Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Jersey also joined Evening Star Kennel in October 2007 as a yearling. She drove me crazy the first few months of running because she was so crazy to go that she would get herself wound round and round the gangline trying to find a spot for better leverage so we could go faster. Though Jersey doesn't like to run in lead very often, she never falters or slacks off in the team. Jersey was also in my winning Siskiyou team and ran in swing (just behind the leaders) the whole way.
Jersey is a very easy going dog and gets along with everyone in the kennel and loves to play with anyone who might be in the mood. She is a tough girl and I can always count on her to do her job whatever the circumstances. I look forward to another season with Jersey and taking her for the long haul in the Yukon Quest next year.
Jersey loves to pose for photos (unlike her person).
As a two year old this year, Annabel led 2 of 4 legs during the Siskiyou race and loved every minute of it. She is a hard worker and a real clown once she knows you. Annabel is a picky eater and is often skinnier than I would ideally like to see her. She is getting spayed this spring to help her hold her weight as well as taking off the pressure of her heat cycle. She doesn't like it when the boys like her so much.
Annabel has become my good buddy and makes me laugh everytime I see her. She doesn't like for people to touch her, but she likes to touch them. She always seems to be laughing when I talk to her or do something silly to amuse her. I have invested a lot of extra time trying to befriend Annabel and earn her trust. I expect this time will pay dividends next year during the Quest as it has already begun to this year in training and racing. Watch out for Annabel next year. I expect her to only get better and better.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Keep an eye out for Goon in the future. She's easy to spot with her distinctive spots and goofy grin!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Whitney is one of my smaller dogs in a kennel of reletively small sled dogs. She may be blond, but looks can be deceiving. This smart little girl is a very responsible leader and takes her job in front of the team very seriously. She keeps the line held tight and keeps everyone moving at a good pace. She is getting very confident in her turning commands. And best of all, Whitney led a team last weekend for my friend Goob in his first sled dog race in Polebridge. And they had the fastest time of the whole weekend in the 6-dog class.
Whitney is a very happy dog and smiles a lot with her squinty eyes and always greets me with a good "woo-woo". She thinks she is queen of the dog yard which is a tough position to claim around here with 75% of the dogs being female. (and me, of course.) But she gets along with everyone and doesn't let anyone push her around.
Annabel & Whitney
Whitney & Margaret
Monday, March 2, 2009
Although she doesn't like Charlotte very much, Margaret gets along with nearly everyone and even gets some of the older (and sometimes grumpy) females to loosen up and play. She loves attention and will hardly leave my side when she is loose after a run. When she started running in harness at 6 months, Margaret was a natural. She never looked back. Because she never looked back, she was soon leading the team, when she was only 8 months old.
The 2008-2009 season was her first season racing and she did extremely well. Margaret finished in my winning Siskiyou team and lead the second leg in the middle of the night when I could hardly stay awake. Most leaders do not learn turning commands until they are in their second year. Margaret has proven to be smart as well as tough. She is already quite responsive to "gee" and "haw".
Keep an eye on this one. I expect Margaret will be an important leader in next year's Yukon Quest, as well as a great spirit booster to the rest of her team, dog and human alike.