Sunday, January 8, 2012

Flathead Sled Dog Days

We are currently driving back from our first flathead Sled Dog Days race. We ran in the 4-dog 4-mile race. The course was a icy but manageable and fun. I ran with Okanogan, Paluk, Kona and Tensaw. Both days went great. We were last by far but had a blast. As Cobey put it to someone after the first day we were 5 minutes behind in a 25 minute race. The dogs ran well and being there with all the other mushers and teams is a great experience. Doug Swingley was competing in the 12 dog 40 mile race and it was exciting to just be at the same race as him.

Annalisa came up on the first day and after all the races had concluded we ran the puppies (including her pups) with an awesome lead dog Aiyana Ferraro loaned to us for the run. We went about 7.5 miles and it was a lot of fun getting to have a long, enjoyable talk with Annalisa while I rode in the sled.

That was likely the last 4-dog race we'll run as our kennel has grown and can run farther distances. The Flathead Sled Dog Days next longest race distance was 25 miles and ort team is not in shape to run that distance this season.

Next weekend, the Darby Dog Derby!



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