Northern Illinois University and the NIU Alumni Association—including big brother Mission—announced the arrival of Mini Mish to the Huskie Nation on Monday, Sept. 16.

Mini Mish, Aoi’s Mission Statement, was born on Saturday, July 6, weighing in at 14.5 ounces. He is from Aoi Kita Kaze Siberians, a preservation breeder located in Southern Wisconsin.

There will be a transition period for Mission and Mini Mish, before Mission retires in 2021 at the age of 10 years old. During this transition, Mini Mish will accompany him to all eligible events for experiential learning and proofing.

Mini Mish will also be trained by head trainer and Mission program consultant Lisa Boland on a daily basis and will attend puppy classes at Enjoy Your Dog in Downers Grove, Illinois, for additional specialization and practice. He will be starting with basic puppy obedience, camera skills, social cues, interactions and confidence building.

The Mission Program is funded by the generosity of alumni John, ’75, and Cassandra McKearn, ‘75.