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Friday, September 27, 2013

The Times They Are A' Changing

All the signs are here that summer is gone and winter is on its way. Dog training is in full swing. The thermometer hovers around 20 degrees F in the mornings. We have had two snow events - about 2 inches of wet stuff that coats the trees and makes the morning roads slick. And I unearthed my long underwear, down jacket and winter gloves last week.

Aliy and Allen made their last presentation of the season for tourists on Princess Cruises' Denali Express train. Their focus now is late fall maintenance projects and training, training, training!

Meghan's summer stint working at Alaska Fire Service ended last week and she is back living in the handler's cabin down the driveway at SP.  She is running teams, feeding and scooping, and bonding big time with the Fire Litter. She has even managed to match names with individuals, a real challenge with this huge, wiggling mass of puppies.

Snow dusts the porch at the SP Handlers' Cabin

And in mid October, Moira returns to SP Kennel from her family home in New Zealand. More on her time in the Southern Hemisphere  later, but suffice it to say that during the past year she has lived in winter in Alaska, then winter in New Zealand and back to winter in Alaska. Now there is a trooper!!

Moira, left and Meghan, right. M&M return to SP for the 2013/2014 Racing Season.

All of these changes point in one direction for Doug and me. SOUTH! Our little house in the woods is almost ready for winter. Just need to drain the water system and turn the heat off. On Saturday, right after Sammy's 6th birthday party, we hop a plane back to our winter home in Florida.

What a summer it's been here in Interior Alaska - the Canine Warriors Testing, a forest fire evacuation, weeks of 80 degree temps, prolific veggie gardens, a litter of 11 pups and building projects galore for Doug.  But mostly it's been a time to enjoy our kids (Kaz and Aliy) and their families. Many thanks to them - Kaz, Ray and Sammy and Aliy and Allen - for being the best!! This is a pretty great family to be part of.

Mickey and Doug heading off to FL

So, we're off to enjoy our beach, pool, golf and kayaks for a few months. See you all in March for Iditarod  2014.


Dawn E said...

Awww, what a great update...thanks!

andrea gilson said...

will miss your wonderful posts, have a great warm winter!

Marilyn Cozzens said...

Thanks Kennel Mom for all your wonderful posts, videos, interviews. You & Doug have a glorious time in Florida. And a Happy 6th birthday wish to Sammy.

Jeanne Willis said...

Kennel Mom,
We have loved reading your posting. Where do you "winter" in Florida? We head south in January for three months. We rent a condo just east of Anna Maria Island. Would love to meet and hear SP Kennel stories in person. Hubby is always looking for a golf buddy!
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Anonymous said...

Yours is a GREAT family, happy season change to all!

Julie V.

SAY said...

Have a great winter in Florida. Thanks for your informative post.

Kathe & Archie said...

Have a wonderful winter, Mickey and Doug.

Anonymous said...

Padee in Santa Rosa CA-
Thanks Kennel Mom for the wonderful job this summer! It was an amazing Summer. Best news for SPK and Fans is the team of Moira and Meghan both returning! Yippee!! What a Terrific winter we have ahead! Exciting.. Woof, Woof, Woof!

Anonymous said...

Ditto to all posts above.

Kennel Mom, it has been a privilege to read your posts all summer, and thanks for sharing news, especially the news that the M&M Team will be back!!!

All the best for a wonderful winter in Florida, sincerely,