Sunday, January 5, 2014
Can't really believe I'm leaving for Alaska..... back in September I attended the Northern New England Trade Fair. I particularly wanted to hear Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore speak. Having watched videos of them and followed them on FB, they always struck me as super nice people with impeccable dog care. Little did I know that we would end up friends with an invitation to be a part of their dynamic team of handlers for the upcoming Copper Basin 300 Sleddog Race in Glennallen, AK. My bags are almost packed, dogz will be resting somewhat while I am gone and then we'll be right back into tours and training for some upcoming races. We'll have a little bit of ground to make up which is a bit frustrating as the dogs have already done some good miles and some long runs, but I'll get them back up par again fairly quickly. I'll be returning from Alaska with yearling from Mackeys Distance Alaskans. A young dog I've been following for quite a while and again... little did I know he would end up being mine and coming home with me to New Hampshire. Many wonderful things to start the New Year with and as always, with much gratitude.
Training and tours were a mix of experiences as we had to switch from using wheels to sleds a few times. Still, it's all part of our authentic experience and guests learn how we adapt to mother nature and go with flow.... we've had some wonderful people, many participating with harnessing and helping out. It's always a joy to share our dogz and passion with guests who understand dogz and connect with them as we do. Baby Tuliq will be in harness in a few weeks and she'll start out with some fun puppy runs. Looking at how active she is here at the homestead, I think she'll take to it like a duck to water or rather ... sleddog to snow !