Alright, time for another update from back in August again. The weekend I left for Idaho (August 21st to be exact) Katie went down to compete in the State dog show. She competed in Rally and obedience with Taruk. Katie took 5th place in Rally and a 9th place in Obedience. Congrats Katie on that achievement!! Keep up the great work and we can't wait to see how you do in the years to come!!
Okay, so I know it has been just about a month since we have posted last so I thought I do a little bit of catching up. First things first. Katie and Carlleen have both started school up again. Sophomore year of high school for Katie and Sophomore year of college for Carlleen. Now, since then there has been a lot that has happened for Katie and Carlleen. If you know us both, we don't just show and race dogs. No, we are also part of 4-H and show at the local and state fair. So, at the beginning of August both Katie and Carlleen went down to the state fair. This being said, Katie showed Jr rabbits and poultry while Carlleen showed in the open poultry class. Here are some pictures to show.
Is it really that time of year again, I guess so given the humidity levels. I am sorry for being gone for so long, but I will give you an update and several interesting things have happened. First off lets introduce the new friend Pepe. I acquired Pepe at the Antigo race in February. Sam is getting old and could no longer keep up with the team, so Pepe is here so that Sam can experience the joys of retirement. Pepe was breed by Kim and Phil so I know that he has a good background. At this point in time he has been here for several months and is settling in nicely. I have only run him on the team a few times, given that we got him at the end of the season, but when I have had the chance to run him he has done wonderful. As it is he will most likely end up running wheel on my team next year, as this is where I feel he will be able to help us the most. So welcome Pepe.
It is summer and that means that it is dog training time again. This year again I am training Taruk. He is improving wonderfully and we are hoping to attend a local fun match in the middle of July. We are also planning on making the trip to the state dog show so that I can show off my wonderful boy in: obedience, agility, rally, and showmanship. It should be an interesting show season and hopefully we will succeed in getting qualifying scores. Now we just have to work our tails off so that we are ready in time.
As I am done with school I have had a lot of time to start planning for next season, I have a pretty good idea of what races I want to run. I will post a list of these races when we get closer to the start of the season as I do not have dates on all of them yet. As far as other exciting news Carlleen is back in state so spending time with her has become easier again.
Hopefully I will be able to update you again soon, in the mean time enjoy the summer weather and remember only three more months until training season comes around again.
Sorry for not posting in so long. The website has been giving me problems. I hope to fix that soon. In the meantime, check out KCM kennels on facebook. Thanks for your patience!!
The Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race. We did back to back 20 miles for the first time this season. WE finished last, but that was of the people who finished in the 6 dog sportsman class. I think our average pace was around 8 miles an hour, we completed our goal and were faster than we were at the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, so I am happy. We had a great time both day, day two was really windy, but we were running through the woods most of the time so it didn't affect us much. The Younger dogs race this race, and the team was of Cloud and Stormy, Panda and Milly, Taruk and Bandit. Sam was brought along just in case one of them didn't pass the vet check.
Katie's two of Wausau. The dogs ran great she said; Milly and Bandit lead past everything like champs. No tangles, and that helped her time. She shaved two minutes off but still dropped back a few places. Over all Katie is very happy with the dogs. Still waiting on a few parts to finish the blog post about the Apostle Island race. That blog will be posted in a few days. Now next weekend is Antigo. Katie will be racing 4 dogs and the team is TBD, wish her luck!!Now next weekend is Antigo, we will be racing 4 dog the team is TBD, wish us luck
Hello all, Carlleen here. Katie is busy trying to catch up with sleep and school work and what not so I don't have the stories from day 2 of the last sprint race or the Apostle Island Race. Unfortunately, due to snow conditions the mid distance race in MN was canceled for this weekend. It's not the best, but it will give time for both musher and dogs to rest up. Maybe I can get an update or two from Katie. In the meantime, let's all enjoy the Sportsman 4 dog class YouTube video of the Willow Springs race. Katie and her team are about 6 minutes in. Enjoy!!
Here's the update you all have been waiting for!! Katie is in dead last, but she is working with a younger team for this race so they get more race experience. There is only about 27 minutes between her and the next person in front of her. Maybe tomorrow will be a better run? Who knows? Only time will tell. I also heard she's being a big help to the larger teams!
Shout out to Katie as she runs her first 2 day mid distance race this weekend!! Her team consisting of Stormy, Panda, Cloud, Milly, Bandit, and Taruk will be traveling 20.5 miles both Saturday and Sunday. She won't be on the trail over night, how this race goes is she travels that distance and comes back to the handler/truck area and then does the same thing again Sunday. She's bib number 46.... good luck to you cousin!! Bidding you well wishes for your trail run. I wish I could be there for you at this race but I'm cheering for you all the way from Boise!! Trust me... I will be watching the computer for any and all updates!
This weekend instead of going to the 3 day race in Land O'Lakes, my team and I will be heading to the Apostle Island sled dog race. I am entered in the 6 dog sportsman class. There are 20 entries in my class. Starting with bib 40, I am number 46th to head out. This means I am the 6th musher to leave the chute. My line up for the team this race is Panda and Cloud, Milly and Stormy, Bandit and Taruk. Sam will the extra dog this time.
2 sled dog racers keeping the public informed of their kennel updates!