Book Feature: The Story of Rex of White Way (The Blizzard King) by Jim Cheskawich

I am honored to feature this interesting and informative book about REX THE BLIZZARD KING. This book is packed with so much information that there is no way that a “review” would even begin to cover it all. I wrote to Jim and told him that I would introduce this book (and Rex) to all of you as a feature, and give you a snippet of what it is about.

Visit REX the Blizzard King Stories, LLC by clicking on the cover

Visit REX the Blizzard King Stories, LLC by clicking on the cover

FROM THE PUBLISHER: REX THE BLIZZARD KING was a noble, loving, hero dog, whose legacy carries on today.  A purebred Samoyed who lived from 1946-1957, he was involved in more than 30 rescues of humans. He was awarded a place of honor in the U.S. Postal Hall of Fame for his work as Lead Sled Dog on a U.S. mail run. became a favorite of John Wayne’s on the set of Island in the Sky, and famously “blazed the trail” to the stranded City of San Francisco passenger train struck at Yuba Gap near notorious Donner Pass in California in January 1952.


Researching Rex was never what I considered work but an enjoyable activity that

spanned nearly 9 years.  New material was constantly being uncovered.  Once we

got serious about the book, the draft was finished during the first few months

of 2012.  I never had a dry eye anytime I had to proof “one more time.”  One dog

really did live a life of service to mankind like Rex.

I could have said he was trained to parachute and that he lived to be an old

timer but that’s not how it happened and wouldn’t be historically accurate.  In

some ways, researching and pulling a story together based on real events is

easier than creating fiction but fiction allows you to tie up loose ends and

fill in the gaps.  With Rex, he gave us so much that was recorded in his heroic

life.  I wish all our dogs could live 30-40 years.  As I tell the students where

I sub, history doesn’t have to be dull but “it is what it is” based on events,

people, and the time frame involved.  Hope you enjoy “Rex” and learn some

history too in the process.

Jim Cheskawich 4/28/2013

Jim's dog Riley, winning nationals

JIM CHESKAWICH has served as Samoyed Club of America president and treasurer, and is currently the treasure of the SCA Education and Research Foundation. Jim has a Samoyed that is a descendant of Rex, his award winning Samoyed, Riley! Jim’s dog Riley, winning nationals.



Samoyeds lovingly called “Sams” or “Sammys” by their owners and fans, are enjoyed today for their beauty, companionship, intelligence, and working versatility.

As a working dog, Samoyeds are used to herd sheep, ducks, and cattle and can be found in sledding races and weight pulls held throughout the U.S. 

The heart and loyalty of the Samoyed make it an exceptional dog. 

ISBN (HARD COVER) 978-0-9883640-0-4

ISBN (PAPERBACK) 978-0-9883640-1-1





Published by Rex The Blizzard King Stories, LLC


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12 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Wow! That sounds like an amazing story and one truly amazing dog!

  2. Hope your daddy is doing ok, was hoping to hear an update. Thinking of you and your family.

    • I’m sorry!! He is!! This post was done on Sunday (before Surgery) and Mom and I didn’t have time to do a blog post yet. Mom and I are so sorry and THANK YOU FOR ASKING!!!!
      xoxoxo Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  3. What a great dog. Sounds like a good read and it’s a true story at that.

  4. Looks like an interesting book! Samoyeds are so beautiful and fluffy; must add to my list of ‘dogs to get during my lifetime’ (Shelties rank very highly in that list) 🙂

  5. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful dog. What a hero!!! It’s so nice that he got a place in the postal Hall of Fame… That all dogs would live 30-40 years would be great…I agree. Thanks for a great post about a great book and all my best wishes to your dad.

  6. Woof! Woof! Another book for my mom to read. Golden Thanks for sharing. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  7. Sounds like a cool book – will definitely add it to my list.

  8. Sounds like a great read. What an amazing dog. Glad to see in the comments that your pop’s surgery went well, Dakota!

  9. Another book to add to the someday reading list 🙂

  10. Great review! Sharing.

  11. Gold medal e-Lit global award winning Rex appreciates all the very nice comments! His website is now operational at and features his 6 minute YouTube video in color.

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