Today was a beautiful day to run the dogs! I am really impressed with everyone's enthusiasm and attitudes! These dogs brighten my day with a simple look, I couldn't ask for anything better!
Awesome day at the dog yard today! Great friends, great dogs, and lots of fun! Took out the sled for a quick ride today, probably should of waited! Now all I can think about is more snow and more sled rides! The quad isn't cutting it anymore! The dogs were also happy, they got fresh straw in their beds and a full meal! Lovin life :)
Beautiful morning for a run! The dogs did awesome today, as usual! We had a fun run, lots of treats and some good scratches behind the ears (just where they love them!)
SNOW SNOW SNOW!
Today we had a truck full of dogs, a couple quads, and some great company. My brother Terrance and friend Keith came out to help run dogs! We went up north outside of town to the winter road that is used to go to Fort Chipewyan. The road is awesome for training, it's all sand (NO MUD) and with the snow it made for an awesome spot for the dogs to build wicked muscle. We ran a total of 40 miles, which in my books is pretty impressive for the end of October! The team looked awesome throughout the run and enjoyed the new trail... different things to see, different texture on their paws, and of course the snow!
The drive back to town wasn't as much fun. Icy roads and rush hour traffic made for a slow and long drive home. It was an awesome day however, and I would like to thank Terrance and Keith for all of their hard work!
I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me along my journey so far! You guys are all awesome and I appreciate the support!
Waking up in the morning to frost on the ground is the best! What wasn't so great... Frozen lines! Luckily my truck was nice warm to thaw them out.
The dogs enjoyed their day off yesterday. Everyone was running loose and playing once the rained stopped. Time off is good for them, it helps them relax and only worry about who will pee on what!
So this morning we ran 30 miles with 16 dogs. Who all ran? Take a look!
All of them did awesome! Especially when we came across the disgusting moose carcass that someone dumped on the trail. They all ran past it, curiously of course, but focused on the run and kept going. For that they all got extra meat with their dinner! As for me? Well I get to go home and wash muddy harnesses in my moms new washer :)
Well what can I say. There was mud, and a lot of it. But it was a great experience for the dogs to run in the rain and mud. We did a very slow 20 miles, building muscle and be cautious in the slippery mud.
After a 3 day off (or long weekend for the dogs) they were defiantly ready to run! I don't know how many times I ended up on my but trying to take them out of the dog yard! It was hard to slow them down, the quad was just sliding in the mud!
Today I ran 16 dogs, and they all did very well. I am very happy with everyone's progress so far this year. When I stop and think about the first day of training to today it makes me wonder how the winter will be. Or should I say how awesome it will be! My dogs are my family and working with them day in and day out isn't work to me or a chore, it's my life. It's how I function. Without them I don't know where I'd be today.
I will have a chat with the team tomorrow to see if they want to run again in the rain or have a day off. It's supposed to be partly sunny of Thursday which will be nice!
I also have some very exciting news to announce in the next few days, so stay tuned :)
Well today was a very interesting day! I arrived at the dog yard and it was beautifully covered with a light layer of snow. I think I was the only one in Fort Mac who was happy to see snow! I was already on coffee number two and already feeling good about what today will bring.
I hooked up the lines to the quad, strung out the picket line and started bringing out dogs. Today I ran a team of 14... The leaders were Odi and Gogi. Holy cow, am I ever impressed with Gogi. She is an amazing little leader with such a positive attitude. Odi was his usual goofy self, BUT he didn't try to turn the team around. I think he learnt his lesson while he was running in wheel! Next up was Paws and Digger. Both did awesome, I think paws was a little offended she wasn't in lead... Then there was Kita and Turtle, both really nice dogs showing a lot of great work ethics I'm looking for in my Quest team. Curley and Hickok are next, Curley was a bit off today.. I think she ate too much yesterday! Hickok did awesome as usual, he is such a nice dog! Up next.. Mudvayne and Rocket, both are power houses with a lot of stamina already! Buddha and Zues (the brothers) are the tallest dogs in the team, they run beautifully and don't cause any trouble! Finally in wheel, Hoback and Glacier. These guys run identically, which is nice to have especially in wheel. Both are very strong and know exactly what to do. Like today, Glaciers neckline broke and you couldn't even tell! He just kept working away!
