28 year old Dallas Seavey won the 1000 mile race across the state of Alaska this morning. Many of the reporters following the race have said how fantastic his team has looked the entire time. Of course, John is attributing his win to the fact that he was a great wrestler. 😉 Father, Mitch Seavey is currently racing for 2nd place but still hours away from Nome. The Berington twins are still on the trail – possibly finishing tonight!
Here’s a link to Dallas’ website: http://www.dallasseavey.com
After watching the Berington twins on HGTV’s Living Alaska, we wrote to Anna and Kristy and told them about their uncanny resemblance to our twin daughters. With an Alaskan trip already in the works for us, they offered to meet our girls. And not only did they meet – Anna took our girls dog mushing at her kennel! Identical twins with thick hair and a love of dogs; a connection couldn’t be helped. Our girls left Alaska with Iditarod dreams. And just recently, they’re beginning to come true! The Berington twins have asked our girls to come to Alaska for the opening ceremonies of the Iditarod Race – riding with them during the ceremonial start through the streets of Anchorage! Present Iditarod identicals pulling the future ones? Alaska 2015, here we come – HIKE!
For more about Kristy and Anna, visit: seeingdoubledogsledracing.com
Finding balance. We hear adults say it all the time; but what about children? How do kids find their equilibrium in this e-world? Electronics, as positive as they can be, can also be destructive to developing minds. We all know this. Children have an innate urge to experience the abundance of life. To run, climb, swim, smell, catch; experience. But the pull of technology can cause a synapsis firing in the brain that tricks them into thinking they’re satisfied by media. Do I have proof of this? Yes, I’m a parent. When my kids are outdoors (or practicing gymnastics on top of dog houses), they’re more content, peaceful, and do better with their studies. And perhaps because I’m still somewhat of a child at heart – continuing to love the experience of life, it’s important for me to see my children live and love life. And guess what – it’s not hard to do! The inquisitive wiring is already there! Sometimes it just needs a little sparking. Spending some active time in nature, observing creation, breathing in fresh air… floods the soul with nutrients to be craved. And more than that; releases the tractor beam of those electronic toxins!
Go. Experience. Live. Mush!!!
Our female that we bred with the esteemed “Asland” from 10 Squared Racing had her prenatal appointment today. We were very excited when the vet felt baby bumps during the initial examination! But our joy was quickly exterminated when the scan revealed no pregnancy. The bumps? – nothing but poo. Nice. The vet asked if we had another female to breed but I explained to her that although we love our other female (DJ) – she’s the kind of dog that should not reproduce. The musher that we bought her from actually told us that if she were a child, she’d be on ritalin. We actually keep crazy DJ in a kennel with old blue-eyed Jackson – a fixed male with his own set of issues, such as excessive feces eating. Needless to say, I got some info on spaying and we were on our way. When we arrived back to the dog yard, we were surprised to hear high-pitched howling. To our horror, DJ and Jackson were “stuck” together – end to end, which I’d never seen before! And of course, I had my daughters with me – biology 101! We waited until they were “done” and then separated them into different kennels. The vet told me that dogs usually can’t tie together if the male is fixed but the musher we bought him from assured me that he was. I guess we have to examine him to see if his parts are all there. Yay. When we finally got home, one of my daughters said, “well, that’s something I never wanna see again.” Yep, pretty sure they’re never having kids now!
SIDE NOTE: If crazy DJ happens to be pregnant, we’ll be offering “crazy” deals on pups! 😉
We’ve spent the few dry days of spring clearing the dreaded buckthorn from the trails – already getting a couple of wood ticks along the way! When we cleared a small loop, we got the four wheeler ready and as we harnessed a team of three for the first run, we noticed our first obstacle; fat dogs! The harness of our lead dog “Fast Eddie” was a little snug – resulting in Eddie not being so fast. The team did a good job though, pulling the four wheeler without any problems and knowing their commands. And although the loop was a fun run, we may need to find a nice long straightaway to let the dogs run full out from time to time. Maybe a country road nearby. We’ll also be rationing food a bit and we are in the process of preparing the dog yard – stay tuned!
With no more snow to sled on, this spring has left us in a sort of mushing lull. We’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to dry-land train the team, so in the mean time we’ve been taking the dogs on short walks and playing with them outside in a corralled area. The dogs are still residing in the horse stables, but we’re planning on moving them outside to a dog yard as soon as the ground is thawed enough to install posts. Here are some fun photo’s of the girls playing with the dogs. *Stay tuned… we have some big news coming this week!
He’s not just an ordinary dog, and she’s not just an ordinary girl. The two of them are gifted with spirits of freedom and loyalty. An old sled dog and a young musher; two faithful souls – uniting to form a team bound in unbridled trust.