Firstly, Charlie arrived here on the 1st of November from England & has started her adventure with Sled Dogs.
David has decided to leave here and seek another kennel that was more suitable to his desires. David,while here, did a great job in the kennel with the ground work, fixing the houses and keeping the kennel clean. He learned very quickly how to harness the dogs and also had a great rapport with them. I wish David all the good fortune on his continuing adventures.
The dogs also saw several changes here. We divided the Distance Dogs from the Sprint Dogs for training purposes. We are now running three teams: two Sprint Teams of nine dogs & one Distance Team of seven dogs.
With the physical conditioning portion of the season competed, it is now the time to work on the cardio & endurance portion of the training/conditioning program. To accomplish this the Sprint Dogs now have work as a unit. With the two team concept, we can also train more Sprint Leaders. This is a great way & time to try new dogs in the lead position. Above you see Willy & Indigo at the finish of their first experience at running lead. Willy had one short (three minute) leg previously. Both these dogs were hooked up to lead for the last half of the 4.5 mile run. They performed amazingly! Due to the fact that Indigo is so young, she will not get more leader experience until the end of the season. Willy, on the other hand, will start to get some regular running time at lead. On the second team, Katie was introduced to lead running with Cosmos ( this is Cosmos second year at lead). Katie was showing signs all this Fall of wanting to get running up closer to the front of the team. She was great at lead right from the start leading the team from the kennel on her first run. So far this season, we have introduced four new dogs to the lead position. Three of those dogs are two years old & in their second season of running. I believe there are at least three other two year old's that will run lead.
The weather this week has limited our training runs again, allowing us only three runs. However, all these runs were quality runs with some good learning experiences.
Until next week.......