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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sled dog, deck dog

Howdy! Meghan here. Thought I’d take a minute to say hello and give everyone an update on our favorite blonde barker, Ranger.

After many seasons as an SP Kennel superstar, Ranger (“Ranger Danger”) is enjoying the easy life of being a “deck dog” with me at my cabin in Two Rivers this summer. Ranger and I ran several races together over the past two winters, and have spent countless hours together on training runs and in the dog yard. His inspirational leadership, big brown eyes and hilarious vocal tendencies have earned him a solid place in my heart. How fitting that I now get to spend every day with him!

Danger joins the other members of my little team, two female sled dogs, Tina Turner and Charlet. The girls and I love having Danger’s enthusiastic energy around. And I think he, in turn, loves his role as the man of the house. He has some big responsibilities, too: remembering where all the bones in the yard are hidden, “pruning” the violas on the deck (maybe it’s just a language barrier… I call it “eating,” he insists it’s merely pruning), lounging in my lap to relax me after a long day of work, and singing. Singing CONSTANTLY. Ranger sings for his dinner when I get home, he sings all evening for entertainment, he sings me to sleep from his bed downstairs, he sings to wake me up. Even when this boy isn’t singing, he’s often just on the cusp, making little, throaty pre-singing whines. I encourage him to go ahead and let it out, at which point he generally erupts into song again.

I couldn’t be more delighted to welcome Ranger into my life. Fortunately, we are living only a mile or so from the kennel, so we both get lots of time with Aliy, Allen, and all of our SP buddies. Ranger and I plan on being involved with Team SP as much as possible this winter and, of course, supporting the kennel in any way that we can.

Meghan and Danger in Willow for Iditarod 2014


Anonymous said...


I have always loved Ranger for his uber outgoing personality. He's so pretty!

And thought that you brought out his racing best last season leading the younger set at the CB300 - if I am remembering correctly!

Nessmuk said...

Hello Meghan and Ranger!! So nice to hear from you on the off season! Sounds like you have a perfect SPK Canine Cabin Mate this summer....and he sings too....fantastic!! I remember reading in the Dog Log how you and Ranger have a special bond...so cool you are together this summer! Enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

Hi and Congrats are in order! Nice story about both of you. Love the photo especially with the "Great One" in the background! Happy Trails to both of you.
Padee Santa Rosa CA

Karen Onny said...

Hi there Megan... great to see and read your article.... looking good...... Hope you are enjoying summer, all is well here in MN. Your Dad has taken a break from massage.. I am sure i will see him soon... Looking forward to your next visit!

Robin said...

I think you need to add Gunner to your team!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Meghan!

What a terrific post! Give Ranger a kiss from me!


marilyn cozzens said...

Thanks, Meghan, for such a great report bout you and Ranger,Danger. What a singing dog! Have you joined him as a duet? Be sure to teach him some new songs. Am glad you will be helping out at SP this winter. All the best--what a great picture of the 2 of you.

Anonymous said...

Does Ranger croon like Frank Sinatra did in the 1940's (I just was listening to 1940's music station on SIRIUS)?