But once his new parents brought him into bed he went to sleep. The very next night he got right into his crate and slept through the night. Ever since he’s just been “super easy.”
“He does have a weird habit where he loses his mind if there’s any animal on TV, but we’re so spoiled,” Orzech said. “I rarely have him on the leash and he always stays close, even when we’re biking. He’s so mellow and gentle, he gets along with every dog, every person, and he’s very good with kids.
“I just feel like Aussies just have good souls. My friends describe them as the Subarus of Jackson: They’re super reliable and you can’t go wrong.”
At least part of Huck’s good behavior, however, is due to his canine-crazed parents. Though they were unable to have a dog living in the small, run-down apartments of East Jackson, they constantly dog sat for their friends and fostered three dogs from the Animal Adoption Center. When they decided to buy a house in Victor, they were well-prepared for a puppy.
“We, like, bought our house for our dog,” Orzech said. “It’s way easier over here. We have a yard and it’s just nice to have a such a dog-friendly spot in a mountain town that’s not really that dog-friendly.”
Living in Victor with Huck has also exposed Gregory and Orzech to a whole new world. While they love taking Huck to the beach at Jackson Lake, the ban on dogs in much of the national parks has forced them to find new areas and meet new people.
“I certainly go to the park a lot less since we got him,” Orzech said. “I’ve made so many friends that I may not have found through Huck just by going to the dog park or walking the dike or exploring new areas of Jackson and Victor.”
Huck is such a good boy that Orzech and Gregory are already thinking of getting him a brother or sister, which they will likely adopt.
“I hope our next dog will be just as good,” Orzech said. “But the next one will probably be super crazy and hyper because he’s easy.” ￼