Our idea of a romantic picnic luncheon has definitely gone to the sled-dogs!
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!
When our twins were in first grade, I stopped by their elementary school for lunch and recess. While we were out on the playground, the recess monitor marched over and asked me if I would ask the girls to stop making all of the other kids pretend to be their sled-dogs. Apparently, my girls were “mushing” the other children – making them run on their hands and parents were complaining about mittens being worn out! We had no idea! Fast forward two years. At ten years old, the playground mushing had stopped, but the dogsledding intrigue hadn’t – and their third grade teacher took notice. If a child is lucky enough, they will come across a special teacher with an insight into their soul; this teacher was that visionary for my girls. She encouraged the uniqueness of their characters and one day, surprised my girls with a book called “Born to Pull.” Today, three years later, I pulled the book out and as we read through it again, we found her hand written note inside the pages. What a treasure. A reminder to not only follow your own dreams, but encourage others to follow theirs as well! Thank you Mrs. Laubach!
With an incredibly wet spring, the dogs are getting desperate for a good run. This weekend, we picked up a small 4-wheeler from my in-laws and we bought a used dogsledding cart from 10squared racing in Two Harbors. FurEver Wild, where we are boarding our dogs, has a nice trail system for us to use – we just have to do a little clearing and we’ll be on our way to dry-land training! Another new adventure for the rookies – let’s hope the right things hit the trail!
A few weeks ago we learned that a highly acclaimed dog musher was selling his entire kennel, including 50+ dogs. We drove up north to check out his dog sledding equipment and were surprised to hear that all of his dogs sold within one week! When I asked him if it had been difficult, he told me that it hadn’t been because he’d recently been so successful at winning races. I said, “no… I mean, was it difficult for you to get rid of your dogs.” He stopped for a second, drifting into a thought, then answered, “there was this one dog…his name was Asland” and with a glisten in his eye he added, “he was my best dog ever.” The strong musher quickly changed the subject but it was too late, I already caught a glimpse into his heart. I knew that Asland must have been special – but I’ve also come to realize that sled-dogs just have a unique way of taking hold. Several days later, I called the lady that we’d gotten our team from and mentioned that we wanted more dogs. She asked me if we’d be interested in buying a female dog that was in the process of being bred with her new male dog… Asland. What are the odds! It was too coincidental – we couldn’t pass it up! We picked up beautiful, sweet, (pregnant) Darby today. Honestly, we already love her.
*Stay tuned – puppies in June!