Mission Aboard!

Northern Illinois University and the NIU Alumni Association announce the addition of Mission II to the Huskie Family.

Mission II


Northern Illinois University and the NIU Alumni Associationincluding big brother Missionare happy to announce the arrival of Mission II to the Huskie Nation.

Mission II 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.

Mission II will make his first 'official' appearance on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Fatty's Pub & Grille as a part of our Dawgma beer tastings. Mission II will join Mission at the remaining seven tastings, so please RSVP through myniu.com/dawgma.

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

"We have long been searching for the heir apparent to Mission, and there is no question that we have found the right Huskie," NIU Alumni Association Executive Director Reggie Bustinza said. "Mission has set very high expectations, but there is no doubt in my mind that Mission II cannot only meet those demands, but surpass them.

"We are happy that Mission will have plenty of years to enjoy his retirement."

Mission II 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.

"I'm most looking forward to seeing Mission and Mission II do the job together during the training period," Boland said. "It will be wonderful to watch 'Mini-Mish' learn from Mission, and see them work as a team.

"Mission has set a very high bar in mascotting, and Mission II will be working very hard to follow in his footsteps," Boland continued. "I am so proud of Mission and the work that he's done as the official NIU mascot.

"I am thrilled to have the privilege of guiding his successor to best represent Huskie Nation."




Dawgma Tasting Dates
(Sept. 17-26)

* Beginning on Tuesday, September 17, Mission and Mission II will be at the remaining Dawgma tastings.

Tuesday, Sept. 17
Fatty's Pub & Grille
1312 W. Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115

Wednesday, Sept. 18
Old Grounds Social
950 W. Wrightwood
Chicago, IL 60614

Thursday, Sept. 19
Pollyanna Brewing Company
245 E. Main St.
Roselle, IL 60172

Monday, Sept. 23
Main Street Social
608 N Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048


Tuesday, Sept. 24
PJ's Courthouse Tavern
202 W. State St.
Sycamore, IL 60178

Wednesday, Sept. 25
Red Arrow Taproom
216 S. Washington
Naperville, IL 60540

Thursday, Sept. 26
112 S. York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126