Fall training is well underway here at SP Kennel. The dogs are finding their rhythms as we increase mileage, and the yearlings are settling into the routine of running with the big dogs. With fall training comes a growing list of fall projects! As I wandered around the dog yard after our runs this morning, fixing a broken chain here or a bent swivel there, I was reminded of just how much goes into keeping the kennel ship shape (or should I say, “sled shape”).
One of our big projects this week is to insulate the dog barn. With its indoor/outdoor pens, this provides a neat housing option for bringing dogs in on some of those 50-below days. Other projects include building dog houses (with 11 puppies growing fast, we’re going to need a FEW more houses!), putting the dog boxes back on the truck, strawing houses, and keeping the much-loved-but-much-abused ATVs maintained. This last task always make me look forward to getting on sleds, as an SPK dog team is much more reliable (and sweet) than any vehicle!
L-R: The dog barn, pre-door and pre-insulation, Olivia enjoys her fresh straw bed.
Allen cuts plywood for dog houses.