Monday, July 20, 2015

Expanded Horizons

Every spring now since we bought our house, we've been improving our fencing. The first three springs it involved dog yards. With our desired dog yards in place this season, "we" finished our "perimeter fence."  (In fact it was Northwest Fencing which performed the, as always, excellent work). 

The fence is high enough for supervised play but not as secure as our 6 foot dog yards. 

This will make trailer load up, people-dog socialization and obedience training much easier. 

Yesterday the puppies got a spin in the yard. When they spotted the drive that we run down for training runs, they bolted. They were thwarted, though, by the gate at the end of the drive. So they turned back, tore up the drive and explored. Buck continued to run down the drive to find it still impassible. 

Today, Flier and Tank got a spin. Boy did they have fun in their expanded unleashed world. Flier tested the drive once, but being the intelligent dog he is, didn't bother checking again. 

But the fun quickly devolved into an obsession with the cat temporarily locked in the sled shed (for her own protection). 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer heat

A lot has happened since my last post. The musher went to Liberia for a month to aid in the Ebola outbreak and Cobey held down the homestead. He was amazing taking care of the boys and dogs (& chicken & cats). 

Upon my return it had become too hot to run dogs. Spring had passed by quickly and we were fast approaching an extremely hot summer. 

We sadly lost another dog, Kona. She was the matriarch of our kennel. She never mothered any litters but she was our foundation. We haven't been able to write a long post about her yet. Maybe someday in the future we will write a long post in her honor but right now I think we still haven't let it sink in (even 2 months down the road). Like our 3 year old said "Kona's in heaven, she's getting a bandaid" if she will be returning to us soon. We miss you Kona. 

Right now were all just trying to wait out this heat and stay cool until the fall when we can start again!

Here's a few pictures:
Kona, early in the spring, visiting with our oldest, Keegan. 

Rohn, the young budding musher, hanging out with his dogs, (top, counterclockwise) Okie, Flier, and Tank. 

Blue (left) and Tensaw staying cool in the shade. 

Blue on a road trip to grandma's house picking up some goofy habits from her dog.