Friday, December 31, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Seven Teams for Seven Cousins, Winter Weekend

Along with celebrating a family Christmas, we also celebrated winter at the ski hill and on the dog trails. It's great to have the young people out of school(s) to be here to run dogs. The dogs were happy /crazy to have so much fun running.

The trails were good, the temps moderate for the southerners among us and the camaraderie

was great. All learned to be attentive/competent handlers as well. The dogs performance was top notch, thank you great dogs and family and friends! Winter fun 'kids' ranged in age from

three to eighty, all skill levels.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Okay, let's get this winter going!

Some delays for travel, etc. and now we're in the groove. Nice snow, great trails, ready dogs.
We're expecting family and guests for Christmas week and hoping to intro some new people to
the joy of dog sledding.

Race on right now: Aliy Zirkle's kennel has three teams in the Sheep Mountain 150, going on right now. This is the link:
Frita's pup, Bullet, is on Bridgett's team.

Dogs are howling, time for breakfast!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ailing Dogs

We're having a run of dog health problems, all seemingly unrelated, but serious.
Skinny will go for a second ablation on his other eye, rendering him wholly blind (which
he is, even prior to the procedure). We will try to keep him comfortable and safe in his blindness, this great gee haw command leader/best friend.

Lillen continues to recover from her bout with painful jaws. Buddy is recovering from his surgery to remove an ulcerated tumor (benign) under his tongue. Today, dear Swix, who
never complains about anything and is always so healthy, went to the clinic with a swollen
jaw and lesion under his tongue. We are wracking our brains to think of what could be causing
jaw problems and find no commonality at this point. Swix is in an overnight stay at the clinic to try to bring down a high temp and swelling. He's only seven and we hope he makes it.

Enough suffering now, we hope to get on with dog sled season. As always my wished for cure
for everything is SNOW!

Straw bale count: 30