Everything changes once August ends. Or at least that's the sentiment floating around SP Kennel. The leaves are starting to change. The water dishes were frozen ice yesterday morning. The Sandhill Cranes are leaving the Northland. All of this means summer is GONE!
It is actually getting dark at night now. The dog yard lights are handy if you want to spot an early morning red fox visiting the dog yard.
The dogs are excited to get back into harness. Of course, all of the dogs have had plenty of exercise this summer either running the trails in Two Rivers or playing in the SP Kennel play pens. But, there's nothing like getting back into harness. Aliy went through the pile of Howling Dog harnesses today and stretched out the gang lines. The ATV four wheelers are ready to roll and we already took a spin out on the route that we will train on Sunday. The first hook up of teams is not for another 4 days. But, why not be ready?!
Quito has put some weight on the summer and is a bit of a "wide load". She claims that the weight sheds easily once she gets back into a routine! It will probably be easy for her, just like all those celebrity Super Models who lose 15 pounds a week before their Movie Premier!
Tatfish and Biscuit are the oldest dogs in training this season. Their antics in the play pen yesterday make us think they were 2 year olds however. Barbara Swenson, visiting the kennel from Anchorage, even mentioned that the two brothers seemed to get a little "testy". Of course, Tatfish had dug a hole 4 feet deep and Biscuit managed to fall into it!
Willie and Boondocks are spinning in their spots. They body slam each other and play like sumo wrestlers, then lay down and nap right next to each other.
Boris has a new hobby of chasing a rock around his circle while pushing it with his nose, whereas Mac still just chases his tail!
Viper and Beemer are too cool to get worked up about much. They both hang out in the middle of the yard and enjoy the canine spectacle.
Lester has become somewhat of the "big man" on campus and likes to strut his stuff next to his newly moved neighbors: Fang, Outlaw and Nelson. Outlaw is his favorite, even though he towers above little blue-eyed Lester.
Scooter is happy as ever and seems to spend much of her time worrying about the puppies: 1, 2, 3 ,4 ,5 ,6 oh no... lost count. 1, 2, 3, 4! Darn it! 1, 2.... are their really 11???
Nacho and Chica are watching the kennel antics from their platform area. They have a multitude of bones and wood blocks and all the rest of the dogs wonder why. Of course, the they are spoiled with toys because we can build them a new dog house only every other year!
Mismo and Izzy are long legged and ready to run. Izzy thinks she's a retriever and carries sticks around in her mouth much of the day. Mismo thinks she's just kinda dumb.
The year old kids are now residing in their own little yard. The Golf Litter is loud and boisterous. Driver is by far the largest and has a voice like a soprano. Little Chipper is the boss and likes to keep everyone in line. The four youngest yearlings round out the yard. Lydia is in the far back, but you can't miss her despite the fact that she is still the smallest and lightest boned! With her overwhelming personality she is a diamond in the rough.
We are so excited for this coming season and the neatest thing is:
The dogs are even more excited that the mushers!
It will be a great season.
Some of you were asking for more puppy pictures. We are trying! It's nearly impossible to capture good pics of every pup. We hope to get puppy, as well as, portraits of all the dogs again this year. But, here is an attempt a litter shot.
Yes! There are only ten.
Pups from left to right: Daisy, Nomex (broadside), Tinder, Chena, Hotshot, Commando, Coal, Spark (in the back), Amber and Violot. Torch is sleeping in the dog house!