We have two inches of snow on the ground. This has helped the dogs feet, enabled them to "dip" and stay hydrated and generally improved everyone's attitude! Of course, a little more snow (or even a lot) would be very useful. But overall the training schedule has been very steady. The adults Racers are at the same mileage, speed and endurance levels as they have been for the last few years. The Yearlings are now running in two teams and have learned a tremendous amount. They are currently ahead of schedule. The Mature dogs are running shorter 'fun' miles to keep happy and healthy.
Here are two photos from yesterday while we ran a 3 hour training run with the dogs pulling an ATV 4 wheeler. They don't seem to mind as long as they get to run. As a musher, I have to admit my bum got a little chilly.
This was a 13 dog team: Junior, Dutch, Mismo, Woody, Izzy, Schmoe, Scruggs, Violet, Ginger, Daisy, Wedgy, Rodney and Scooby.