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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Ready to Roll

Aliy and Allen trucked 28 dogs up to the White Mountains National Recreation Area earlier this week. The trail conditions were ideal, as was the temperature, for a long training run. The moon was out for much of the night, so they didn't even need their headlights to see the mountains, dogs and beauty all around.

Before the teams left the trucks, all dogs were harnessed and bootied. Sleds were packed. Mushers were dressed and ready. The dogs were nearly getting bored simply waiting for the mushers. Sometimes (okay… most of the time… things just take longer than they should!)

Aliy noticed that the dogs were just sitting around and sulking because they had to wait. So, she grabbed her video camera and 'interviewed' the crew. For those of you that know her, you can tell that she's had a cup or two of coffee!

Here they are 'Ready to Roll… but waiting on their Mushers!

19 comments:

A-town's Becky said...

What and awesome, well behaved crew of dogs.
They are so lucky to have you, willing to get out on the trail, howling and running, and keeping them happy.
Let's go!

Margaret said...

Thanks so much for this "up close and personal" series of interviews with the four legged team members!!!

Woof, woof, woof!!! SP Kennel is the very best!!!

Note: Perhaps they were concerned that the delay involved some missing salmon snack treats?

Cindy Eckhoff said...

So sweet up close and personal doggies . Love it. And the caffeine sure has kicked in.

Diane in MI said...

I just love this blog site! Thanks for all the wonderful and informative videos. This one was just plain ol' fun -and the snow crunching was so nice to hear. No snow here in MI yet. :-(

Anonymous said...

Awesome, everyone was so patient my waiting! Easier when other teams aren't around to harass them! Thanks Aliy and Allen!

J elliott said...

This is truly super. The competitive portion of this 'season' has immersed itself well. Very best of great racing!

Dawn E said...

They are all like, "Well? When are you all gonna be ready? Let's roll"

Cindy Schaus said...

That was FUN!!! Good looking dawgs!

Barb, CO said...

Loved the howl together. These dogs sometimes look shy but that was one big howl. And I always, always love to see Scout's personality as Fun Police. Loved Waylon in his sweater and Mac Daddy Smackdown. It is so funny to hear all the diminutives. It is like talking to my own cat who has 100x different things we call him. It is like being in your family, hearing these pet names. Thank you.

Nessmuk said...

Ready to roll is right! Everyone looked AWESOME!! As someone who starts her day with a double espresso, I totally get the energy.....life is good, dog power is supreme......and coffee is a blessing!! You go SPK!!

Cindy Eckhoff said...

Played the video for Beemer and Viper and they are ready to go!! They recognized Aliy's voice right away. We feel bad..no snow here in PA. Temperatures in the 60's.---Tom

marilyn cozzens said...

Aliy you crack me up. Love the interviews & the "words of wisdom" from the teams.
Way to rock it.

Ahkiona said...

Love it! I was surprised the dogs were so calm waiting on the festivities to begin. At least until hyper-Aily got all excited and made them howl! Aily on caffeine - so darn funny!

Laurie Larson said...

Aliy at her best with her kennel family! Love to Aliy, Allen, and all the sweet pups! GO TEAMS! Laurie

Gaye Morgan-Walton said...

Love, love, love it. Gotta have my caffeine too and then I take my desert dogs for a morning walk LOL. We almost thought we were in Alaska yesterday--wild wind and blowing snow--really!! Thanks SOOO much for sharing; this was great. SPK dogs may
not know just how lucky they are but I suspect they do. Love those tails and eager eyes.C'mon Mom, lets run!!

Kathy said...

Love the video. Shows the love for the dogs and encouragement.
You are the best--Aliy & Allen!

Lori said...

Such a cute video! The dogs are very well behaved and so energetic! Caffeine seemed to be helping!

Richard Willis said...

Great video. Thanks for sharing all the pups with us.

Leanna said...

I watched this twice and am still laughing!