The team passed a dead deer that was alongside of the trail. They had their noses in the air, but the ran past it with no issues. However further down the trail there was a raven sitting in the middle of the trail, the dogs all picked up their speed to try and catch him. At the last minute the raven flew away.. What a tease.
The snow made for a wonderful run, it was as muddy as it usually is and the dogs were all pumped up. I tried stopping for a break and the brakes couldn't even hold them back!
Finally after 16 miles I was starting to feel the effects of drinking a lot of coffee. I was bustin for a pee. When we got into the bushes I figured the dogs needed a break after running 16 miles straight and I'd have enough to go. So I put the brake on and jumped off the quad. I always have a stash of emergency TP in the quad! So off I got, I walk in front of the quad and squat down, just as I'm finishing up something crashed into me... Then ran me over. Well it was the quad, and there goes my team. And then there goes me running down the trail with my pants around my ankles! I catch up to them, pull up my pants and take off home with the dogs.
When we got back I took off all the dogs harnesses and did a little trial and error. Instead of walking the dogs back to their houses, I let them go individually to see if they would run back to their own houses. Well lets just say I was impressed with most of them. Mudvayne was the only one who decided that it was free time and not home time! Zues was a little out of sorts... I guess in his world he's the only one who gets to run back to his house off leash. So in protest he stood beside the quad until everyone was put away. To make it up to him we had a nice cuddle and belly rub. I think I'm starting to spoil him...
I made up a warm meal for the dogs and gave them all a nice big chunk of chicken!
What a surprise when I woke up this morning... at 2am! What a bigger surprise when I looked outside and saw snow flying in the air. So of course I had to get up and go for a nice quick walk with Flick. Then I went back to bed until it was actually time to get up!
Today was a very productive day... Both teams got out for a 15 mile run! What a difference the snow makes! The dogs just wanted to go and go and go! Every time I tried stopping for a break they would pull the quad with the brake on! Needless to say I was very impressed!
Team A is showing a lot of great potentials for the Quest team, it is defiantly going to be hard to choose who, so I am not making any decisions until we run some longer runs. Paws, as usual, is a terrific leader and a smart one too! Team B is full of great dogs too. In this pack there a couple issues. Miles had a really hard time keeping up with the pack, not sure if it had to do with the deworming on Monday or if he just isn't feeling well. Tao is starting to get harness rub on his chest, so the first thing I did when I got home was ordered him a special T-shirt to protect him. Other then that today was an awesome day... might of been a long day (from the lack of sleep), but defiantly awesome!
Special thanks to my friend Allison who brought me a nice hot coffee this morning, my loving mother who brought me one in the afternoon, and Katie who brought me one this evening (and a gross bagel, I do not recommend the new Tim Horton's apple caramel bagel)!
What a better way to spend Thanksgiving then with the team! I am very thankful to have them all in my life. This morning it was +4, no sun and it looks like light rain is on its way! Today I decided to figure out who is the goof ball out of the leaders, Digger or Odi. So I ran Paws with Digger in lead and ran Odi back in wheel. The run with smoothly, too smoothly.. Digger and Paws run awesome together so I have a feeling it's Odi who is the trouble maker. Next time I will run Odi up in lead with a smaller leader to see if he tries to turn the team around again! The mud isn't much better today due to the rain yesterday. Hopefully it all starts to freeze up soon! The dogs got a special treat today of turkey and dewormer! Happy Thanksgiving.... from everyone here at Mush McMurray Kennels!
Guess who didn't sleep in today! I really had no choice, it was calling for a high of +10 and rain. Only Team A got out for a run today. Just an update on the teams...
The dogs were very excited to go today, even with the warmer weather... luckily there is no bright sun today! During the run we usually stop a few times to give the dogs a break, however today everytime we stopped the dogs were barking and jumping to go. Always a good sign! Now we just need some colder weather to run farther! Tomorrow the dogs will have a day off and maybe some turkey dinner :)