Friday, April 1, 2016

Snow Retreating

A couple weekends back we ran the dogs on Nez Perce Road, up the West Fork of the Bitterroot. One of our favorite quiet places to run dogs in the winter.  But it was losing snow fast.  That was likely the last weekend for this season to run up Nez Perce! 

Dry patches on the side of the trail!

Just before we traversed dry land.
As my sled was pulled over a couple patches of gravel and dirt, I first fretted about my runners (before I remembered I was going to get new plastic for next season anyways) and then thought, I'm like an Iditarod musher now. How sad is that.  I now associated running your sled over dry ground with the Iditarod!

Had a lovely time with this handsome little man!

These two golly girls and wonderful leaders!

Tank, just like his late mom Paluk, just can't stop for more than a few minutes before he is begging to start running again!


Buzz! (Isis and Tensaw thought something smelled exciting off the trail)
Last weekend I was going to take my sister and her kids on a dog sled ride.  The snow is great at the pass and the weather had been cool.  Unfortunately, I came down with a cold with a fever the day we were going to go :( Hopefully next year she comes back in the winter and we can take her out! 

Over the last few days the temperatures have risen and the dogs and boys and I have been enjoying the sun and fun in the yard! Whip got a little too excited about the cup of grape juice on the table spilling juice everywhere when pulling it down.

Jig got to be the adventure dog on our hike partly up Chaffin butte. She did wonderfully and had a good time.

We played some hide and seek back at home.  My hiding spots are always compromised by the pack of dogs that follows me around.

Spent a while in this dog box as the youngest had trouble finding me here....even with the dogs all circling the dog trailer trying to figure out a way in. Man these are nice roomy, comfy boxes!  No wonder they can't wait to get in the trailer.  And some don't want to get out when we get home!

And the necessary silly picture of Whip (lower right corner).  I never fail to get a picture of her right when she's shaking off or being silly.

Love your puppas!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

12 miler

Last weekend Keegan and I ran the team together. A 12 mile loop up Lost trail pass on Overlook trail. Keegan said "I've never run here before...OH LOOK I can see mountains! I like this trail!"

We had a number of breaks because it was rather warm. Here we are on one break. Whip (lead right) really likes to roll. Got a few good shots of her being goofy!

Okay Whip, you're ready to go? All right let's go!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I Smell Spring

I haven't posted in a while because we haven't done much. Between the cold that I've been fighting and the weather that strong suggests winter is over, we haven't run much. Finally got the dogs out tonight. They appreciated the run but also seemed to be realizing the season is coming to a close. They seem to be prepared for it. Ready to be lazy dogs for a bit (as lazy as a Siberian can be).

Here are a few pictures when we got back. 

These girls (littermates, Jig and Whip) are just too cute together and too awesome at lead. They led the team by a heard of deer running away from us. I didn't see them either until we were maybe 10 feet from them .

The team cooling off and relaxing. 

Love your puppas!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Kindergarten Demo

This past week, on Monday, we had some fun introducing a bunch of Kindergarteners (Keegan's class) to dog powered sports. 

In the morning, we sent Keegan in on the school bus then began prepping the team. We decided to run some of the energy off of them before hand, to not disturb other classes. I ran the 8-dog team down to the school with the ATV (about a 4.5 mile run) while Cobey followed (sometimes led) with the truck and trailer with the sleds. The team did really well. Before getting to the school I pulled off and waited for Cobey to confirm the kids were outside to see the team run. I switched Jig out of lead for Tank. (Jig is way to nervous around new people to lead into the school yard). 

The team did wonderfully. The kids lined up and all declared Tank their favorite dog. The team sat there and drank their water while I explained dog sledding and the gear. The kids "asked questions" many "questions" were actually statements about which dog is their favorite or about their own pets. There were a few very thoughful questions though. 

After that our three timid dogs were put in their boxes and the rest got lots of petting from the kids. They all loved it. 

Finally I showed them canicross and let them stand on the sleds. The kids seemed to really enjoy it almost as much as some of the parents there ;) by the end, Buzz was the favorite...because of those bi-eyes! One girl said "How isthat possible?!? It's crazy!" Her mind was blown!

That was fun and the dogs did AMAZING!

Love your puppas! 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Home Fun

We did not go up to the snow today. Instead we had fun around the house.  Here are some pictures from today.

Jig, enjoying the sun

Tank having quite the roll

Doesn't that look fun?!


Buzz and Whip playing


Buzz getting some love

These bushes must be the best side scratchers because many of the dogs love to rub in these. Okie getting a good rub down.