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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Training in the Cold

It has still been "chilly" in Two Rivers the last few days. Often times in the thick of winter, there is an inversion layer where warmer air rises in the hills -- so we go train the teams where it's warmer. We tried that a day ago only to find that it wasn't any toastier up high.



Many of the dogs have protective jackets and all of them have booties on their feet. You'll notice they are nibbling on frozen salmon -- YUMMY. Several dogs have on neck lines. That is because we must cross a highway and travel several miles down a logging road. The dogs wearing necklines tend to have extra energy when we 'stand still' waiting for traffic. So this additional leash adds security that these guys won't go play in that traffic.

11 comments:

Padee McCrery said...

Yippee!
thanks for the morning Chuckle. It will warm up today, it will warm up! Dogs look great! Did Chipper eat her Salmon Snack? Go Doggies, howling good fun!
Padee Fairbanks

Dawn Engler said...

What an awesome looking groups of dogs. They look so happy. As do the mushers!

A-town's Becky said...

Aliy and Ruth, you are so hardy to get out there in that cold to allow those dogs to enjoy a nice trail run. They are so lucky to have you. Both little teams look fantastic. You're doing some wonderful work!
:-)

Margaret said...

My my my aren't the dogs looking awesome and a big hello to Ruth from back here in Connecticut (48 degrees above zero).

WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!!!

Nessmuk said...

I knew immediately that big ole block head was Five!! These video ID posts are awesome....They look fantastic.....look at Nelson and Ginger chomping down on their snack...YUM!! Glad to see Pepe and Hottie in the mix too! Wedge girl...looking good!! Wow, Scooby sure looks like Mama Chica!!

SO hoping for snow for you all soon!

Marilyn cozzens said...

Great looking dogs, & Aliy and Ruth. Baby it is cold outside! Hi Tinder.

ragodfrey@yahoo.com said...

WOW that is cold, could even hear the cold crisp snow under foot as it was walked on. BRR, but those days like that are fun for all and the dogs can run and run in that beautiful weather. So cold the moisture is out of the snow which can make great running snow. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Schaus said...

Go Schmoe & Scooter! Gotta have the cheerleaders on every team. Looks like all are happy and having fun despite the extreme cold. I think I saw yesterday that there is between 3 & 4 hours between sunrise and sunset in your part of Alaska.

Hopefully there will be enough snow for the Two Rivers Solstice.

Barb, CO said...

Tails a waggin' such happy dogs. I love to see them all like this. They have such loving faces when they look up.

tmcaleer said...

Awww, nice! Heard the cold crunching snow while you were walking and saw the "snow beards" on the pups. All looked excited and happy!!

Kathy said...

Sure is nice to see the dogs and so excited. Aliy and Ruth you are
very strong people to be out there in that cold but real mushers
you are. Thanks for the video!