Hey everyone! There hasn't been much excitement for me here in Boise as there is back in Wisconsin, but still!! This past weekend I was able to head on out to a sled dog kennel about 90 minutes north of Boise and train dogs for the weekend!! It was a bunch of fun! It reminded me on how much I missed being able to work and be around dogs. I learned so much from the guy and even went on 2 training runs with him, the first being 4 miles with 7 dogs, the second being 6 miles with 7 dogs. His race is coming up soon... the 3rd week of December! Wow... that is earlier than my racing season!
Here's another point of view of sled dogs from one of my family members. Here is what they said about me hooking up the dogs before a run.
Yesterday I was sitting near my computer which is next to the window and I watched Katie hooking up the second team to get ready for the run. Boy those dogs want to run, they were excited, barking and running in circles jumping to get her attention. She had Cloud and Panda hooked up, had the brake on the dry road rig set and I could see the dogs wanting to start pulling. As she hooked up Sam they wanted to start out again but the brake held. After Katie hooked up the forth dog she climbed on the rig and released the brake. The dogs took off like a shot. The rest of the dogs that were left behind soon quieted down.
Sorry it has been a while since I have updated you on the training runs and training so far this season. Here is a quick story to tell about today's run. I just finished running two 4 dog teams. To bad I don't take the camera with me. First team had a little trouble when they wanted to say hi to the person walking their dogs. Second team well that was fun, had about half a mile to go, Cloud starts getting all excited, she had tried chasing the shadow of a bird earlier so I looked around for something she might want to chase, this is how I imagine the conversation went....
Cloud: Panda , Panda there are deer over there lets go get them!
Panda: No Cloud we have to stay on the trail.
Cloud: But there are deer, we can't just leave them there!
Racer: What is all the fuss about?
Cloud: There are deer we have to chase them!
Racer: Deer Where. Oh my gosh deer we have to chase them!!
Panda: Will you guys stay focused on the trail!
Sam: Dumb De Dumb
Cloud: There moving and they are coming at us, now we have to get them!
Cloud: They are running across the trail can we chase them now?
Panda: Fine, they are the ones on our trail lets get them!!
All Dogs: Deer lets get them
Me: WOAH. ON BY DOGS!
The dogs chased the deer all the way into the ditch where the rig decided it had enough and promptly wedged itself under a root. No one was hurt, but Cloud was rather upset with me for not letting her catch the deer. The other dogs blamed Cloud for the misadventure. And for the rest of the way home if it moved if counted as a deer to Cloud. Cars, corn, grass, it didn't make a difference to Cloud. Thankfully, the skunk I seen they didn't see.
Yesterday every dog but Chipmunk and Dingo went to Wausua to receive their yearly shots. We arrived early and the dogs had received their shots by 10:30. After the rabie clinic the Trailblazers had their first meeting. I had a great time catching up with everyone and getting the dogs ready for the season. Bring on the snow!!
Happy Black Dog day to all of the black dogs out there! Happy black dog day to the dogs in OUR kennel... Dingo, Rocket, Racer, Taruk, Milly, Stormy, Bandit, and Akiayia. Hope you get lots of love and kisses today!! Also... Happy Black dog day to Pilot and Cinnamon who have found new homes! WE love you all!!
2 sled dog racers keeping the public informed of their kennel updates!